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Published March 05, 2014
Amoskeag has released their 30th anniversary issue. Editor Michael J. Brien writes that this issue "represents first time authors along with Puschart Prize nominees, presenting works of survival, nostalgia, hope, hurt, grief, and redemption...," featuring work by Deborah Brown, Donna Pucciani, SNHU's MFA Award in prose winner James Seals, the SNHU Undergraduate Prose Winner Amy Fontenot, the SNHU Undergrduate poetry winner Natalie Jones, the New Hampshire High School Poetry Winner Kelsey Jarvis, the New Hampshire High School Prose Winner Emily Bascom, and more.

Along with the issue came an announcement that the next issue, Issue 31 to be released in April, will be the last for Editor Brien. "The University has been blessed with the continuing of this national journal for over thirty years," he says. "Each editor has contributed to Amoskeag's growth and expansion. This year we have had two of our authors, Ainey Greaney and John Debon, selected as Notables in The Best American Essays of 2013. It's stuff like that that makes me as an editor hopeful in each submission that arrives at my desk." Benjamin Nugent will be taking over with issue 32.

The press release states that "With the change of editor, the magazine will continue to produce noteworthy and thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, etc., but will also take new steps towards better serving the future creative writing majors of the SNHU community. The literary magazine greatly focuses on showcasing their work as well as the work of other aspiring and established regional, national and International writers."
Published March 05, 2014
Right Hand Pointing has recently changed their URL to The old site (.com) does redirect, but it currently has a malware warning. To avoid this, please navigate to the new site. The editor, Dale, sent out a newsletter apologizing for the inconvenience and assuring that it will be fixed once there is time.
Published March 06, 2014
Prism Review has announced the winners for their 2014 Contests in poetry (judged by Nathan Hoks) and fiction (judged by Scott Nadelson):

Poetry Winner
Anna Soteria Morrison: "[Flight Fable]"

Fiction Winner
Rob Schultz: "The Evaluation of Echoes"

“The eroticism of '[Flight Fable]' enacts a series of birds that hunt, feed, dance, and flaunt their necks," writes Hoks. "Amid all this avian fluttering and flight, the poem dwells in the charged, conflicted space between desire and action. It is a lovely, strange poem by a poet whose imaginative ears and eyes transform language into an ornithological and amorous event.”

Nadelson writes that “'The Evaluation of Echoes' stands out for the way it captures both a specific cultural moment and a character’s internal landscape, showing us an AM radio man’s world on the cusp of change—collapsing or blooming into something new we don’t yet know. DJ Noland is a fascinating figure, both jaded and full of wonder, and that the unpredicted snowstorm can be at once comic and magical is testament to the writer’s skill. What I admire above all, though, is the dazzling language...”

Both pieces will appear in issue 16, due out in June.
Published March 06, 2014
The staff of Free State Review will welcome a new member to their team: Robert Timberg, who will work as an associate editor specializing in nonfiction. Editor-in-Chief H.N. Burdett writes, "There is no one I respect more as a reporter, as an editor, as a patriot, and as a friend, and there is no way I could exaggerate my job in having our editorial staff augmented by his wisdom and judgement."
Published March 07, 2014

Poetry's March 2014 issue features the work of Lorna Simpson, titled "Back of Yellow Dress," for the issue dedicated to "Split this Rock" (of injustice) and the way in which poetry can "speak out publicly for justice and peace."



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Published March 03, 2014
Subterrain's Volume 7 Issue 66 features the winners of the Lush Triumphant Literary Awards Competition 2013.

Fiction Winner
Janet Trull: "Hot Town"

Poetry Winner
Connor Doyle: "Under City Suite"

Nonfiction Winner
Aaron Chan: "A Case of Jeff"

The rest of the issue includes fiction from Brock Peters, Martin West, Dina Lyuber, Gary Barwin, Sandra Alland, and Jordan Turner; poetry from Amber McMillan, Terry Trowbridge, klipschutz, and Jen Currin; and featured artist Brit Bachmann.
Published March 04, 2014
In World Literature Today's March 2014 issue, Myrsini Gana contributes an excellent article on the idea of translating humor, through her experience with translating David Sedaris's work. "Humor is a big deal," she writes. "It's not a question of knowing the words; there's a whole world behind it. Every country's—and in consequence every language's—take on humor reveals its deeper character, is idiosyncratic, and operates well within a "closed circle." Seen like this, a whole country can be like a group of friends—they have their own codes, their own jokes—and outsiders are just that: they don't get it."

"I could fill pages with examples explaining in detail how every instance calls for a different line of thought and a different solution. I wish I could say that every solution I have chosen is the optimal one, but there is no universal rule to dictate a translator's decisions. That's why no two translators will ever come up with the exact same translation."

Also included in this section is a brief interview with David Sedaris: "It's one thing to translate a joke, and another to translate timing, which is hwere a lot of my laughs come from. It's especially difficult when the sentence structure is so very different in German, for instance, when the verb comes at the end of the sentence. In my last collection, one of the laughs was based on the way people in Toronto say "about." The joke didn't make sense in German, so the translator focused on another word in the sentence—"kiosk"—and moved my Canadian to French-speaking Quebec. It was a brilliant save, but nothing could salvage the ending of another essay. The laugh is based on the phrases 'your trash' and 'you're trash,' and I don't imagine it will work in anything but English."
Published February 26, 2014
The Emerson Society announces three awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.

Research Grant
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2014.

Pedagogy or Community Project Award
Provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2014.

Subvention Award
Provides up to $500 to support costs attending the publication of a scholarly book or article on Emerson and his circle. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page proposal, including an abstract of the forthcoming work and a description of publication expenses, by April 1, 2014.

Send Research, Pedagogy/Community, and Subvention proposals to:

Noelle Baker () and Kristin Boudreau ()

Award recipients must become members of the Society; membership applications are available at
Published February 27, 2014
Iron Horse Literary Review's latest review features only one writer: Michael Hemmingson, winner of the 2013 IHLR Single-Author Competition. His novella, Still Life with Iguana, "flies through a journalist's life and career, uncovering the heart of an appealing protagonist and reuniting him with his one true love," writes Bill Roorbach. It "is told in fragments and blocks and tesserae, a mosaic beautifully rendered."
Published February 27, 2014
Connu is the newest app to start reading short stories from great new writers. The app publishes these stories recommended by well-known authors including Lydia Davis, David Sedaris, Ron Carlson, and Joyce Carol Oates. It is also available online. All of it is free. Read the week's selections, listen to their words, select your favorites, or pick something to read based on how much time you have at the moment.

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