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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their January Very Short Fiction competition. This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories with a word count not exceeding 3000. No theme restrictions. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in April. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Lee Montgomery [pictured], of Portland, OR, wins $1500 for “Window.” Her story will be published in Issue 93 of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Calvin Haul, of Salt Lake City, UT, wins $500 for “The World Within Reach.”

Third place: Auguste Budhram, of Austin, TX, wins $300 for “My Father’s Vacation.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
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Featured on the PBS NewsHour program The Poetry Series, three poets in Richmond, California teamed up with the Off/Page Project to bring a spotlight to deplorable public housing conditions in a video report "This is Home." Off/Page Project combines efforts with The Center for Investigative Reporting and the literary non-profit Youth Speaks. Their collaborative work actively engages youth in civic issues through the use of a multi-media platform.

Other issues investigated by Off/Page Project include "Whispers from the Field," about sexual abuse suffered by migrant women field laborers (written and performed by Monica Mendoza and available in English and Spanish); "Broken City Poets" focusing on Stockton, California - and what happens to the youth in a town declaring bankruptcy ("Poetry is a way to express myself without violence," one young woman comments).
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To celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the MFA program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, The Massachusetts Review released a special issue featuring some of the "remarkable writers who have graduated from the program," which include Mira Bartok, Valerie Martin, Domenic Stansberry, Gillian Conoley, Matthew Zaprunder, James Haug, Ellen Dore Watson, and more.

In an introduction to the issue Editor John Emil Vincent writes, "We ourselves have attempted a little revisiting of our usual format—we actively sought and happily found longer poems, two lovelies from Gillian Conoley and Brian Baldi in particular—but also generally solicited works in clusters. The hope is to create a novel texture for our special issue, one up to exploring the pleasures and peculiarities of duration.
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Chicago School of Poetics is offering a one-day online class with with Pierre Joris. “Writing translation / translating writing” inverts the traditional relationship of original text and translated copy and reinscribes the activity of translation as core process of the act of writing. Students will be simultaneously involved with writing and with translation from a language of their choice into English in a range of forms proposed by their own practice and culture. The class runs for three hours and will be held  online, in a video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Date: April 26th, 2014
Time: 1-4 p.m. Central Time
Tuition: $250
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Broadsided Press is asking writers to celebrate National Poetry Month with The Switcheroo! Usually, Broadsided has artists respond to poems to create their monthly posters. For The Switcheroo! writers are asked to respond to a visual piece with poetry or prose. This art is Maura Cunningham's "Another Portal," and winning entries (one for each piece of art for each time they run the event) will be published on May 1, 2014 as one of the many wonderful Broadsided collaborations. The deadline is April 15, so get switchin' - er, I mean, writing!

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The Spring/Summer issue of Alaska Quarterly Review features an appropriate image for the weeks to come (at least I'm hoping for more rain and less snow): Yellow umbrellas, 2014 by Clark James Mishler.

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This cover of Room is a pastel on vellum by Cathy Daley. "Since the mid-1990s when I began the current body of work known as the dress series or dancing legs," she writes, "my drawings have been untitled. Because I was so depicting the body and gestures of the body I wanted the work to speak through the body and a title seemed limiting. The postures and gestures in the work create meaning for the viewer through cultural associations and subjectivities."

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The cover of Hunger Mountain's Winter 2013/2014 issue is by Lucinda Bliss with details from Atlas of American War Book 4: Hearts and Octopus with graphite and colored pencil on found paper.


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"Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events."

Visit POETS.ORG for posters, poems, ideas on how to celebrate, poem-a-day, and - my personal favorite - POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY! April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day - carry a poem with you, as you meet with friends, sit next to a stranger on the tram, hanging out in the grocery store line, simply pull the poem out and read it to others - Happy Poetry Month! (Seriously, I haven't been arrested for it yet.) Poets.org provides a variety of pocket-sized poems to share.
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From Delete Press:

In solidarity with National Poetry Month, Delete Press is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of:

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In 2009, Arc Poetry Magazine started a poet-in-residence program in which the poet in question guides a number of poets through refining their craft. "This is a response to our mission to support Canadian poetry," write Rhonda Douglas and Chris Jennings, "but also partly in response to the many submissions we receive each month that are so close, but just not yet quite ready for publication." Tim Bowling was the poet-in-residence for 2012-2013, working with approximately 25 poets, and the latest issue of Arc (73) showcase some of Bowling's work alongside a selection from eight of the poets he worked with: Vincent Colistro, Rod Pederson, Michelle Brown, Jordan Mounteer, Heather Davidson, Helen Marshall, Ann Graham Walker, and Jordan Tannahill.

As an introduction to the special section in the magazine, Russell Thornton writes, "Bowling's poetry conjures a world. That world includes one of the grand rivers of Canada and the greatest salmon river on the plant, and the town of Ladner with its fishing community underlife... His rapt awareness of the concrete particulars of his actual place allows Bowling to execute poetry that is, at its most striking, complete in its interconnections, and visionary. His passion for his locale and its inhabitants lifts that locale onto the mythic level."

Poems included from Bowling are "Christmas Near Vancouver," "Dread," On the Morning of New Life," High Summer," "High Water," and more.
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The Museum of Haiku Literature Award is award to the best previously unpublished work appearing in the previous issue of Frogpond, selected by the HSA Executive Committee. In Volume 37 Number 1, Tom Tico from San Fransisco, CA is announced of the winner of the $100 for this haiku (originally published in Volume 36 Number 3):

her letter . . .
I'd forgotten
paper can cut
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