Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooky! Lit Mag News @TheReviewReview

The Review Review

Hey all you ghouls and goblins!

What's scarier than a killer clown? More horrifying than an invasive blob? Could it be...Lit mags charging submission fees? A recent article on Forbes reveals how more lit mags plan to combat financial challenges by charging writers who submit work. Certainly such a move offers many advantages, including writers being more careful about where they submit, which may in turn decrease the average slush pile, which is good for editors and writers alike. Writers also might take more care in polishing their work if they know they are paying for submissions. On the downside, having to pay money for anything limits the population which participates. Making writers pay to have their work read could end up alienating the very people whose stories most need to be heard. That, friends, is scary indeed.

Care to weigh in? Post a comment on Twitter with the hashtag #LitMagFees. Make sure to include @TheReviewReview so we can see it. We will try to respond to all comments, and will include some in next week's newsletter. We're curious how you all feel about this, so do join the discussion!

Reposted from the review review newsletter. There's much more... read it here and then subscribe, friend, fan, follow and all that.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Guardian Review: New Poetries V

Edited by Michale Schmidt and Eleanor Crawforth, reviewed by Nicholas Lezard. Don't you love the opening? Sets the tone. Sometimes I get so occupied with keeping track of local poetry events that I lose track of the other reason Picnic stayed virtual when IRL folded its tent: to read more poetry from everywhere.  I may not be a legal Poetryland resident but am a fair dab at the lit game, informed consumer and trained reader.

 These editors know their onions when it comes to poetry

Come off it, I can hear many of you cry. An anthology of new poetry – no, worse, new poetries – for £12.95? That's two bottles of OK wine, or a good main course at a gastropub. Like a confit of duck leg or something. I know, poetry is a hard sell. And I must confess that I picked this up with more of a sense of duty than of pleasure, and maybe a nagging sense of guilt that I had done, once again, absolutely nothing for National Poetry day. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Reminder - Oct27 Fixed & Free Poetry, features Merimeé Moffitt

Billy Brown reminds area poets and poetry lovers,

... of the October 2011 Fixed and Free poetry reading, Thursday, October 27, 6:45-9 pm, at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE with featured poet Merimeé Moffitt.

ALL donations gathered at this special Fixed and Free reading will be donated to the new Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP) which is planning to name Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate on April 1, 2012! So, please bring some extra money and give generously

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sunday Poetry: CoB Oct23 & Duende Oct30


Via Billy Brown (and Elaine Schwartz), Billy writes...

Friends, I am forwarding this as requested by Gary Brower, one of the Duende organizers. The featured poet, Howard McCord, is a major American poet. Please see the embedded flyer for details. This event looks so good, maybe I'll skip my Madrigal Singers rehearsal to attend!

Howard McCord

Embedding the flyer is an experiment. My primary blogging platform does not accept documents. The alternate platform does and, furthermore, will post to the other platform. The experiment is to post Billy's message, document and all, to the alternate with reposting command coded into "To:" line. My apologies if all this sounds unnecessarily convoluted. If it works, then I have a major blogging time saver. If not, the Duende flyer will arrive in a separate post.

BTW, Gary will also be reading at this Sunday's Church of Beethoven (COB), 10:30-11:30.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wonderful Centipedes: The Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer

Revisiting the 2011 Nobel and perhaps adding a poet to your transnational reading list, try this article from Berfrois, Niklas Schiöler on Tomas Tranströmer:

Franz Schubert’s handwritten sheet music

The opening lines of Tomas Tranströmer’s poem ”Schubertiana” from 1978 are:

In the evening darkness at a place outside New York, an outlook where
you can perceive eight million people’s homes in
a single glance.
The giant city there is a long flickering drift, a spiral galaxy
from the side.

But soon, after the snapshots of the grim and chilly human conditions of the giant city, the first part of the poem ends with these relief-giving lines:

I know too – without statistics – that Schubert’s being played in
some room there and for someone the tones at this moment
are more real than anything else.

Read the rest of Niklas Schiöler on Tomas Tranströmer. I still haven't gotten around to posting the promised "Tranströmer reader." This will help fill that procrastination gap. Mind you, I have yet to return to the Laureate reader (also promised). Whatever. Take what you can get and a look at the Berfrois poetry section while you are there. Besides, how can you resist a site subtitled "Intellectual Jousting in the Republic of Letters"?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ABQ Poetry Fundraiser TONIGHT Oct 4, 7pm at Winnings


A last-minute notice via Billy Brown. I'm assuming "Winnnings" refers to Winning Coffee Co. Re-posting policy is WIGSIWIP or What I Get Sent Is What I Post (minus excess exclamation marks)

Celebrate Female Power!  Come out TONIGHT to Winnings: help NM Nurse-Midwives raise money to enable them to better serve NM women on Medicaid. 

See attached embedded image, click to view larger version. Is there an FB event page for this? If so sharing to the Picnic wall would be most appreciated. If not, then maybe next time.

Posted via email from Just Writing

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Last Minute reminder - Poetry Workshop & Open Mic Tonight!

Just a quick last minute reminder from Zach, 

Join us tonight as we bring 3 of the most talented writers and performers in the nation to Albuquerque for a writing workshop and performance (plus an open mic for you all to share your work and maybe win $200 worth of prizes!)

I cannot say enough about my respects for these three women and their fire tongues~ poetry dances from them like small flames in the fireplace on winter evenings- you don't want to miss it!

$5 suggested donation each for the workshop and the showcase- a great way to spend your sunday and start the week off with verse!

Hope to see you there!

Writing Workshop with Suzi Q, Isis and Bianca Mikahn

Sunday, October 2nd
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
The Projects
3614 High Street (one block east of Edith on Candelaria)

This is your chance to spend an afternoon with 3 of the most accomplished voices in poetry today. All three ladies are national and regional champions, as well as widely published poets who have shared the stage with everyone from Amiri Baraka to Gil Scott Heron and more. The ladies will be sharing their experience, perspective and passion for this all ages workshop for a mere $5 suggested donation. This is a great chance to support touring artists and gain some new insights into modern poetics at the same time! Be sure to stick around after for the showcase and People's Choice Open Mic.

3 Lady Champions from Denver (...And Their Words Were Dancing)

Sunday, October 2nd
7 pm to 9 pm
The Projects
3614 High Street (one block east of Edith on Candelaria)

3 of the nation's hottest poetic voices arrive in Albuquerque with a blend of passionate performance and lyrical craft like nothing you've seen before! Suzi Q, Isis and Bianca Mikahn will showcase their talents and new work for you. Opening for them is our own linguistic luminary, Jessica Helen Lopez. Poets are invited to sign up for the People's Choice Open Mic also, and share their work with the audience. Just for fun we will be offering a prize pack (worth over $200) full of art, poetry, free massage and more for the audience's favorite poem to be decided by a vote.

Come out and support these traveling artists~ I have no doubt you'll be blown away by the diversity and dynamics of the fire they bring and we're looking forward to hearing from you local poets as well!

Zachary Kluckman
Spoken Word Editor - The Pedestal Magazine
Associate Editor - The Journal of Truth and Consequence
Albuquerque Slam Poet Laureate Program Director


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Incongruous Quarterly: Call for Submissions

The Incongruous Quarterly is seeking submissions of unpublishable poetry, fiction and art for our fourth issue. The deadline for submissions is November 13th, 2011.

Poems, fiction and art can be considered “unpublishable” for reasons like content, length, form and subject matter. But what about work that cannot be published in a print magazine? Where does it fit, and how?

We are seeking literary and artistic work that takes into account, and advantage of, the fact that we are an online publication rather than a printed one.

We’re interested in figuring out what we can offer our contributors and readers that a print publication might not be able to. We are not bound by concerns of page or word count; we can feature audio and video files, hyperlinks, any kind of image, downloadable files, interactive or collaborative works, as well as our usual, more basic format of simple text or image on a page. We love work that explores, exploits or messes with different media and the boundaries between them is awesome; work that doesn’t do any of that stuff (more “traditional” stories and poems) but is concerned with the same ideas or themes we’re interested in (innovation, communication, connection, alienation, etc.) is great too.

Above all, we are looking to learn things. Surprise us. Challenge us. Show us something new.

Love, IQ #4 – Call for Submissions

October Broadsided: Hot off the Virtual Presses

Getting on top of October Broadsiding early, often and as redundantly as bearable.... one hopes there is a future for art and poetry spam. Coals to Newcastle again, I am starting with poets.
Dear Vectors and Friends of Broadsided,
We need your help! You're already reading and sharing Broadsided, which is critical to getting literature and art on the streets. But consider a donation.
Your gift of $5, $50, or even $500 will help immensely. Until now, Broadsided has been funded by its editors and run entirely by the donated time of its staff and contributors. We'd like to do more, and with your help, we can. Visit our help page and use the convenient PayPal button.
With Thanks,  The Broadsided Editorial Team

"Searching for Poems on Grief" 

Poem by Lisa Ortiz
Art by Kevin Morrow

~ Visit to get the full broadside

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