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Afterlife of Discarded Objects is "a digital non-fiction storytelling project that explores the stories that discarded objects can tell about our history. The project will examine how people’s memories of their childhood games with discarded material objects inform the way they imagine the cultural landscape of their childhood."

Curated by Natalia Andrievskikh, Fulbright alumna and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University, plans are to transfer stories "onto an interactive map where users will be able to click on marked locations and read stories from that location." Andrievskikh will also reflect on the shared stories in the book that she is am currently working on, titled "Afterlife of Discarded Objects."
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It wasn't my intention when I started posting covers here, but it seems I found myself in a "white" theme that worked out fairly well for the week.


The cover of Nowhere Number 12, an online journal of literary travel writing, is a strongly composed image of balanced whites and beige. A very simple but striking image, a still life that moves the reader to travel to the inside.



This rainbow greyhound on the cover of the Winter 2014 Permafrost issue is a stand out. Of course, generally anything with a dog will garner my attention.



The Literary Review's Summer 2014 cover is in keeping with the publication's theme, "The Glutton's Kitchen: Tales of Insatiable Hunger."



To finish out the covers comes this one from the online publication Chagrin River Review, which features a painting by JenMarie Zeleznak.
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I post this every fall because I think this is such a GREAT resource for academics: Literature, Arts, and Medicine.  This site is sponsored by New York University. Time and again, when working on analysis of literature, this site pops up, and I have found it immensely helpful in guiding some of my work. Specifically, "The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource for teaching and research in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings."

Fine for med students, as a lit student/teacher, this site works great for me! Each entry specifies genre (including medium for art), keywords (which help direct analysis from a medical perspective and are linked to others with the same theme), summary and commentary. Bibliographic information is also provided.
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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their June Fiction Open competition. This competition is held twice a year. Stories generally range from 2000-6000 words, though up to 20,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in June. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Varga PWFirst place: Michael Varga [pictured, of Norcross, GA, wins $2500 for “Chad Erupts in Strife." His story will be published in Issue 95 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be his first off-campus fiction in print.

Second place: Dana Kroos, of Houston, TX, wins $1000 for “These Things.”

Third place: Christine Breede-Schechter, of Geneva, Switzerland, wins $600 for “Goodbye to All That (Or Not).”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here. Deadline soon approaching - Short Story Award for New Writers: August 31.

This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1500-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize is $1500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Click here for complete guidelines.
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superstition review

Is it a jinx or good luck to select Issue 13 of Superstition Review to feature for cover of the week? I'm going with luck considering the beauty of Melinda Hackett's watercolor. More of her works, along with those from a number of other artists, can be found featured in this online publication.
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Big Fiction
's cover caught my eye and my touch, being hand-set letterpress printed by Bremelo Press. Maybe selecting it is cheating just a bit, because it's a cover that really deserves to held to be best appreciated. Here is is full print, unfolded. Truly, letterpress is art.

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west marin review

The cover of West Marin Review Volume 5 made me smile, reminding me of high school days gone by (and maybe a few college days) of sneaking in or breaking in after finding myself locked out. Jasmine Bravo, Grade 12, Tomales High School contributed this digital photograph entitled "Sister's Keychain" (2013).

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Poetry Northwest
Summer & Fall 2014 features the stunning marine photography by Adam Summers: “Hedgehog Skate.” More inside the publication as well.
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American Life in Poetry: Column 493

Stories read to us as children can stay with us all our lives. Robert McCloskey’s Lentil was especially influential for me, and other books have helped to shape you. Here’s Matt Mason, who lives in Omaha, with a book that many of you will remember.

The Story of Ferdinand the Bull

Dad would come home after too long at work
and I’d sit on his lap to hear
the story of Ferdinand the Bull; every night,
me handing him the red book until I knew
every word, couldn’t read,
just recite along with drawings
of a gentle bull, frustrated matadors
the all-important bee, and flowers—
flowers in meadows and flowers
thrown by the Spanish ladies.
Its lesson, really,
about not being what you’re born into
but what you’re born to be,
even if that means
not caring about the capes they wave in your face
or the spears they cut into your shoulders.
And Dad, wonderful Dad, came home
after too long at work
and read to me
the same story every night
until I knew every word, couldn’t read,
just recite.

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. Poem copyright ©2013 by Matt Mason from his most recent book of poems, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013. Poem reprinted by permission of Matt Mason 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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coniumThe Conium Review has recently undergone some major changes - not only skin deep, but beneath the surface as well. In addition to their new website (some bugs still being worked out), the publication will now publish fiction only and will begin featuring flash fiction online. Conium will still publish in print, moving from biannaul to annual, but with the unique twist that they will publish two editions of their annual: a standard edition and a collector's edition, which they claim will be "the coolest book you own."

Poetry & The News

September 02, 2014
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rattle-45-fall-2014Thanks to Rattle, "poetry is back in the news" with their online feature Poets Respond. While the editors of Rattle believe that "real poetry is timeless," there is great opportunity to respond and participate in the conversation of current events that does need to be given a more immediate space. To resolve this, Rattle now publishes poetic responses every Sunday to a public event that has occurred with the last week.

In addition to the written work, Rattle also includes an audio of the poet reading for most of the poems. Some recent features: Mark Smith-Soto "Streamers" - in response to birds in California being ignited in flight by solar panels; Sonia Greenfield "Corpse Flower" - In Memoriam James Foley; Gabrielle Bates "Of the Lamp" - For Robin Williams; Jason McCall "Roll Call for Michael Brown"; Marjorie Lotfi Gill "Picture of Girl and Small Boy (Burij, Gaza)."

Selected poets receive $25. Submissions must be received before Friday midnight.

New Pushkin Translation

September 03, 2014
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pushkinThe most recent issue of The Hudson Review (Summer 2014) features three stories by Alexander Pushkin from a new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The stories, "The Blizzard," "The Staionmaster," and "The Young Lady Peasant," are three of the five Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin (1830), Pushkin's first finished prose works. Pevear notes these stories were written in "an extraordinarily productive period for Pushkin, when a quarantine confined him for two months to his estate in Boldino. He ascribed the authorship to a rather simple country gentleman, Ivan Petrovich Belkin, who, in a brief introduction, is said to have written them down from the account of local inhabitants." The works were first "considered mere anecdotes," but have since been recognized as "unsurpassed" narrative constructions "in the whole range of Russian literature," according to D.S. Mirsky, Pushkin biographer.
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World Literature Today's most recent issue (September-October 2014) features an examination of Native Literature in the 21st Century. More complex than it may seem, editor Daniel Simon establishes that WLT means to present "international Indigenous literatures" and asks: "is there such a thing as global Native literature?" He comments further "When one reads the latest theories about what constitutes the vexed category of 'world literature.' Not only are Native literatures rarely factored in to those discussions, they are often absent altogether. Moreover, Indigenous writers might be forgiven for wanting to resist being co-opted into a theoretical paradigm that has long been dominated by Eurocentric (even neocolonialist) thinking." WLT has long made its place in showcasing global Indeginous literatures for their qualities of literary expression, regardless of author 'label.' This issue is no exception and only further establishes exactly this practice of recognition.

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