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Published April 06, 2014
"Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events."

Visit POETS.ORG for posters, poems, ideas on how to celebrate, poem-a-day, and - my personal favorite - POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY! April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day - carry a poem with you, as you meet with friends, sit next to a stranger on the tram, hanging out in the grocery store line, simply pull the poem out and read it to others - Happy Poetry Month! (Seriously, I haven't been arrested for it yet.) Poets.org provides a variety of pocket-sized poems to share.
Published April 02, 2014
From Delete Press:

In solidarity with National Poetry Month, Delete Press is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of:

Published April 03, 2014
In 2009, Arc Poetry Magazine started a poet-in-residence program in which the poet in question guides a number of poets through refining their craft. "This is a response to our mission to support Canadian poetry," write Rhonda Douglas and Chris Jennings, "but also partly in response to the many submissions we receive each month that are so close, but just not yet quite ready for publication." Tim Bowling was the poet-in-residence for 2012-2013, working with approximately 25 poets, and the latest issue of Arc (73) showcase some of Bowling's work alongside a selection from eight of the poets he worked with: Vincent Colistro, Rod Pederson, Michelle Brown, Jordan Mounteer, Heather Davidson, Helen Marshall, Ann Graham Walker, and Jordan Tannahill.

As an introduction to the special section in the magazine, Russell Thornton writes, "Bowling's poetry conjures a world. That world includes one of the grand rivers of Canada and the greatest salmon river on the plant, and the town of Ladner with its fishing community underlife... His rapt awareness of the concrete particulars of his actual place allows Bowling to execute poetry that is, at its most striking, complete in its interconnections, and visionary. His passion for his locale and its inhabitants lifts that locale onto the mythic level."

Poems included from Bowling are "Christmas Near Vancouver," "Dread," On the Morning of New Life," High Summer," "High Water," and more.
Published April 03, 2014
The Museum of Haiku Literature Award is award to the best previously unpublished work appearing in the previous issue of Frogpond, selected by the HSA Executive Committee. In Volume 37 Number 1, Tom Tico from San Fransisco, CA is announced of the winner of the $100 for this haiku (originally published in Volume 36 Number 3):

her letter . . .
I'd forgotten
paper can cut
Published April 01, 2014
The Austin Review, a neatly-bound, fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand journal, is now being produced in Austin, Texas, three times a year. Editor-in-Chief Michael Barrett says that Austin “is home to an incredibly talented group of writers and publishers, and we thought the city deserved a journal bearing its name.” Publishing four short stories, four pieces of flash nonfiction, and on essay or work by a notable author in each issue, The Austin Review is also available as a Kindle version.

But with so many literary magazines already out there, the question is always, why start another? Well, along with the common mission to discover new work from emerging authors, Barrett, to some extent, wants to “highlight the talented authors coming from Austin and help expand the literary community in the city.”

As the magazines grows, Barrett—along with Managing Editor Tatiana Ryckman and Associate Editor Wendy Walker—plans to keep to the nine works per issue but to eventually share a limited number of additional works on their website. “We also intend to expand our nonprofit and outreach efforts and help promote the love of literature in our community,” he states.

The first issue features short stories by John Jodzio, T Kira Madden, Derrick Brown, and Boomer Pinches; flash nonfiction by David Olimpio, Lisa Wells, Caitlyn Paley, and Patrick Madden; and an essay by Sheila Heti. “Readers can expect to find contemporary works of the highest quality, curated with great care and attention to detail,” says Barrett.

The magazine accepts submissions year-round through Submittable, and you can purchase a print copy from their website or a digital version from Amazon.

Published April 01, 2014
The 2013 results are in for the Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines through the National Council of Teachers of English. Organized by state, you can see the awards of these high school literary magazines. There were a total of 373 entries with 26 Highest Award recipients.
Published April 02, 2014
In 2013, Unstuck magazine held a Flash Fiction Open Contest, judged by Amelia Gray. The winning results are featured in issue 4 (2014) of the magazine: Emily Kiernan's "Palinopsia" and Dennis James Sweeney's "When He Comes Home from the War."

Gray writes this about Kiernan's piece: "There are a few tricks here that might grow dull employed with a bigger word count ... but which sparkle nicely in a piece of this length. This is bold and surprising short work, it is arresting, and proves to me that our subject can be well known, even a little quaintly known as a piece of culture ... and fine work prevails to create a thing which is wholly new. Here also lies the first footnote I've liked outside of Infinite Jest, which frankly deserves its own sub-prize."

And about Sweeney's piece, she writes, "This is a lovely, efficient piece and perfectly presents outright danger in the post-trauma mundane. This is a story that I could spend hours going through with students were I not legally barred from interacting with young people."
Published April 02, 2014
Wilkes University has launched a new option for an MFA program, in screenwriting and playwriting, located in Meza, Arizona. It will be a hybrid program involving both online classes and weekend classes, and the first program starts in August 2014.

“We believe there is sufficient interest in these two areas to open this new way of delivering the program on the ground in Arizona,” says Bonnie Culver, co-founder and director of the Wilkes graduate creative writing program. “We have several Los Angeles-based faculty and producers who are eager to work with us to deliver these degrees in Mesa.”

Read more about the program and upcoming workshops here.
Published March 31, 2014
Congrats to the winners of the Ninth Annual Contest for Black Warrior Review, which are featured in the latest issue:

Fiction
Mari Christmas: "Baby"

Nonfiction
Meredith Clark: "Lyrebird"

Poetry
Hannah Aizenman: "History, or Umbilicus"

Finalists
Chad Brandon Anderson
Diana Arterian
Colin Bassett
Kelly Connor
Matthew Fee
Yanara Friedland
Maggie Glover and Isaac Pressnell
Lauren Hilger
Kristen Iskandrian
Sara Jaffe
Dong Li
Jacqueline Lyons
Cate Lycurgus
Emily Moore
Bruno Nelson
Leah Poole Osowski
Anne Ray
Allie Rowbottom
Jayme Russell
Brittney Scott
T.D. Storm
Shawn Wen
Published March 31, 2014
The online Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine has just started a new chapbook series in which over the next two years they hope to publish one chapbook a year, expanding to more after that. Just released is their first chapbook: Nelson Ball's A Rattle of Spring Frogs.

Here's the description from HA&L: "Noted for poems described as 'compressed meditations,' Nelson is also admired here as a leader in the small press revolution that took place during the 1960s." Accompanied with the chapbook is a contextualized essay and a reading. See more and read here.
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