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Published May 11, 2011
The editors at Black Lawrence Press have announced that Tracy DeBrincat has won The Big Moose Prize for her novel Hollywood Buckaroo. Tracy will receive $1,000 in prize money and a publication contract from BLP. The Big Moose Prize is an annual award for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The deadline is January 31.
Published May 13, 2011
Richard Russo has selected Kevin Ducey’s Calamity’s Child as the winner of the Booth Chapter One Contest.

“Ducey is a terrific writer who’s going to do great things,” Russo said. Russo went on to praise the humor and imagination in the opening twenty pages of Calamity’s Child, currently available on Booth's website.

Booth is a literary journal powered by the MFA program at Butler University. Booth publishes fresh material on their website every Friday, in addition to an annual print collection.

The Chapter One contest asked for novelists to submit up to 25 pages of an unpublished work. Ducey will collect a $500 prize.
Published May 05, 2011
The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Black Warrior Review includes the winners for the Sixth-Ever Fiction and Poetry Contests: Phillip Tate, first place fiction; Kimberly Burwick, first place poetry; and the First-Ever Nonfiction Contest winner: Molly Schultz, first place.

Black Warrior Review’s 2012 Contest is open for submissions until September 1, 2011. Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the Spring/Summer issue.
Published May 05, 2011
The Neighborhood Writing Alliance publication Journal of Ordinary Thought focuses its Winter 2011 on food: "I Always Like Plenty of Napkins." From the introduction: "There is very little about food that remains unexplored in this delectable volume of reflections, prose, and poetry. And because food arguably stimulates our sensorium like nothing else possibly can, these texts give powerful expression to the entire range of our sentient existence."

Read the full introduction at JOT as well as two sample poems, "By the Roaring Fire" by Allen McNair and "MORE THAN SOUP" by Hector Vasquez.
Published May 06, 2011
The newest issue of Bombay Gin (37.1) is a tribute issue to the final years of Harry Smith at The Naropoa Institute. "Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music," as the issue is titled from Smith's own anthology, features poetry, music, and fiction from Kerouac School associates organized into the three sections Smith devised for his Anthology: Ballads, Social Music, and Songs, as well as "an extra chapter, 'Secret Volume,' for the originally never-released fourth set of vinyl discs. There are interviews with Steven Taylor, Greil Marcus, and Daniel Pinchbeck on the Anthology."

See the Bombay Gin website for the full editorial and table of contents.
Published May 09, 2011
This year marks the 25th anniversary for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. To celebrate, the publication includes a Visual Art Retrospective - featuring full-color works of a dozen artists from the past 25 years, and "Looking Back: Two Essays on LIterary INfluence and the Craft of Writing": Phillip Lopate's "Hazlitt on Hating" and Michael Parker's "Catch and Release: What We Can Learn From the Semicolon (Even If We Choose Never to Use it In a Sentence)."
Published May 09, 2011
From Dinty Moore, Brevity's Nonfiction Blog:

Help Tuscaloosa: Brief Essays from Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings

One week ago, a massive tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of a vibrant writing community associated with the U of A's esteemed MFA program. Brevity has been gifted with stellar essays from Tuscaloosa students and alums over the years, and our next issue will feature essays from Michael Martone and Wendy Rawlings.

Martone's essay was written just days after the deadly tornado touched down, killing at least 40 individuals and leaving many, town and gown alike, homeless; Rawlings' poignant look at her Tuscaloosa neighborhood was written before the storm, and sat in our submissions queue on the evening the tornado turned the city's neighborhoods inside out.

We've decided to extend the reach of our Tuscaloosa benefit by releasing these two essays one week early: MARTONE ESSAY and RAWLINGS ESSAY. Please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or whatever method you choose. These beautiful essays deserve as wide a readership as possible, and we hope that after reading them, you will make a donation to Give Tuscaloosa tornado relief or to the West Alabama Food Bank.
Published May 09, 2011
The Winter 2011 issue of Mississippi Review is devoted to the winners and finalists of the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize:

Fiction Winner
Rachel Swearingen, “Felina”

Finalists in Fiction
Cheryl Alu, “Generally Recognized as Safe”
Laurie Blauner, “In the Real World”
Elisabeth Cohen, “Irrational Exuberance”
Peter Grimes, “Head Game”
Michael Pearce, “Dragon Arm”
Jamie Poissant, “The Cost of Living”

Poetry Winner
Harry Waitzman, “The Red Dress”

Finalists in Poetry
J.P. Dancing Bear, “Genesis in Retrograde”
Susan Browne, “A Brief History of My Life”
Johanna Dominquez, “When There is Death Everywhere”
Paul Doty, “Box Kite”
Ansel Elkins, “Ghost at My Door”
Bryan Emory-Johnson, “Mose T.”
Julie Hanson, “Grab the Far End”
Elizabeth Harmon, “The Danger of Being a Sister”
Sara Hong, “Porky Pigs”
Rich Ives, “An Extraordinary Display of Restraint Concerning Her Festival of Big Sticks”
Mary Emma Koles, “Parched”
Debra Marquart, “Nil Ductility”
Elisabeth Murawski, “Lost Art”
Patricia Colleen Murphy, “Good Fences”
Frank Ortega, “Laundry”
Nancy K. Pearson, “Margalo”
Laura Read, “After the Hysterectomy”
Jonathan Rice, “In the Old Metropolitan Hospital”
Jesse Schweppe, “July Rain, Amherst”
John Surowiecki, “Janice, Who Was Tall”
Jennie Thompson, “Animals”
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, “Often, not Always”
Harry Waitzman, “Fish Ball Soup and Flowers”
Maya Jewell Zeller, “My Brother’s Fish”
Kristin Hotelling Zona, “The Gut”
Published May 10, 2011
Each spring Tamaas, a cross-cultural arts organizaion, hosts a week-long poetry translation workshop at Reid Hall, the home to Columbia University’s Paris study abroad program. Poets of different nationalites and generations, based or sojourning in Paris, are invited by Tamaas to work in pairs with other poets to translate each other’s work.

This poet-to-poet exchange of approaches to translation is a distinctive feature of this cross-cultural workshop, and draws upon participants’ capacities as writers to handle the challenges of rendering poetry in another language. Students and the general public are welcome to attend the closing night reading of translations-in-progress. The fruits of this workshop are published annually, as the volume entitled READ through 1913 Press.

The 7th Annual Tamaas READ Translation Seminar will take place June 21-25, 2011. The public reading will be June 25th at 19h Reid Hall, 4, rue de Chevreuse 75006.

The 2011 Participants include: Oscarine Bosquet, Norma Cole, Jean Daive, Sandra Doller, Ben Doller, Jérôme Game, Liliane Giraudon, Michelle Noteboom, Michael Palmer, and Cole Swensen.
Published May 02, 2011
The Winter/Spring 2011 issue of The Asian American Literary Review includes a forum in response to "Counting Citizens": "According to the 2000 census, the first to include the option of checking multiple race boxes, nearly seven million American identify and multiracial. One in six babies born in Seattle, Sacramento, and San Antonio is multiracial. Now the 2010 census is here. One imagines the census-taker, going steadily from door to door, perhaps surprised at what she finds. What of the artist, canvassing the same neighborhoods, equally concerned with representation and identity - what does she see? What response does she fashion?"

The Forum allows Jeffry Yang, C. Dale YOung, and Srikanth Reddy to give first and second responses in a discussion on the topic.

Also included with the magazine is a DVD of the making of Kip Fulbeck's Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids (also available on the author's website).

The video is a short (5 minute) but insightful, with clips on the 1967 Loving vs. Virginia case that ended race-based marriage restrictions (Fulbeck's parents were not legally allowed to be married in the US in 1965), the 2000 decision of Bob Jones University to end its ban on interracial dating, and the 2009 refusal by a judge in Louisiana to marry an interracial couple out of concern of "what would happen to the children." To which Fulbeck responds: "What would happen to the children? They might become President."
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