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Job :: Shippensburg University

Published August 14, 2007 Posted By
Department of English and Shippensburg

Tenure-track assistant professor in Creative Writing (Poetry), full-time appointment beginning August 2008. MFA or PhD required by time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching, service, and professional activity including published poetry (preferably a book). Twelve-hour course load each semester will include creative writing, other courses in the English major, and general education courses, with course reduction available for advising the student literary magazine. Additional teaching expertise in creative nonfiction and/or literary study desirable. The committee will request writing samples from selected candidates and may meet with these candidates at MLA. On-campus interviews will include a demonstration of teaching effectiveness and a brief poetry reading. Review of applications begins November 2, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled. View posting here.

Submissions and Positions :: 63 Channels

Published August 14, 2007 Posted By
63 Channels, an online literary/art magazine, is accepting submission for a Fall/Winter 2007 print issue as well as looking for writers and artists to be matched for their 2008 calendar project. Also looking at least two columnists and two or three book & music reviewers.

Film Got Lit?

Published August 13, 2007 Posted By
From the June/July/August 2007 issue of Bookforum, and all available online, are three articles of use for those who teach film, for students of film study, and for literature lovers/film afficiandos:

Adapt This: Fiction Into Film
By Phillip Lopate

Reflections (on the topic of fiction into film)
By James Ivory, Elmore Leonard, Tracy Chevalier, Patrick McGrath, Jerry Stahl, Michael Tolkin, Susanna Moore, Time Krabbe, Irvine Welsh, Barry Gifford, Alexander Payne, Myla Goldberg, and Frederic Raphael

Best Adaptations (short lists from each with brief highlight notes)
By Francine Prose, Joy Press, Geoffrey O’Brien, Robert Polito, Luc Sante, Stephanie Zacharek, Steve Erickson, Molly Haskell, Armond White, J. Hoberman, Bilge Ebiri, and Drake Stutesman

New Issue Online :: 27 rue de fleures

Published August 13, 2007 Posted By
Now online: 27 rue del fleures - poetries by women. Featured in Issue Three, Summer 2007 are works by Kristin Abraham, Marcia Arrieta, Juliet Cook, Hildred Crill, Melissa DeGezelle, Karen Heywood, A.S. Morgan, Jess Neiweem, Rhonda Robison, Carly Sachs, Amanda Silbernagel, and Yvette Thomas.

Submissions :: Gay Poetry Anthologies

Published August 13, 2007 Posted By
A Midsummer Night's Press announces two new annual anthologies: BEST GAY POETRY edited by Lawrence Schimel and BEST LESBIAN POETRY edited by Linda Alvarez. For the 2008 editions of this exciting new series celebrating the best in gay/lesbian poetry, A Midsummer Night's Press invites submissions of poems published during 2007. Submission information here.

Censorship for the Next Generation

Published August 10, 2007 Posted By
Jessica Powers, author of The Confessional (previously blogged herein), wrote August 8 to inform us of a speaking engagement of hers having been cancelled.

She wrote: "This morning, I received news that my event at Cathedral High School here in El Paso (scheduled this coming Monday afternoon at 3 p.m.), where I was going to discuss issues of immigration and border security and racism with students, has been canceled. I understand that the person behind canceling the event is Chief Justice Richard Barajas, who thought that doing an event with a book that discusses these issues, with profanity, would be a public relations disaster for Cathedral High School and that parents would be in an uproar. Ironically, the event was scheduled on the same day that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is to be the keynote speaker at the Border Security Conference at UTEP here in town. As you know, THE CONFESSIONAL looks at the issues he will be speaking about from the teen perspective. That event has now been canceled and the discussion silenced."

Coming only four weeks after the publication of this exceptional young adult novel, my response to Jessica: I'm surprised it took them so long.

The book is hard-hitting and more real than some adults may want to believe is possible among our nation's "children." And Jessica's dis-invitation is over what? Supposedly because of the fact that characters in her book swear? Uh, did anybody notice Harry Potter in book seven is a minor drinking whiskey and making comparisons with its euphoric feelings throughout the book? But, I guess the issue of ethnic cleansing is just better masked therein so that is overlooked... Fortunately, we can hope, as with most censorship, cancelled invitations and bannings, this will encourage even more young adults to read her work and want to hear what she has to say on the issues reflected so humanly and humanely through the characters in her book. It's just too bad these select "adults" won't hear her out, and that they are in positions of power to silence her.

Read more from Jessica herself on her blog: J.L. Powers

Remember Your First Book?

Published August 10, 2007 Posted By
First Book is a nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. We provide an ongoing supply of new books to children participating in community-based mentoring, tutoring, and family literacy programs.

Over the summer, First Book asked the question: What book got you hooked? On the site now are the results, including responses from Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Rebecca Romijn, John Lithgow, Eric Carle, Judy Woodruff, Marlee Matlin, Rick Reilly, John Krasinski, Lisa Loeb, Joshua Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert and many more.

The Nation :: Free Copies for Students

Published August 10, 2007 Posted By
Students can request free copies of The Nation to pass out at campus events, meetings or protests. Go to their website to fill out the request form: Student Nation

New Journal :: Projections

Published August 09, 2007 Posted By
Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that explores the ways in which recent advancements in fields such as psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, genetics and evolution help to increase our understanding of film, and how film itself facilitates investigations into the nature and function of the mind. The journal will also incorporate articles on the visual arts and new technologies related to film. The aims of the journal are to explore these subjects, facilitate a dialogue between people in the sciences and the humanities, and bring the study of film to the forefront of contemporary intellectual debate. Published on behalf of The Forum for Movies and the Mind.

Coming in the Summer of 2007
Volume 1, Number 1

Ira Konigsberg, "Film Theory and the New Science"

Gilbert J. Rose, "On Affect, Motion and Nonverbal Art: A Case and a Theory"

Patrick Colm Hogan, "Sensorimotor Projection, Violations of Continuity, and Emotion in the Experience of Film"

Norman Holland, "The Neuroscience of Metafilm"

Torben Grodal, "Film Emotions, Valence, and Evolutionary Adaptations"

Silvia Bell, "Separation and Merger in Lovers of the Arctic Circle"

Reviews by:
Bonnie Kaufman, Jeff Zacks , Carl Plantinga and Cynthia Freeland

Adrienne Harris on Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation

An interview with Jonathan Caouette

Uri Hasson on what movies tell us about the mind

Submissions :: Indiana Review 5.08

Published August 09, 2007 Posted By
Indiana Review is planning to bring the funk in summer 2008. Issue 30.1 will feature a special "Focus on the Funk" section, with art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that has a uniquely funky aesthetic. Funk has the power to move and re-move, and it also has the power to defy definition. So please don't ask what funk is (although the Godfather of Soul may be helpful). IR is looking for work that makes you want to jump back and kiss yourself. For more information, visit IR website.

Evangelical Video Games :: The Nation

Published August 09, 2007 Posted By
I'm not a video game fan, but I am interested in the shift in the attraction the younger generation has to symbols and visual graphics - the milennial literacy. It is this kind of reading/literacy that is being tapped into by Operation Straight Up (OSU), a government-sponsored (aka: You're paying for this), military support group.

Kill Or Convert, Brought To You By the Pentagon
By Max Blumenthal
The Nation
"The Pentagon endorses an End Times evangelical group that proselytizes among US troops, plans a 'crusade' to Iraq, and promotes a post-apocalyptic kill-or-convert video game."

And who's in the forefront of this promotional movement?

"Actor Stephen Baldwin, the youngest member of the famous Baldwin brothers, is no longer playing Pauly Shore's sidekick in comedy masterpieces like Biodome. He has a much more serious calling these days...'In my position, I just don't think I'm supposed to keep my faith to myself,' Baldwin told a group of Texas Southern Baptists in 2004. 'I'm just doing what the Lord's telling me to do.'"

Read the rest: The Notion

Submissions :: Call for Art - MacGuffin

Published August 08, 2007 Posted By
The MacGuffin, established in 1984, is a national literary magazine from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Our journal is a 160 page 6” x 9” perfect bound collection of the best poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction that we receive. We also have artwork including black and white photos, prints, and drawings. We publish three issues yearly.

The Book Of Hopes and Dreams

Published August 08, 2007 Posted By
From Dee Rimbauld, Editor: The Book Of Hopes And Dreams is a charity, poetry anthology, published to raise money for the Medical Aid (Afghanistan) appeal of the Glasgow-based charity Spirit Aid, which is an entirely volunteer run organisation, headed by Scottish actor and director, David Hayman. As a volunteer organisation, Spirit Aid are able to ensure that 90% of all the funds they raise go straight to the projects they are involved in (unlike most of the bigger charities whose admin and advertising budgets swallow huge percentages of all donations). The Book Of Hopes And Dreams, which is a celebration of the human spirit (even in times of great adversity) has captured the imagination and hearts of some of the greatest living poets of our times; all of whom have freely contributed work to this anthology. There are contributions from Margaret Atwood, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Heath-Stubbs, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Tony Harrison, Alasdair Gray, Edwin Morgan, Penelope Shuttle, Anne Stevenson, Jon Stallworthy, Alan Brownjohn, Ruth Fainlight, David Constantine, Moniza Alvi, Cyril Dabydeen, Elaine Feinstein, Vicki Feaver, Michael Horovitz, Tom Leonard, Robert Mezey, Lawrence Sail, Jay Ramsay, Charles Ades Fishman, Geoffrey Godbert and Ian Duhig, amongst others.

The book costs
Along with the myriad ancient virtues of storytelling-giving pleasure, passing time, stimulating thought, connecting strangers — literature is a passport to places both real and imagined. In an increasingly interdependent world, rife with ignorance and incomprehension of other cultures, literature in translation has an especially important role.

Few literatures have truly prospered in isolation from the world. English-speaking culture in general and American culture in particular has long benefited from cross-pollination with other worlds and languages. Thus it is an especially dangerous imbalance when, today, 50% of all the books in translation now published worldwide are translated from English, but only 6% are translated into English.

Words Without Borders opens doors to international exchange through translation of the world’s best writing — selected and translated by a distinguished group of writers, translators, and publishing professionals — and publishing and promoting these works (or excerpts) on the web. We also serve as an advocacy organization for literature in translation, producing events that feature the work of foreign writers and connecting these writers to universities and the media.

Our ultimate aim is to introduce exciting international writing to the general public — travelers, teachers, students, publishers, and a new generation of eclectic readers — by presenting international literature not as a static, elite phenomenon, but a portal through which to explore the world. In the richness of cultural information we present, we hope to help foster a “globalization” of cultural engagement and exchange, one that allows many voices in many languages to prosper.

Words Without Borders is a partner of PEN American Center and the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University, and is hosted by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Discussion Forums :: Brooklyn Book Talk

Published August 07, 2007 Posted By
Giving the residents of Brooklyn and elsewhere an opportunity to discuss books and literature, facilitated by staff of Brooklyn Public Library. Brooklyn Public Library's online book discussions encourage people to talk about books over the Internet. The discussion allows for debate and the sharing of ideas related to books. To participate in the discussion, simply click on the "comments" link at the bottom of a post and submit a comment. Currently under discussion: Grief by Andrew Holleran; upcoming for September: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri See more: Brooklyn Book Talk

Lit Mag Mailbag :: August 7, 2007

Published August 07, 2007 Posted By
Volume 30 Number 3, Spring 2007

Bellingham Review
Volume 30 Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Fall 2007

The Hudson Review
Volume 60 Number 2, Summer 2007

The Journal of Ordinary Thought
Spring 2007

Number 55, Summer/Fall 2007

The MacGuffin
Volume 23 Number 3, Spring/Summer 2007

The Massachusetts Review
Volume 48 Number 2, Summer 2007

Michigan Quarterly Review
Volume 46 Number 3, Summer 2007

The Midwest Quarterly
Volume 48 Number 4, Summer 2007

The New Centennial Review
Volume 6 Number 2, Winter 2006

One Story
Issue Number 91, 2007

Parthenon West Review
Issue 5, 2007

Rock and Sling
Volume 4 Issue 1, Summer 2007

Skidrow Penthouse
Issue Number 8, 2007

Volume 35 Number 2, Spring 2007

The Drummstick

Published August 06, 2007 Posted By

Got Doc's CD in the mail and didn't think much of it until I took a closer look at what exactly this "drummstick" is that he plays. This is some incredible technology! You can check out more at his site: and see other YouTube clips of him performing with other musicians.
If you haven't been reading along as each story has been released, the full
Issue 21 is now available featuring stories by: Gretchen McCullough, Kay Sexton, JSun Howard, Amelia Gray, Dan Capriotti, Sung J. Woo, Terry White, Paula Bomer, Clifford Garstang, Emily M. Z. Carlyle, Joel Van Noord, Anthony Neil Smith, Laurie Seidler, and Josh Capps. Issue 22 will start in a week or so, with a new story released every 2-3 days.

Submissions :: Young Writers

Published August 06, 2007 Posted By
Attention Young Writers: Submit your work to be read at an upcoming live production!

If you are between the ages 14 and 21 and enjoy writing, please submit your poems, stories, or essays to be considered for reading at an upcoming live production of A River & Sound Review.

"Writers may submit up to three poems, or an essay or story up to 1,000 words in length. Selection of the work will be based on the literary merit of the submission and its appropriateness for our program. Due to our production schedule and limited staff, it may take us up to three months to notify you of our acceptance of your submission."

See submissions page here: Young Writers Submissions for A River & Sound Review

For more information about opportunities for yount writers, visit NewPages Young Authors Guide.

Sunday Elegy

Published August 05, 2007 Posted By
The Dead Bird Elegy
By Martha Henry
Most of us have our own ways of avoiding the idea of death, if not the actual event itself. But we also have ways of confronting death, usually in a sideways way, like Zombie movies or estate planning. Then there are the traditional Buddhist methods, such as meditating on the uncertainty of the time of death or hanging out with fresh corpses in a charnel ground. Me, I take photographs of dead birds.

Read the rest, or listen to the the MP3 version, on tricycle: the independent voice of Buddhism.

What's on YOUR iPod?

Published August 04, 2007 Posted By
How about FREE audiobooks? LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. Download HEAVEN for the literati! LibriVox also welcomes volunteer readers and listeners for editing recorded works and maintains a strong community among its regulars with message boards and podcast updates.

In Memoriam :: Aura Estrada

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
"New Directions mourns the loss of Aura Estrada, essayist and reviewer, wife of Francisco Goldman, and a great friend who helped us publish Roberto Bolano in the United States. One of our finest Spanish language fiction readers and advisors, Estrada died on July 25 in a surfing accident off the coast of Mexico. Her reviews appeared in many publications, including Bookforum and Boston Review, which published her review of two recent New Directions books in its July/August 2007 issue. A brilliant essay by Aura Estrada on Bolano and Borges can be read on the Words Without Borders website."

Book Sale! Coach House Books

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
Who can resist a sale, especially when it involves books, and especially from a really cool small press? "The Scorching Summer Sale has been extended through August! Purchase any two Coach House books from the website and receive a third book absolutely free! (The free book must be of equal or lesser value than the two purchased books.) Simply place an online order for two books of your choice, then send an e-mail to with your name and selection of third book. Act quickly. The sale ends August 31."

Awards :: Wallace Stevens Award

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
Charles Simic has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The $100,000 prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. The Academy's Board of Chancellors, a body of sixteen eminent poets, nominates and elects the Wallace Stevens Award recipient.

Books :: War Poetry

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
The Baghdad Blues by Sinan Antoon
Published by Harbor Mountain Press

"Baghdad Blues shares with war poetry, especially that of World War I, the sense of underlying shock and horror at the human cruelty and waste. But, Antoon’s poetry is more nightmarish. It starts with enormous schizophrenic intimations of a self caught between repression, fear, and resignation under a dictatorial role, to end up amid scenes of horror that have become the legacy of the 2003 invasion and occupation. Sinan Antoon’s Blues snatches its images from among metal, armor, deserted places, explosions, to build up an identity for an Iraqi soul in a world which is drifting fast into horror which Joseph Conrad-Kurtz’ cry cannot fathom or reach. As befitting the title, sound summons its power from everything in Iraq: from the dictatorial decrees and their demand for appreciative applause, to the air, sea, and land bombardments and explosions. The agonized soul has to cope up with these by its music, its beats of the heart as it perceives all from a hole somewhere, a hole that might offer a glimpse, perhaps of hope, that the poet calls Baghdad Blues."
—Muhsin al-Musawi
Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University and Author of Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition and Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict

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