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Book Review

Published March 17, 2007 Posted By
Poets in full bloom. Leslie Adrienne Miller, Deborah Keenan and Diane Glancy -- longtime Minnesota English professors -- are at the height of their poetic powers in these three new collections. Reviews by Andrea Hoag, Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Scene New: Lit Mags

Published March 15, 2007 Posted By
One of the benefits of attending AWP is getting to meet and discover “new” lit mags on the scene. As saddened as we so often are to hear of magazines folding under economic or other life constraints, it is at the same time with great joy that we see new mags crop up, with invigorated, often "youthful" labor, and somehow enough change in their pockets (or foraging skills) to get the publication started. Who knows where these fresh starts may end up; no doubt some of the long-standing lit mags have staff who remember their start-up days — before they went glossy, before they went 501c(3), before the .com, before finding a comfortable hold within academic walls, or perhaps after leaving academia behind... A smattering of new mags offering an infusion of hope include:










Alehouse, San Francisco, CA. Editor Jay Rubin, Contributing Editors Edward A. Dougherty, Kake Huck, and Gary Lessing.

Cannibal, Brooklyn, NY. Editors Matthew Henriksen (also of TYPO) and Katy Henriksen.

Cave Wall, Greensboro, NC. Editor Rhett Iseman.

New Ohio Review or /nor, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Managing Editor John Bullock.

Short Story, Columbia, SC. Editor Caroline Lord.


We wish these newbies the best in their endeavors, and hope to see them continue to grace our pages.

Poetry

Published March 15, 2007 Posted By
The Spring 2007 Book Sense Picks Poetry Top Ten. "The list features a notable selection, including titles from a former U.S. poet laureate, a Nobel Prize winner, a Yale Series of Younger Poets winner, and comprehensive collections of two contemporary masters. The Poetry Top Ten is the result of strong support from booksellers, reflecting a deep level of knowledge and commitment."

Changing Hands Named PW's Bookseller of the Year. Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, has been named the recipient of the 15th annual Bookseller of the Year Award from Publishers Weekly. The bookstore, which celebrates its 33rd anniversary this year, is co-owned by Gayle Shanks, her husband, Bob Sommer, and Susie Brazil. PW reported that the store was nominated by Random House's district sales manager, Ron Smith, who said, "The enthusiasm, energy and creativity of the people of Changing Hands Bookstore is what makes me look forward to each visit."

Online lit mag

Published March 14, 2007 Posted By
Open Letters: A Monthly Arts & Literature Review debuts with "among other things, a sharp, critical work by John Cotter on the reviews of Martin Amis's "House of Meetings"; an involved examination of the writing of young first-time novelists; and our headliner, an unsparing assessment of ALL 20th literature by Steve Donoghue."

Roger, roger!

Published March 12, 2007 Posted By

Another lit mag face lift – er, name lift: roger, an art & literary magazine is the former Calliope (of Ampersand Press), still based out of Roger Williams University. While the current editorial staff remarks that “we will avail ourselves of the Internet with our Web site,” the site has yet to be “launched” (what's there now isn't much...). Still, the publication is “committed to hard copy,” so it would seem it’s just a matter of getting name, web space and print publication to fuse as one for this publication to become fluent in its efforts. For NewPages users, the sooner on the web presence, the better!

Two Lines Journal Crosses the Line

Published March 09, 2007 Posted By

Two Lines: World Writing in Translation, part of the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco, CA, has published English translations of fiction and poetry from more than 50 languages for over a decade. Now, thanks to partnership with the University of Washington Press, this former journal has shed its ISSN to become a full-fledged ISBN'd book. "Better for distribution and sales," says Promita Chatterji, Two Lines Marketing Administrator, and better as well as for the continued excessive content that burst the seams of the lit journal boundaries. ("Really, it's a journal," they would say, hefting it two-handed off the table at AWP to suspicious readers.) Our best to Two Lines on their new venture; we'll miss them on the NewPages lit mag list.

Coleman Barks at AWP

Published March 09, 2007 Posted By
Hearing Coleman Barks read at AWP Atlanta was the absolute highlight for me. I’ve read much of his translation of Rumi and only knew that of him. I was equally awed by his reading his own poetry that night – his non-Rumi poems. Not only is his delivery enough to carry you from the physical realm into the poetic ethereal, but his down-homey nature in his reading was like being wrapped in a cozy blanket on a cold winter’s eve. While reading, he would interject chuckles, amused by the memory of the line or the event therein reflected, and would add commentary, such as “This really happened,” as he talked the crowd of hundreds through his lines as though to a single friend over coffee. A smattering of his poetry with RealAudio recordings can be found on Courtland Review’s website. Coleman will be busy traveling this year, celebrating the 800th birthday of Rumi; if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to catch up with him.

Meena at AWP

Published March 08, 2007 Posted By
Like most of those who attended AWP in Atlanta (Feb. 28 - Mar. 4), I'm still in hangover mode - and it has nothing (or at least little) to do with alcohol. My mind is still spinning with memories of meeting dozens of people, from teachers to publishers, students in MFA programs to published authors, and so many, many people who just wanted to stop by and say "Thanks" to NewPages for the work we do (likewise - I'm sure!). Yet, now sorting through my two boxes of lit mags to get listed, the first one I pulled out was one that most impressed me among new publications: Meena.

What makes the mag a standout is very concept of it: English/Egyptian works both in their original language and in translation (half the pub is English, the other half Arabic), with art throughout. From the pub site: "The word 'meena' means port, or port-of-entry, in Arabic, and that is exactly what we would like Meena to be: a port between our cities, our countries, our languages, our cultures. 'We' are a group of writers and artists based in the port cities of New Orleans and Alexandria but from all over the United States and Egypt (and beyond) who want to share our work with each other and with you."

Given the global climate, this is a publication well worth checking out and including in course reading lists, library collections and just passing around the cafe.

Online lit mags

Published March 07, 2007 Posted By
Wheelhouse Magazine Online launches its debut issue, Vol. 1, with contributions from fiction writers Jim Ruland, Nahid Rachlin, Mimi Albert, Diane Lefer, Curtis Harnack, Lourdes Vasquez; poetry from Tung Hui Hu, Pat Falk, Natasha Saje, Marilyn Taylor, and Jared Carter; visual arts by Daniel Johnston, Tom Carey, and Marc Leuthold; essayists Steve Heller and Sheyene Foster Heller.

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."

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