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Published June 30, 2011
A Road Not Taken is a book/DVD project by two Swiss artists and film makers, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, about the story of the Jimmy Carter White House Solar Installation.

Publisher Synopsis:

You may not remember this but in 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House West Wing.

The panels, which were used to heat water for the staff eating area, were a symbol of a new solar strategy that Carter had said was going to “move our Nation toward true energy security and abundant, readily available, energy supplies.”

But in 1986, President Ronald Reagan removed the solar panels while the White House roof was being repaired. They were never reinstalled.

In 1991, the panels were retrieved from government storage and brought to the environmentally-minded Unity College about an hour southeast of Bangor, Maine. There, with help of Academy Award winning actress Glenn Close, the panels were refurbished and used to heat water in the cafeteria up until 2005. They are still there, although they no longer function.

Swiss directors Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller follow the route the panels took, using them as a backdrop to explore American oil dependency and the lack of political will to pursue alternative energy sources.

In the movie A Road Not Taken, the filmmakers took two solar panels from Unity, placed them in the back of two students’ 1990 Dodge Ram pick-up truck (which had been retrofitted to run on vegetable oil) and delivered one of them to the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum in Atlanta and the other to the National Museum of American History in Washington.

In 1979, Carter warned, “a generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people – harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”

It turns out Carter’s warning was at least partially correct: two of his solar panels are museum pieces now.
Published June 23, 2011
Cook & Tour in Rome, Italy w/ Alimentum Publisher Paulette Licitra
October 11-17, 2011

Shop at the outdoor food markets, small food shops, Roman supermarkets and bring the bounty back to a fabulous apartment in the historic center of Rome to cook and dine.

Tour Rome's best of best places: Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Capitoline Hill, Coliseum, St. Peter's, Teatro Marcellus, Bocca di Verita, and more, plus great neighborhoods for shopping: boutiques, flea markets, and department stores.
Published June 27, 2011
Michael Redhill will step down as proprietor and publisher of Brick effective with the publication of the current issue (87). In his introduction to the issue, Redhill explains that he will still be with the magazine as part of an editorial/ownership collective which also includes Michael Helm, Michael Ondaatje, Esta Spalding, Linda Spalding, and Rebecca Silver Slayter.

Redhill imparts some of what he has learned from his having "been involved with Brick, in one form or another, for much of [his] adult life." He writes:

This is the eighty-seventh issue of Brick, a small Canadian literary journal that has existed for thirty-three years and, at any given time, has never had more than 2.5 employees. As a business model, Brick could be in MBA textbooks as an example of what not to do. A small cultural concern is about the worst kind of business you could have: humans may begin to die from the moment they're born, but arts businesses need daily resuscitation from the moment of inception. Innovation, legwork, networking, enthusiasm, and a refusal to be surprised by disaster are just a few things you need to make a go of it. And success is not expressed in profit, or even survival. Success for something like Brick is simply being able to play a meaningful role in a time and place, be part of a conversation, and stick around at least long enough to be taken seriously. In that regard, Brick has been a smashing success and all signs point to it continuing to succeed for many years to come.
Published June 21, 2011
Editors John Gosslee and Sarah Gallagher, along with a full staff, bring forth Fjords, a full-color, print annual "comprised of new cultural developments in art and literature," featuring fiction, poetry, photography, visual art, new voices, authoritative figures, occasional biographies, interviews and film reviews.

The editors both solicit works from writers and artists, but maintain an open submission policy, "which creates a diverse collection of regional and international works from different eras, movements, and languages." In addition to the print publication, Fjords also publishes some of its authors in a strictly audio format, which can be found on their website.

Included in the first print edition: poems by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Corey Mesler, Olympia Sibley, Juliana Kocsis, J. J. Steinfeld, and 20th Century Ukrainian Poet Pavlo Tychyna translated by Stephen Komarnyckyj; the article "Ecclesiastic: a Font Orphan: Typographer Ed Edman restores a Font" by John Gosslee; prose by Judy Light Ayyildiz, Stephen Wade; art by Clay Witt and Suzun Hughes.

Fjords's next deadline for submissions is August 1, 2011
Published June 22, 2011
Kartika Review, a national Asian American literary arts journal, recently published Issue 9 for Spring 2011. The issue features two author interviews, with Amy Chua on her memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Jessica Hagedorn on her novel Toxicology. Kartika Review is available in print as well as online.
Published June 22, 2011
Just when I thought I'd heard it all (sometimes over and over), along comes a whole new and ambitiously innovative new publication. Still in the submission stage for its inaugural issue, EdgePiece is a collective of "emerging editors launching emerging writers."

The editors include Head Editor Sarah Lindsay, Readers and Developmental Editors Sarah Lucas, Dakota Morgan, Pamela S. Wall, Katie Damphousse, Max Pickering, and Copy Editor Pamela S. Wall.

The editorial process, and the use of "developmental editors" means the editors will work with authors to help them polish their work to prepare them for publication: "We edit for spelling, grammar and in some cases, clarity/strength of arguments/purpose. We do NOT touch the author/artist’s voice, vision, or personal style, and we never fully reject a piece. We suggest improvements and encourage the author/artist to resubmit, for we are capable of seeing the potential in all submissions we receive."

EdgePiece is currently "hungry" for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, with consideration for book/essay/poetry/film reviews, photography and other graphic/visual art for their first tri-annual issue.
Published June 22, 2011
The storySouth Million Writers Award is for any fictional short story of at least a 1,000 words first published in an online publication during 2010. "Publication" means any magazine or journal with an editorial process (so self-published stories are not eligible). The deadline for nominations was March 15, 2011. The list of notable stories of the year was released on April 17, 2011, and the top ten stories were released on June 6.

NewPages Reviewer Henry Tonn offered his own take on the selections before they went to Sanford and two other judges to choose the final ten.

Voting on the top stories of the year will last for one month after the top ten stories are released, so the rest is up to you! Visit storySouth Million Writers Award page by July 6 to read and vote on the following top ten online stories of 2011:

"Hell Dogs" by Daphne Buter (FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry)
"Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
"The Green Book" by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine)
"Do You Have a Place for Me" by Roxane Gay (Spork Press)
"Here is David, the Greatest of Descendants" by Spencer Kealamakia (Anderbo)
"The Incorrupt Body of Carlo Busso" by Eric Maroney (Eclectica)
"Cancer Party" by Nicola Mason (Blackbird)
"Arthur Arellano" by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Narrative Magazine)
"Elegy for a Young Elk" by Hannu Rajaniemi (Subterranean Magazine)
"Most of Them Would Follow Wandering Fires" by Amber Sparks (Barrelhouse)
Published June 23, 2011
Issue #14 of PEN America features The Good Books, in which over fifty writers — including Yiyun Li, Anne Fadiman, Karen Russell, Gary Shteyngart, David Shields, and many more — choose the works in translation they’d bring to a great global book swap. Several contributions are available for reading online.
Published June 16, 2011
Chicago Review 56.1 is an issue devoted to New Italian Writing: Poetry, fiction, and criticism translated into English for the first time. Translators include: V. Joshua Adams, Anne Milano Appel, Sarah Arvio, Robert P. Baird, Lisa Barca, Patrick Barron, Jacob Blakesley, Joel Calahan, Maggie Fritz-Morkin, Elizabeth Harris, Chris Glomski, Peter Hainsworth, Laura Modigliani, Dylan J. Montanari, Gianluca Rizzo, Jennifer Scappettone, Dominic Siracusa, Kate Soto, and Paul Vangelisti.

The issue also includes a comprehensive checklist of recent Italian anthologies and letters by Cole Swensen, Kent Johnson, John Gallaher, and Richard Owens in response to Keith Tuma's essay "After the Bubble" (CR 55-3/4).

A complete list of contents is available on the here.
Published June 16, 2011
One of Artifice's founding editors, Rebekah Silverman, is leaving the magazine to pursue a position advancement with her job at a nonprofit called Growing Home. James Tad Adcox remains as editor, and Ian McCarty is stepping in as the new managing editor. Apparently "more changes" are afoot, but nothing has yet been revealed.
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