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Published May 17, 2011
Winners of the 20th annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Susan Steudel, and the Best Short Fiction Prize, Will Johnson, have their winning works published in the spring 2011 (#247) edition of The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal. Also included are poetry and fiction honorable metions: Catherine Owen, Tim Bowling, Charmaine Cadeau, and Sandra Jenson. These winning entries can also be read on The Fiddlehead website.

This annual contest awards $1500 to the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem, $500 each for Two Honourable Mentions and $1500 for the Best Story, $500 each for Two Honourable Mentions. The deadline for entry is December 1, 2011. The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 251) and on their web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes.

[Cover image: "The Hill" by Glenn Priestley]
Published May 17, 2011
The newest venture by A Public Space is an annual English-language version of the acclaimed literary magazine Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan. The magazine is edited by Motoyuki Shibata (curator, along with Roland Kelts, of the Focus: Japan portfolio in APS 1) and Ted Goossen.

"We offer nothing in the way of a 'concept' or 'lifestyle' aimed at a particular age bracket or social group, no useful information to help you get ahead," write the editors. "Our inspiration for the name Monkey Business is the immortal Chuck Berry tune. No other work of art that I know of deals with the aggravations we face every day so straightforwardly and with such liberating humor. That is the guiding star we follow on this journey."

The first issue includes literary works by Hideo Furukawa, Hiromi Kawakami, Mina Ishikawa, Atsushi Nakajima, Barry Yourgrau, Yoko Ogawa, Inuo Taguchi, Koji Uno, Masayo Koike, Shion Mizuhara, Minoru Ozawa, and Sachiko Kishimoto with translations by Ted Goossen, Jay Rubin, M. Cody Poulton, and Michael Emmerich. Also included is a manga by the Brother and Sister Nishioka, based on the story by Franz Kafka, translated by J. A. Underwood.

Twenty-five percent of all sales of Monkey Business will benefit Japan's Nippon Foundation/CANPAN Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Published May 17, 2011
new graffiti: Literature on the Streets is the monthly literary broadside published by new graffiti Publishing, pairing poetry, fiction, essays and art to "create a unique story." new graffiti comes in the form of broadsides, flyers, magazine inserts, post cards, and "anything else that can be thrown into a public space." Each month new graffiti: Literature on the Streets will publish a new writer and artist with everything published also appearing on the new graffiti Publishing website.

new graffiti is open for submissions twice per year, extending its first biannual call until the end of May.
Published May 18, 2011
Versal all the way from Amsterdam at AWP Washington DC 2011. I especially love the looks from the bystanders! Versal rocks!
Published May 13, 2011
SEATTLE — Richard Hugo House is seeking 1-2 accomplished authors/teachers (funding dependent) to become the next writers-in-residence at the nonprofit literary arts center on Capitol Hill.

Applicants for the position should be practicing, published (or produced) writers of poetry, fiction, plays or creative nonfiction and accomplished and dedicated writing teachers with experience working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional development advice.

Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (i.e. developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in the role of writing as a means of engaging people of all cultures and in all sectors of society.

Applications are due by June 6, 2011 to Richard Hugo House, c/o Writer-in-Residence Search Committee, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. Full details regarding the application process are on the RHH Website. No phone or e-mail queries please.
Published May 16, 2011
The latest issue of The Missouri Review (v34 n1) includes the winners of the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize: John Hales for his essay "Helpline"; anna Solomon for her fiction "The Long Net"; and George Looney for his poems "To Account for Such Grace," "Early Pastoral," "The Consolation of a Company of Acrobats," and "A Temporary Delyaing of the Inevitable."
Published May 16, 2011
From Siglio Press: Torture of Women is Nancy Spero's fierce and enduring contribution to contemporary art, to feminist thought and action, and to the continuing protest against torture, injustice, and the abuse of power.

This epic artwork, juxtaposing testimony by female victims of torture with startling imagery from the ancient world, is as powerful now as when it was created in 1976. Artistic ingenuity coupled with boldly feminist and political intent, Torture of Women is a public cry of outrage and a nuanced exploration of the continuum of violence and the isolation of pain. It is also a pivotal work by an American artist whose immense impact has yet to be fully examined.

Siglio's publication, three years in the making, translates the 125 ft. work into nearly 100 pages of detail so that the entirety of Torture of Women---with legible texts and vibrant color reproductions---can be experienced with immediacy and intimacy, providing a unique opportunity to engage this influential but infrequently exhibited work of art. Siglio's publication of Torture of Women also serves as a centrifuge for conversation, raising provocative questions that cross the borders of art, politics, feminism, and human rights.

With an essay "Fourteen Meditations of Torture of Women by Nancy Spero" by Diana Nemiroff; "Symmetries," a story by Luisa Valenzuela; and an excerpt from The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World by Elaine Scarry.

$48 Clothbound 156 pages, Illustrated ISBN 978-0-9799562-2-5
Published May 10, 2011
Three Coyotes publishes the work of our best poets, writers and artists in response to the environment, the American West, current issues, animals, the arts, imagination and survival. The staff behind the publication includes Joan Fox, editor, Judy Eddy, business manager/proofreading & editing, and Peter Schnittman, technical support/design & layout.

Issue One features fiction by Meg Files, Alex Kuo, and Gerald Vizenor, nonfiction by Joan Burbick, BK Loren, Heidi MacDonald, and Steve Pavlik, poetry by Francisco X. Alarcon, janice Gould, David Ignatow, Yaedi Ignatow, Adrian C. Louis, and Afaa Michael Weaver, and photography by Wesley Rothman and a thirteen-photograph portfolio with artist statement by Chuck Fox.

Looking ahead, Issue Two will feature an exclusive essay by Janay Brun about her experience as a whistleblower reporting the roles and actions leading to the killing of Macho B, the last known wild jaguar in the United States; an interview with a wildlife rehabilitator; an essay about rattlesnakes; and, more.

Issue Two will also include a "Subscriber Forum Topic" for essays, poems, short stories, and artwork reflecting upon the difference between hunting and killing.

These and all general submissions are accepted via email only during the months of October, November, April and May.

[Issue One Cover, Cane Creek Branch, Utah, Chuck Fox, photographer]
Published May 10, 2011
From Broadsided: Putting Literature and Art on the Streets -

At Broadsided, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. We believe they are not just decoration, but essential communication. They inspire and they demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world.

Moved by the plight of post-tsunami Japan, Broadsided artist Yuko Adachi sent us the image "Love Heals Japan" (pictured) and asked if we would help her find writing to accompany it. We were inspired by her idea, and decided to ask other Broadsided artists if they had been similarly moved and, if so, if they'd be willing to share their work.

On the site are the visual pieces Broadsided artists created in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We now ask you to respond with words.

We will select one poem/story for each piece and publish them on the Broadsided website in a way similar to last year's "Attic Inspiration" series with Emily Dickinson.

Yuko will create a high-quality print of her collaboration and sell it on her Etsy site. All proceeds will go to the relief effort in Japan.

Deadline for Writing: May 20, 2011. Complete guidelines on the site.
Published May 11, 2011
Badlands is an annual bilingual literary journal that publishes original creative work in Spanish and English, and original translations from Spanish and Latin American literature. Badlands is published by the students at the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. The publication is made possible by funds from the Instructionally Related Programs Board.

Issue One includes:

Poetry translations of Pablo Neruda translated by William O’Daly, Lope de Vega translated by Boyd Nielson, and Jan Neruda translated by A. K. Adams.

Poetry by Jay Lewenstein, Maria Elena B. Mahler, Elsa Frausto, Orlando Ramirez, Lois P. Jones, Derek Henderson, Jeff Poggi, Katherine Factor, Monte Landis, Nicole Comstock, Paula Stinson, Günther Bedson, A. N. Teibe, Wendy Silva, Nikia Chaney, Ash Russell, Susan Rogers, Russell Hoberg, Patricia D’Alessandro, Ruth Nolan, Isabel Quintero-Flores, and Kath Abela Wilson.

Fiction by Eileen Chavez, G. Gordon Davis, David Camberos, Mariano Zaro, Celia, Demi Anter, Bruce Chronister, and Tony O’Doherty.

Nonfiction by Diana Holdsworth and Linda Marie Prejean.

Submissions for 2011 have closed, but will reopen for 2012.

[Cover art: Stephen Linsteadt's "Beyond Words."]
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