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Published June 10, 2011
From Tricia Currans-Sheehan's Editor's Note to the 2011 issue of The Briar Cliff Review:

In November I went to Beijing to visit my daughter who was teaching English there. What struck me was the silence about Liu Xiaobo, who had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. There was a disconnect. Here I was in this city of 18 million, near a shopping mall, which was putting up Christmas decorations, selling KFC, Big Macs, and Gucci bags and yet the people didn't know what was happening in their own country or if they knew they couldn't talk about it. I wondered how long those Gucci bags would keep them satisfied.

While in Beijing my daughter couldn't blog, connect to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and only had access to a censored Google. In The New York Times on January 23, 2011, Nicholas Kristof wrote, "...the Chinese cyberspace remains a proletarian dictatorship. In November the government sent a young woman, Cheng Jianping to labor camp for a year for posting a single mocking sentence."

The connection between freedom of speech and the press and my job as editor of The Briar Cliff Review was so clear. As editor I read hundreds of manuscripts that cover all topics and issues. If I lived in China, there wouldn't be a magazine like this.
Published June 12, 2011
Jessica Powers interviews James Engelhardt, [former] editor of Prarie Schooner, in which reveals his enthusiasm for the literary life: "We keep going over the same ground as humans, as writers, the same emotional or intellectual ground — we keep exploring what it means to be human, finding new ways to explore the human condition. You’d think we’d have done that already, that we would know everything there is to know about love, or loss, but we don’t. The world seems to excite the imagination endlessly."

James also shares the news that he will be leaving Prairie Schooner to take a new position as acquisitions editor with the University of Alaska Press. Kwame Dawes will be the new editor-in-chief with Prairie Schooner beginning this fall.

We wish both the best in their new roles!
Published June 13, 2011
In the editor's note to the Spring 2011 issue of Sinister Wisdom, Julie R. Enszer comments on attending the October 2010 conference sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) titled In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbians in the 70s. This issue is compiled of works from this conference by Agatha Beins, Evelyn Torton Beck, Cheryl Clarke, Madeline Davis, Tucker Pamella Farley, Myriam Fougere, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Patricia A. Gozemba, Jeri Hilderley, Bonnie J. Morris, Amanda Ream, Mimi Iimuro Van Ausdall, Fran Winant, Renee DeLong, Lisa C. Moore and Tiona McClodden.

Enszer writes: "Attending the conference and compiling this issue of Sinister Wisdom, I've been thinking about these questions: How do we narrate and share history between generations? How can we pass on traditions, ideas, and values to new generations while still giving younger women the space to experiment and formulate their own traditions, ideas, and values? How do we honor the past and think critically about it as a way to refine our strategies for change? How do we honor the past while still celebrating the current achievements and future dreams of women who have already made extraordinary contributions? Contributors to this issue of Sinister Wisdom grapple with these questions and more.
Published June 13, 2011
David Perry is an inspirational photographer, a willing teacher, and a captivating storyteller who brings the unique insights and skills garnered in his 30 years of professional photography to each new project he encounters. View 12 photographs (with narratives) of entropy in the garden and beyond on Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment.
Published June 09, 2011
The newest issue of George Mason University's Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art (Fall 2011 Issue 40.2) features works by the winners of the magazine's annual contest:

Winter Fiction Contest
Judged by Caitlin Horrocks
Winner: Aja Gabel, “Little Fish”
Honorable Mention: Dwight Holing, “Spines”

Greg Grummer Poetry Award
Judged by Dan Beachy-Quick
Winner: Mark Wagenaar, “Moth Hour Reliquaries”
Honorable Mention: Grace Curtis, “Wordsplay”

Inaugural Nonfiction Contest
Judged by Shauna Cross
Winner: R.B. Moreno, “I’d Like to Talk About the Bigger Stuff”
Honorable Mention: Jessica McCaughey, “On the Music of Distraction”
Published June 09, 2011
Volume 76, Numbers 1 & 2 of North Dakota Quarterly is devoted to "Hemingway in His and Our Time" and features the following authors and their works:

H. R. Stoneback
For Whom the Flood Rolls: Ernest Hemingway and Robert Penn Warren—Connections and Echoes, Allusion, and Intertextuality

Ben Stoltzfus
Hemingway's Iceberg: Camus' L'Etranger and The Sun Also Rises

Jeffrey Herlihy
The Complications of Exile in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises

Joseph Holt
The Textual Condition of Hemingway's African Book

Walter Houk
Hemingway's Cuban Son Looks Back on Life with Papa

Allen Josephs
Confessions of an Animal Lover: Clearing Up a Few Things about Hemingway, Spain, and the Bulls

Allen Josephs
Picasso, Hemingway, and Lorca: or Toreo As a Modernist Principle

Melanie Conroy-Goldman
10,000 Words (story)

Matthew Nickel
Lighthearted Sinners and Pious Puritans, Followers, and Believers: Hemingway's "Holy War Meat Eaters and Beer Drinkers Happy Hunting Ground and Mountain Religion" in Under Kilimanjaro

Brad McDuffie
Teaching In Our Time to Freshmen (poem)

Donald Junkins
Martha Gellhorn's Letters

David Raabe
Dempsey over Hemingway in Three Rounds

Robert E. Fleming
The Deaths of the Children in Islands in the Stream

Robert E. Gajdusek
Bimini

Ron McFarland
Three Novels on Hemingway in Cuba

Zak Haselmo
Hemingway: Eight Decades of Criticism

Donald A. Daiker
"Don't Get Drunk, Jake": Drinking, Drunkenness, and Sobriety in The Sun Also Rises

Marina Gradoli
Hemingway's Criteria in Ordering the Sequence of the Vignettes of in our time (1924) and In Our Time (1925)
Published June 09, 2011
From The Huffington Post - Poetry Book Contests Should be Abolished: Why Contests Are the Stupidest Way to Publish First Books, in which Anis Shivani argues (with selected examples from recent contest-winning poetry books) that "the contest system is at least partially responsible for: 1. A halt to aesthetic progression; 2. An encouragement of mediocrity and ambition; and 3. A corruption of the poetic process itself."
Published June 10, 2011
Formerly the assistant editor of High Desert Journal, issue #13 of the publication brings Charles Finn on as editor, with Elizabeth Quinn moving into the newly developed role of managing editor. Finn writes that Elizabeth is "still very much a part of the High Desert Journal. High Desert Journal is her creation, her 'baby' as she sometimes calls it and will continue to be so." The change in roles will allow Elizabeth to "tackle the difficult and necessary job of keeping the magazine financially afloat, arriving on newsstands and in your mailbox twice a year." With readership and subscriptions on the rise as well as an increase in submissions, the change is a necessary business decision.
Published June 07, 2011
The Quotable is a quarterly online and print magazine "showcasing tomorrow’s quote-worthy authors." Each issue will feature short stories, essays, poetry and artwork based on a specific theme and quote. The first issue is available online at no cost, and in print, epub, mobi both for single issue purchase and subscription.

The inaugural issue features works by A.J. Kandathil, Eddie Jones, Brooke Bailey, Jasmon Drain, Chris Wiewiora, Joseph Pravda, Rob McClure Smith, Bruce Bischoff, Alicia Dekker, William Zebulon Peacock, and Don Campbell.

Behind the scenes of The Quotable are Editors Eimile Denizer, Lisa Heins, and Leslye PJ Reaves, Poetry Editor Deborah Preg, Art Editor Michael Reid, Associate Editor Mary Wilt, and Copy Editor Cassie Pinner.

The Quotable accepts submissions during the following reading periods:

December 1 – February 1 : Spring Issue
March 1 – May 1 : Summer Issue
June 1 – August 1 : Fall Issue
September 1 – November 1 : Winter Issue

Unless otherwise noted, each issue will be centered around a theme. The next theme for Issue III is Transformation: “The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.” ~Marcus Aurelius

The Quatable accepts flash fiction (under 1,000 words), short fiction (under 3,000 words), creative nonfiction (under 3,000 words), poetry (up to three submissions of one poem per submission), art and photography.
Published June 08, 2011
The June 2011 issue of Poetry is "The Translation Issue" and includes works in translation by Amrita Pritam, Juhan Liiv, Angelos Sikeliano, Lucie Th
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