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As if being selected isn't reason enough to read them, Mashable Social Media Assistant MJ Franklin gives us 7 Reasons You Should Read This Year's PEN Literary Award Winners - matching each reason with an award-winning book. With #1 being "They empower children" it seems enough said, but do read the rest.

Columnist Fanfic writer Elizabeth Minkel weighs in on (whether or not) adults (should be) reading YA literature on the New Statesmen: Read whatever the hell you want: why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature.

Princeton University now houses 180 linear feet of materials documenting Toni Morrison's life, work, and writing methods - with more to continue being added.

I guess it's time to re-read Moby Dick and Nathaniel Philbrick's book that shares its title with the Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea so I can keep up with the coming onslaught of comparative news stories and blog posts.

Grad School's Mental Health Problem and When Education Brings Depression are two insightful articles that might just be what someone needs to read or have shared from a friend, and don't discount comics for their reach in portraying psychological illness. [Thanks Gerry Canavan for this trio of links.]
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victorian-clockDigitalArts Editor Neil Bennett provides a photo essay on the recent Gothic art, design and literature show at the British Library: Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination – including visual works by the Chapman Brothers, Clive Barker, Stanley Kubrick and a vampire-killing kit.

Going Beyond Georgia

November 04, 2014
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GeorgiaReviewAmericans Curiously Abroad is the feature in the Fall 2014 issue of The Georgia Review. Now in its 68th year of publication, Editor Stephen Corey comments on the publication's long-standing "aspiration" to "not be a Georgia review," but rather, as Founding Editor Donald Wade noted: ". . . Georgians are, or should be, interested in everything, everywhere." In this issue, The Georgia Review brings readers "a quintet of diverse essays [Corey] can almost guarantee will take you to a number of places you've never been or, in some cases, every thought of or even known existed."

The special feature includes: Kate Harris "Lands of Lost Borders"; Jeff Gundy "The Other Side of Empire"; Adriana Páramo "My Timbuktu"; Anne Goldman "Travels with Jane Eyre"; Jeffrey Meyers "Ian Watt and the River Kwai." Click here for full list of the issue's contents. 


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PulpLiteratureThe most recent issue of Pulp Literature (#4 Autumn 2014) features the story "Soldier, Wake" by Susanna Kearsley followed by an interview in which Kearsely comments: "My books are a marketing department's nightmare, really, because they don't fit tidily into any genre . . . But usually I simply tell people I write stories about present-day people who are dealing with mysteries that come from the past, with dual plot lines that weave a historical tale with a modern one." Kearsely goes on to discuss "Soldier, Wake," her first zombie story, why she thinks readers are drawn to the mystical, and using her international travel as research for her writing
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Planet Drum Foundation is "a voice for bioregional sustainability, education and culture. The organization's website features educational resources, resources, informative essays on current issues related to sustainability culture, and a unique "Eco-Eye on the Olympics" - supporting the foundation's opposition to the environmental impacts caused by the Winter Olympics.

Members of Planet Drum receive the foundations newsletter, the most recent issue of which features a selection of bioregional poetry selected by Gary Lawless, founder of Gulf of Main Books.

Lawless writes: "I first heard the word 'bioregion' spoken by a poet, in the early 1970s. Since then, a lot of my news, a lot of my understanding of the idea of bioregionalism, has come from poets. We talk to each other about the places we love. We learn to listen, to hear the languages of plant, animals, stone, wind and sky, to hear the human languages  developed from living in a particular place over a long period of time. We are seeing many of these languages disappear, as the species and places they speak about disappear."

This special poetry issues means preserve those relationships, those languages, with works by Jerry Martien, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Marcela Delpastre (translated from the Occitan by Nicole Peyrafitte and Pierre Joris), Richard Hamasaki, Lisa Panepinto, Destiny Kinal, Kauraka Kauraka, Jess, Housty, Gary Lawless, Joanne Kyger, Peter Berg, James Koller, Dale Pendell, and Art Goodtimes.
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KillingTrayvonsPublished by CounterPunch, Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence tracks the case and explores why Trayvon’s name and George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict symbolized all the grieving, the injustice, the profiling and free passes based on white privilege and police power: the long list of Trayvons known and unknown. With contributions from Robin D.G. Kelley, Rita Dove, Cornel West and Amy Goodman, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Alexander Cockburn, Etan Thomas, Tara Skurtu, bell hooks and Quassan Castro, June Jordan, Jesse Jackson, Tim Wise, Patricia Williams, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Vijay Prashad, Jesmyn Ward, Jordan Flaherty and more, Killing Trayvons is an essential addition to the literature on race, violence and resistance. [Description from the publisher.]

CounterPunch Magazine is a political newsletter of independent investigative journalism, published 10 times per year in print and digital. The CounterPunch website offers content free of charge. This, along with many other alternative magazines on a variety of topics, can be found on the NewPages Big List of Alternative Magazines.


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QueenNon-Sequitur by Khadijah Queen is the winner of the second Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. The award will presented, with a reading of the winning play directed by Fiona Templeton, on Monday, November 17th, 8:00pm  at the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, New York NY 10014.

In addition to the reading, the winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and print publication of winning play by Litmus Press. And from this round on, the award will be biennial, with the winning play also receiving full production in the following year. The next call for entries will be in 2016.

In memory of Leslie Scalapino, her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the community of experimental writing and performance, the Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance.  It wishes to encourage women writers who are taking risks with the playwriting form by offering the opportunity to gain wider exposure through readings and productions. The award also seeks to increase public awareness for this vibrant contemporary field.

Joyelle McSweeney was the winner of the inaugural award for her play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks.
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The newest issue of Digital Humanities Quartely is now available online and features an editorial by Martin Mueller, "Shakespeare His Contemporaries: collaborative curation and exploration of Early Modern drama in a digital environment," as well as articles on a range of digital issues: "Social Networks and Archival Context Project: A Case Study of Emerging Cyberinfrastructure" by Tom J. Lynch, "Digital Caricature" by Sean Strum, "J. M. Coetzee's Work in Stylostatistics" by Peter Johnston, and "Computers, Comics and Cult Status" by Jaime Lee Kirtz. DHQ accepts a wide variety of submissions: articles, editorials, reviews, and interactive media.
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pdjdwkteFrom Broadsided Press:

The impact of the Ebola virus is devastating. People around the world are mustering to offer aid. In addition to physical and monetary assistance, we can offer solidarity, hope, and art. These things matter, too.

At Broadsided Press, we believe art and literature are as necessary as the news to understanding the world. They demonstrate the vitality of our interconnectedness.

Broadsided Press artists Ira Joel Haber, Amy Meissner, and Maura Cunningham (see below) have offered artwork in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

We now invite you to respond with words.

Send us stories or poems inspired by the images we've posted (along with guidelines) at Broadsided Responses: Ebola

Deadline: November 20, 2014

No fee for entry.

Please share this announcement widely. We'd like to welcome as many people as we can to participate.
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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their August Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition will take place in August. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

JohnThorntonWilliams1st place goes to John Thornton Williams [pictured] of Laramie, WY. He wins $1500 for "Darling, Keith, The Subway Girl, and Jumping Joe Henry" and his story will be published in Issue 95 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be his first print publication. 

2nd place goes to Stefan De La Garza of Fayetteville, AR. He wins $500 for "Chiaroscuro."

3rd place goes to Laura Jok of Houston, TX. She wins $300 for "As It Were."

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline soon approaching! Very Short Fiction Award: October 31. This competition is held quarterly, and 1st place has been increased to $1500 plus publication in the journal. It's open to all writers, with no theme restrictions, and the word count must not exceed 3000. Click here for complete guidelines.
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