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arc-poetry741Arc Poetry Magazine #74 features the winners of the Poem of the Year Contest. Selected from over 500 submissions, one winner receives $5000 - a daunting process even the editors recognize the "craziness" of, beginning with: How were we going to agree on what was the best poem when we sometime can't even agree on what a poem is? How can anyone just have one "best" poem when so much of what poetry does is question the very ideas of aesthetic hierarchies and commonly agreed upon truths?

Alas, the editors were able to sort, select and agree upon "Consider the Lilies" by Kristina Bresnen. Judges, editors, and e-poetry readers also helped select other poets worthy of "high accolades": Nancy Holmes, Matt Jones, Michael Lithgow, Steve McOrmond, and Jennifer Zilm.

Additionally, this issue features winning poems of the annual Diana Brebner Prize, open to poets in the Ottawa area who have not yet published a book. Judge Pearl Pirie chose Anne Marie Todkill as the winner and Vivan Vavassis as the runner-up.

Poet Lore Turns 125

September 22, 2014
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poet-lore-v109--n3-4-fall-winter-2014Established in 1889, Poet Lore celebrates 125 years of publication with this Fall/Winter Issue. Aside from the who's who among contemporary poet contributors (nearly 70 in all), the journal includes a special selection of essays. Review Editor Jean Nordhause comments: "To highlight Poet Lore's contributions to American letters over the past 125 years, we've asked scholars and poets to contribute essays about aspects of the journal and its history."

Poet Lore Essays: Melissa Girard “‘ Who’s for the Road?’: Poet Lore, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Open Road of 19th-Century American Poetry” Joan Hua “ Without Borders: Poet Lore’s Early Attention to World Literature in Translation” Megan Foley “ Lovers: A Tribute to Poet Lore’s Founders” Bruce Weigl “ Learning to Hear the Spirits Rumble: My Four Years with Poet Lore” Rod Jellema “ Finding the Undercurrent: Three Reflections on the Reading, Writing, and Teaching of Poetry”

Single issue copies of Poet Lore can be purchased from the NewPages Webstore along with other single issue titles of quality literary journals (flat rate shipping!).
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"Disambiguation" is the name of this photo by Nosael Gleason on the Summer 2014 cover of Cimarron Review. Despite the vividly images prickly spindles, I was completely drawn to grab up this issue and run my hand across its cover.
 
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There's just something hauntingly sweet about this cover image, "Birds" by Jennifer Balkan, on the second issue of The Austin Review.
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AmazingSpider-Man050Got a box of old comics hanging around somewhere? The Longbox Project would like you to pour back over them, not to see what they may be worth for sale, but to have you share your memories of reading them, of collecting them, of keeping them all this time.

Yes, The Longbox Project is "a memory project for comic geeks." Inspired by Max Delgado and Kevin Leslie's own reminiscing through boxes of old comics, The Longbox Project started online in March 2013 with the mission: "To create the most comprehensive anthology of collector-focused memoirs anywhere on the web."

The prompt is a simple one: "Why is this comic book important to you?"

The Longbox Project publishes interviews, personal stories of comic book writers and artists, and personal stories from any collector looking to share what made that book special, memorable, worth keeping in the box.
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The newest issue (volume 7) of The Westchester Review: A Literary Journal of Writers from the Hudson to the Sound, includes the winners of the 2nd Annual Writers Under 30 Contest, which is open to writers of poetry and fiction who live, work, or study in the Lower Hudson Valley and who are under the age of 30. The prize for fiction was awarded to Matt Nestor for his short story, "Bushwick," and the prize for poetry was awarded to Kay Cosgrove for her poem, "Study in Blue." Both winners received $100, publication, and two copies of The Westchester Review. Runners-up will be considered for publication.
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antigonish-reviewThe Antigonish Review Summer 2014 issue features a memorial section to Alistair MacLeod, including a tribute by Associate Editor Sheldon Currie, "Alistair Macleod - Memories in a Window" by Randall Maggs, "The Splendid Man from Dunvegan" by Reynold Stone, and three poems by MacLeod from previous issue of The Antigonish Review.
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Fifteen years ago, the July 1999 issue of Arkansas Review celebrating the opening of the Hemingway-Pfieffer museum in Piggot, Arkansas, and now, the August 2014 issue celebrates the museum's 15-year anniversary. Guest edited by Adam Long, current museum directly, the issue contains "essays, images and creative pieces that evoke the Hemingway-Pfeiffer connection and updates the scholarship on Hemingway's creative output during the years he spent as part of the Pfeiffer family."
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From The Virtual Education Project: One of the most effective ways of learning is to immerse ourselves in the cultures we study; yet, we often encounter problems when these cultures are separated from us by constraints such as geography or time. When studying various people, places, events, and works, students and teachers rarely have the resources to visit each (if any) historical landmarks pertaining to their subject matter, restricting both research and teaching to textbooks and/or an amalgam of materials from various resources. The Virtual Education Project (VEP) is a large-scale pedagogical undertaking directed at providing both students and teachers with visual introductions to historical and contemporary landmarks (worldwide) relevant to the study of the humanities. Thus, the purpose of the VEP is twofold: 1) to provide educators with a central resource that facilitates both teaching and research, and 2) to encourage independent inquiry amongst students, regardless of their locale.

The Virtual Education Project is currently seeking submissions for photo (or video—email for details) tours of domestic and international sites relevant to the study of the humanities. We are interested in tour submissions that explore local museums, author/artist homes, memorials, public artworks, and any significant cultural or community sites that will aid in the study and/or teaching of the humanities.

We welcome proposals for virtual tours related to the study of the arts, humanities, and sciences, including literature, theatre and/or performance, history, philosophy, rhetoric, and the STEM fields (e.g., the Nikola Tesla Museums in Brograd, Serbia, and Shoreham, NY). The list of examples for this initial Call for Contributions is a starting point, and we encourage you to submit a proposal for a site near you.

Potential tours topics might include (but are in no way limited to):
The Old Manse (Concord, MA)
Emily Dickinson House & Museum: The Homestead & The Evergreens (Amherst, MA)
W.E.B. Du Bois’s National Historic Site (Great Barrington, MA)
Walt Whitman House (Camden, NJ)
William Carlos Williams House (Rutherford, NJ)
Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, VA)
Thomas Wolfe House (Asheville, NC)
Mark Twain House (Hartford, CT)
Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Hartford, CT)
Ida B. Wells-Barnett House (Chicago, IL)
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, IL)
The House of Happy Walls Museum, Jack London (Glen Ellen, CA)
The Wolf House Ruins, Jack London (Glen Ellen, CA)
John Steinbeck House (Salinas, CA)
Andalusia, Home of Flannery O'Connor (Milledgeville, GA)
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield (Kennesaw, GA)
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum (Key West, FL)
Lamb House, Henry James (Rye, East Sussex, England)
Monk’s House, Virginia Woolf (Lewes, East Sussex, England)
Thomas Hardy’s Cottage (Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, England)
Capela dos Capuchos (Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal)
The Houses of Pablo Neruda (Chile)
Vladimir Nabokov House Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Borobudur Temple Compounds (Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia)
Nelson Mandela's Capture Site (Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa); Prison Site (Robben Island, Wescape, South Africa); and The Mandela House (Orlando, Soweto, South Africa)
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another-mistakeSlipstream Press's Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest winner for 2014 is Nicole Antonio, of Oakland, CA, for her manuscript, Another Mistake. She will receive a $1,000 prize, along with 50 copies of the publication, and all entrants in the contest will receive a copy of her chapbook as well as the upcoming issue of Slipstream (#34- Rust/Dust/Lust theme). Nicole's book is available now from Slipstream.
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Well, if this isn't a "must read" in our age of STEM and "how will that degree get you a job" mentality toward college:  The Second Greatest Psychologist of All Time  by Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., who begins his article , "One of the main reasons I switched my major in college from English literature to psychology was that I was worried about making a living."
So on my list of great psychologists, I would put George Eliot, Shakespeare, and Leo Tolstoy near the top. I would literally prefer that my students read Middlemarch, the great tragedies, War and Peace, and Anna Karenina than any psychology book, even my own (except Skinner’s Science and Human Behavior). The Magic Years by Selma Fraiberg is a wonderful professional book about childhood and its passing, but Stephen King’s It and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn are even better and they’re more fun to read. The list of important works on attachment theory is lengthy, and you ought to know it if you want to look credentialed, but if you really want to understand attachment, you won’t do any better than Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. There’s a terrific corpus of work available on family dynamics, but as glad as I am that I’ve read some of it, I’ve gotten even more mileage in my consultation and therapy work out of reading Junichuro Tanazaki’s The Makioka Sisters.
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