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gold man"We can't believe it has already been five years since Gold Man Review was born," writes founding editor Heather Cuthbertson and her colleagues, Managing Editor Darren Howard, Project Editor Nicklas Roetto, Executive Editor Marilyn Ebbs, and Associate Editor Michelle Modesto. "When we started Issue 1, we weren't thinking about where we'd be in the future - only that we wanted to be an outlet for work that hadn't an outlet and put authors and poets into print who hadn't had the chance before. Since then, we've had the opportunity to publish award-winning authors, seasoned writers, and even the poet laureate of Oregon, but we've also had the pleasure to publish brand new voices and then watch those authors grow and develop their writing careers."

NewPages can certainly believe you have done all that in five years. Like your readers, we appreciate every page, and we look forward to seeing many more years and pages! Happy Anniversary Gold Man Review!
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The Fall 2015 (v39 n2) of The Wallace Stevens Journal is a special issue: "Stevens and the Cognitive Turn in Literary Studies" edited, with an introduction, by Natalie Gerber and Nicholas Myklebust. In addition to original poetry and reviews by contributors, the journal provides excerpts of each of the following essays on its website:
  • “Bergamo on a Postcard”; or, A Critical History of Cognitive Poetics by Nicholas Myklebust
  • Aesthetics and Impossible Embodiment: Stevens, Imagery, and Disorientation by G. Gabrielle Starr
  • A Mirror on the Mind: Stevens, Chiasmus, and Autism Spectrum Disorder by Mark J. Bruhn
  • “The Eye’s Plain Version”: Visual Anatomy and Theories of Perception in Stevens by Deric Corlew
  • Acoustic Confusion and Medleyed Sound: Stevens’ Recurrent Pairings by Roi Tartakovsky
Publishing since 1977, The Wallace Stevens Journal is devoted to all aspects of the poetry and life of American modernist poet Wallace Stevens through scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news, and bibliographies.
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Winners and select finalists and runner-up of the Indiana Review Poetry and (inaugural) Nonfiction Prizes  are published in the most recent issue (Vol 37 No 2):

indiana reviewPoetry Judge Eduardo Corral

Caitlin Scarano, “Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth”

Runner Up
Jennifer Givhan, “Town of Foolish Things”

LA Johnson, “Split-Level”
Caitlin Scarano, “To the City With Her Skull Wind”

A complete list of finalists can be found here.

Nonfiction Judge Kiese Laymon

John Murillo III, “Black (in) Time”

A complete list of finalists can be found here.

[Cover art: "Desire Is the Root of All Suffering" by Deedee Cheriel]

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 Fall 2015 Michigan Quarterly Review includes a special Tribute to Charles Baxter with an introduction by Jonathan Freedman and features:

michigan quarterly review"Charles Baxter and MQR" by Laurence Goldstein
"What We Owe Each Other: An Interview with Charles Baxter" by Jeremiah Chamberlin
"A Tribute to Charles Baxter" by Matt Burgess
"Notes Toward a Baxterian Taxonomy" by Michael Byers
"Charles Baxter's Tuneful Bewilderment" by Matthew Pitt
"Darkness Outside the Door: Charles Baxter and the Meaning of Melodrama" by Joan Silber
"Minnesota Nice: The Depths and Limits of Charles Baxter's Good Behavior" by Valerie Laken

This issue of Michigan Quarterly Review is available to purchase by subscription as well as single copy print or PDF here.

[Cover art note: "Fog uner the High Bridge; photography by Sue Vruno. Our over, with its bridge over the Mississippi at St. Paul, celebrates the many bridges, both actual and metaphorical, that appear in the novels and short stories of Minnesota native Charles Baxter..." MQR]

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ninth letterThe Ninth Letter 2015 Literary Award Winners are available for reading in the newest issue (Vol 12 No 2).

Poetry Winner
Judge: Kathy Fagan
Corey Van Landingham, "In the Year of No Sleep"

Fiction Winner
Judge: Jac Jemc
Kristen N. Arnett, "See also: A history of glassmaking"

Creative Nonfiction Winner
Judge: Matthew Gavin Frank
Michael Gracey, "My Own Good Daemon"

A full list of runners up and information about this annual contest can be found here.
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able museThe winter 2015 issue of Able Muse A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art features the winners of their annual Write Prize for Fiction and Poetry. The Fiction Winner as selected by Final Judge Eugenia Kim is Andrea Witzke Slot's "After Reading the News Story of a Woman Who Attempted to Carry Her Dead Baby onto an Airplane." The Poetry Winner as selected by H.L. Hix is Elise Hempel's "Cathedral Peppersauce." Two Poetry Honorable Mentions were also included in the publication, "Jockey" by Elise Hempel and "On Watching a Cascade Commercial" by Jeanne Wagner.

A full list of honorable mentions and finalists as well as information about this annual prize can be found here.

[And that gorgeous cover image is "Audience" by Patrick McDonald.]

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Salamander #41 features the winner of their 2015 Fiction Prize, "Floating Garden" by Mary LaChapelle, as well as the 2015 Honorable Mention, "The Hooligan Present" by John Mauk. Judge Andre Dubus III offered these comments on his selections:
Lachapelle MWith spare yet deeply evocative prose, "Floating Garden" sweeps us up into the span of a singular life, one that is as sacred as any other, one for whom "the words for things take us from what matters." This story is a profound meditation on the nature of brutality - of man against man, of man against nature - yet it is also an unsentimental song of how we can be redeemed, "like dust into soil, so dark, so primordial." This is a lovely gem of a tale.
mauk johnTold in a rollicking, expressionistic voice, "The Hooligan Present" delivers that rarest of reading experiences; it actually makes you laugh, and then it makes you cry, and then it leaves you grateful for such artistry, for such a generous and humane vision of this dirty old world.
For a full list of finalists and more information about this annual contest, click here.

Books :: Hemingway Trio

January 13, 2016
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Three new titles for Hemingway lovers from The Kent State University Press:

hemingways spainHemingway's Spain: Imagining the Spanish World - a collection of thirteen essays edited by Carl P. Eby and Mark Cirino. The collection explores "Hemingway’s writing about Spain and his relationship to Spanish culture and ask us in a myriad of ways to rethink how Hemingway imagined Spain—whether through a modernist mythologization of the Spanish soil, his fascination with the bullfight, his interrogation of the relationship between travel and tourism, his involvement with Spanish politics, his dialog with Spanish writers, or his appreciation of the subtleties of Spanish values. . . a particular strength of Hemingway’s Spain is its consideration of neglected works, such as Hemingway’s Spanish Civil War stories and The Dangerous Summer."

hemingway warTeaching Hemingway and War edited by Alex Vernon - fifteen original essays on such topics as:

The Violence of Story: Teaching In Our Time and Narrative Rhetoric
Hemingway’s Maturing View of the Spanish Civil War
Robert Jordan’s Philosophy of War in For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hemingway, PTSD, and Clinical Depression
Perceptions of Pain in The Sun Also Rises
Across the River and into the Trees as Trauma Literature

The final section provides three undergraduate essays examples.

hemingway modernismTeaching Hemingway and Modernism edited by Joseph Fruscione presents "concrete, intertextual models for using Hemingway’s work effectively in various classroom settings, so students can understand the pertinent works, definitions, and types of avant-gardism that inflected his art. The fifteen teacher-scholars whose essays are included in the volume offer approaches that combine a focused individual treatment of Hemingway’s writing with clear links to the modernist era and offer meaningful assignments, prompts, and teaching tools."
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latina authorsEditor of Latina Authors and Their Muses Mayra Calvani was inspired to create an anthology showcasing Latina authors writing in English in the United States. She writes in her Editor’s Preface that she envisioned “An inspirational, entertaining, and informative tome focusing on the craft of writing and the practical business of publishing, one that would provide aspiring authors with the nuts and bolts of the business. A book that would not only showcase prominent figures but emerging voices as well, writers working on a wide range of genres from the literary to the commercial.”

After submitting the book proposal to numerous agents, Calvani signed with one who spent a year pitching the book to top editors before the agent gave up. Publishers, Calvani was told, thought the audience was “too niche, too narrow” (How could the publisher possible market such a book?).

Latina Authors and Their Muses found a home with Lida Quillen of Twilight Times Books in Kingsport, Tennessee. The book, Calvani writes, “has been a labor of love in every aspect. It has also been a completely selfish project. I wanted to hear what these authors had to say, hoping I wasn't alone. I wanted to relate to them and learn from them – and learn I have, so very much! In a way, they've all become my mentors.”

The book features interviews with 40 Latina authors, including Marta Acosta, Julia Amante, Jennifer Cervantes, Zoraida Córdova, Sarah Cortez, Liz DeJesus, Teresa Dovalpage, Iris Gomez, Rose Guilbault, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Josefina López, Sandra Ramos O'Briant, Caridad Piñeiro, Toni Margarita Plummer, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Esmeralda Santiago and Diana Rodriguez Wallach.

Calvani notes, “In spite of their different backgrounds, education levels, and jobs, two factors more than any others bind these writers together: their passion and commitment to their craft and to sharing their stories with the world in spite of the odds.”
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persephones daughtersIn Greek mythology, Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter. As a young girl, while alone picking flowers in a field, Persephone is abducted by Hades, ruler of the underworld and brother of Zeus. As this version of the story goes, Hades makes Persephone queen of the underworld where she spends half the year; the other half, she returns to be with her mother above ground. Among her many symbols, Persephone is considered the protector of young girls.

Persephone’s Daughters is a quarterly print and digital publication of poetry, prose, and art that embraces and creates a space for this next generation of powerful protectors of women. Founder and Editor in Chief Meggie Royer says, “Our mission for creating this magazine is to empower female survivors of abuse who often do not get to see themselves, or other women who have endured similar experiences, represented in literary magazines. Having already been stripped of their voices through assault and abuse, we cannot and will not allow these women’s voices to be stripped away a second time within the literary community.”

As such, Royer says readers coming to the publication can expect to find “poetry, prose, and art about survival, about the aftermath of all kinds of abuse and degradation, including (especially) the healing. Each issue of Persephone’s Daughters is centered around survivors of abuse and the various ways they cope through their art.”

The first issue packs in over 80 contributors’ works, including art by Haele Wolfe, Kathie Rogers, and Emily Iannarilli, prose by Mitzi Luna, Olivia Sanders, Milly Hill, and Shirin Choudhary, and poetry by Hannah Hamilton, Schuyler Peck, and Jane Werntz. Interviews with Amanda Oaks, Yasmin Belkhyr, and Clementine von Radics are also featured.

Persephone’s Daughters has an incredible staff, including dozens of readers and art evaluators, tech and social media assistants, managing editors and submissions managers. Among them are Senior Editor of Prose Jessica Therese, Senior Editor of Poetry Ashe Vernon, and Senior Manager of Art Lora Mathis.

Writers and artists can expect that their works will be given much attention. According to Royer, all written submissions are read through and voted on by the publication’s large body of readers. Artworks are evaluated and voted on by the art evaluators. Writing submissions that pass the reading stage are next given suggested edits and revisions by the poetry and prose editors, who work closely with their authors “to ensure that the final product is something that makes everyone happy.”

Moving forward, Royer hopes that Persephone’s Daughters will expand its reach, “continuing to collect remarkable works of art from people all around the world with stories of their survival.”

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