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Published April 18, 2011
Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics seeks a publisher, membership coordinator, and art, editorial, and publishing interns. See Work for Guernica blog post for specifics on each open position.
Published April 19, 2011
From organizer Michael Rothenberg:


“What kind of CHANGE are we talking about?”

The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the “change/transformation” we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.

“I want to organize in my area. How do we begin to organize?”

100 Thousand Poets for Change will organize “participants” by local region, city, or state, and find individuals in each area who would like to organize their local event. Just let me know if you want to be an organizer by sending a message to me directly through Facebook, or to my e-mail: .

If you are an organizer for your community this means that first you will consider a location for the event and begin to contact people in your area who want to participate in the event. Participation means contacting the media, posting the event on the web, in calendars, newspapers, etc., reading poems, performing in general, supplying cupcakes and beer (it’s up to you), demonstrating, putting up an information table, inviting guest speakers, musicians, etc., organizing an art exhibit, and documenting the event (this is important, too), and cleaning up, of course.

Organizers and participants will create their own local event as an expression of who they are locally. Do they want a candlelight vigil or a circus, a march or a dance, do they want absolute silence, a group meditation on a main street; it’s up to the local organization. However, groups should be sure to hold some part of the event, if not all of it, outdoors, in public view. The point is to be seen and heard, not just stay behind closed walls. It is also important that the event be documented. Photos, videos, poems, journals, paintings! Documentation is crucial. The rest of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change want to hear what you have to say about change and enjoy your creativity too! The documentation will be shared through a blog/website that I will set up, a blog/website where groups can share and announce event information, as well as post photos, videos, poetry, art, and thoughts. But an event doesn’t have to involve tons of people. It can be just you (the organizer) and your pet, on a street corner, with a sign. Just let me know what you are planning! Every effort counts!

Each local organization determines what it wants to focus on, something broad like, peace, sustainability, justice, equality, or more specific causes like Health Care, or Freedom of Speech, or local environmental or social concerns that need attention in your particular area right now, etc. Organizations will then come up with a mission statement/manifesto that describes who they are and what they think and care about. When the whole event has taken place all the mission statements can be collected from around the world and, I hope, worked together into a grand statement of 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
Published April 19, 2011
New Orleans Review (v31n2) opens with this quote from James Whitehead in New Orleans Review, volume 1 number 4, summer 1969:

"What if the planet is being ruined by smoke and gas and oil? What if we're killing the whales and eagles: killing even our natural symbols? What if shortly, by way of waste or the bombs, we don't have us a good ole planet around any more? Where do we stage our tragedy and comedy then?"
Published April 13, 2011
River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative has "scored big" in its newest issue (v12 n2) featuring an interview with Sam Pickering as well as two of his essays, "The End of Terms" and "Winter Dreams."
Published April 14, 2011
On February 12, 2011, Brick Street Poetry celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Preseident-Elect Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train in Zionsville, Indiana. Winner Shari Wagner's poem, "Lincoln Field," appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Tipton Poetry Journal, along with poems of finalists John Cardwell, Jared Carter, Joseph Heithaus, Jennifer Lemming and James Murdock.

The issue also features Rita Dahl’s “Haukka leikkii kyyhkysellä” self-translated from Finnish to English as ”A hawk plays with a pigeon.”
Published April 15, 2011
Dissertation Haiku is exactly that: dissertations in haiku form. Not holding true to more than syllable pattern, scholars are asked to submit discipline, name of institution, a sentence or two in plain English about what they do, and any email address or link.

Dissertation Haiku is the creation of Drew Steen who finished his Ph.D. in Marine Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now doing postdoctoral work in the Biology Department (microbiology section) and the Center for Geomicrobiology at Aarhus University in Denmark. As he puts it: "I’m currently in my eighth year of being paid to study how stuff rots in the ocean."
Published April 18, 2011
StepAway Magazine is a new, online literary magazine publishing "the best urban flash fiction and poetry by writers from across the globe."

The title of the magazine draws inspiration from Frank O’ Hara’s landmark flâneur poem, A Step Away from Them.

Editor Darren Richard Carlaw says, "Our magazine is hungry for literature that evokes the sensory experience of walking in specific neighborhoods, districts or zones within a city. This is flânerie for the twenty-first century. Our aim is to become an online repository of walking narratives. Our writers will lead our readership through the streets of his or her chosen city. They will do so in one thousand words or less. There are no further rules. We want whatever you can share."

Issue #1 now available online features works by Gem Andrews, Jaydn DeWald, David Gaffney, Kyle Hemmings, Matthew Hittinger, P.A. Levy, Joan McNerney, Tom Sheehan, Sarah Schulman, and Changming Yuan.
Published April 11, 2011
Phoebe literary-arts journal is trying out e-formats - PDF and ePub soon to follow - and encouraging readers to download the issue for free and give them feedback on how it looks.

Phoebe is also on Twitter and encouraging followers with a first-ever Twitter contest. The best three tweets received by the end of April will win print copies of the magazine.
Published April 11, 2011
Winners of the Our Stories 2011 Richard Bausch Short Story Prize appear in the Winter 2011 issue, now available full-text online. The winner is Richard Hartshorn, "Sorry Dani"; Second Prize Anne Earney, "Lifelike"; and Runners Up Charles Hashem, "A Fine December Day," Alyssa Capo, "The River," and Alexis E. Santi, "It Only Takes One Mistake."
Published April 11, 2011
Edited by Andrew Fortier, Z.T. Burian, and Erin Jones, Temporary Infinity is a new online magazine of any and all forms that "Fill the White," including short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, artwork, comics, plays, photographs.

The second issue went live March 1, and submissions are open for the June 1 quarterly installment. Future plans for the publication include print issues, if start-up funds can be raised, and the addition of film and reviews of books, poetry chapbooks and more.

Contributors to the first two issues include Robert Louis Henry, Elizabeth Dunphey, Omar Bakry, Damian Lanahan-Kalish, A.D. Wiegert, Ingrid Cruz, Colin James, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Thomas Sullivan, Jude Coulter-Pultz, Katie McLaurin, Bobbi Sinha-MoreyKat Urice, Michael Bourdaghs, Ariel Glasman, Alan Britt, Stacey Bryan, Subhakar Das, and Marika von Zellen.

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