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Spring 2007 Noneuclidean Caf

Published April 15, 2007 Posted By
Volume 2, Issue 3 - Spring 2007
All Free - All Online

Including:
A Word from the Editor, James Swingle
Articles by Femke Stuut and Kerry Hughes
Interviews with Judith DeLozier and Dr. Michael Shermer
Poetry Kristine Ong Muslim, Zachary C. Bush, Ken Head, Noel Slobada
Fiction by Ralph Greco, Jr., Daniel Ausema, Tesssa Johnstone, Tom Leveen, Mark Fewell, and Craig Pirrall
And book reviews

Noneuclidean Caf

Writers Festival

Published April 11, 2007 Posted By
The Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival invites Southern authors to join our Literary Village in 2007. During the annual three-day event, tens of thousands of people celebrate all that is the cultural arts in the Southeast, including our deep literary tradition. The Literary Village is a gathering of writers from all walks of life and from all publishing methods who sell their work, stage readings and network with other authors in a fun, casual and creative environment. The festival will run Sept. 14-16, 2007. Visit www.artsintheheart.com.

What the puck?

Published April 11, 2007 Posted By
Hey. I was reading lit blogs and a hockey game broke out. The litboys are flailing away. (I think it's mostly a litboy thing. Correct me if I'm wrong.) The fight is over something like this: These guys, Gessen and Roth from N+1 (a hefty print lit mag), think blogs suck. For the most part anyway. (Have I got that right?) Several blogger dudes have, for some reason, taken offense to this. And it goes on and on, linked through posts in various blogs. Like these things get to do in blogs. So if you feel like you're missing out on all the fun, start here at Scott Esposito's Conversational Reading. He'll shoot you over to Dan Green's The Reading Experience. Follow it further if your favorite part of a hockey game is when the gloves go flying and the punches are thrown.

Writers' Conferences

Published April 06, 2007 Posted By
Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fiction * Nonfiction * Poetry * Memoir * Scriptwriting
Yellow Springs, OH
July 7-13, 2007

Rustbelt Roethke Writers' Retreat
A professional-level retreat and peer workshop with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere.
Saginaw Valley State University and The Roethke House, MI
July 15-21, 2007

Writing and the Medical Experience
An intensive week-long program in the literature of illness and recovery.
Sarah Lawrence College and The Foundation for Humanities in Medicine
Bronxville, NY
July 8-14, 2007

Literary magazine reviews

Published April 04, 2007 Posted By
A new batch of literary magazine reviews posted at NewPages.com.

Reviews of these fine lit mags: Antioch Review, Arkansas Review, Backwards City Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands, College Literature, The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Meridian, The New Quarterly, The Paris Review, Poet Lore, The Rambler, Rattle, Santa Monica Review, Tampa Review, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Upstreet, Verbatim, Western Humanities Review, and Zahir.

Bookstores :: Bookmarks Bookshop

Published April 03, 2007 Posted By
I guess the struggle of independent bookstores is very much the same no matter which side of the pond they are on.

Bookmarks bookshop battles the giants with solidarity appeal.

“Independent bookstores in central London are being hit by two things – the property boom that is driving up rents, and developments in the book trade aimed at chasing profits,” says Mark Thomas, manager of Bookmarks.

This situation was highlighted last week by the announcement that Gay’s The Word, Britain’s last surviving specialist lesbian and gay bookshop, faces closure unless it raises enough cash to pay its soaring rent bill.

High streets across Britain are becoming more homogenous, says Mark, with ever larger retail chains dominating the market and driving out smaller independent competitors."

Writers conference

Published April 01, 2007 Posted By
Conversations and Connections will feature over 30 editors from the most respected literary magazines on the market today. This is a special opportunity for Washington, DC area writers who want to take the next step in independent publishing, literary magazines, online publishing, comic books, poetry, and more. The $35 registration fee includes the full day conference, face-to-face “speed dating” with editors, and a subscription to a literary magazine of choice. To register, please visit http://www.writersconnectconference.com.

Online lit mags

Published April 01, 2007 Posted By
The Spring 2007 issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, guest edited by Kwame Alexander, features five women whose training in science and medicine influences the way they write about relationships. Featuring poems by: Jennifer Gresham, Katy Richey, Maureen O'Dea, Tonya Maria Matthews, Deanna Nikaido.

Publishing

Published April 01, 2007 Posted By
Holy Cow! It's 30 years old! "If you had to name the home of the oldest literary presses in Minnesota, you'd probably say the Twin Cities. But to be correct, you'd also have to mention Duluth. It's home to Holy Cow! Press, which is celebrating its third decade."

Million Poems Show NYC

Published March 24, 2007 Posted By
"The next episode of The Million Poems Show is this Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club (1st & Bowery, NYC). Buck Downs, author of Marijuana Soft Drink, Recreational Vehicle, and many other fundamentally unstoppably brilliant collections of poems, will be taking the stage. As will Nicole Renaud, the singer the New York Times describes as an "ethereal soprano," and whom the New Yorker says "earns the overused descriptor ethereal." Franklin Bruno sings the theme song, banters, collaborates, and if you're good, he takes us out with a song. And as for me [Jordan Davis], I try to make it so you almost forget you're at a poetry event. The Million Poems Show is free. What's more, it coincides with happy hour -- come by Monday, have a couple drinks. The words will do things you don't see coming."

Comic Books

Published March 24, 2007 Posted By




Two new offerings from Nick Threndyle, artist and poet out of Victoria, BC - Gringo and Burn All Stations. Sample pages can be viewed on his website. Not new to zines/graphic fiction, Threndyle's work, Golden Eyes on the Ocean Floor had previously been reviewed in the NewPages Zine Rack.


Also in the mail, Street Pizza #1 from Undercore Comix hand-drawn and inked by underground cartoonist Andy P., creator of Tromatic Tendencies: The Story of Lloyd Kaufman.

Literary blog shop

Published March 23, 2007 Posted By
Press Press Press "is a blog-shop for small poetry presses & journals. If you like small poetry presses & journals then you should stop in & see what's new. Everything is new. All of the time."

Words

Published March 20, 2007 Posted By
Why Sexist Language Matters, by Sherryl Kleinman, AlterNet. "Gendered words and phrases like 'you guys' may seem small compared to issues like violence against women, but changing our language is an easy way to begin overcoming gender inequality."

Literary magazine reviews

Published March 19, 2007 Posted By
We've posted a new batch of lit mag reviews at NewPages.com. Reviews of Barrelhouse, Burnside Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Crazyhorse, Fairy Tale Review, Five Points, Georgia State University Review, Green Mountains Review, Hunger Mountain, The Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, The Souther Review, and subTerrian. Some really good reading!

Books :: LibriVox

Published March 17, 2007 Posted By
LibriVox free audio books from LibrarianActivist.org: "LibriVox is a volunteer project with the goal of making pubilc domain works available as audio books. There’s a plethora of goodies here for bibliophiles. Not only is the available of classic works a beautiful thing, but access to audio books is a boon to those who benefit from having access to books through alternative mediums … coming to mind: people who self-identify as LD, ADHD, or visually impaired..."
Congratulations, Christopher Hitchens! But Why Won't You Bring The Funny? From the Huffington Post. "...his upcoming book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (May 1, 2007), sounds like a laugh riot. Check out this sample line: 'Monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents.' Try the veal! Remember to tip your waitress!

Book Reviews

Published March 17, 2007 Posted By
Scarcity of Ads EndangersNewspapers' Book Sections. Wall Street Journal. "Most newly published books don't get any consumer advertising at all. Instead, publishers employ publicists to spread the word to readers through interviews, reviews and book signings. Increasingly, publishers are also using independent bloggers to convey news of new titles, which helps to pinpoint specific interest groups."

Libraries

Published March 17, 2007 Posted By
New Progressive Librarians Guild chapter at Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The purpose of PLG is to foster discussion and action related to librarianship and social responsibility. We believe that the vital role of the library in a democratic society requires a politically and socially engaged profession." Includes links to other chapters.

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.
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