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Published May 03, 2011
The Winter 2011 issue of Western Humanities Review includes the winners of the 18th Annual Utah Writers' Contest. David Baker selected works by Christopher Patton for the poetry prize, and Laird Hunt selected "The Nest We Live In" by Timothy O'Keefe.
Published May 03, 2011
The Spring-Summer issue of Salmagundi boldly takes on the question of "Good Art Bad Art: Is There A Difference?" in the following symposium:

"Vagrant Thought About Quality" by Jed Perl
"Aesthetic Values" by Rochelle Gurstein
"Patriotism, Autonomy and Subversion" by Benjamin Barber
"On Emily Dickinson" by Brenda Wineapple
"The Attack on Beauty" by Robert Boyers
"Art and Values: What is Possible" by Charles Molesworth
"Why is a Good Poem Good?" by James Longenbach
"On Bad Writing" by Alix Ohlin
"Words in Search of a Masterpiece" by Mitchell Cohen
Published May 04, 2011
Gulf Coast Summer/Fall 2011 includes the winners of their 2010 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, as chosen by Joe Bonomo. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram won first place for "Animals Do Not Have Delusional Acts." Honorable mentions were Benjamin Glass for "Tennessee Apology," and Robert Thomas for "Picnic."
Published May 04, 2011
Published April 26, 2011
This spring's final exam is from Paste Magazine: 23 Band Names Inspired by Literature. Below are the band names - can you identify the source text? Visit Paste for annotated answers.

1. Titus Andronicus
2. The Doors
3. The Velvet Underground
4. Modest Mouse
5. Steely Dan
6. Belle and Sebastian
7. Esben and the Witch
8. Steppenwolf
9. Veruca Salt
10. Oryx and Crake
11. The Romany Rye
12. Gogol Bordello
13. The Fall
14. The Boo Radleys
15. Heaven 17
16. Campag Velocet
17. Moloko
18. As I Lay Dying
19. Of Mice and Men
20. Opeth
21. Art of Noise
22. Stryper
23. Marillion
Published April 26, 2011
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Published April 26, 2011
Jarrett Haley at BULL Men's Fiction has asked readers to participate in the Dockers $100,000 national “Wear the Pants” contest that takes place until May 1 on Facebook. BULL has got a great plan for the money, including a Best of Men’s Fiction anthology series, expansion into e-books and other digital platform, as well as online and print journals. In addition, BULL is developing a Young Adult division, Buckaroo Books, to bring a new generation of readers to men’s fiction. Visit VOTE BULL for more information and links.
Published April 27, 2011
College Literature Volume 38 Number 2, Spring 2011 is a special issue dealing Homer’s Odyssey and more specifically with the second half of the Odyssey (books 13-24), which in Homeric scholarship has been much debated since P.W. Harsh’s 1950 article “Penelope and Odysseus in Odyssey XIX.” The special issue includes essays by Edwin D. Floyd ("Linguistic, Mycenaean, and Iliadic Traditions Behind Penelope's Recognition of Odysseus"), Bruce Louden ("Is There Early Recognitions between Penelope and Odysseus?; Book 19 in the Larger Context of the Odyssey"), Steve Reece ("Penelope's 'Early Recognition' of Odysseus from a Neoanalytic and Oral Perspective"), Scott Richardson ("The Case for the Defense"), John Vlahos ("Homer's Odyssey: Penelope and the Case for Early Recognition"), and Naoko Yamagata ("Penelope and Early Recognition: Vlahos, Harsh and Eustathius").
Published April 19, 2011
Utne Reader 22nd Annual Independent Press Awards Nominees appear in the May-June issue, which is on newsstands April 19, and online at Winners will be featured in the July-August 2011 issue.

The nominees are:

General Excellence — The American Scholar, The Believer, High Country News, Mother Jones, Orion, The Sun, Wax Poetics, YES! Magazine

Best Writing — The American Scholar, The Believer, Brick, The Brooklyn Rail, Creative Nonfiction, Portland, The Sun, Tin House

Political Coverage — Dissent, In These Times, Mother Jones, The American Conservative, The American Prospect, The Nation, The New Republic, The Progressive

Arts Coverage — American Craft, Film Comment, Offbeat, The Oxford American, Public Art Review, Theme, Vintage Magazine, Wax Poetics

International Coverage — NACLA Report on the Americas, New Internationalist, New Statesman, Prospect, Red Pepper, The Wilson Quarterly, World Affairs, Z Magazine

Science/Technology Coverage — Alternatives, Discover, IEEE Spectrum, Johns Hopkins Public Health, Make, Miller-McCune, Science News, Technology Review

Social/Cultural Coverage — Bitch, Brain, Child, Gastronomica, Good, make/shift, mental _floss, Oregon Humanities, This Magazine

Environmental Coverage — Audubon, Conservation, Earth Island Journal, Environment, Environment Yale, High Country News, OnEarth, Orion

Body/Spirit Coverage — The Christian Century, Commonweal, Geez, Resurgence, Sojourners, Tikkun, Tricycle, YES! Magazine
Published April 19, 2011
All Rights Reserved is an online annual publishing works from emerging and established writers and artists. Although volunteer-run, the publication enlists a full editorial and production staff: Ryan Jones, Managing Editor; matt robinson, Senior Editor; Kathryn Bjornson, Editor (Non-Fiction & Poetry); Trina Hubley, Editor (Fiction & Visual Storytelling); Jonathan Bjornson, Editorial Assistant; Afton Doubleday, Creative Director; Atilla Vass, Acquisitions Editor & Sales/Distribution Manager; Kristen Sutherland, Sponsorship & Advertising Manager.

The first issue features works by Lynn Atkinson, Jean Braithwaite, Trey Edgington, yaqoob ghaznavi, Emily Graff, Maria McInnis, Kimberley-Blue Muncey, Shari Narine, Melissa Plourde, Robin Richardson, Mark Sampson, Terry Sanville, Edith Speers, J. J. Steinfeld, Qiana Towns, Davide Trame, Yi-Mei Tsiang, Yassen Vassilev, Paul Vreeland, Darryl Whetter.

All Rights Reserved accepts previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, as well as literary stories told through visual art/photography. Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2011

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