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New Lit Mag: Yellow Medicine Review

Published May 12, 2007 Posted By
Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought

"The title Yellow Medicine Review is significant in that it incorporates the name of a river in Southwest Minnesota. The Dakota dug the yellow root of the moonseed plant for medicinal purposes, for healing. Such is the spirit of Yellow Medicine Review.

"At this time, we encourage submissions from indigenous perspectives in the area of fiction, poetry, scholarly essays, and art. We define indigenous universally as representative of all pre-colonial peoples."
June 4 - June 30, 2007
Application deadline: May 15, 2007

The first Annual Crazyhorse/Tupelo Press Publishing Institute was founded to provide training in the theory and practice of literary publishing and editing to prepare for successful careers as publishers and editors.

Earn six hours of graduate credit working with Crazyhorse Editors Carol Ann Davis and Garrett Doherty, and Tupelo Press Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Levine.

The institute combines an intensive, four-week course that chronicles the choosing of the winner in the annual Tupelo Press First Book Prize (judged collaboratively by Crazyhorse and Tupelo Press editors) with opportunities to intern at Crazyhorse.

For more information and for downloadable application forms, please visit the website at: http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/pubinstitute and/or email Carol Ann Davis at .

Lummox Journal Now Online

Published May 01, 2007 Posted By
After eleven years in print and a hiatus of a few months, the Lummox Journal is now online!

This inaugural issue features two interviews that present 'a sort of Ying and Yang view of modern poetry': Billy Jones (Caboolture, AUS) and Hugh Fox (Madison, WI). Also of interest: an essay by Todd Moore on the poetics of American poetry, an article by Charles Ries on a poetry reading in Santa Cruz, CA, several reviews and some great poetry.

Read the inaugural issue here: Lummox Journal

Poetry

Published April 17, 2007 Posted By
Donald Hall: an advocate for the understanding of poetry. "A book of poems by a well-known poet used to get a print run of 1,000 copies, and you'd be lucky if you sold out," says Mr. Hall. "Now more publishers are printing 8,000 to 10,000 copies for a first edition." He also notes that many literary magazines are being published, and when you add their modest circulations together, the result is a large readership.

What the LitBlog crew will be reading...

Published April 17, 2007 Posted By
The LitBlog Co-op announces Spring 2007 Read This! selection.

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is a collection of short stories that combines the fantastic with the prosaic. A woman walks into a Quik-Mart and winds up on a hillside, surrounded by swords and scimitars. A tedious post-college job isn't quite as boring as it seems. And girls and boys flirt and touch and fly off buildings and escape Byzantine soldiers and pirouette and fall. Each time I thought I had these stories figured, they came around a corner to surprise me anew.

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.
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