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Published March 17, 2011
deTROITfunk takes a look at what happens to libraries when they die. Apparently, they decay into the books left behind.
Published March 17, 2011
draft: the journal of process, is a new educational literary journal which features stories, drafts, and interviews about the writing process, emphasizing the importance and diversity of the creative process, especially for new writers and students in writing classrooms.

The premier issue includes Greg Hrbek's "Saggitarious," featured in Best American Short Stories 2009, and Mary Miller's "Once Upon a Time, Bananas." Each work is shown in final draft, followed by first draft (and in Hrbek's case, "cuts" from the draft) and then an interview with the author about their writing and revision process for the featured piece.

draft editors Mark Polanzak and Rachel Yoder are "interested in mechanics, techniques, approaches, triumphs, failures, concussive frustration - everything that goes into crafting a publishable piece of creative writing through revision. We ask authors to reveal their tricks behind the illusions. To tell us how it’s done, or try to."

It is their hope that draft find its way to as many writers, MFA programs, college and university English departments, writing institutes, writing conferences, retreats, and workshops as possible. "We hope our detailed examination of the important and mysterious work that goes into story making will help to illuminate your own."

Single copies of the publication are available for $15, though the first 'sneak peek' issue is only $10. Annual subscriptions (2 issues) are available for $25, and classroom copies can be purchased in quantities of 10 or more for a 20% discount.
Published March 14, 2011
The Winter/Spring 2011 Sycamore Review includes works by the winner of the Wabash Prize for Poetry, "Selene's Horse" by Nancy K. Pearson: First Runner-Up, "Water Witching" by Jonathan Rice: and Second Runner-Up, "Looking over His Shoulder, Eadward Muybridge Address the Mirror" by Alexander Lumans.
Published March 15, 2011
With our thoughts on so much unrest in the world, and on the people of Japan, including our friend Jesse Glass from Ahadada Books - Japan (who is okay!), this week's American Life in Poetry Column seems perfectly matched.

American Life in Poetry: Column 312

Ellery Akers is a California poet who here brings all of us under a banner with one simple word on it.

The Word That Is a Prayer

One thing you know when you say it:
all over the earth people are saying it with you;
a child blurting it out as the seizures take her,
a woman reciting it on a cot in a hospital.
What if you take a cab through the Tenderloin:
at a street light, a man in a wool cap,
yarn unraveling across his face, knocks at the window;
he says, Please.
By the time you hear what he’s saying,
the light changes, the cab pulls away,
and you don’t go back, though you know
someone just prayed to you the way you pray.
Please: a word so short
it could get lost in the air
as it floats up to God like the feather it is,
knocking and knocking, and finally
falling back to earth as rain,
as pellets of ice, soaking a black branch,
collecting in drains, leaching into the ground,
and you walk in that weather every day.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©1997 by Ellery Akers, whose most recent book of poetry is Knocking on the Earth, Wesleyan University Press, 1989. Reprinted from The Place That Inhabits Us, Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010, by permission of Ellery Akers and the publishers. Introduction copyright © 2011 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry: American Life in Poetry seeks to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. There are no costs for reprinting the columns; we do require that you register your publication here and that the text of the column be reproduced without alteration.
Published March 15, 2011
Naugatuck River Review’s 2nd Annual Narrative Poetry Contest winners and finalists all have their works published in Issue 5 of the publication. For a full list of authors, visit the NRR website. The prize winners are:

First Prize of $1000 plus publication: Jon E. Seaman of Portland, OR for his poem, “A Bag of Wasps”

Second Prize of $250 plus publication: Nancy Otter of New Britain, CT for her poem, “Hart Crane”

Third Prize of $100 plus publication: Monica Hand of New York, NY for her poem, “Snuff“
Published March 15, 2011
Founder Bonnie MacAllister has publicly introduced Certain Circuits, an artists' collaboration of poetry, experimental prose, art, and new media. CC is especially interested in documenting multimedia collaborative work between artists. The first issue features work from artists in Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, India, Japan, Oman, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The first issues is laid out online with plans to publish print copies. CC is also curating their first gallery exhibit in Philadelphia featuring a multimedia collaboration between their contributors.

CC is currently accepting proposals for multimedia, audio, and art on a rolling basis, though the reading period for poetics and prose is currently closed.

Issue 1.1 in print features the following contributors - those whose works also appear online have an asterisk:

Art: Alison Altergott* - Kirsten Ashley* - Eleanor Leonne Bennett* - Helene Constant* - Natalie Felix - Joanna Fulginiti* - Amanda Lovelee* - Ana Viviane Minorelli* - Jed Mauger Williams* - Ruth Schanbacher* - Cait Spera* - Rachel Udell* - Nico Vassilikas*

Collaborations: Handmade Philly* - Brian and Ashley Howe* - Horsey* - Radio Eris - Val Broeksmit (Bikini Robot Army) with Burnside Bums - Megan Kelley and Suguna Sridhar - Michelle Wilson* and Mary Tasillo - Jim Tuite and Patrick Morris* - Christopher Gage and Megan Kelley* - Adam Zucker and Jason Maas* - Greg Bem and Linda Thea

Poetry: Joe Amaral - Courtney Bambrick - Beth Boettcher - Zachary Bushnell - Brooke Bailey - Jane Cassady - Stuart Cooke - Iris Jamahl Dunkel - Fernando Flores - Alexander Jorgensen* - Jeff Mark - Monica Pace* - Tanya Perkins - Kathleen Radigan* - William Rodeffer* - Suguna Sridhar* - Hal Sirowitz* - Bill Wolak

Prose: Spencer Carvalho - Stephanie Dickinson* - David Hewitt* - Jeff Siegel*

Multimedia: Jeff Siegel*
Published March 15, 2011
Previously closed submissions for Ohio Northern students only, Polaris magazine is now open to all undergraduate writers nation wide as well as internationally. Issue 54 is the first open issue, publishing works from the "global undergraduate writing community." Polaris publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art and has a yearly genre contest with cash award and publication. According to Khaty Xiong,Co-Editor, "Polaris has a yearly submission period from about October/November through February." Single copies can be obtained by contacting the editors.
Published March 15, 2011
After 14 years with Pleiades: a Journal of New Writing, Kevin Prufer has moved to the creative writing program at the University of Houston. Prufer will continue as Editor-at-Large for Pleiades, with Phong Nguyen and Wayne Miller taking over daily operations. Nguyen will continue as co-editor for fiction along with Matthew Eck and Miller will continue as co-editor of poetry, now with Marc McKee. Issue 31.1 is Prufer's final issue, so includes his and Miller's poetry selections for the last time.
Published March 16, 2011
Katie McClendon, Managing Editor and Founder, along with Bridgette Hahn, Poetry Editor, and Jessi Bee, Designer and Prose Editor, have released the first issue of Saltwater Quarterly, a print literary journal "devoted to publishing works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that exemplify the craft of writing while remaining free of oppressive language or themes" with a focus on works by "underrepresented authors, specifically members of oppressed communities."

The first issue is a simple 31-page, 5.5 x 7, saddle stitch chapbook-style publication, but the layout and design are elegantly done, with attention paid and credited to typography (a basic publishing concept so readily overlooked by new publications these days). Writers featured include Nicholas YB Wong, Bo Schwabacher, Marita Isabel, Luca Penne, David Glen Smith, Michael Lee Rattigan, William Doreski, Edmund Sandoval, Jeremy Halinen Heather C.D. Davis, Teresa Chuc Dowell, and Caroline Picker.

Submissions for fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry are open for issue #3 until July 15. Single copies and subscriptions can be ordered from the site, and some samples from issue #1 are also available for reading.
Published March 16, 2011
The new edition of Puffin Circus online is a baseball-themed issue and is available as a PDF. Why baseball? Editor Anthony Kendrick says, "Baseball, at its best, is fluid and beautiful. It is history, math, science, art, and music converging. To use a cliché – it is poetry in motion."

The issue features writing by Larry Lefkowitz, Wilda Morris, Clem J. Nagel, Francis Raven, Bruce Harris, Francis DiClemente, Kristin Fouquet, Christopher Woods, Gerry Fabian, John Pursch, John Grey, Frank Morris, Eric Stone, Eric Cartwright, Aaron Poller, Laura Garrison, Jon Sindell, and Louis Staeble. Cover image: Denny Marshall.

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