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Books :: Food Pets Die For

Published July 13, 2007 Posted By

Description from the publisher: In this new and updated edition of Food Pets Die For, first published by NewSage Press in 1997, Ann Martin once again goes behind the scenes of the commercial pet food industry. She uncovers the unsavory ingredients that can legally be used by commercial pet food companies, including euthanized cats and dogs, diseased and contaminated meat, moldy grains, and rancid fat. She also documents the ongoing animal experimentation funded by many major pet food companies in the name of nutritious pet food.

Martin arms consumers with crucial information on how to read labels on pet food, and discern for themselves whether or not they want to feed their pets commercial food. Martin offers healthy alternatives for feeding animal companions with nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipes. For people who don’t have the time to cook, Martin provides information on several pet food companies that produce healthy, human-grade pet food. Martin builds a strong case for why our pets will live longer, healthier lives without commercial pet food.

Online Lit Journals and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Published July 12, 2007 Posted By
Bloggasm is a blog run by Simon Owens that focuses on the media, with an emphasis on online media and journalism. It often features interviews with prominent bloggers, authors and journalists. Simon recently interviewed both the Million Writers Award creator, Jason Sanford, and the winner of the award, Catherynne M. Valente, for an article on how it raises the profile of online literary journals. Read the post: The Million Writers Award: Raising the profile of online literary journals
The Radical History Review seeks submissions for an issue that will explore the intellectual, historical and political implications of the "Irish Question" over the past eight centuries. Deadline: March 15, 2008.
Linda Christensen gets students to read and write critically about clothes, class, and consumption in Can't Buy Me Love: Teaching about clothes, class, and consumption:

"I realized when I first stumbled on this writing assignment that I touched a place of pain and shame that needed to be explored more fully. Students knew they hurt, but they didn't have a social critique to help them understand their humiliation. They internalized the shame of poverty and blamed themselves or their families instead of criticizing a society that places more value on what we own than on our capacity for compassion or good work. In every lesson I construct, I want to puncture holes in the myths that make my students feel shame and doubt about themselves and their families."

Read the rest: Rethinking Schools, Summer 2007

Alt Mag Mailbag :: July 12

Published July 12, 2007 Posted By
Against the Current
Bolivia's Transition in the Balance
Volume 22 Number 3, July/August 2007

Published by Catholics for a Free Choice
Volume 28 Number 2, Summer 2007

Grassroots Economic Organizing
Stories from the front lines of economic solidarity & cooperation
Issue 75, Summer 2007

Greater Good
The Science of a Meaningful Life
Volume 4 Issue 1, Summer 2007

Labor Notes
Number 340, July 2007

Space and Culture
International Journal of Social Spaces
Volume 10 Number 2, May 2007

To read more about these publications and others, visit the NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines.

Interview :: Ishmael Beah

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By
A Tale of Two Storytellers
The Satya Interview with Ishmael Beah and Laura Simms
Satya Magazine, June/July 2007 (Final Issue)

New Writing Contests

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By
The NewPages contest pages have been updated: Lit Mag Contests and Book Contests. Look for the "NEW" icon next to the most recent entries.

Books :: Dafur Diaries

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By

Darfur Diaries
Stories of Survival

Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain and Adam Shapiro
Published by Nation Books

In November 2004, three independent filmmakers traveled to eastern Chad and crept across the border into Darfur. Improvising as they went, they spoke with dozens of Darfurians, learning about their history, hopes, and fears, and the resilience and tragedy of their everyday lives.

In February of 2003 following years of oppression, the Sudan Liberation Army in Darfur took up arms against the Sudanese government. The response to the rebellion was a brutal campaign by the government and allied militias of mass murder, rape and the wholesale destruction of villages and livelihood. Millions of people were displaced, and hundreds of thousands killed.

This book introduces us to those who remain: the refugees and displaced people, civilians and fighters resisting the Sudanese government, teachers, students, parents, children and community leaders, whose collective testimonies provide the heart of Darfur Diaries. Their stories, interwoven with the filmmakers' own personal narratives and conveyed with political and historical context, provide a much-needed account to help understand the tragic situation in Darfur.

Thieves Jargon New Release

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By

Dollhouse by Mike Boyle is the third book publication by Theives Jargon Press, who also publish the weekly online literary magazine Theives Jargon.

Privacy and You

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By
The Privacy Journal, a monthly newsletter founded in 1974 with news on new technology and its impact on privacy, useful tips for protecting your privacy, and the latest on court decisions, legislation, professional conferences, and corporate practices, offers Privacy Tips for Individuals and Organizations on their web site.

Wanted :: Editor

Published July 11, 2007 Posted By
Triptych Haiku, an online journal in publication since October 2005, is looking for editors to join their team. For more information, visit Kevin Doran's blog page: New Editorial Team at Triptych Haiku.

Books :: Humanitarian Imperialism

Published July 10, 2007 Posted By
Humanitarian Imperialism
Using Human Rights to Sell War

by Jean Bricmont
Translated by Diana Johnstone
Published by Monthly Review Press

From the MRP web site: Since the end of the Cold War, the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powers-above all, the United States-in countries that are vulnerable to their attacks. The criteria for such intervention have become more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the large parts of the left was often complicit in this ideology of intervention-discovering new “Hitlers” as the need arose, and denouncing antiwar arguments as appeasement on the model of Munich in 1938.

Jean Bricmont’s Humanitarian Imperialism is both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role of the United States in initiating military and other interventions, but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO. It outlines an alternative approach to the question of human rights, based on the genuine recognition of the equal rights of people in poor and wealthy countries.

Timely, topical, and rigorously argued, Jean Bricmont’s book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sight.
The Poetry at Noon Reading Series at the Library of Congress seeks submissions for the 2007-08 season. To apply, pick one or two themes from among these: "Magic and Magicians" (reading Oct. 9), "Love Poems (reading Feb 12), or Family Names and Nicknames (reading April 22). Include a cover sheet with the theme as the title; list your name, address, phone, and email; include a one-paragraph bio. Submit 2 of your own poems on the theme and 3 by other poets. Open to poets who have not read in the series in the past 3 years. Deadline: July 15 (postmarked). Send to: Patricia Gray, Library of Congress, Poetry and Literature Center, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540-4861.

NewPages Recognized in UTNE Reader

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
Publications that help readers navigate (and evaluate) the indie press

by Danielle Maestretti
UTNE Reader, July/August 2007

"NewPages is the web's alt-press playground. It's tough to stop by for a quick visit; you may go for the reviews, but you'll stay for the guides, with pages upon pages of links to alternative magazines, small book publishers, and independent bookstores..."

To read more, pick up the latest issue of UTNE Reader - or better yet - SUBSCRIBE!

Resources :: Academy of American Poets

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
The official website of Academy of American Poets (sponsors of National Poetry Month), offers hundreds of essays and interviews about poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, almost 2,000 poems, and audio clips of 150 poems.

For Educators, the Online Poetry Classroom offers a wealth of resources, including Discussion Forums where teachers can share ideas and seek help from colleagues; Pedagogical & Critical Essays about poetry; extensive links to relevant websites; Curriculum Units & Lesson Plans; biographies of hundreds of poets; and over 2,000 poems.

For Writers, visit the Publishing FAQ, which provides reading resources for the budding poet and answers questions abouts where to submit your poems, what poetry scams to be wary of, and where to get good feedback on your work. There are also more than 400 essays and interviews on, and many of them deal with the writing process. Read prose pieces that discuss poetic techniques, interviews about the writing life, and browse our glossaries of poetic terms and concepts.

Visit today and consider joining the Academy of America Poets.

Brilliant Book Art :: Nina Katchadourian

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By

Sorted Books Project
"The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters."

DeBoer Distribution...or not

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
Upstreet publisher (Vivian) provides an intense three-part blog on literary magazine distribution woes, and calls out DeBoer for unethical behavior, but not without fairly assessing the why and what she has chosen to do about it. Lit mags looking for distribution may want to take close note: The Upstreet Fan Club blog

Submissions :: Maya Angelou Reference Book

Published July 09, 2007 Posted By
Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on Maya Angelou, focusing on critical analysis of her works. The ideal author will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Angelou's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be completed within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be required. If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to Jeff Soloway, Executive Editor Facts on File, Inc., .

Submissions :: babel

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
babel, an online journal promoting freedom of speech, is seeking poems, short stories, essays or interviews touching on the broad themes of identity and culture. Submissions are welcomed year-round.

New Journal :: Jung Journal

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
From the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal
Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche

New Lit Site :: Video Poetry

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
The Continental Review "The web's first forum devoted exclusively to poets and writers on video. It's a continuously updated journal of video-readings and video-interviews with some interesting and well-known members of the literary community. Our launch, for example, featured vids by the likes of Linh Dinh, Noah Eli Gordon, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Allyssa Wolf, and Tom Beckett, and we'll soon be broadcasting an interview, direct from Paris,with the great Cole Swenson, as well as many other new episodes."

E-Books :: Snow Monkey

Published July 05, 2007 Posted By
When the editors of Snow Monkey "feel a need to concentrate on a certain something, they produce an eBook"; in collaboration with Ravenna Press, the following are available via Adobe Reader download and are (as far as I can tell) chapbook-size collections of poetry: Music Volleys Through; Gustatory in Nature; To the Music of Mid-November Rain & Snow.

To download and view, visit Snow Monkey: An Eclectic Journal

Million Writers Award Winners Announced

Published July 04, 2007 Posted By
The winner of the 2007 Million Writers Award for best online short story is "Urchins, While Swimming" by Catherynne M. Valente, published in Clarkesword Magazine. Valente's story received 31% of the public vote. The runner-ups were "All the Way to Grangeville" by A. Ray Norsworthy (Eclectica Magazine) and "The Infinite Monkey Theorem" by Marshall Moore (Word Riot).

The Prague Revue Redux

Published July 04, 2007 Posted By
After a six year hiatus, The Prague Revue will resume publishing regularly in 2007! The revue will continue to promote the best of the Prague literary scene while establishing an outlet for international writers to publish their work in Central Europe.

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