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Awkward Paper Cut is a literary site devoted to supporting and inspiring innovative artistic creations incorporating words, images, and sound in a new kind of storytelling that mixes different formats and media with original and inventive ideas and approaches. Featured pages include Writers on Writing, Swoon's View (picks from "video addict" Marc Neys), and Podcasts of multiple authors/works under a connecting theme. The most recent podcast, Episode 14-8, is titled D
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As you'll quickly be able to tell, this week it's all about color. It's been a dull and dreary winter, and I loved having a collection of colors filling my bins this week:

I saw this staring up at me from the top of my magazine pile, and I gravitated to it. Teen in Body Paint, Key West, Florida is a picture by Roger Sacha of a young man painted by Tony Gregory with body paint in 2005. You'll have to pick up an actual copy of Subtropics to get the full effect.


The color on the cover of The London Magazine's new issue is fascinating as though it's a rainy day, there's still a rainbow of color. It's detail from Leonid Afremov's Rain of Fire, oil on canvas, 2007.


This cover of Boulevard completes the list of colorful action as the lights dance of the bridge in the photograph. It's by Charles Gross and titled Crossing the Tuo River at Night.
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The Spring & Summer 2014 of ZYZZYVA marks 100 issues. "So now, 100 issues in, having persevered through many a difficult time and may a close call, our hope is to keep this journal thriving and vibrant for as long as we can," write Editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon. "In an environment crowded with dazzling and questionable new technologies, ZYZZYVA asserts the cerebral and tactile pleasures of reading, of holding a well-bound book in your hands, of losing—and finding—yourself in the pages of a story. . . . We hope you will join us in celebrating 100 issues of preeminent and daring literary publishing, of Pulitzer winners and poet laureates, of the finest contemporary minds and astonishing raw talent, and twenty-nine years of cultivating a cultural community around the arts and letters."

The issue features fiction by Ron Carlson, Daniel Handler, Michelle Latiolais, Paul Madonna, Scott O'Connor, Erika Recordon; nonfiction by Katie Crouch, Jim Gavin, Glen David Gold, Jonathon Keats; poetry by Dan Alter, Valerie Bandura, Noah Blaustein, Christopher Buckley, and more.
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Iron Horse Literary Review's latest issue is the "Duet Issue," featuring writing from some writers who are in relationships with other writers. "Every writer, at some time or another, imagines finding a mate who understands the ups and downs of creativity, the victories and failures of publishing,the obsessive love/hate relationships we have with our manuscripts," writes Editor Leslie Jill Patterson in the foreword. "Who else could this soulmate be but another writer, whom we might collide with at a reading, or while traveling, or during a workshop? .... Writer couples, we believe, encourage each other to write, and support one another steadfastly when readers turn critical..."

This issue features work from these couples: Kim Barnes & Robert Wrigley, Landon Houle & Adam Houle, Jessica Jacobs & Nickole Brown, and Eula Biss & John Bresland. The magazine's regular features also revolve around this "duet" theme.
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American Life in Poetry: Column 474

Let’s celebrate the first warm days of spring with a poem for mushroom hunters, this one by Amy Fleury, who lives in Louisiana.

First Morel

Up from wood rot,
wrinkling up from duff
and homely damps,
spore-born and cauled
like a meager seer,
it pushes aside earth
to make a small place
from decay. Bashful,
it brings honeycombed
news from below
of the coming plenty
and everything rising.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Copyright © 2013 by Amy Fleury from her most recent book of poems, Sympathetic Magic, Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. Poem reprinted by permission of Amy Fleury and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
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The 2013 Consequence Prize in Poetry was selected by Brian Turner and awarded to William Snyder. Snyder's winning piece "They Give Me Money Near Karbala"is published in the current issue of Consequence (Spring 2014). Also included are the pieces by the finalists.

First Prize
William Snyder: "They Give Me Money Near Karbala"

Heather Bell: "Decoding The Poem"
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach: "To the Women of Trabzon"
Aubrey Ryan: "Song"
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Summer Teaching Fellow in Fiction Antioch College, an independent, selective liberal arts college located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, invites applications for a three-month teaching fellowship in fiction for Summer 2014. The Summer Teaching Fellow will teach two courses in his/her area of expertise, including one workshop-style creative writing seminar (LIT 250) and one course intended to offer undergraduate students an introduction to the genre (LIT 242).


  • Teach one creative writing workshop-style seminar and one introductory-level literature course to undergraduate students focusing on fiction during Antioch College’s Summer session (July 8-September 19)
  • Give one public reading of current work
  • Assist students in the coordination of a student-led fiction reading in September 2014


  • MFA or comparable degree in creative writing
  • Record of publication in fiction
  • Enthusiasm for and experience teaching fiction

Application Process
To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, brief writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, to: nwilburnATantiochcollegeDOTorg

Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred. If necessary, hard copies may be mailed to Literature Faculty Search, c/o Nancy Wilburn, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 45387. Applications will be reviewed as received. Deadline for submission of materials is May 15, 2014.


April 21, 2014
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Here's an interesting call for submissions: I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project's site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine. Deadline: JUNE 1, 2014.
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The editors note of the second issue of volume 15 of River Teeth reveals a very important process for the editors: how they accept work and find work that will uphold their standards. The editors and readers "peruse every one of the more than a thousand unsolicited manuscripts that come [their] way each year—even though [they] know [they] can accept only about ten or twelve of them," writes Dan Lehman. "We root for each and every submission, hoping to find not only the perfect piece by a great writer whom we already love, but, as has happened, the fledgling writer whose first published piece will appear in River Teeth and will snare a Pushcart for the writer and for us."

So where do the rest of the pieces that make up the issues come from? The editors travel to conferences and workshops and search websites for pieces they know they just have to have. "If we hear something that is great, we go for it. Right then. We don’t suffer a turn-down easily. Something about our enthusiasm for a piece, and about our vision for the journal and what we do, has convinced writers who otherwise don’t owe us the time of day to take a shot with River Teeth," Lehman writes. Here's what he has to say about selecting pieces:

"At heart we always ask two questions: Is this the sort of piece I would want to call the other editor in the middle of the night to say we have to have? And would we die if we saw this piece in someone else’s journal and knew we could have had it for ourselves? Those are the criteria, nothing else really. As we wrote a few issues ago, we will publish the work of friends and acquaintances (even ourselves) if it meets those standards. Only then. That’s all. That our two Best American essays come from writers with close ties makes our case. Both were among the best dozen or so essays in this or any other year; it would have killed us to see them win those prizes for someone else. And we confessed that fact in writing before the prizes were won.

"We know all this sounds more than a little intuitive, even presumptuous, and quite a bit less than arm’s length. That’s the nature of love, we guess."

Check out more from the editors note and see what's in stock of this issue here.
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Hogwarts Is Here: free, online classes in the same subjects studied by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Not only that, but you can also become a Hogwarts Professor. Slate's Alex Heimbach writes: "The website works as a sort of cross between a MOOC (massive open online course) and an RPG (a role-playing game, like Dungeons & Dragons). You start by creating an account and choosing a house. (No sorting hat here, unfortunately.) I went with Ravenclaw, which seemed fitting for an optional intellectual endeavor. I wasn’t alone in that decision: Ravenclaw is the second most popular house (after Gryffindor, of course) and has the most house points (which you gain by completing assignments)." Read his full review here.

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