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Published October 17, 2008
Monterey Peninsula College full-time, tenure track English/Creative Writing Instructor. Kali F. Viker, M.S., Human Resources Department. January 12, 2009.

Bentley College Department of English Position in Creative Writing and Creativity. Dr. Maureen Goldman, Chair, Department of English. December 1, 2008.

Emerson College Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing seeks a full-time faculty member to teach Fiction Writing. Review of applications will begin October 15 & continue until the position is filled.

Montclair State University seeks Assistant Professor in Creative Writing. Full-time, tenure-track position in creative writing with primary expertise in the writing of poetry. November 3, 2008.

College of Staten Island Department of English seeks candidates for an anticipated open rank (assistant, associate, or full professor), tenure track position as Professor of English in Creative Writing / Poetry. Professor Timothy Gray, Chair, Creative Writing Search Committee. November 15, 2008.

University of Rochester Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: Poetry. Professor John Michael, Chair, English Department. November 7, 2008.

The English Department of Eastern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing. Dr. Christine Hume, Department of English. November 15, 2008.

Lewis-Clark State College Humanities seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts. November 7, 2008.

Portland State University Assistant or Associate Professor, Fiction Writing/20th Century Fiction, tenure-track. November 7, 2008.

University of Alaska - Fairbanks - Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, Nonfiction. Dr. Burns Cooper, Chair, English Department. November 3, 2008.
Published October 24, 2008
Torturing Democracy
Via National Security Archive at George Washington University

Produced and written by eight-time Emmy winner and National Security Archive fellow Sherry Jones, the documentary has drawn major online buzz as well as New York Times coverage of PBS’s failure to find a national scheduling spot for the film before President Bush leaves office in January 2009.

Reviewers have described the film as a “compelling example of video story-telling” that “delivers impressively on a promise to connect the dots in an investigation of interrogations of prisoners in U.S. custody.” selected a key revelation in the film as the Slate “Hot Document” – a previously unpublished December 2002 draft of “standard operating procedure” at Guantanamo which shows that interrogators there adopted their techniques directly from the survival training (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape or SERE) given to American troops so they could resist the worst of Communist gulag treatment.

The companion Web site for the film features key documents, a detailed timeline, the full annotated transcript of the show, and lengthy transcripts of major interviews carried out for the film. Hosted by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, the Web site will ultimately include a complete “Torture Archive” of primary sources.

Watch the entire film at
Published September 21, 2008
Well, here's a unique call for submissions: Holly Rose Review is looking for poetry and tattoo photos for its premier issue due up in December. For now it's a blog site, but will have a website for the actual publication. Believe it or not, Editor Theresa Edwards says it has been difficult getting any tattoo photo submissions. Seriously? Alright ye poets, give a shout out to your neighborhood tattoo artists and get them in on this. More poetry is also welcome, Theresa says, so you can do your part there as well.
Published September 22, 2008
Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
September 14, 2008

The Church of England is to apologise to Charles Darwin for its initial rejection of his theories, nearly 150 years after he published his most famous work.

The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin's ideas. It will call "anti-evolutionary fervour" an "indictment" on the Church".

The bold move is certain to dismay sections of the Church that believe in creationism and regard Darwin's views as directly opposed to traditional Christian teaching.

The apology, which has been written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs, says that Christians, in their response to Darwin's theory of natural selection, repeated the mistakes they made in doubting Galileo's astronomy in the 17th century.

"The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends."


Additionally, The Church of England has developed a new section of its website at to mark the approaching bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth in 1809, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.
Published July 08, 2008
A neighbor recently loaned me her copy of Atwoods's short stories, Moral Disorder, which I am slowly making my way through - one story a night before bed: my nightcap. It is a collection claimed to be as close to autobiography as Atwood has written in her fiction. More poignant: I find it to be a reminder of what it is I admire and appreciate in a "good story." The book, BTW, with a 2006 copyright, and a first edition, is already a victim of "discard" from a public library. *sigh* That's another blog story...

Canada's Margaret Atwood Wins Spanish Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature
Excerpted from China View

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has won the 2008 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters, the jury said Wednesday in Oviedo, northern Spain.

"We decided to bestow the award on Margaret Atwood for her outstanding literary work that has explored different genres with acuteness and irony, and because she cleverly assumes the classic tradition, defends women's dignity and denounces social unfairness," the jury said.

The poet, novelist and literary critic was born in 1939 in Ottawa. She received international recognition with her novel "The Edible Woman" (1969), followed by "Surfacing" (1972-1973), "Lady Oracle" (1977), "Life Before Man" (1980), "Cat's Eye" (1988) and "The Robber Bride" (1993).

Atwood is considered to be the greatest living Canadian writer and one of the most eminent voices in the current scene. She offers in her novels a politically committed, critical view of the world and contemporary society, while revealing extraordinary sensitivity in her copious poetic oeuvre, a genre which she cultivates with great skill. The plot of her novels usually focuses on the figure of women.

The literature award attracted 32 candidates from 24 countries this year. It is one of the eight that the Prince of Asturias Foundation gives out yearly since 1981. Other categories include scientific research, sports, arts and humanities. Each carries a 50,000-euro (77,00 U.S. dollars) cash stipend, a sculpture by Catalan sculptor Joan Miro, a diploma and an insignia.
Published April 25, 2008
Glimmer Train has selected the three winning stories of the February Very Short Fiction competition! This competition is held twice a year for short stories under 3000 words in length:

First place: Cynthia Gregory of Concord, CA wins $1200 for "Melting at Both Ends." Her story will be published in the Summer 2009 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Michael Schiavone of Gloucester, MA, wins $500 for “Ghost Pain.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Linda Stansberry of Honeydew, CA, wins $300 for “Home for Good.”

The May Short Story Award for New Writers is now open. Authors are eligible whose fiction has not appeared in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000. Send stories up to 12,000 words using the online submissions system at
Published April 29, 2008
The Scripps College Writing Program seeks two distinguished visiting writers to fill the Mary Routt Chair of Writing, one during the spring semester of 2009 and the other during the spring semester of 2010. Kimberly Drake, Director of the Writing Program, May 1.

John Carroll University Department of English announces a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing position, for one year with possible renewal for up to three years, depending upon need & funding. Rev. Dr. Francis X. Ryan, SJ, Chair, Department of English.

Seton Hall University English Department invites applications for a one-year, Visiting Professor position in Creative Writing specializing in Poetry to begin September 2008. May 12.

The Poetry Center of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will award a month-long poetry residency with housing. This residency is open to poets who have published no more than one book of poetry, not including self-published work. Submission deadline Friday, May 09, 2008.
Published April 23, 2008
The Humanities Division of Lewis-Clark State College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts. April 30 (priority).

Grand Valley State University Visiting Professor, Department of Writing. Dan Royer, Chair, Department of Writing. May 1.

The Department of English at University of Central Oklahoma seeks a temporary, one-year appointment for a Poet in Residence. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate & graduate poetry-writing courses. Dr. J. David Macey, Chairperson, Department of English. May 15.

The English Department at the University of Memphis is accepting applications for a one-year (possibly renewable) non-tenure track instructor/administrator. April 30.
Published April 04, 2008
Winners of the Glimmer Train Family Matters competition, a quarterly competition open to all writers, word count range 500-12,000, on the subject of family. Next deadline: April 30

First place: Carmiel Banasky of New York City wins $1200 for “Save.” Her story will be published in the Summer 2009 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Paul Michel of Seattle wins $500 for “Not the King of Prussia.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Elizabeth Kadetsky of New York City wins $300 for “Dermagraphia.”
Published April 09, 2008
New York Post seeking a motivated journalist to help edit and coordinate book reviews and commentary pieces as well as writing short essays. Experience as a reporter (politics especially) required. E-mail a short cover letter and resume under the subject line "Editing job" to ; no phone calls please. May 6, 2008

University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Creative Writing is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in Creative Nonfiction for academic year 2008-09. Apply online by April 25, 2008.

McNeese State University Associate Professor of English in the Department of English and Foreign Languages: This is a full-time, 9 month, tenure-track, unclassified appointment. The appointment begins in August 2008. Dr. Jacob Blevins, Search Chair. April 18, 2008.

Director, The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Director, Writing Center, Casper College, Wyoming. April 22, 2008.

Director, Writing Center, Loras College, Iowa.

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