Sunday, June 24, 2012

TODAY Sun Jun24: Book Launch at Acequia Booksellers

…via both Elaine Schwartz & NM Culture… 

An invitation to the Albuquerque launch of a new collaborative work by Neil de la Flor & Maureen Seaton: Sinéad O'Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds, Winner, Sentence Book Award, Firewheel Editions, 2011. Sunday, June 24, 2012, 3 PM at Acequia Booksellers (needs to update its Events page!)4019 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. 505 890-5365. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Reminder: Tomorrow is Bloomsday

What if anything are you doing for Bloomsday? It's a big day in Dublin. BBC Radio is doing a whole day of Ulysses. In  the US and at events around the world, Joyceans imbibe, declaim and celebrate in pubs and campuses across the country. Special this year too ~ expired copyright, at last, readable on Gutenberg

There are festivities in cyberspace: dedicated sites and even Ulysses in Tweet Town. Mountainair NM has neither pubs nor campuses, just Art on the Range, an unlikely, truly zeugmatic, pair to yoke. Challenging. Imagine Joyce as Cowboy Poet,

For lovers of Irish literature, and the work of James Joyce in particular, June 16 is a special day. Bloomsday is a celebration of the life of the Irish author on the day in which the events of his novel Ulysses (which stars Leopold Bloom, hence the name) is set. To commemorate the thirtieth annual observance, we present Adam Harvey's performance of pages 193 to 195 of Finnegans WakeVideo URL.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

World Literature Today Readers' Choice Awards

As formerly involved academically with Comparative Literature and continuing to feed an abiding interest, I always look forward to WLT, a favorite and always a treat. This also explains a posting inclination to the international and translations. Most tempting title goes to threview of How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, by Pierre Bayard (March 2008).

Now in its 85th year of publication, if you haven't yet taken a look at World Literature Today, here's a great way to both introduce yourself to it and catch up. To celebrate its 350th issue, WLT conducted a readers' choice contest, and below is the winners and runners-up from the shortlist of staff favorites in essays, poetry, short fiction, interviews, and book reviews from the past 10 years of WLT. Over 700 readers voted in their online poll, so you can bet these selections come highly recommended (and all are available full-text online)

Read more + links to selections NewPages Blog: World Literature Today Readers' Choice Awards

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Poet/playwright Michael Ford visits Albuquerque

June13 & 14: two events in two days, hosted, respectively, at Jules Nyquist's Poetry Playhouse and Merimee Moffit's (2 Thursdays a month) Poetry Salon, two new (to me) poetry venues that I'd made note of but hadn't gotten around to covering yet. Tonight, June 13: Michael C Ford at Poetry Playhouse; tomorrow, June 14 at Poetry Salon.  (image from Facebook »)

Updates can fly right past me, soon lost in the crowd on cyberspace platforms, in networks, not enough detail stuck in memory to search. Two notices two such venues about the same visiting writer on consecutive days (announcements and appearances) constitute a powerful reminder and double twofer. Neither time not space permit expanding at length, perhaps later. Names and links should suffice to get you started.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

#TheReviewReview: job opening, news for writers & more

Wouldn't that be Review² ? Whatever. No time to read all the little mags you submit to and should read but dont? Then read the review review. A good read too. Reviews, essays, interviews, tips. 

PS ~ feel free to share favorites for growing that overwhelming list of good reads and resources we wish we had time for ... maybe someday. We promise never to be swinish about the pearls cast before us...

Job Opening, and News
Our focus is...on opening a window to give readers an honest look inside the heart of the Midwest. Jeff Pfaller, editor of Midwestern Gothic
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The Review Review
Greetings lit-loving lit-nicks,

Are you looking for a job? Think you might like to be the editor of a highly reputable literary magazine? If so, you'd better act fast on a job opening that was announced today by Mid-American Review. Join their Facebook group to see the listing.

In other news, lit mags are branching out in all sorts of new ways. Beginning this summer, Prairie Schooner will be available for Kindle download. According to one article, "This transition puts Prairie Schooner in company with top literary magazines, such as The Atlantic and The New Yorker, that are available in an electronic format." Meanwhile the New Pages webstore, a great place to purchase single issues of literary magazines, is now offering free shipping on all lit mags. An awesome deal!

Crazyhorse will see some changes as editors Carol Ann Davis and Garrett Doherty will be moving on. The journal's website has not yet announced who the new editors will be. And The Paris Review has announced its own new direction toward producing...neckties? Yes, it's true, friends. The esteemed journal has entered into the realm of men's fashion. You've got to see it to believe it. 

If you want to learn more about lit mags, but are feeling low on funds, you may be interested in a lit mag exchange with writer Jessie Carty. Or check out Screen Reading, a new column on New Pages which offers brief reviews of online journals. Also, John Fox has a helpful list on his blog of journals which accept online submissions.

On the more theoretical front, Travis Kurowski's "Notes Towards a Theory of the Literary Magazine" on Luna Park Review and Morten Hoi Jensen's "Failing Better: Ian Hamilton and The New Review" on The Millions are both must-reads for anyone interested in the history and context of literary magazines and small presses. And finally, Clifford Garstang once again dazzles the world with his list of 2012 Pushcart Prize Rankings.

If you're in New York City this weekend, don't miss the Lit Mag Marathon (AKA Magathon), brought to you by CLMP. There will be hundreds of lit mags available for $2, with publishers and editors on hand to greet you as you browse. The event will take place on Sunday from 10

As for us, this week we take a look at three literary magazines: Sentence, a journal dedicated to prose poetry; Redactions, a poetry journal that's just expanded into prose; and Antioch Review, a prose, poetry and nonfiction journal. Our interview features Jeff Pfaller and Robert James Russell, editors of Midwestern Gothic (and those fine gents up to your right). Our publishing tip is a beautiful dose of honesty from the lovely Robin Black: "The Green-Eyed Writer: On Literary Envy." Our Lit Mag Trivia Contest is all about Calyx this month, with a free subscription on offer to one lucky winner. And our classifieds are calling your name, with oodles of Calls for Submission, Writing Contests, Internships at lit mags, and Residencies.

And that, pals, is the news!

In honor of our new summer intern, Elise Blanchard, who will be working with us all the way from Aix-en-Provence,
France, je vous remercie de tout ce que vous faites. Avoir une semaine merveilleuse!


Fiction of the Midwest

Interview with Jeff Pfaller & Robert James Russell, Editors of Midwestern Gothic
Midwestern Gothic is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived here. Midwestern Gothic aims to collect the very best in Midwestern fiction writing.
Interview by C. J. Opperthauser

Salamander's 2012 Fiction Prize: Judged by Carolyn Cooke; Submit Through June 15." Details at
We look for thoughtfully crafted literary submissions, which incorporate traditional elements of storytelling, but which also uniquely offer fresh ideas and/or capture an American sensibility, experience, or theme. Submission details can be found at
By Robin Black
This post started – in my mind – as an essay about the joy of colleagues; and there is still an essay I will write one day...

4 editing & proofreading techniques for your novel

Novel writing tips | Nighttime NovelistJoseph Bates, author of The Nighttime Novelist, shares tips for editing and proofreading a novel or book. Reposted from Writers Digest.

Creating A System For Editing & Proofreading

Revision is really about seeing your book as a whole–recognizing patterns you didn’t notice before, and reconciling any disparate parts into a unified whole. The best way to accomplish this is to be systematic in your approach to editing by clarifying what works, what doesn’t, and what you need to keep an eye out for so that your goals in rewriting will be clear.

Monday, June 11, 2012

#NMpoetry: the Rag calls for submissions

Hi Poets,
Submissions are open for the Rag
Email 3-5 poems (30 lines max.each)
« Mail poems to:  Karin Bradberry
11322 Campo del Sol, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Hope to read your work soon.

Karin Bradberry & Elaine Schwartz » Co-editors

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Poetry and Utopia

Charles SimicSerbian-American poet, poetry co-editor, Paris Review, US Poet Laureate 2007-2008 writes on the New York Review of Books blog about the future of poetry and poetry as perhaps the ultimate utopian project.

In 1972, I found myself on a panel whose subject was the poetry of the future. It was at the Struga Poetry Festival in Macedonia.

[When y turn came next, though I was in near-comatose condition from uninterrupted drinking, smoking and talking since my arrival to the festival after a twenty-hour long journey from San Francisco with barely any sleep. Nevertheless, roused back to life by the drivel of the previous speaker, I said that predicting the future of poetry is a total waste of time, because poetry has not changed fundamentally in the last twenty-five centuries and I doubted it would do so in the next hundred years. Since that was all the energy I had, I fell silent and didn’t open my mouth again for the rest of the session. As for my fellow-panelists, I have no memory of any of them responding to anything I said as they continued arguing with each other about the future of poetry.

What I said that day was as much of a surprise to me as it must have been to the other people in the room, for I was then known as a surrealist poet, someone who routinely proclaimed a belief in the avant-garde....We were convinced that abstract painting was an advance over figurative painting, that free verse was superior to meter and rhyme. To me, novelty was an essential requirement in the arts, and it still is. I agreed with Wallace Stevens, who wrote that man

Lives in a fluid, not on solid rock.
The solid was an age, a period
With appropriate, largely English Furniture
Policed by a hope of Christmas.
For him, history was a process in which no idea of reality is final and poetry was a part of that progressive metamorphosis of reality. A poet worth reading lives in the present, which keeps changing continuously into something else. What worked yesterday in poetry won’t work today, so a poet has no choice but to find means to confront the times he lives in. What doesn’t change, however, is that we are still what we were centuries ago, minds reading themselves for clues to the meaning of their existence, astonished now and then to be alive, while being acutely aware of their own mortality.

I came to understand what I said that day in Struga many years later... standing, one lovely May afternoon, on the corner of 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City, waiting for a friend who was late.... it suddenly occurred to me that if the old Greek poetess, Sappho, could see what I’m seeing now, she would not only understand nothing, but she would be terrified out of her wits. 

If, on the other hand, she could read the poems that I had just been reading, she would nod with recognition, since, like her own, many of these new poems spoke directly of the sufferings and joys of one human being. Suspicious of every variety of official truth, they brazenly proclaimed their own, while troubled and unsure of what the person whose life they were describing amounts to. This voice, which Sappho would recognize, has continued to speak to us quietly in poems since the beginning of lyric poetry.

Poetry dwells in a perpetual utopia of its own,” wrote William Hazlitt, the great British essayist of the Romantic Period. Despite everything I’ve been saying, I think he has a point. In relation to the future, a poem is like a note sealed in a bottle and thrown into the sea. Writing one is an act of immense, near-irrational hope that an image, a metaphor, some lines of verse and the voice embodied in them will have a long, posthumous life. “The poem wants to reach an Other, it needs this Other,” Paul Celan has said. And it happens sometimes.

A young man in a small town in Patagonia or in Kansas reads an ancient Chinese poet in a book he borrowed from the library and falls in love with a poem, which he reads to himself over and over again as the summer night is falling. With each reading he brings the voice of the dead poet to life. For one unforgettable moment, he steps out of his own cramped self and enters the lives of unknown men and women, seeing the world through their eyes, feeling what they once felt and thinking what they once thought. If poetry is not the most utopian project ever devised by human beings, I don’t know what is.

Read the entire NYRB article at Poetry and UtopiaCharles Simic
Image from NYRBlog post, Mitchell Funk/Getty Images, Pedestrians and traffic on New York's Fifth Avenue

Friday, June 1, 2012

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