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Online lit mags

Published March 07, 2007 Posted By
BENT PIN Quarterly, a new online journal is currently accepting poetry, essays, and flash fiction for its first issue, Spring 2007.

Literary magazines

Published March 07, 2007 Posted By
Connecticut Review, Georgetown Review, and Upstreet are new additions to our NewPages guide to literary magazines.

Online lit mags

Published March 07, 2007 Posted By
Clemson Poetry Review is a new online literary journal based at Clemson University in South Carolina that publishes undergraduate and graduate poetry exclusively twice a year, spring and fall.

Contests

Published March 07, 2007 Posted By
Check contests with March dealines in the NewPages.com Writing Contests page.

Poetry

Published February 15, 2007 Posted By
Poetry & Commitment by Adrienne Rich. Poets Against the War newsletter. "I'm both a poet and one of the 'everybodies' of my country. I live with manipulated fear, ignorance, cultural confusion and social antagonism huddling together on the faultline of an empire. I hope never to idealise poetry - it has suffered enough from that. Poetry is not a healing lotion, an emotional massage, a kind of linguistic aromatherapy. Neither is it a blueprint, nor an instruction manual, nor a billboard. There is no universal Poetry, anyway, only poetries and poetics, and the streaming, intertwining histories to which they belong."

Literary Magazines

Published February 07, 2007 Posted By
New literary magazine reviews posted at NewPages.com

Reviews of Apostrophe, Callaloo, Cimarron Review, Driftwood, Ecotone, Gulf Coast, Heliotrope, Literary Imagination, Make, Poetry Kanto, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Saranac Review, Swivel, and TriQuarterly.

Literary Magazines

Published January 10, 2007 Posted By
New literary magazine reviews posted at NewPages.com

Reviews of 6x6, The Antigonish Review, Bellingham Review, Chicago Review, Cream City Review, The Healing Muse, Jubilat, The Long Story, Murdaland, Pebble Lake Review, Pool, The Rambler Magazine, Renovation Journal, Salmagundi, Shenandoah, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, StoryQuarterly, and the Yalobusha Review.

books and film

Published December 18, 2006 Posted By
To sing like a mockingbird: A conversation with Nathaniel Dorsky

Michelle Silva: First I want to ask about your recent book Devotional Cinema. I think it’s some of the most thoughtful and introspective writing on the human experience of cinema and the physical properties we share with the medium -- such as our internal visual experience, metaphor, and the art of seeing. What’s great about the book is that it’s accessible to people who aren’t well versed in cinema, but who might be interested in a deeper understanding of their own senses.
Nathaniel Dorsky: The basic ideas for the book were originally formulated because I was hired to teach a course on avant-garde film at UC Berkeley for a semester. I didn’t want to teach a survey course on avant-garde cinema; I didn’t think I could do that with real enthusiasm, I thought it would be a little flat. I decided that what was most interesting to me about avant-garde film -- or at least the avant-garde films that I found most interesting -- was a search for a language which was purely a filmic language.

New Way Forward

Published December 15, 2006 Posted By
After reading the Webhost Study Group report prepared for us by some friends of my dad, and talking with advisors for and against our current situation, we have decided on a New Way Forward. The traffic to our site is too great for our current web host. So...

NewPages.com will be offline for a day or two near the 24th of December as we switch to a new web host. They say that's the most we should be missing, but if it's longer than that, keep trying & we'll show back up. Those promises have been made.

NewPages in Poets.org

Published December 07, 2006 Posted By
NewPages receives a nice write-up and listing in the revamped "Online Poetry Resources" page on the website of the Academy of American Poets .

Interview

Published December 06, 2006 Posted By
Novelist, Editor, Mother Balances the Writing Life. Robert Duffer interviews Gina Frangello, author of My Sister’s Continent, and Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine and its fiction book imprint OV Books.

Blogs

Published December 05, 2006 Posted By
Jason Boog asks Susan Henderson: "The art of writing is evolving as print publications struggle and blogs multiply like rabbits. Your career has crossed both these worlds in interesting ways. In your experience, what makes your web writing different from your paper writing? Any advice for new writers looking to write a blog or website?"

Publishing

Published December 05, 2006 Posted By
Kit Whitfield blogs from the UK on publishing "scams" and "fake publishing houses", but the information is just as relevant in the US, as PublishAmerica is one company looked at. A big problem is that the majority of writers out there with their manuscript in one hand and their dreams of fame and riches in the other, will never read information such as this.

I've been doing a lot of research this month on indie publishers, and I've been finding a much larger number of companies that are will to help you "publish" your book than I realized existed. It is becoming a large marketplace, and there are fistsfull of cash to be extracted from naive authors.

So now we have some of the companies that will sell you the chance to win a meaningless book award (Yippie!) -- that's a whole 'nuther scam to talk about someday -- offering to help you "publish" your book with promises of promoting it to huge sales. Slick, ethics-free, websites make it all sound so simple.

Lit mags

Published December 05, 2006 Posted By
1st Day of Christmas - Books for the Aspiring Writer Colleen Mondor has some interesting ideas. I especially like the idea of giving subscriptions to literary magazines. We have some great candidates for that at www.newpages.com/litmags.

Publishing

Published December 05, 2006 Posted By

More from Tayari Jones: "It has been carefully documented on this blog and on my own, that publishing houses often neglect to publicize the books that they have agreed to publish. It becomes pretty clear to an author that she is going to have to get out there and hustle if she wants her book to reach readers, reviewers, prize committees, etc. Many articles have been written by editors and publicists urging more authors to get out there and HUSTLE.

I’ve done it. I’ll admit it. Many authors of literary fiction feel demeaned by the dirty-hands work of hawking their book. And, though we seldom admit it, it is also pretty depressing work. Literary fiction does not exactly lend itself to the same techniques that work well for urban lit, romance, and mystery novels. One writer friend of mine told me of her dismay at sitting at a book festival next to a romance author who had brought along a troupe of bare-chested policemen to draw attention to her steamy novel."

Publishing

Published December 05, 2006 Posted By

This from Tayari Jones: "There is something resembling an obituary to Bebe Moore Campbell in the newest Newsweek. The Newsweek piece, called Will Sleaze Dominate Black Publishing, laments that writers like Campbell are less popular than authors of non-fiction tell-alls such as Karrine Stephans.

I have to say that I have had enough of this particular narrative.

I am not disputing that racy, celebrity laden books like Confessions of a Video Vixen outsell literary novels. Instead, I am getting sick of the way that commercial writers are set up as the antagonists of literary novelists. I don't think that I'm going to far in left field to wonder why this seems to be a discussion waged far more often when it comes to African American literature."

New literary mags and books received

Published November 30, 2006 Posted By
A new posting in the NewPages Literary News Blog.

Long list of books received, new literary magazines received in the mail, couple new contests, some news...

Look what I found

Published November 30, 2006 Posted By
The NewPages blog. I don't know where it went, but we had to pay a huge sum of money to track it down. Hired the best in the business. And apparently she used this tool that only those "in the know" are familiar with. Something called "Google."

That's why she gets paid the big bucks. To know about obscure search engines that nobody else ever hears about...

So, what? Are we back now?

lit news

Published June 23, 2006 Posted By
All lit all the time. New feature at NewPages.com. Features: New print lit mags received :: New online lit mags posted :: Contests and lit prizes :: News & announcements from lit blogs and the the web

bookselling :: The Regulator Bookshop

Published June 23, 2006 Posted By
The Regulator Is on a Roll. As suburban sprawl threatens to overcome more and more communities, independent booksellers are facing battles on many fronts, from fighting proposed chain store developments in their communities to competing with online giants. It is a market landscape that is very familiar to Tom Campbell of Durham, North Carolina's The Regulator Bookshop. However, Campbell has been proactive to ensure that these economic forces do not undermine his business: He recently helped to dissuade Duke University from opening a huge bookstore right down the street from his store, and in May, he launched an online promotion that has dramatically increased his store's Internet sales.

alt mags - June 8, 2006

Published June 08, 2006 Posted By
Ogden Publications Acquires Utne Magazine. “Utne is one of the most respected publications in America and we feel deeply honored to make it part of Ogden,” said Bryan Welch, publisher of Ogden Publications, Inc. “This makes us the largest and most influential media company in the conscientious lifestyles and environmental awareness fields. Public interest in living more sustainably is growing faster than ever and we expect to grow with it, creating an important resource for today’s consumer.”

 

Uh-oh. Note the last sentence. "...an important resource for today's consumer."

I don't quite know what to say about that, but it settles in my stomach with a thud.

I'm sure that is why a corporate publisher would latch on to a publication like Utne -- because they can now sell a lot more advertising pages aimed at us "conscientious" and "environmentally aware," uh, consumers. (I almost wrote "readers.")

The Ogden website states that they publish magazines and books "for people interested in self-sufficiency, sustainability, rural lifestyles and farm memorabilia." I don't know. It just doesn't seem like how I would ever have defined Utne magazine.

Ogden is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas -- home base of the "Charles Darwin is the devil -- God did it all in six days" mindset.

They publish Grit magazine. One of their other magazines, Cappers, has been "striving to enlighten and entertain while concentrating on traditional American values."

Read the last of that sentence again: "traditional American values."

Thud.

Although it appears Utne will remain based in Minneapolis, I have a strong feeling that we won't be seeing anything too radical or controversial in their pages after this. Or maybe it will feel like the same magazine for a while, and then "evolve" more into the Ogden mold.

Utne grew quickly to become a wonderful and vital publication, giving important coverage to lesser known alternative magazines. Their coverage of smaller mags makes a difference in our culture, and I wonder how much longer we'll see that. They currently have on staff one of the smartest and most dedicated persons around to the cause of finding, reviewing and promoting the best -- and often amazingly obscure -- alt mags and zines.

But the focus off of the alternative *press* has been going on for a while. The January 2005 issue carried the subtitle: "A Different Read on Life."

The November 2005 issue has the new subtitle: "Understanding the next evolution."

Now I cringed when I first saw that. A bit too "new-agey" for my tastes. And too cute, by far, the way they were able to come up with something using the letters U T N E...

And is it not priceless that the magazine of the "next evolution" is now headquartered in the state where the "first evolution" is being
banished from school textbooks?

Mark my words. This is not a good thing for alternative media.

books :: Steve Paulson on Karen Armstrong

Published June 02, 2006 Posted By
Going beyond God. Historian and former nun Karen Armstrong says the afterlife is a "red herring," hating religion is a pathology and that many Westerners cling to infantile ideas of God. By Steve Paulson. Salon.com.

Well, explain that. What is religion?

Religion is a search for transcendence. But transcendence isn't necessarily sited in an external god, which can be a very unspiritual, unreligious concept. The sages were all extremely concerned with transcendence, with going beyond the self and discovering a realm, a reality, that could not be defined in words. Buddhists talk about nirvana in very much the same terms as monotheists describe God.
Interview with Michael Pollan. Los Angeles City Beat. In Michael Pollan’s recently released book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, the author delves into America’s twisted nutritional zeitgeist and discovers that we need to retrace our culinary steps. Then he does the legwork for us by investigating the origins of four separate meals, from a drive-thru McDonald’s dinner to one for which he himself has – not kidding – hunted and foraged. Another interview here: Austinist Interviews Michael Pollan.

books :: Daniel Burton-Rose

Published May 31, 2006 Posted By
A conference with ghosts. Writings by and about our disenfranchised prison population. By Daniel Burton-Rose. San Francisco Bay Guardian. Two new books by bright young writers delve into the impact of America's criminal justice system on society at large. In Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House, Sacramento-based investigative journalist Sasha Abramsky documents the way in which the widespread practice of stripping convicted felons of the right to vote has dramatically contracted the country's pool of eligible voters.

. . . Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime, by UC Riverside ethnic studies professor Dylan Rodr
Censorship is xxxx xx xxx. A new anthology looks at how we silence others and ourselves. By David Moisl. San Francisco Bay Guardian. "The ultimate dream of censorship is to do away with the censor," says Svetlana Mintcheva in Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression, a collection of essays, interviews, and roundtable discussions whose contributors range from Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig and hacker-culture explicator Douglas Thomas to fiction writers J.M. Coetzee and Judy Blume.

. . . In “Market Censorship,” New Press founder André Schiffrin discusses the situation of booksellers: "The market, it is argued, is a sort of ideal democracy. It is not up to the elite to impose their values on readers, publishers claim, it is up to the public to choose what it wants — and if what it wants is increasingly downmarket and limited in scope, so be it. The higher profits are proof that the market is working like it should."
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