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National Day on Writing

October 12, 2015
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national-day-on-writingTuesday, October 20, 2015 is the seventh annual National Council of Teachers of English National Day on Writing. The day has been organized annually since 2009 "to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing Americans engage in and to help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft." The day was officially recognized by Senate resolution in 2009. Read, Write, Think offers a variety of resources for teachers to celebrate this day with students, noting "It's important for everyone to share their knowledge about writing, organize participating groups in our schools and/or communities, and transform the public's understanding of writing and the role it plays in society today."

Ghazals for James Foley

October 07, 2015
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foleyAmerican journalist and poet James Foley disappeared in November 2012 in Syria. He was beheaded in 2014, an act captured on a video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He was the first American citizen known to be killed by ISIL.

Hinchas Press (the publishing arm of Hinchas de Poesia online literary magazine) is publishing a tribute to Robert Foley in Ghazals for Foley, a collection curated by Argentine-American poet Yago S. Cura, a personal friend of Foley.

Sliver of Stone online literary magazine has published a selection of these ghazals here.

Eminence Domains

October 19, 2015
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straddler-fall-2015Eminent domain is the theme of the fall 2015 online issue of The Straddler - or rather "Eminence Domains," as the editor's note reads, opening the interpretation of the legal definition to the more creative. Content includes some truly intriguing articles and interviews:

"City with Walls: Another Look at Manhattan's Luxury Towers" by Elizabeth Murphy, with photographs by James Wrona

"The Cost of Landscape: Looking Back at Some of Southern California's Lawns" by Alison Kozberg

"For Whom and For What? The Birth of the Republican Party and the Makings of Modern America" in conversation with Heather Cox Richardson

"Gentrification of the Queer Bedroom" by Mathew Rodriguez

"Notes on the New Suburbs and the New City" in conversation with Kazys Varnelis

"Obstructing Innovation: The Case Against Patents and Copyrights" in conversation with Dean Baker

"Money over Everything: Charting Hip-Hop's Cash Flow" by Marty Brown
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issue4.coverSubprimal Poetry Art features audio components for many pieces in each online issue; audio that features the author reading with music accompaniment. Founding Editor Victor David Sandiego explains the basic process for this in his editor's note, issue #4: ". . . we loop the author's reading until a musical inspiration arrives. We work with the author's cadence, pitch and rhythm to find the pitch and instruments to complement their delivery. The goal is to add the voices of various instruments to the author's voice in order to bring another dimension to the words." Simply adding "background music" can result in distraction rather than enhancement, but after listening to a number of these, I found each indeed unique and effectively sybmiotic. Sandiego himself is a musician who plays in music/poetry collaborations, bringing the form to a level of art.
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sukoon-05Sukoon is an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity and richness of the Arab world. In her editor's note in the most recent issue, Rewa Zeinati writes:
Has anything changed in the Arab world since the last issue of Sukoon? Yes. Things have changed. They've become more horrific, more complicated. Mind numbing. More and more people from all faiths have been forced from their homes, displaced; more beheadings and destruction and ruin. A new war is switched on. And the most important one of all, shelved. Postponed. Forgotten.

But this issue is not about war, or shelves, or forgetfulness. This issue, like every issue is about finding the beauty and showing it. Finding the love and singing it. Which is why I decided a beautiful art piece by Palestinian artist Ali Shawwa, of Umm Kulthum, the world's most famous Egyptian singer, works best as a cover page. To indicate and remind us of song, because how else do we survive, through wars and shelves and forgetfulness? To sing about love and loss, but to sing about love. To sing about pain and life, but to sing about life. To simply sing. And sing and sing, as poetry and story and art. Through slaying and insanity and devastation And to continue singing, long after the lights go out and the guns disappear.
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gene-luen-yangThe newest issue of Talking Writing is themed "Why YA?" Online content is added throughout the magazines publishing cycle, and currently features the theme essays "A Golden Age for Young Adult Books" by Stephen Roxburgh and "How Hollywood Screws Up YA Books" by John Michael Bell, an interview with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, and "The YA Conspiracy - And How I Grew Up: Or How I Became a Born-Again Reader," a column by David Biddle.
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mitchell-thomashowFrom "Environmental Learning in the Anthropocene" by Robert Thomashow:

Forty-five years have passed since the first publication of the Whole Earth Catalog. How shall we conceive of environmental learning all these years later? And how can we build on some of the important concepts from the first phase of environmental studies—place-based learning, bioregionalism, wilderness conservation, ecological restoration, natural history education, environmental justice, ecological economics, global environmental governance—while we confront the Anthropocene reality?

I've been considering six dynamic challenges that must be incorporated, internalized, and activated to expand environmental learning:

The urban planet
A cosmopolitan culture
Ecological equity and social justice
The proliferation of information networks
Virtual natural history
Synthetic biology

These are by no means inclusive categories. There are countless ways to think about environmental learning in the Anthropocene. In my view, environmental studies is necessarily adaptive and the conditions that inform its structure are always in flux. Let's launch the conversation.

Read the rest on Terrain.org.

NOR Sci Fi Style

October 08, 2015
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new-orleans-reviewScience Fiction is the theme of the newest issue of New Orleans Review. Editor Timothy Welsh opens the issue by asking "Why do we enjoy science fiction?" Then explores an answer: "Perhaps it is not the fantastic at all. Perhaps it is instead how science fiction is always in some way about the present. It is an exaggeration, a recontextualization, a defamiliarization. Science fiction takes some aspect of life in the present and blows it out to its logical extremes to see where things breakdown. The best science fiction gives us ways to think about our actual lived circumstances, unencumbered by material reality and with the perspective gained by getting a little bit of distance."

Welsh considers, though, that in our age of exponential advancements in science and technology, it becomes more challenging to see any great "distance." He then asks, "What distance is there to take as the stuff of science fiction rapidly becomes the stuff of our everyday?" That is the challenge faced by the contributors to this issue, and as Welsh notes, "though they take and use the tools of the genre, the alternative worlds they imagine do not seem so far off. . . . Perhaps we will find they are closer to home than we expect."

Contributors to this special issue include Sara Batkie, C. Wade Bentley, Scott Brennan, Gerry Canavan, Sarah Crossland, Michael George, Taylor Gorman, Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Daryl Jones, Greg Keeler, Paige Lewis, Michael Marberry, James Maynard, Lincoln Michel, Danielle Mitchell, Lo Kwa Mei-En, Emil Ostrovski, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, John Paul Rollert, Bethany Schultz Hurst, Adrian Van Young, and Lesley Wheeler.

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falling-for-aliceI just coulnd't pass this one up!  "From ​the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian ​Age of the late sixties, to the ​present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE offers five fresh takes on ​Lewis​ Carroll's classic tale. For 150 years, people all over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland's spell. ​Now, follow five Young Adult authors (Dawn Dalton, Shari Green, Denise Jaden, Kitty Keswick, Cady Vance) down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you've never seen her before. One thing is certain—this is not your mother's Alice." Vine Leave Press

Pam Brown "On Writing"

October 08, 2015
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PB by A.J.CarruthersPam Brown: "I find in writing a poem that it's 'difficult' to get it right - to have it look, sound & read as I intend. I can spend ages adjusting punctuation & spacing & lineation. Also on keeping things clear. Sometimes having my fragments connect to my meanings is really a challenge. I live in my own private metonymy. I guess, with indirectness, which is how some of my poetry can operate, that good old representation is a kind of solution. I'm not a formalist. I don't work within particular poetic forms. I've tried various forms and they usually fail to conform. I do think that it's difficult to have formal poems retain a procedure & avoid seeming contrived & tight. I like content to work easily without being obstructed by the form. I don't want that kind of structural difficulty." Read the rest: Ottawa Poetry Newsletter "On Writing #73."
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