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Published March 28, 2014
I picked this cover of Witness not after having looked at it but after having read about it: "One of thousands of copper canisters preserving the cremated remains of patients who died at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Salem, Oregon, between the 1880s and the 1970s and whose ashes remain unclaimed by their families."


The photograph on the cover of Big Muddy's latest issue makes you wonder why this kid has abandoned his (her?) bike, and where exactly is that ladder leading to? Bradley Phillips is the photographer.


It was like love at first site with this cover of The Georgia Review. From the staff of music at the top, to the illustrations, to the text, measurements, and symbols sketched throughout, this design by MF Cardamone (Elvis with Sweetgum, 2010) is capturing. More work from this artist is inside, too.
Published March 25, 2014
The Kenyon Review has just released a new podcast series with new content every couple of weeks. You can listen on the website, download the files, or use the free SoundCloud app (Apple users). "Looking for something to listen to at the gym?" the site reads. "Need a 20-30 minute fix of literature in the car on the way to work? You’ve found the right place!"
Published March 25, 2014
Educational children's publisher Sylvan Dell Publishing has officially changed its name to Arbordale Publishing.

Arbordale, based in South Carolina, produces nature, science, geography, and Spanish-language picture books for children. Its titles support the Common Core science and math standards, and factual content is vetted by experts. The company also offers a subscription e-reader application for children to use, and additional educational material is included at the end of each book.

The publisher has 99 books in its catalog.

Published March 26, 2014
In case you haven't heard, NewPages is having a sale on our digital bookstore mailing lists and library mailing lists--save 50%. This is a one-time fee, with up-to-date lists and a delivery guarantee to postal addresses. Learn more and purchase here.
Published March 27, 2014
Naugatuck River Review's Winter 2014 issue features the winners of the 5th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest, judged by Susan Deer Cloud.

First Prize ($1000):
"Woodland Refuge" Margaret Bobalek King

Second Prize ($250):
"Christmas Eve 2011 After Taking Yu Troung to Radiation, Christmas Eve 2012 After Learning He Passed"
Lindsay Wilson

Third Prize ($100):

“Married but Separated: Prayer” Catherine Arra
“Digging Grave” Jerry Brunoe
“Last Chorus” Joanne Clarkson
“What Fernando Saw” Ben Gunsberg
“Fisherman’s Knot” Ross Howerton
“The Journey” Hayley Hughes
“Another Episode in the Annals of Shame” Lynne Knight
“Blue Balls” Raul Palma
“June First Matt Pasca
“Beets” Linda Neal Reising
“Hoarder” Val Dering Rojas
“Heartbroken Gorilla” Scott Ruescher
“Two Approaches to Gardening” David Sloan
“Bones” Dina Stander
“Uncle” Will Stockton
“UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, May 1969″ Joanna White
“In the Checkout Line at the Health Food Market” Claire Zoghb

To see a list of semi-finalists, click here.
Published March 21, 2014

Cover art for this issue of Salt Hill comes from Martin Klimas: Untitled (Miles Davis, "Pharaoh's Dance"). What can I say? The bright colors capture my attention.


Alongside the QR code on this cover of North Dakota Quarterly is a quote from Marshall McLuhan: "We shape our tools and aftewards our tools shape us." This is the cover for the special issue "What is Digital Art?" guest edited by Timothy J. Pasch and Sharon Carson.


There isn't a single part of this cover of The Stinging Fly that I don't love. The colors, the shapes, the photograph in the back. It's designed by Fergal Condon.
Published March 24, 2014
Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation, the 2013 Pinch Literary Award Winners are featured in the Spring 2014 issue of The Pinch. Fiction was judged by Roxane Gay, poetry by Mark Jarman, and literary nonfiction by Abigal Thomas.

Winner in Literary Nonfiction
Molly Beer: "The Lifecycle of Butterflies"

Winner in Fiction
John Haggerty: "A Slight Chance of War"

Winner in Poetry
Ann Vermel: "Ripening"
Published March 16, 2014
American Life in Poetry: Column 468

Here’s another lovely poem to honor the caregivers among us. Amy Fleury lives and teaches in Louisiana.


Because one must be naked to get clean,
my dad shrugs out of his pajama shirt,
steps from his boxers and into the tub
as I brace him, whose long illness
has made him shed modesty too.
Seated on the plastic bench, he holds
the soap like a caught fish in his lap,
waiting for me to test the water’s heat
on my wrist before turning the nozzle
toward his pale skin. He leans over
to be doused, then hands me the soap
so I might scrub his shoulders and neck,
suds sluicing from spine to buttock cleft.
Like a child he wants a washcloth
to cover his eyes while I lather
a palmful of pearlescent shampoo
into his craniotomy-scarred scalp
and then rinse clear whatever soft hair
is left. Our voices echo in the spray
and steam of this room where once,
long ago, he knelt at the tub’s edge
to pour cups of bathwater over my head.
He reminds me to wash behind his ears,
and when he judges himself to be clean,
I turn off the tap. He grips the safety bar,
steadies himself, and stands. Turning to me,
his body is dripping and frail and pink.
And although I am nearly forty,
he has this one last thing to teach me.
I hold open the towel to receive him.

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 ©2013 by Amy Fleury from her most recent book of poems, Sympathetic Magic, Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 2013. Poem reprinted by permission of Amy Fleury and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 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.
Published March 17, 2014
Last Friday our Book Stand page was updated with a slew of new books received for review consideration at NewPages. Check it out to find new books, forthcoming titles from independent presses, and the editor's picks for what arrived here in the past few weeks!

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Published March 17, 2014
Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Adam Gottlieb are among the poets featured in the Student Day of Poetry this Friday, March 21, at UMass Boston. The Student Day of Poetry is a day-long "poetry field trip" for teens, featuring creative writing workshops, performances, and a student open mike session.

For more information, including info for teachers and a full line-up of poets and workshop leaders, visit the Student Day of Poetry page. The Student Day of Poetry is a program of the Mass Poetry organization, which also brings elements of the statewide day to individual schools.

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