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Published July 18, 2014

Passages North's 2014 cover is simple but effective. It's done by Jennifer Burton of Vermont: "Her work draws on imagery from old photographs found in family albums, both her own and those of others."


Okay, this cover of Frogpond looks so tasty that I could lick it, seriously, but not really. It certainly says, "Hey, it's a hot summer day. Open me up; it'll be refreshing." The design and photo is by Christopher Patchel of Mettawa, IL.


The cover illustration for Sterling's latest issue is done by Bill Frenec, but, unfortunately, that's all we know about it. It is, however, an excellent homage to Minneapolis—the unofficial theme of the issue—including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. (Plus some awesome buttons featuring elements of the cover art.)
Published July 20, 2014
Thomas Elias Weatherly, born in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1942, passed away July 15, 2014. Poet Burt Kimmelman tells of Weatherly as "a brilliant, eclectic poet, the craft and reach of his poetry astonishing. He was a member of the inaugural poetry workshop at St. Mark's, under the tutelage of Joel Oppenheimer, and the second cook at the Lions Head when all manner of writer and poet could be found sucking up the nectar there. No degrees post the U.S. Marine Corps Tom was, among other things, the resident bibliophile at the Strand Bookstore in later years, before leaving NYC to return 'home' to the South. He taught variously at a number of colleges and universities, from time to time, and with Ted Wilentz edited what at the time was a game-changing anthology of contemporary African American poetry, titled Natural Process (Hill & Wang, 1971) His own poetry was also not only eclectic but game-changing as well."

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Published July 21, 2014
Passages North showcases the winners of their 2013 contests in the 2014 issue, out now:

Thomas J. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize
judged by Elena Passarello

Brandon Davis Jennings: "I Am the Pulverizer"

Honorable Mentions
Christiana Louisa Langenberg: "Foiled"
Sidony O'Neal: "Timely Reflections on the Death of Emergency"

Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize
judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Vandana Khanna: "Prayer to Recognize the Body"

Honorable Mention
T.J. Sandella: "My Mother Prepares Me for Her Death"

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Fiction Contest
judged by Caitlin Horrocks

Joe Sacksteder: "Earshot—Grope—Cessation"
Published July 21, 2014
I've blogged plenty about it, now it's time for you to get signed up! Event Organizer Paul Nelson says there are already over 300 participants! Don't let that scare you; in brief, all you do is write one ORIGINAL postcard poem a day and send it to people on your own list (31 total), which means you also get postcards throughout the month. Writing start date is actually July 27, so deadline for signing up is July 26. If you haven't tried it yet, now is the time!
Published July 22, 2014
The current issue of The Cincinnati Review features a special section for the winners of the Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in prose and poetry. There is no commentary on the pieces, so you'll have to figure out why they won for yourself! Here is the opening of each:

Karrie Higgins's "The Bottle City of God"
My first summer in Zion, the Mormons deliver a latter-day miracle.
      A grasshopper plague is encroaching on a town somewhere out there in the vast Utah emptiness, on the other side of the Great Salt Lake: two thousand grasshopper eggs to the square foot, little exoskeletons bursting into being from thin air, like popcorn kernels on a hot burner.
      Local News Channel 4 bears witness: Every ten years, the grasshoppers come. Like clockwork.
      As an outsider, a Gentile, I have made this reporter my hierophant. The Mormons have their Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and I have a newsman. I never watched local news before moving here.
      The plague is supposed to happen.
      Backyards are popcorn machines, pop, pop, pop.
      Insecticide has failed us.

Martha Silano's "The World"
The world so big, so big and beyond, tumbleweed so turbulent in the wind,
the cormorants of the world so sunning themselves on shit-stained piers.

World a big son with his big-boy accretion, his magnesium need
for the screen, for his Xbox lithosphere. The world and the calderas

of the world and the peaks of the world with their toothsome fissures
toppling the calm. The world with its spiral notebook of incomprehensible
Published July 23, 2014
Big Muddy opens Volume 14 Number 1 with the winners of the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award and the Mighty River Short Story Award. Here's a glimpse of each:

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award
Robert Garner McBrearty's "What Happened to Laura?"
     I'm in a coffee shop on an afternoon in spring when a man at a table near the creamers picks up his smart phone and says in a loud voice, "John? Doug here. Laura is back. She's pissed off. She's a really pissed off person...I don't know what she's pissed off about...Yeah, that's right...I'm taking her to the doctor today...It's a hard call, they might...That's good, that's good...She's real angry, she's real brutal, she's real cutting...Yeah, that's right...I don't know if I'm going to have to hospitalize her or not...It's brutal, it's real brutal, I'll call you after we see the doctor...Okay, thanks, right...That's good."
     Doug signs off. But he's back on a moment later. "Bob? Doug here. Laura came back...Well, she's pissed off, she's real pissed off...That's good, that's good...Well, she's real pissed off...We're going to see the doctor in about twenty minutes...Obviously...Excellent...Good idea...I'll hide everything..."
     He hangs up. We all look up from our tables to meet his widened eyes. A tall man rises up. He points a finger at Doug's chest. "I want to know what's wrong with Laura," he says.

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Catherine Browder's "The Canine Cure"
     Some days there's a bit of a flurry when I step on the elevator with the girls. Lola takes the lead, followed by Rusty, and then Didi. I bring up the rear. As we assemble inside, an orderly wearing hospital scrubs pulls himself up to his considerable height and scowls, never taking his eyes off my trio. A young Asian woman in a lab coat takes a small step back. I raise a finger. My three promptly sit, and I punch the button for the third floor.
     "Believe it or not," I tell my audience, "these girls are here to work." I give them my broadest professional smile. The man cracks a joke while the young woman titters uncomfortable. Neither has noticeably relaxed. The girls remain seated, their great brown eyes traveling from face to face and then back to mine. In the enterprise that looms ahead I am certain of only one thing: My troupe is obedient and well trained.
Published July 24, 2014
"No Typos Hear!" is how Pat Stone titles the editor's note for the current issue of GreenPrints. He announces that for almost two decades, Ricki and Michael Cochran have been proofreaders for this magazine. As they know have a lot going in their lives, including seven grandchildren, they are officially stepping down; this was their last issue. As such, Stone puts forth his sincere thanks and states that the first who finds a proofing error (beyond the obvious one in the title) in this issue will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.
Published June 18, 2014
Bellingham Review is pleased to announce the winners from their 2014 Contests:

Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction
Final Judge: Joy Castro

First Place
Michael Palmer, "A Glossary of West Texas"

Runner Up
Whitney Templeton, "Body Cavities"

Rebecca Bald, Sonja Livingston, Jericho Parms, Allie Rowbottom, Julie Wittes Schlack, Maya Jewell Zeller

49th Parallel Award for Poetry
Final Judge: Kathleen Flenniken

First Place
Jackleen Holton, "Goldfish"

Leslie Marie Aguilar, C. Wade Bentley, Cathleen Chambless, Lynn Deming, Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Rebecca Foust, Jenny Grassl, Amy Greacan, Kathleen McClung, Arlene Naganawa, Nathan Renie, Tobias Wray

The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction
Final Judge: Shawn Wong

First Place
Tom Howard, "Temple and Vine"

Noelle Catharine Allen, Amina Gautier, Patricia Schultheis, Britt Tisdale

Published June 19, 2014
Previously founded in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Absinthe has announced that they will be moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan where The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan will assume editorial leadership. Here's more information from the announcement:

"The relocation of Absinthe to the Department of Comparative Literature will allow the journal to benefit from the expertise of one of the strongest comparative programs in the nation, and provide a sustainable publishing model to continue Absinthe’s commitment to promoting foreign literature in the United States. At the University of Michigan, Absinthe will provide a space of encounter between new voices in foreign literature, experienced translators, as well as translators in training.

Starting in summer 2014, Absinthe will serve as a platform from which to expand the Department of Comparative Literature’s ongoing engagement with translation activities across the Michigan campus and beyond. The magazine will offer graduate students the opportunity to gain professional experience in editing literary translations and identifying important new trends in contemporary world literature. It will also provide opportunities for collaboration with colleagues across departments, both within and beyond the University of Michigan, on topics for special issues.

In the fall of 2014, The Department of Comparative Literature will resume Absinthe’s biannual print publication as well as create an entire new online presence for the magazine. Two doctoral students in Comparative Literature will serve as co-editors for the first two transitional issues. Their task will consist of maintaining the legacy of Absinthe as established by Hayes, while broadening the magazine’s current focus on European literature to include texts that reflect the very wide range of geographical interests, talents and affinities present in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. "
Published June 20, 2014

Simple, yet a perfect spring cover for Natural Bridge. The illustration and design is done by Nathaniel Gibson.


This image on Rattle's cover is breathtaking, especially in your hands and not on the screen. By Sebastian Lauf.


Kim Aubrey writes in Grain's editor's note: "The haunting prints of our featured artist, Sean Caulfield, show an organic world worked upon by technology and ask questions about what survives from that familiar natural world and what changes beyond recognition."

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