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Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.

Bridge Street Books

August 14, 2014
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Bridge Street Books has been independently owned and operated since 1980. We sell new books and specialize in the Humanities, though we carry books on all subjects.

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Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month and thanks to the StoryADay in May writing challenge, May has started to become identified with the short story. This is now the second year of an organized International Short Story Month. Visit Short Story Month website for ideas on how to celebrate this month as a writer, publisher, teacher, librarian, bookseller; resources for finding short stories to read; listing your own story sources. You can also find follow the #ShortReads hashtag on Twitter (started by publisher AAKnopf) and sign up for the mailing list to receive all the news about International Short Story Month. "And most of all, read a great story today."

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In the latest issue of The Chattahoochee Review, Ron Cooper hosts a conversation with Paul Ruffin and Eric Miles Williamson about a possible movement called "'redneck noir,' composed of writers strewn across the country—from the Bible Belt to the Rust Belt, from the Appalachians to the Sierra Nevada—who are from poor backgrounds and proud to write about them." Cooper asks Williamson if he considers it a movement:

"It's never been a movement. This has nothing to do with a bunch of--what do you want to call us?—rednecks, white trash, working poor... None of us likes any of these terms." He explains how it has to do with the availability of higher education. At the end of WWII, people could afford to go to school under the GI Bill. "This is now ending, however," he says. "With the defunding of state colleges and universities, tuition is no longer affordable for working-class kids. If I were eighteen today, I'd have to stay a construction worker. ... The era, about fifty years, of the working-class novel, the working-class writer or artist of any sort, will be over when my generation dies."

It's an insightful and interesting interview, well worth the read whether you are into the genre (? movement?) or not.

Also in this issue are contest winners Jeremy Collins (nonfiction) and Alexander Weinsten (fiction) as well as work from Stephanie Powell Watts, Tori Malcangio, Michael Noll, Bipin Aurora, Jessica Piazza, Okla Elliot, and more.
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The editors of NANO Fiction ask you to join in celebrating National Short Story Month by getting your  flash on! Visit the NANO Fiction website each day for a new writing prompt, some of which will be linked to a selection of editors' favorites published in NANO Fiction. At the close of the month, NANO will re-release the prompts along with their linked stories with a dozen never-before-seen new prompts in an anthology. The anthology can be pre-ordered - free to educators with an .edu email address (e-mail your request to them) and only $10 to others.
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WATERisLIFE has created the first-ever manual that teaches safe water tips and serves as a tool to kill deadly waterborne diseases, The Drinkable Book. Created by Chemist Dr. Thersea Dankovich, the text of the book is been printed with food-grade inks that teach safe water habits and are printed on technologically advance filter paper capable of killing water-born diseases. Each page can provide someone with up to 30 days of clean water, and each book with up to 4 years of clean water.
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The Broadside Press annual Switcheroo poetry winner is "Disappear" by Philip Schaefer, whose work has been matched with the artwork "Another Portal" by Maura Cunningham. The broadside is available for free, full-color download from the Broadsided website. Public posting encouraged! Finalist "Before Man" by Lauren Wolk is also available for reading on the website.
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The 2014 issue of The Briar Cliff Review marks another year for its contest winners. Here are the first prize winners with a short quote from their work (which can be found inside the issue):

Fiction Contest Winner
Leslie Kirk Campbell: "Thunder in Illinois"
   "He's not a gambler but he's made his own secret bet. If he wins, he won't need to go back to Bangkok. If he loses, well, his bag is still packed.
     'What did you say, Lenny?'
     'I said I can die as soon as I get more points that you, dear. And I'm a hair's breadth away from that moment.'"

Nonfiction Contest Winner
JLSchneider: "Call Me T
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Photos from artist Micah Bloom's Codex project ("involves film, photography, and installation") is included in Ruminate's Spring 2014 issue. I encourage you to take a look as his artwork will hit the souls of any writer or reader. " In an artist's note he writes about how growing up, his family instilled in him a certain respect for books: "In our home, books were elevated in the hierarchy of objects; in their nature, deemed closer to humans than furniture, knickknacks, or clothing. Under these impressions I was forced into this relatinship with displaced books." His work uses the books that were "strewn in streets, across roadways, along railroad tracks" after the Souris River ravaged Minot, North Dakota in June of 2011. "These books were vessels—surrogates of human soul, these shelters—housing our heritage—displaced, now driven over by boomtown commuters and shredded by oil tankers on their way from the Bakken oil fields. It was this surreal situation that stirred me to alter the fate of these books."

And although I truly wish more information about the actual art rendering was including, it's a pleasure just to flip through the pages. You can find a little more information by watching their (already funded) kickstart video.
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Poetastic is a new poetry website curating "transformative video recordings of poetry readings." The video submissions are of reciters reading and recording themselves reciting other people’s poetry, transforming meaning for the listener/viewer.

Poetastic is a project created by Harrod J Suarez, Assistant Professor of English at Oberlin College, but in terms of this project, it "is best understood as a category comprised of a legion of collaborators, contributors, and co-conspirators." Submissions are accepted on a rolling deadline.

Poetastic provides guidelines for recording as well as resources for finding poems to read and record. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

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