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vine-leave-14Vine Leaves Literary Journal is looking for "a dedicated and vignette-loving editor to help us navigate our impressive prose submissions." They are hoping for someone wanting to stick around for a while who will make a 10-15 hour monthly volunteer commitment. For a full job description, click here. Deadline June 15, 2015.

The Daily Vonnegut

June 04, 2015
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Kurt-VonnegutThe Daily Vonnegut is a site of reviews of Vonnegut's work, interviews with Vonnegut friends and scholars, links to Vonnegut-related resources, trivia, and "all things KV." Writer Chuck Augello, who is also fiction editor of Cease, Cows, and long-time Vonnegut fan John Rebernik are the editors keeping the site fresh with a video of the month and a trivia challenge, in addition to other content. And they are looking for works by others to post on the site. Writers can send up to 2000 words on "How has Kurt Vonnegut and his work impacted your own work and your life?"
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I am Stapled to Your Alabaster Skin
by Margaret Zhang

For your wedding, you wore a bleached dress,
frills spilling over splintered bark skin.
The church sheltered us from thunder's tantrums
as you sat at the organ, stapling pages to
your membrane. . .

Read the rest and more great writing in the Spring 2015 Canvas, an online litereary publication "for teens, by teens," a project of the Writers & Books Literary Center in Rochester, New York.
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The Spring 2015 issue of The Filddlehead includes the winners of their 24th annual Tell It Slant literary contest:

fiddlehead-spring15Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize
Sean Howard, "Cases (Unbound Poems, from Nova Scotia Reports)"

Honorable Mentions
Michael Prior, "The Hinny"
 Julie Cameron Gray, "Skinbyrds"

Short Fiction First Prize:
Lisa Alward, "Cocktail"

Honorable Mentions
David McLaren, "[nar-uh-gan-sits] a Rhode Island Thanksgiving"
Kari Lund-Teigen, "Something Like Joy"

These works can be read on The Fiddlehead website along with commentary from Editor Ross Leckie on the winning entries.
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eman-mohammedThe photography and writing of TED Fellow Eman Mohammed is featured in the spring/summer 2015 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. Eman Mohammed is a Palestinian refugee born in Saudi Arabia and educated in Gaza City. She is the first female photojournalist in Gaza, having started at the age of 19. The mother of two daughters, Eman "continues to shed light on hidden stories by documenting not only the war, but its aftermath and its effect on the people of the region."

Eman Mohammed introduces her portfolio with several sections of writing: I. The Path / "You have to be a man"; II. The Blast Zone / Locked Doors; III. Mothers and daughters / "Many women died in the kitchen"; IV. Defining Moment / Broken Things; V. The Hole Inside My Heart.
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This striking mixed media, cut and paste collage on the cover of American Short Fiction is "The Swimmer" by B.A. Lampman, an artist in Victoria, B.C. See more of her intriguing work on her website, where she has some original works, prints, and cards for purchase.
south-dakota-review-51I can't stop loving South Dakota Review's larger format publication, giving true space to the work within, as well as to the cover art. The whole publication has a kind of dark chocolate frosting feel: rich and luxurious. Lee Ann Roripaugh is credited for this cover art.
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chelsea-jenningsdecember literary magazine Spring/Summer 2015 includes the winners of their annual Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. First Place: Chelsea Jennings [pictured] for her poem "Heirloom" and Honorable Mention Sam Roxas-Shua for his poem "A Beast in the Chapel." Contest judge Mary Szybist commented on the finalists, "It was difficult to select a winner from among the many terrifically interesting poems that were submitted to this year's contest. In the end, however, these two poems . . . were the ones that took hold in my imagination, haunted me, and compelled me to return to them."
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kenyon-review-mayjune15Having made the shift from publishing quarterly to publishing bimonthly in print, Kenyon Review Editor David H. Lynn writes, "One of the advantages of our new format - fewer pages and more frequent publication - is a greater flexibility and the opportunity to be more adventurous. In this issue of the Kenyon Review we flex those muscles for the first time, offering a special section devoted to poems that share ecological themes and concerns." Curated and introduced by Poetry Editor David Baker, "Nature's Nature: A Gathering of Poetry" features works by over 20 poets.

Lynn writes that this feature is not a "one-off," but will continue. "The Kenyon Review's engagement with the ecological world and with science more generally will increase in coming years. Writing about science—by scientists on their own work and by other writers on scientific topics—is a challenging area we intend to explore more fully. Indeed, I'm interested in expanding the categories of literary writing beyond the often constrained arenas of much fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry we see today, to include ecology and science more broadly, as well as travel, history, and so on."
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cigaleThe Spring/Summer 2015 of Atlanta Review International Section, edited by Alex Cigale [pictured], features 52 Russian poets in translation. In his opening remarks, Editor and Publisher Dan Veach writes about the great Russian poets: Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Yevtushenko, and Brodsky – who was exiled as a 'social parasite.'

Veach comments, "On their worst days, poets sometimes wonder if what they do is useless . . . what these poets do is far from useless, and it was out of fear, not scorn, that Brodsky was expelled from the Soviet Union. As Oslip Mandelstam, who died in Stalin's prison camps, once said: 'Only in Russia is poetry respected; it gets people killed. Is there another place where poetry is so common a motive for murder?' Independent thinking, a broad and human perspective, imagination, fearless criticism, creativity itself – these are the things that repressive regimes fear most, and for which we turn to poetry and poets."
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The Experience of Gender is the theme of Brevity #49. This online issue of "concise literary nonfiction" features work from Kate Bornstein, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Ira Sukrungruang, Brian Doyle, Eunice Tiptree, Judy Bolton-Fasman, Sandra Gail Lambert, Cade Leebron, Deesha Philyaw, Jessica Hindman, Jody Keisner, Madison Hoffman, Mark Stricker, Samuel Autman, and Torrey Peters.

Guest Editors Sarah Einstein and Silas Hansen write, "These brief essays shine a light on the intersections of gender and race, sexuality, disability, faith, and social class, interrogate our strongly-held beliefs about what gender is and what it means, and show us how to embrace and celebrate gender fluidity."

The Brevity craft section includes "Writing Trans Characters" by Pamela Alex DiFrancesco and memoirist Judy Hall's "Balancing Act," writing about her own transgender daughter tells readers, "But when it comes to writing about my children, there is another type of fear: I don't want to screw it up."

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