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Published March 14, 2011
Being a Michigander, I've been raised not to take kindly to the Buckeye state, but there are always exceptions to that, especially for anything outside of college football. Rubbertop Review is worthy of just such an exception. Touting itself as "An Annual Journal of The University of Akron and Greater Ohio," Rubbertop Review is a print annual in its second issue of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Unique to this publication is that each issue of Rubbertop will feature 1/4 of its content from undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Akron. The remainder of the journal will feature work by writers living in Ohio as well as beyond, with no requirement of university affiliation. Rubbertop Review bases selection solely on "the quality of writing and the passion for the craft."

I picked up Volume Two at AWP, which contains interviews with writers Joyce Dyer, Nin Andrews and Holly Goddard Jones, and works by Sandra Bannister, Tony Bradford, Curt Brown, Kyle Brown, Ed Buchanan, Noah Falck, Ryan Fletcher, Scott Geisel, Eliese Colette Goldbach, T.M. Gottl, Brian Hohmeier, Michael Krutel, Daryl Largent, Dave Materna, Robert Miltner, Ryan Mohr, Michael Parsons, Sammy Snodgrass, Nick Sturm, and Diane Vogel Ferri.

Submissions for the third issue have just recently closed, but issue four will be open for both new and established writers from September 1 – February 1. Professor Eric Wasserman, Rubbertop's faculty advisor can be contacted for copies (e-mail address on website).
Published March 10, 2011
Victoria Strauss on Writer Beware gives input on the contest: "When entering a competition, you should always know exactly with whom you're dealing." Seems to go without saying, and yet...
Published March 10, 2011
Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative features extra-poetic work – correspondence, journals, critical prose, and transcripts of talks – of New American Poets, their precursors and followers. These primary documents are uncovered in archival research and edited by students and scholars at The Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as visiting fellows and guest editors, and prepared by Ammiel Alcalay, General Editor. Lost & Found puts into wider circulation essential but virtually unknown texts to expand our knowledge of literary, cultural, social, and political history.

Subscription prices vary by level of support, but all include the chapbook series for the year. The 2011 Lost & Found Series II (ISBN: 978-0-615-43350-9) includes:

Selections from El Corno Emplumado/ The Plumed Horn
ed. Margaret Randall

Diane di Prima: The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D.
ed. Ana Božičević

Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.
ed. Ammiel Alcalay

Barcelona, 1936: Selections from Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Archive
ed. Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

Jack Spicer’s Translation of Beowulf:Selections
eds. David Hadbawnik and Sean Reynolds

Robert Duncan: Olson Memorial Lecture #4
eds. Erica Kaufman, Meira Levinson, Bradley Lubin, Megan Paslawski, Kyle Waugh, Rachael Wilson, and Ammiel Alcalay
Published March 11, 2011
From Dave Housley (Barrelhouse magazine):

"Get the real scoop directly from the people who are making decisions about publishing every day. Conversations and Connections is held in downtown Washington, DC, and features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses. Our panels and craft workshops are led by writers and editors from a wide variety of styles and genres, all speaking to issues that will help you take your writing to the next level. Our keynote this year is Steve Almond. Your registration fee of $65 includes the full day conference, a book of your choice, a year subscription to a participating literary magazine, and one ticket to 'speed dating with editors,' where you'll get immediate feedback on your work. This conference sells out every year."

Date: April 16, 2011
Published March 14, 2011
Edited by Mark Spitzer, Toad Suck Review is a national/international literary journal published by the Department of Writing in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. Its mission is "to publish the most cutting-edge works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations and reviews in the Universe."

The 2011 debut of issue #1 (the “transitional issue”) marks the transition of the publication from the legendary Exquisite Corpse Annual, which the Writing Department published from 2008 to 2010. “The Toad” now takes the place of “the Corpse” in rebirth of a literary endeavor.

The Toad Suck Review website includes the editorial from this first issue with a discussion of the contributors and future of the publication.
Published March 09, 2011
Sarah Khan is the editor of BRICKrhetoric, an online literary & visual arts journal based in Chicago. "BRICKrhetoric was established in 2009 to provide a canvas for emerging and established artists alike to share their work, illuminating topics in the humanities for the discovery and enjoyment of its readers. BRICKrhetoric features original poetry, prose, artwork and photography with a multicultural and urban focus."

BRICKrhetoric was founded in November 2009, on the campus of East-West University in Chicago, IL, and initially invited submissions from students, faculty, staff & friends of the university for the first three issues. In December 2010, BRICKrhetoric became independently-run by a small group of volunteers, and shifted its focus to include students from across Chicagoland (and beyond) with a mission to support literacy, promote cross-cultural perspective, celebrate the literary/visual arts, and provide a canvas for writers/artists (of any age) to share their work.

[Pictured: "Love Joy Faith Destiny Unity" by Alfred Phillips from the June 2010 issue]
Published March 09, 2011
Flying House is an annual collaboration project that kicks off in May with the announcement of five artist-writer pairs. Once the pairs are picked, they have a good month to swap ideas back and forth. After six months, with deadlines and check-ins along the way, Flying House culminates in a visual and written representation of the collaborations in a gallery space with a reading and celebration.

On Saturday, December 11, five writers met their five artist partners at the Maes Studio in downtown Chicago, IL, for a night of artistic revelry. The participants were:

Megan Fink and Chris Annen
AB Gorham and Michael Maes/Jillian McDaniel
BJ Hollars and Jenae Neeson
Daniel Letz and J Paonessa
Danilo Thomas and Jason Watts

Applications for the 2011 Flying House are open until April 25. Artists and writers need not apply together, in fact, Flying House discourages that.
Published March 09, 2011
Connie Everett has taken over the editorial role for Pudding Magazine, one of the longest-running print journals in the U.S. Printed by Pudding House Press, Pudding Magazine continues its quarterly tradition with a look to updating guidelines, subscriptions, and submissions online. Welcome aboard Connie - great to see PM continue onward and e-ward!
Published March 10, 2011
Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh celebrating literary free expression and supporting persecuted poets and novelists worldwide.

Previous issues of the magazine have focused on Burma, China, Cuba, Haiti, and Iran. The current issue of the magazine includes:

"Soandry del Rio: Can't Stop. Won't Stop." by Joshua Barnes
"You Must Face the Consequences: The Price of Committing Journalism in Zimbabwe" by Elizabeth Hoover
"Under the Shadow of Drug Trafficking" by Silvia Duarte
"Aaron Jenkins: Getting Stuff Off His Chest" by Jen Lue
"Women Who Don't Bite their Tongues: Writing Workshop Celebrates More Than Thirty Year" by Elizabeth Hoover
Published March 08, 2011
For the 5th year in a row Alimentum celebrates National Poetry Month with menupoems - broadsides placed in area restaurants for the month of April.

From Esther Cohen, Alimentum's menupoems editor:

We've been wondering
What menu of words
What words would make you
Really happy to see
On your menu
Words to replace
The ordinary army

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