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malahat-reviewThe Malahat Review #189 includes winners of the 2014 Far Horizons Award for Poetry and the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize.

Far Horizons Award for Poetry winner Laura Ritland's poem "Vincent, in the Dream of Zundert" can be read on the publication's website, along with an interview with her regarding the award.

"Venn Diagrams" the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winning piece by Rebecca Foust is only available in print, but the website includes an interview with Foust as well.

Books :: Delta Dogs

February 17, 2015
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delta-dogsThis new book, Delta Dogs from University Press of Mississippi, celebrates the canines who roam this most storied corner of Mississippi. Some of Clay's photographs feature lone dogs dwarfed by kudzu-choked trees and hidden among the brambles next to plowed fields. In others, dogs travel in amiable packs, trotting toward a shared but mysterious adventure. Her Delta dogs are by turns soulful, eager, wary, resigned, menacing, and contented.

Writers Brad Watson and Beth Ann Fennelly ponder Clay's dogs and their connections to the Delta, speculating about their role in the drama of everyday life and about their relationships to the humans who share this landscape with them. In a photographer's afterword, Clay writes about discovering the beauty of her native land from within. She finds that the ubiquitous presence of the Delta dog gives scale, life, and sometimes even whimsy and intent to her Mississippi landscape.

Delta Dogs
By Maude Schuyler Clay
Introduction by Brad Watson
Essay by Beth Ann Fennelly
96 pp. / 10.5 X 9 inches / 70 duotone photographs

[Text from the publisher's website.]
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In addition to featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Tate, "captivating fiction and nonfiction," the cover of The Austin Review issue 3 is equally captivating. "Iron Age" is a work by Austin local Irish artist John Mulvany.
Nope. No stunning imagery here. Instead, I was completely drawn to the cleaver concept of printing one of the publication's submissions on the front cover. I've seen this done on the back cover, but not the front. Cactus Heart #10 is an e-issue, with #10.5 this print version. Featured: "Confessions of a Lazy Feminist" by Amanda Fuller.

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subterrainIssue #69 of SubTerrain: Strong Words for a Polite Nation is the result of a call for submissions on the theme of Meat - animal flesh that is eaten for food. Editor Brian Kaufman opens with his editorial "Conflicted, in Carnivore Land," in which he writes that wading "into the thorny debate on meat consumption" was not intended. Still, he understands there may be just such perceptions with consequences: "While this issue is not intended to be a celebration of meat consumption so much as an exploration into our relationship with meat, we leave ourselves open to the flood of responses from the vegetarians and vegans - please send your letters in!"

This issue also includes winning entries from the 2014 Lush Triumphant Literary Awards:

Winner: Vickie Weaver (Hagerstown, IN) for "Suggestion"

Winner: Matt Whiteman (Vancouver, BC) for "Do Good, You Go"

Creative Non-fiction
Winner: George Ilsley (Vancouver, BC) for "Storytelling"
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Event: Poetry and Prose, the Douglas College Review, issue 43.3 features the winners of the 2014 Non-Fiction Contest judged by Deborah Campbell [pictured], author of A Disappearnce in Damascus (August 2015, Knopf Canada).

deborah-campbell"Vocational Rehabilitation" by Hilary Dean
Scarborough, ON

"Whatever It Is" by Zachary Hug
West Hollywood, CA, USA

"Twenty Miles Above the Limit" by Alessandra Naccarato
Toronto, ON

The other short-listed entries can be found here.
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whitefish-reviewWhitefish Review's most recent issue, themed "The Geography of Hope," includes a feature entitled "Freeflow: Getting into the minds and hearts of Whitefish High School students." The editors worked with WHS teachers Nikki Reed and Eric Sawtelle to gather students and "gain insight on their sense of place in the mountains and the work they do with Project FREEFLOW (Flathead River Educational Effort for Focused Learning in Our Watersheds)."

Coupling literary magazines with young activists to support their work, give them an audience, and create a bond with the printed arts is a great concept other publications could emulate. In addition, while Whitefish Review charges a nominal fee for submissions, there is no charge for writers high school age and younger, encouraging their participation.

This is especially good to know, considering the publication's latest call for submissions for a themed issue: Mythic Beasts & Monsters. If THAT doesn't encourage young writers, I don't know what will!

Until March 15, 2015: "Whitefish Review wants you to dig into supernatural history: Nessie, Sasquatch, and cousin Yeti—the Brontosaurus still rumbling somewhere deep in the Congo's swamps. Fairies, Trolls, Dragons, Gods 'n' Demons. Our own Flathead Lake Monster. What natural models are these beasts based on? What human hopes and fears? Why do we seem to wish that those creatures are really out there? How big and strange is creation anyway -- the real pageant of creatures? What about all the bizzarro beasts that are stranger than any legend? (Thank you to Douglas H. Chadwick for the writing prompt.)"
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American Life in Poetry: Column 516

Kurt Brown was a talented poet who died in 2013, and his posthumous selected and new poems opens with this touching late poem to his wife, Laure-Anne.

The Kiss

That kiss I failed to give you.
How can you forgive me?
The kiss I would have spent on you is still
There, within me. It will probably die there.
But it will be the last of me to die.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright © 2014 by the Estate of Kurt Brown, "The Kiss," from I've Come This Far to Say Hello: Poems Selected and New by Kurt Brown (Tiger Bark Press, 2014). Poem reprinted by permission of The Estate of Kurt Brown and Tiger Bark Press. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
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dinika-amaralDinika M. Amaral, winner of the Iowa Review Tim McGinnis Award, has her story featured in the newest issue as well as online, along with a YouTube video of her reading and excerpt from the story. "No Good Deed Unpunished" is described by the editor as "a Hinglish tale of schoolgirl misadventures, comic and otherwise" and as providing "an ideal example of the sort of quirky creativity the McGinnis Award is meant to celebrate."

At the end of each year, The Iowa Review editor and staff choose, from all the work published in their pages over the previous year, a piece that they think most fits the comic spirit of one-time contributor Tim McGinnis. The award comes with a $1000 prize.
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prairie-schoonerPrairie Schooner Winter 2014 includes a generous poetry portfolio edited by Alicia Suskin Ostriker: Women and the Global Imagination. In her preface, Ostriker writes:

"'Imagination' is a key word here. . . There is an amazing fullness of poetic imagination in these pages. The poets imagine their ancestors going back to 'the first cave,' as Venus Khoury-Ghata says, or to their immediate parents. They imagine freedom, and the struggle for freedom. They inventory the body and its appetites. They tell stories. They speak in the voices of invented or historical characters. . . There is no narrowly defined female aesthetic here. The poems are lyric, satiric, mythic, experimental, surreal, expansive, laconic, conversational, tender, angry, allegorical, oracular."

Authors included in the portfolio: Judith Vollmer, Diana Garcia, Aliki Barnstone, Margo Berdeshevsky, Karen Alkalay-Gut, Dahlia Ravikovitch, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Cynthia Hogue, Katie Bickham, Veronica Golos, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Anne Germanacos, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Ladan Osman, Nathalie Handal, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Lorraine Healy, Ursula K. Le Guin, Naoko Fujimoto, Marilyn Krysl, Olga Sedakova, Tsitsi Jaji, Adélia Prado, Jeannie Vanasco, Judith H. Montgomery, Martha Collins, Liliana Ursu, Karthika Naïr, Batsirai E. Chigama, Suzanne Gardinier, Maria Kelson, and Eleanor Wilner.

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valley-voicesThe newest issue of Valley Voices (Fall 2014, published by Mississippi Valley State University) is a special issue focused on New York School and Diaspora. Guest Editor Angela Ball writes in her introduction that she hosted a symposium on New York School Poetry and the South and extended the conversation of that gathering with this special issue, including the works of former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Denise Duhamel, Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, and David Lehman, who had originally attended the symposium.

David Lehman agreed to join the project as Associate Editor, suggesting Angela Ball include blog entries she had written for Best American Poetry discussing the "big four poets of the New York School": Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, and James Schuyler.

Also included in the issue are student essays and comments written as part of a seminar Ball was teaching at the time, "The Poetry of the New York School." Ball writes that these "record what graduate students in poetry writing, fiction writing, and literature have to say about the special qualities of the New York School that make it a potent force for leavening and enlivening contemporary poetry in the South and elsewhere."

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