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David Ulin and Carolyn Kellogg offer readers 10 ways to explore the complicated legacy of Watts through literature on the LA Times Jacket Copy.

Philip N. Meyer, professor at Vermont Law School and author of Storytelling for Lawyers, on How trials are more like plot-driven movies than character-driven novels.

Writer and activist Omer Aziz takes a look at What novels teacher us about life on the Huffington Post.

And several lists to support the need to read:

Top ten most chosen 'must-reads' by teachers

8 classic novels that will make you a better leader

President Obama's Summer Reading List
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william-butler-yeatsIt's a great time for fans of Yeats to plan a visit to Ireland as 2016 marks the centenary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising, a key moment on Ireland's path to independence. Programs are planned throughout the year in seven areas: State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo (The Living Language(; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; and Global and Diaspora. In addition, the government is "providing enhanced visitor experiences and access to important locations related to the Rising or to events and people of that time," such as the GPO Interpretative Center, Richmond Barracks,  National Concert Hall, Military Archives and more. The website has a PDF download of the events planned as well as regular updates online.

The Poetry Foundation has a full entry on William Butler Yeats' "Easter, 1916" in which Ange Mlinko explores "how the conflict of a nation was camptuerd by a plitically reluctant poet."

New Madrid Anniversary

August 12, 2015
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new-madridHappy 10th Anniversary to New Madrid, the national journal of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University. In her Editor's Introduction, Ann Neelon takes a look back, noting that "as milestones go, a decade is not insignificant, especially for a low-residency program like ours that operates, within the university budget, according to a make-or break financial model much like that of a small business."

In looking to the future, Neelon resolves to "keep getting better," with plans underway "to start up a literature option in Ireland. April 2016 marks the centenary of the rebellion immortalized by William Butler Yeats in his poem, 'Easter, 1916.' and our plan is to take advantage of the many exhibits and events the government of Ireland has planned in commemoration. Our first study-abroad course, to be offered in June of 2016, will use the Easter Rising as a lens through which to examine the entanglement of literature, history, and politics. The course will be open to alumni as well as current students."
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jerry mathesThe 2015 annual issue of The Meadow features the winner of their 2015 Novella Prize: "Still Life" by Jerry D. Mathes II.

The Novella Prize is open until December 15 for previously unpublished manuscripts between 18,000 and 35,000 words. The winner receives $500 and publication in the print journal as well as online. The judge for 2015 has not yet been announced. For more information, visit The Meadow website.

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malahat reviewThe Malahat Review issue 191 includes winners of their 2015 Long Poem Prize: Gary Geddes for "The Resumption of Play" and Genevieve Lehr for "The latter half of the third quarter of the waning moon."

The Malahat Review website features and interview with each author on their winning poems as well as a link to a symposium on the Long Form which was presented at the League of Canadian Poets' Long Poem panel May 2015 annual general meeting in Winnipeg. Contributing authors and commentaries include: Kate Braid's "Tending the Garden: The Fruits and Dangers of the Long Poem"; Cornelia Hoogland's "The Long Poem and the Shape of the Working Mind"; and Sharon Thesen's "After-Thoughts on the Long Poem."

Lee Gutkind on Waiting

August 11, 2015
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creative-nonfictionIssue 59 of Creative Nonfiction is themed Waiting. In his editorial, "What's the Story?" Lee Gutkind examines many of his own experiences with waiting - as an editor, as a writer, as a coffee consumer. He also considers the role he plays in the lives of others and their waiting to hear about submissions they've sent in to CNF, that process, and why there is so much waiting for others to do.

The word waiting appears 35 times in the 1000-word essay, and while I can empathize with the frustrations shared with each recounting, there's also something oddly humorous about it - most likely because it's not me doing the waiting. But I certainly know the experience of waiting at Starbucks only to be next in line behind the guy who "asked the barista twenty questions about the breakfast choices and the oatmeal toppings."

This issue also includes the essay "Any Given Day" by Judith Kitchen, submitted specifically for this issue prior to her passing August 20, 2014, and the essay "A Genre by Any Other Name?: The Story Behind 'Creative Nonfiction" by Dinty W. Moore. Gutkind's and Moore's essays can be read online as well as "Sleepless in Any City: Insomnia in Lorca's Madrid" by Janine Zeitlin for readers to get a sample of the publication's content.
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The 2015 round is now open for the Sustainable Arts Foundation. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. Writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry are endouraged to apply. Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media and photography are encouraged to apply. At this time they are not accepting applications in the performing arts, film/video, or music.

To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. The foundation will award Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000 and Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000. They typically offer five of each award in each application round.

There is a $15 application fee, but 100% of the fee goes to the jurors, who are also fellow parent artists themselves. Deadline September 4, 2015.
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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their May 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.

Lauren Green1st place goes to Lauren Green [pictured] of New York, NY. She wins $1500 for "When We Hear Yellow" and her story will be published in Issue 97 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be her first publication.

2nd place goes to Emory Harkins of Brooklyn, NY. He wins $500 for "We're Talking to Ourselves."

3rd place goes to Ellen Graham of Seattle, WA. She wins $300 for "Livingston."

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

Deadline today for the Very Short Fiction Award: July 31. This competition is held quarterly, and 1st place wins $1500, publication in the journal, and 20 copies of that issue. It's open to all writers, with no theme restrictions, and the word count must not exceed 3000. Click here for complete guidelines.

NER Focus on China

July 30, 2015
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Volume 36.2 of New England Review includes a Focus on China, with first English translation of poems by Xiao Kaiyu, Ya Shi, and Yin Lichuan; Wei An's ruminations on nature just north of Beijing; Wendy Willis on Ai Weiwei's blockbuster show at Alcatraz; and fiction by Chinese-born American writer Michael X. Wang.

new-england-reviewEditor Speer Morgan writes in his Editor's Note: "At NER, the door has always been open to translations, from any language, but Chinese literature has been missing from our pages since 1987, when we published David Hinton's rendition of classical Chinese poet Tu Fu. So for this issue we reached out in order to bring more of it in. We've assembled a handful of contemporary works translated from Chinese as well as works pertaining to China written in English. This is not an attempt to present some kind of overview—not at all—but rather we're doing what NER does best, that is, offering a lively sample of what's new and good. They're presented not as a discrete section but are integrated into the issue as a whole, because it turns out that the China-related pieces in this issue speak just as often, and sometimes more clearly, to the other works assembled here as to each other."
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Molly Lynch give us 10 books to entertain, inspire and encourage young feminists - agree? disagree?

150 Years of Wonderland is on exhibit at The Morgan Library & Museum, with an online exhibition available for mouse click travelers.

Follow that up with Anarchy in Wonderland: Vivienne Westwood's anti-capitalist take on Alice's Adventures on NewStatesman.

Washington Post's Valerie Strauss examines Common Core and Martin Luther King Jr.: Is this any way to teach his famous letter from jail?

What do Americans look like in Arabic literature? Columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey @arablit explores Portraits of Americans in Arabic literature.

I could have used a couple of these when I first began smartphone reading: 5 Tips for Reading Serious Literature on Smartphones.

And Dartmouth College is running a contest to see what artificial intelligence can create the most human-like writing and music entries.

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