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Published April 14, 2014
Michigan Quarterly Review has announced this year's three annual literary prize winners whose works are selected from those published in MQR throughout the year.


Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize 2013 ($500): Benjamin Busch for his poem "Girls" which appeard in the Winter 2013 issue of MQR. [Photo credit: Richard Mallory Allnut]

Lawrence Foundation Prize 2013 ($1000): Cody Peace Adamns for his story "Victory Chimes" which appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of MQR.

Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets ($500): Anne Barngrover for her poem "Memory, 1999" which appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of MQR.


Read more about the winners and the selection process here.


Published April 14, 2014
Exciting new things are happening over at Terrain.org, a literary magazine that "publishes editorials, poetry, essays, fiction, hybrid forms, articles, videos, reviews, an interview, the ARTerrain gallery, and the UnSprawl case study." Now, Terrain.org has a newly designed website that makes it easier to move through genres while "continuing with [their] image-rich and multimedia focus." And indeed, the new website is much more image heavy, with rolling landscape pictures that help emphasize the theme of the journal. There's also a cleaner font and easier-to-read layout. I'd say it's a nice move forward for the magazine.

In other news, they've also switched from putting out issues to publishing on more of a rolling basis, currently with three or four contributions per week. Another minor change is that the blog is now part of the site, instead of hosted at a separate URL.

The latest contributions include three poems by Beth McDermott, a video essay about glaciers by Nancy Lord and Irene Owsley, an interview with Derrick Jensen, and some reviews and recommended reads. Check it out here.
Published April 08, 2014
David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher of Boog City, invites baseball/poetry lovers to celebrate a new season of baseball with a short-run, color boradside of Bernadette Mayer's classic baseball poem "Carlton Fisk is My Ideal" with art by Melissa Zexter. Available signed ($18) and unsigned ($13). Send payment to via paypal.com.
Published April 09, 2014
In March, The Frost Place (a nonprofit arts organization and museum established to honor the legacy of Robert Forst and encourage the creation and appreciate of poems) announced the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place: Rebecca Foust.

Here's a description from the press release: "Every year, a poet is selected from a group of applicants based on the quality of her/his work to live and work in the historic house where Robert Frost lived from 1915 – 1920. In 2011, The Frost Place and Dartmouth College honored their shared connections with Robert Frost by renaming the residency program The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place."

This from Rebecca Foust: "My goal is deep work, the kind a writer can do only in an atmosphere both free of distraction and full with inspiration and hope. The ability to spend such a substantial block of time immersed in reading and writing is, by itself, of great practical value. In the privacy, beauty and inspiration of this unique setting, I plan to re-read Frost’s poems and essays while writing new ones of my own. I also hope to make progress on my next book manuscript. Finally, I am happy for the chance to live, work, and do readings in New England."

Read more about it here.
Published April 09, 2014
Radio Silence, the somewhat new, print "magazine of literature and rock & roll" (which by the way also raises money to buy books and musical instruments for kids), has released a new monthly digital edition, which started in February. You can read the first issue for free here. And from there you can decide to subscribe for a yearly cost of $29.99 or purchase individual issues for $2.99 each. The issues are available to read on phones, tablets, and desktops.


Published April 07, 2014
Story magazine, like a story passed on over time, has evolved. It started in 1931, lasting until 1964, as "the most important literary short fiction publication, founding editors Martha Foley and Whit Burnett discovering and publishing ... storytelling greats," write Vito Grippi and Travis Kurowski. Then it was revived by Lois Rosenthal, running from 1989 to 2000. Now, it's in the hands of Kurowski and Grippi: "As great as the original Story was, we don't want to recreate that magazine; though short fiction holds a singular place in contemporary letters, our net is wider. We hope for a diversity of narrative mirroring our contemporary, transnational lives: memoirs, interviews, superhero poetry, sci-fi, case studies, maps, machines."

The first issue under their reign is double-sided, with two different covers and two different sets of writing. Side A features work from Andrew Malan Milward, Mary Miller, K. Silem Mohammad, Tao Lin, and Marinaomi, and Side B's cover boasts "Hand Models Run Amok!" and "Family Caught Hiding Dreamers!" and "New Gadgets to Hook up? Jim Shepard Tells All!" It's hard to believe it's only 8 bucks. And if you scan the QR code inside, you'll be taken to a page where you can download a digital copy for free.

Published April 07, 2014
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their January Very Short Fiction competition. This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories with a word count not exceeding 3000. No theme restrictions. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in April. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Lee Montgomery [pictured], of Portland, OR, wins $1500 for “Window.” Her story will be published in Issue 93 of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Calvin Haul, of Salt Lake City, UT, wins $500 for “The World Within Reach.”

Third place: Auguste Budhram, of Austin, TX, wins $300 for “My Father’s Vacation.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Published April 08, 2014
To celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the MFA program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, The Massachusetts Review released a special issue featuring some of the "remarkable writers who have graduated from the program," which include Mira Bartok, Valerie Martin, Domenic Stansberry, Gillian Conoley, Matthew Zaprunder, James Haug, Ellen Dore Watson, and more.

In an introduction to the issue Editor John Emil Vincent writes, "We ourselves have attempted a little revisiting of our usual format—we actively sought and happily found longer poems, two lovelies from Gillian Conoley and Brian Baldi in particular—but also generally solicited works in clusters. The hope is to create a novel texture for our special issue, one up to exploring the pleasures and peculiarities of duration.
Published April 06, 2014
Chicago School of Poetics is offering a one-day online class with with Pierre Joris. “Writing translation / translating writing” inverts the traditional relationship of original text and translated copy and reinscribes the activity of translation as core process of the act of writing. Students will be simultaneously involved with writing and with translation from a language of their choice into English in a range of forms proposed by their own practice and culture. The class runs for three hours and will be held  online, in a video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Date: April 26th, 2014
Time: 1-4 p.m. Central Time
Tuition: $250
Published April 04, 2014
The Spring/Summer issue of Alaska Quarterly Review features an appropriate image for the weeks to come (at least I'm hoping for more rain and less snow): Yellow umbrellas, 2014 by Clark James Mishler.

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This cover of Room is a pastel on vellum by Cathy Daley. "Since the mid-1990s when I began the current body of work known as the dress series or dancing legs," she writes, "my drawings have been untitled. Because I was so depicting the body and gestures of the body I wanted the work to speak through the body and a title seemed limiting. The postures and gestures in the work create meaning for the viewer through cultural associations and subjectivities."

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The cover of Hunger Mountain's Winter 2013/2014 issue is by Lucinda Bliss with details from Atlas of American War Book 4: Hearts and Octopus with graphite and colored pencil on found paper.


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