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Published November 06, 2018

imvotingToday 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

Published October 22, 2018

jennifer mooreThe 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.

Published September 11, 2018
Teachers and mentors to young readers and writers, check out the NewPages Young Writers Guide, a listing of publications written for and accepting submissions by young writers as well as contests for young writers. This is an ad-free space and all listings are vetted for ethical treatment of minors submitting writing for publication and contests and using the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act guidelines. If you know of a publication or contest we could list here, please contact us. Encourage young writers to read and submit their writing!
Published September 05, 2018
michael mcgriffBroadsided Press has recently added a section to their site: Teach. It's a growing area of their work and will feature lesson plans for teachers interested in using broadsides in the classroom. It currently includes plans for Grades 6-8 and Adults/University: "Broadsides as Adventure and Architecture," "Writing a Photographic Poem," and "Graduate Poetry Workshop - 4 Weeks on Ekphrasis." The content is appropriate for working in a structured educational setting or in a community center or other organization of writers. For teachers, Broadsided Press welcomes you to share your lesson plan/article for publication consideration.
Published August 23, 2018

carve classroomCarve Magazine, which offers readers new "honest fiction," poetry, nonfiction, illustrations, and interviews in its quarterly print publication has even more to offer in its online Carve Classroom.

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!

Published August 08, 2018

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:

ser wr kao kalia yangThis 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."

Published August 04, 2018
song of extinctionsA while back, NewPages introduced Under a Warm Green Linden online poetry journal which had expanded its publication efforts to include environmental activism under its "Green Mission." This mission promises to donate a portion of its proceeds to reforestation efforts (through the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Forest Foundation).

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).

Published August 03, 2018

ghost mantisBroadsided Press art and poetry collaboration posters are available for free download and postering all about town as well as in PDF to share electronically.

August's Broadsided collaboration with words by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello and art by Elizabeth Terhune resulted in "Ghost Mantis."

In addition to their ongoing CFS, Broadsided is looking for "multilingual writing" for a special edition: "Many writers grow up in or become part of families and communities that speak more than one language, and at Broadsided Press, we think that’s worth celebrating. In this special 'Broadsided Responds' feature, we will offer a folio of work that speaks between and with multiple languages."

Published July 24, 2018

Following the suspension of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, The New Academy was created "to warrant that an international literary prize will be awarded in 2018, but also as a reminder that literature should be associated with democracy, openness, empathy and respect."

Librarians from across Sweden were invited to submit nominations of authors for the prize; voting opened to the global public on July 10 and will close on August 14.

The top four nominations from this long list will receive final assessment for the award by an "expert jury" comprised of: Jury President Ann Pålsson, editor and independent publisher; and Jury Members Lisbeth Larsson, Professor of Literature, Gothenburg University;  Peter Stenson, editor and critic; and Gunilla Sandin, librarian director.

The winner will be announced October 14.

 

Published July 12, 2018

fitzgerald museumIf you're traveling anywhere near Montgomery, Alabama, consider spending the night in the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald which now houses the Fitzgerald Museum and a two-bedroom apartment. "This historic home houses the only dedicated museum to F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald in the world. The family lived here from 1931 until 1932, writing portions of their respective novels, Save Me The Waltz  and Tender Is The Night,  during their time here."

The apartment is listed on Airbnb and can be rented for $150 a night. Guests can also visit the museum during its open hours, maybe helping make Montgomery your destination!

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