Just what fans of Jane Austen need: Our own society of Austen lovers!
Started by Henry G. Burke, J. David Grey, and Joan Austen-Leigh, the great-great grand niece of Jane, the Jane Austen Society of North America "is dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. Join us in celebrating her life, her works, and her genius."
JASNA hosts a three-day conference each fall that includes lectures by Austen scholars and JASNA members, exhibits, workshops, and a banquet and Regency ball. Yes, a ball! Each year, the conference is themed with a reading list provided in advance.
The 2019 conference (200 Years of Northanger Abby: "Real Solemn History") will be held in Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia on October 4-6, and the 2020 conference (Jane Austen's Juvenilia: Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution) will be in Cleveland, Ohio, October 9-11.
In addition to the conference, JASNA publishes peer reviewed journals, a newsletter, book reviews, and holds an annual student essay contest. JASNA also has an International Visitor Support Program which provides a $3,250 fellowship to assist with travel and research expenses.
For more information, visit the JASNA website.
A Broadsided Press recent call for “Multilingual Writing” resulted in In Praise of Polyphony, 2018, a folio of six broadsides from writers and artists who “think/feel/see in English, Spanish, Finnish, Yiddish, Chinese, Italian, Polish, and Russian. In narrative, metaphor, sound, ink, photograph, shape, and color.”
Like all broadsides from Broadsided Press, the folio is available for free download.
Writers featured: Maija Mäkinen, Jeni De La O, Piotr Gwiazda, Diana Anaya, Allison Escoto, Ching-In Chen.
Artists featured: Anya Ermak, Bailey Bob Bailey, Cheryl Gross, Antonia Contro, Undine Brod, Barbara Cohen.
Today is the day. Vote411.org for information.
“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Toni Morrison said, "The function of freedom is to free someone else."
“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”
― David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
"Too many people fought too hard to make sure all citizens of all colors, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities can vote to think that not voting somehow sends a message." ― Luis Gutierrez
The English Department at Ohio Northern University has opened a new Single Poem Broadside contest for currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors.
Young writers may submit one original, self-authored poem of 30 lines or less by November 1, 2018 in any form, style or aesthetic approach.
ONU Associate Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Jennifer Moore [pictured] will judge the submissions.
The winning entry will receive $100, letterpress broadside publication of the poem, ten copies, and the ONU English Department Talent Award of $4000 per year for four years (upon application and acceptance to ONU).
For more contests open to young writers and publications for young writers and readers, visit the NewPages Young Writers Guide.
For teachers, Carve can re-print bulk orders of back issues (most of which are sold out in single copy), and also provides free lesson plans for single stories online. The lesson plans are availabe to download as Word documents and include a link to the story, some of which feature audio readings. The plans include group activites, discussion prompts, and critical reading and writing exercises. Just in time for the new school year!
For writers, Carve offers online writing classes exploring elements of craft. Writers can choose a self-study or community platform option, with six weekly lessons composed of assigned readings, notes on a particular craft element, questions to apply to the assigned reading, and writing exercises to practice the craft. Self-study students receive guided feedback on the reading and writing assignments (NOT manuscript critiques). The community platform options utilizes Wet Ink for a full course interaction with peers.
Also available for writers is a manuscript critique service, and for readers and writers alike, there is a free sign-up for Carve Tips for Writers delivered weekly to your mailbox or using RSS Feed or Apple News.
Much to be discovered and enjoyed at Carve!
Perfect for the start of the new school year - whether or not you're a student! The Southeast Review is offering its second Writer's Regimen for poets, essayists, and fiction writers who would benefit from incorporating structure into their daily writing practice - or perhaps get a daily practice started! Editor Dorothy Chan explains:
This October, The Southeast Review 30-Day Writer's Regimen returns with daily prompts, daily exercises, and daily quotes to cure your writer's block and give you an endless source of creative inspiration! We've added daily themes, so get ready to immerse yourself into different worlds every day! We're also proud to announce craft talks by esteemed writers Ching-In Chen, Kao Kalia Yang [pictured], Sam Herschel Wein, and Timothy Liu. Registration is open now. This October, write lots of short stories and poems you'll be proud of. We hope you enjoy our regimen!
In addition to all the daily features, Writer's Regimen offer flashback craft talks from previous WRs for "more writing heavyweights" as well as a free copy of The Southeast Review.
For a PDF sample of the first regimen day, click here. Chan says, "This summer we've decided to innovate the regimen by including themes, and you'll notice the theme of Day 1 is 'secrets.' These themes will carry on for a few days and each day, subscribers will experience a variation of that theme. Other themes include translation, the body, Hollywood, and seduction."
To date, Under a Warm Green Linden has funded the planting of 170 trees, and with the help of poetry lovers, hopes to continue this effort. One easy way to participate is by purchasing their limited edition broadsides which accompany each new journal issue. These are bea-u-ti-ful prints - I know because I have purchased every one of them! They are reproduced on high quality paper, full color, carefully packaged for safe shipping and, best of all, SIGNED by the authors. Pictured: "Song of Extinction" by David Axelrod.
Under a Warm Green Linden has also begun publishing chapbooks and has two available for purchase: Tempo Rubato by Boyer Rickel, A Place Where One by Barbara Cully, and bonehouse by Erika Brumett (forthcoming).