Thursday, October 1, 2015

Haiku Deathmatch in the Heights!

graphic for the Haiku deathmatch

Heights Arts presents Fourth Not-So-Annual

Haiku Death Match

11 contenders vie for title of Haiku Master on October 10, 2015

Past haiku masters and new contenders will be competing for glory, fame, and a not-so-cheesy trophy in Heights Arts’ Haiku Death Match at Dobama Theatre.
Inaugurated in 2007, the Death Match is a live haiku poetry competition where audience votes determine the Haiku Master. Contenders, who come prepared with an arsenal of haiku, compete in pairs for a given number of rounds. The audience judges the poems by raising color paddles to indicate their vote, while volunteer counters tally the votes. The emcee announces the score and endeavors to keep the crowds calm (at this event, heckling is encouraged). The last poet standing is the 2015 Haiku Death Match Master.
On-the-spot poetic competition can be traced back to the 17th century Japanese poet Basho, who is also credited for making the 17-syllable haiku a revered form of poetry. This year’s contenders include past masters Geoffrey Landis and Kathleen Cerveny, recipient of the 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize; Jeff Coryell, Cleveland Heights city councilman; Lee Chilcote, managing editor of Freshwater Cleveland; defending Death Match champion Ray McNiece; plus Diane Borsenik, Dominick Duda, Bridget Kriner, Celeste McCarty, Mary Turzillo, and Marc Zielinski.
The community is invited to enjoy the poetic carnage, participate as the voting and heckling horde, and help support literary arts programming in the Heights areas. Audience tickets available online at www.heightsarts.org, at the Heights Arts gallery, 2175 Lee Road or at the door. 
Cash bar and refreshments will be available to keep vocal chords lubricated.

$15 audience – General admission
$10 audience – Heights Arts members
Purchase Tickets

flyer for the haiku deathmatch

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ekphrastacy: Art and Poetry Continues

Shawn Watrous

EKPHRASTACY: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Thursday, October 1, 7pm

Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Meredith Holmes has invited rising regional poets to respond with original verse inspired by select imagery in the exhibition. It’s always a lively time; come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments! FREE.

Heights Arts writes:
Join us this week for Ekphrastacy. What processes and concepts are explored in contemporary art? Come hear Emergent 2015 artists Joanne Arnett, Abbey Blake, Matthew Gallagher and Shawn Watrous discuss their work, then hear Zachary Thomas, Aaron Bennett, Amanda Stovicek, John Roth, and Natasha Rodriguez-Carroll--poets in the NEOMFA (Northeast Ohio Masters in Fine Arts) creative writing program--read poems created in response to art on view in the gallery.

Emergent 2015, on view through October 17, showcases ten rising artists who graduated from area art programs in recent years and are now producing significant work.
2175 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Equinox

Miles by Lady
Happy equinox, everybody, as summer turns into autumn, and the sunset is due west, shining right in your eyes as you drive west.

To celebrate, Lady has put out the autumn equinox 2015 issue of her 'zine The City, with poetry and art by all of (well, many of) your favorite poets and artists, from Cleveland and elsewhere.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hundreds and Hundreds: Best American Poetry, and the Name of the Poet--

Sherman Alexie talks about selecting poems for the Best American Poetry.
It's actually pretty interesting.  When he says
"I had no idea that I would spend the next six or eight or ten months reading hundreds and hundreds of poems. Hell, it's quite probable that I read over 1,000 poems last year. I might have read over 2,000 poems. It could have been 3,000."
I think, hundreds and hundreds? That's all? There must be at least 5,000 zines that publish poetry in the US. Even if his top figure is right--  he read less than one poem, on the average, from each magazine.

But nobody (well, nobody but me) is talking about how he selected the poems. Everybody is talking about just one poem-- or rather, just one poet-- the poem by "Yi-Fen Chou," which (after he selected it) Alexie discovered is a pseudonym of a poet named Michael Derrick Hudson.  In his bio for the volume, Hudson gave his real name, and says that he used the pseudonym because the poem "was rejected under my real name forty (40) times before I sent it out as Yi-Fen Chou," and says "as a strategy for 'placing' poems, this has been quite successful for me." He didn't ever actually claim to be Chinese: just used a Chinese name and let the editors make assumptions about his background.
Hmm. Should we be outraged?
Angry Asian Man thinks we should.  LA Times says "Best American Poetry Under Fire".
What do you think? Is it cheating? Cultural appropriation? Proof of reverse discrimination?
Poetry is a tough business, or at least, it is if you think the only poetry that's not worth spitting on is poetry published in literary journals that gets picked up in Best American Poetry. Alexie said that, of the poets he picked, "Approximately 99% of the poets are professors." Since he only printed 75 poems, that means that just one poem in the volume was not written by a professor. Hudson is a librarian, not a professor: so when Alexie says he only selected one poem that isn't by a professor-- that was the one.

--On the other hand, in The New Republic, Theodore Ross says "Cheat! It's the Only Way to Get Published." Maybe that's the secret.

Friday, September 4, 2015


It's almost here!  All the guests have been confirmed, and OH DADDIO, the excitement is reaching a fever pitch!

On Saturday September 19, 2015, Cleveland, OH will celebrate The National Beat Poetry Festival with the event BeatStreet Cleveland at the Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd, from 3pm to 7pm, featuring poets and live music, with free admission and groovy giveaways.

YOU are invited to join us for this historic Happening!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WILL BE RUNNING ON REAL TIME, NOT POETS' TIME!  It will begin promptly at 3 pm and will end at 7 pm...and you won't want to miss a minute of it!

(We are working on securing a place close to the Barking Spider for an afterparty, where we can gather to drink, eat, talk, and groove together. This location will be announced as soon as I know we have it for sure.)

BeatStreet's confirmed features:

D.R. Wagner

 D.R. Wagner is an author, visual artist, and musician. He founded press : today : niagara in 1965 and Runcible Spoon in the late 60s, producing over fifty magazines and chapbooks. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with d.a. levy and read with Jim Morrison of the Doors in a legendary reading with Morrison and Michael McClure. He also has read with Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Anne Waldman, and many other poets over the past forty years. Wagner's work is much published. He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry, as well as write, perform, and publish poetry regularly.

Alex Gildzen
(New Mexico)

Alex Gildzen is a poet and artist who uses film as the basis of his work.  He entered Kent State University in 1961, and while still an undergraduate had poems published in American Weave and Snowy Egret.  He met d.a. levy in 1965; levy published him in the Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle.  Hugh Fox included Gildzen in his 1973 anthology The Living Underground.  Crisis Chronicles Press published his book Ohio Triangle earlier this year to celebrate his 72nd birthday.  Find Gildzen at 
Arroyo Chamisa.

Theresa Göttl Brightman

Theresa Göttl Brightman won first place the first time she competed in a poetry slam.  She has won numerous awards, and has been heard throughout Ohio and points beyond, including Chicago's Vegan Mania, and 89.7 WOSU radio.  Her work has appeared in print and online publications including Pudding Magazine and Rubbertop Review.  Her full length collection of poetry is Stretching the Window (Buffalo ZEF 2007); a new collection is due out in 2016 from Coda Crab Press.  You haven't experienced her poetry until you've seen and heard her perform it!


John Burroughs

John Burroughs, writer, editor, musician, and composer, is the author of The Eater of the Absurd and numerous poetry chapbooks; his poem "Lens" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  His poems include "Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead" and "Allen Ginsberg Wants You".  Since 2008 he has been editor/publisher for Crisis Chronicles Press.  Burroughs performs his dynamic poetry across the rust and coal belts.  His new book Beat Attitude (from NightBallet Press) will debut at BeatStreet Cleveland.


Joining John Burroughs: musician Étienne Massicotte:

Étienne Massicotte (Montreal)

Étienne Massicotte is a musician newly located to Cleveland, working as a trumpeter, composer, and teacher. He is currently engaged with the Tesla Orchestra of Case Western Reserve University, composing and arranging music for a performance this fall to feature three musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra and a spectacular array of lightning-emitting beacons known as Tesla Coils. Previous engagements include appearances with the Ashland Symphony and four seasons with the Ohio Light Opera Festival Orchestra.

Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty's books include Nightshift Belonging to Lorca, Except by Falling, Broken Hallelujahs, Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, and All You Ask For is Longing.  His awards incl
ude 2 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. Known for his electrifying performances, he has toured extensively across North America and Europe. His 1st featured reading over 25 years ago was at the Jack Kerouac Festival.

Ingrid Swanberg

Ingrid Swanberg is the founder/publisher of
Ghost Pony Press, and editor-in-chief of Abraxas Magazine.  She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Garrison Keillor has read her poetry on The Writer's Almanac.  She co-authored  D.A. Levy & the Mimeograph Revolution, and  published a definitive collection of the work of d.a. levy, Zen Concrete & Etc.  Her two new poetry collections are Ariadne & Other Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) and Awake (Green Panda Press, 2014).

Larry Smith (Ohio)

Larry Smith is the biographer of Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He also has done biographical work with Ingrid Swanberg in d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution (Bottom Dog Press). He has published numerous books of poetry, and wrote and produced two films on Ohio authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen. Smith lives on the fringe of Cleveland in Huron, Ohio, where he directs Bottom Dog Press publications.

 Jim Lang (Ohio)

Jim Lang, poet, photographer, artist, in his own words:

"born in th 40's died in th 50's thrived in th 60's loved in th 70's coasted in th 80's predicted in th 90's reprised in th 2K's ~ a poet/photographer he published in newspapers magazines and small press books for 40 years ~ he taught at universities high & grades schools free & controlled ~ he hung at galleries from columbus to toronto ~ & he read & showed off & slept on walls & floors & lawns from sea to shining sea ~ "a @ 5 made fotos @ 16 & pots @ 50 a phopopotographer a little of each shows up" 

Steven Smith (Ohio)

Steven Smith--poet, memoirist, photographer, blogger, and collage/assemblage artist--has been writing poetry for nearly five decades. For more than 20 years he published the famed ArtCrimes journal. He created a massive online art/poetry archive at www.agentofchaos.com, and a wide array of his poetry and collages have been published in the critically acclaimed Zen Over Zero: Selected Poems 1964-2008 (The City Poetry Press). Smith makes his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

aaaaand the Peace, Love, & Music of Zach!

Zach Freidhof (Ohio)

Zach, recently named "Humanitarian of the Year" by Akron Magazine, is a yogi, Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, and World Peace Diet Facilitator. He is also a fantastic musician who believes “We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get.” Zach professes this mantra, his life’s philosophy, on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years. With a friend, he created the Akron Peace Project to spread nonviolence in the self, the home, and the community. Coupled with his Love Initiative movement, his music--naturally very hopeful and optimistic--has been able to lend its voice to the power we all have to change ourselves and the world. Learn more at www.zachmusic.net.

Mark your calendars for this Very Special Event.  Cleveland's heart will BEAT brightly with BeatStreet at the Barking Spider on September 19th!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Herb Kauderer interviewed

I want to give a shout out to this interview of Buffalo-area poet Herb Kauderer by Mary Turzillo:

Photo of steel factory
MT:  So, are poems by nature lies, or only some of them?
HK:  That’s a marvelously metaphysical question that requires secondary definition. Is a lie only a conscious attempt to mislead? What if the teller of the lie believes it? If the latter is true, then the teller is not qualified to call it a lie or truth.
I write some poems that are intentional lies in pursuit of a greater truth. I write other poems that are as true as I can make them at the time of composition, only to find out that time has turned them into lies.
Therefore a concise answer to your question is, “only some poems are lies, but I’m not telling you which.”

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Book of Whimsy-- and Monsters

Image "Orrery", photo by Dianne Borsenik, from the front cover of Book Of Whimsy
Orrery by Dianne Borsenik

OK, it's official! 
My chapbook collection of poetry, The Book of Whimsy, has now been released from Dianne Borsenik​'s NightBallet Press​. This one has 36 of my poems, mostly the funny and whimsical ones. 
Only $10.00 from NightBallet-- cheap!  (Well, plus shipping).
And, also just released, Mary​'s chapbook A Guide to Endangered Monsters
What more could you want?  Buy extra copies so you have one give one away to your friends!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gundy at Sandusky

 Jeff Gundy of Bluffton University and the author of 6 books of poetry and 4 books of nonfiction will launch his new book Abandoned Homeland: Poems at the Coffeehouse Readings in Sandusky, Ohio on Saturday, Sept 12. The event begins at 2 pm in lovely and rustic downtown Sandusky at Mr. Smith's Coffeehouse. Hosted by the Firelands Writing Center and Bottom Dog Press. Jeff promises to also play guitar and sing. Open-Mic to follow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Try These Visual Writing Prompts

Hello writers!

Cuyahoga County Public Library is looking for writers (any age) to post their creative writing (any genre) in response to the panels in our brand new "Stories Connect Us" mural at the Parma-Snow Branch.  Visit cuyahogalibrary.org/StoriesConnectUs to choose your favorite and upload your writing to share with readers everywhere.

The Library borrowed the "Stories Connect Us" theme from one of our favorite writers, Kate DiCamillo, who's made it her mission as the 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. You know Kate as the author of Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux (both made into movies). Last week, Kate came to the Cuyahoga County Public Library to see the mural in person and meet 400 fans. 

Stories connect us - so get writing!  Head to cuyahogalibrary.org/StoriesConnectUs and get inspired. 

Laurie Kincer
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Announcing the launch of Literary Cleveland

Lee Chilcote writes:

Dear friends,

At the first-ever Cleveland Inkubator on Saturday, August 1st, more than 300 people poured into the Cleveland Public Library to learn about writing. From the inspiring kickoff address with literacy champion Margaret Bernstein, to workshops and craft talks with Cleveland writers Les Roberts, Susan Grimm and Charlotte Morgan, to the keynote reading with David Giffels and Thrity Umrigar, this was an event worth savoring.

We've rarely seen so many Cleveland writers in one place, and we don't want to let that energy simply dissipate into the air! That's why a group of us are launching Literary Cleveland, a new, fledgling organization whose vision is to create a stronger community of writers and readers in the Greater Cleveland area through classes, workshops, readings and other events. Our goal is to bring you Inkubator-style programming year-round.

By starting small and being intentional about how we build our efforts, we believe Lit Cleveland can be a sustainable organization for writers and readers. Today, we're writing to share a few programs we've just finished organizing for September. Please take a moment to check out these workshops and events, sign up if you're interested, and share with others. Send feedback and suggestions to litcleveland@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 9/8, 7:30 pm
An evening with D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key
The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102

D.M. Pulley's first novel, The Dead Key, was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Join Lit Cleveland for a discussion with Pulley about the story behind her compelling first novel, the research she conducted to bring its details to life, and her upcoming works.

Saturday, 9/12, 10:30a-12:30p
Public poetry writing workshop
Cleve. Public Library, Lit. Dept., 325 Superior Ave., 2nd Floor, Cleve. OH 44114
For writers of all levels. Sharpen your craft and receive comments and suggestions on your work in a friendly group format. Please bring 20 copies of a poem. Led by writer and poet Lee Chilcote and guest facilitators.

Saturday, 9/19, 10:30a-12:30p
Personal essay writing workshop
Carnegie West branch, CPL, 1900 Fulton Rd. Cleve. OH 44113
For writers of all levels. Learn how to turn your memories into stories with Lee Chilcote. Workshops to offer exercises and feedback on participants' work (sent in advance after the first workshop).

Saturdays, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 (10a-12p), 10/17 (7p)
Truth, beauty and you: An ekphrastic poetry workshop
Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Rd., Cleve. Hts. OH 44118
Learn the art of ekphrastic poetry (poems that respond to art) with former Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Kathleen Cerveny. Organized in collaboration with Heights Arts.

We'll be back in touch soon to announce more workshops and events for the fall. We hope to see you around town soon!


Lit Cleveland organizing committee

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Persistance of Litmags

A lot of poetry--the published poetry, anyway-- in America is coming out in literary magazines. Some of them have names that are words of power: Kenyon Review. Ploughshares. Paris Review. Threepenny.  But-- does anybody read them? Why do people start litmags, anyway?  And... after the excitement of the first few issues.. why do they keep at it?
And, more important: how is it that they keep surviving in the 21st century?
In the New Yorker, Stephen Burt writes about The Persistence of Litmags... and how they've adapted to the electronic age.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Where to Submit: August + September

Where to Submit: August + September

By August 1, 2015 Where to Submit

Summer lives on! Enjoy our newest list of presses, lit mags, fellowships, and residencies to submit to over the next couple months. As always, email Small Press Editor Dennis James Sweeney if we missed you. Wear suntan lotion and submit responsibly!


Ashland Creek Press – Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Ann Pancake
Atticus Books / Now / Fiction, Memoir, Translations
Bellevue Literary Press / Year-Round / Fiction, Nonfiction
Black Lawrence Press – St. Lawrence Book Award / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
BlazeVOX / Now / Poetry, Fiction
BOA Editions – A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize / August 1 – November 30, 2015 / Poetry / Prize: $1500 + Publication / Judge: Jericho Brown
Burnside Review Press Book Award / August 15 – November 30, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Mary Syzbist
Caketrain Competition / Deadline: October 15, 2015 / Poetry / $15 / Final Judge: Dara Wier / First Place: Publication, $250, 25 Contributor Copies
Calamari Archive / Now / All Genres
Counterpath Press / Year-Round
Dalkey Archive Press / Now / Fiction
Deep Vellum Publishing / Year-Round / Translations of Fiction and Nonfiction
Double Life Press / Now / All Genres
Dzanc Books – Short Story Collection Competition / Deadline: September 25, 2015 / Short Story Collections / $25 / Prize: $1000 Advance + Publication
FC2 – Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest  / August 15 – November 1, 2015 / Fiction / $25 / Prize: $1500 + Publication / Final Judge: Joanna Ruocco
FC2 – Catherine Doctorow Innovcative Fiction Prize  / August 15 – November 1, 2015 / Fiction from a Writer with at Least Three Books of Fiction Published / $25 / Prize: $15000 + Publication / Final Judge: Steven Graham Jones
Horse Less Press – Open Reading: Book and Chapbook Manuscripts by Writers of Color / Now / Poetry, Hyrbid
Jellyfish Highway / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction / $3
Les Figues Press – NOS Book Contest / Deadline: September 15, 2015 / All Genres / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: lê thi diem thúy
National Poetry Review Press / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / $27 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Outpost 19 / Year-Round / Fiction, Nonfiction
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction / Deadline: August 15, 2015 / Fiction / $25 / Prize: $25000 + Publication with Algonquin Books
Phillip Levine Prize in Poetry / Deadline: September 30, 2015 / Poetry / $28 / Prize: $2000 + Publication by Anhinga Press / Judge: C. G. Hanzlicek
Plays Inverse Press / Now / Plays, Cross-Genre, Performance Lit
Queen’s Ferry Press / March 1 – August 31, 2015 / Fiction
Red Hen Press – Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / $25 / Prize: $3000 + Publication / Judge: Carl Phillips
Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize / Deadline: September 15, 2015 / Poetry / $27 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Sarabande Books – Open Essay Submissions / September 1 – 30, 2015 / Nonfiction
Skylight Press / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Esoteric
Sidebrow / August 1 – 31, 2015 / Prose, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Collaborative / $20
Subito Press Book Prizes / Deadline: August 15, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction / $25 / Judges: Ruth Ellen Kochler (Poetry), Jeffrey DeShell (Fiction), John D’Agata (Nonfiction)
Trembling Pillow Press / Now / $15 / Poetry, Poetry Translations, Essays About Poetry
Tupelo Press / Year-Round / Fiction, Nonfiction
Two Dollar Radio / Now / Fiction
Two Lines Press / Now / Translations of Novels and Short Story Collections
Ugly Duckling Press / Deadline: October 1, 2015 / Queries for Books Not Classified as Translation
University of Arkansas Press – Miller Williams Poetry Series / Deadline: September 30, 2015 / Poetry / $28
University of Notre Dame Press – Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / Poetry / $15 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judges: Joyelle McSweeney and Orlando Ricardo Menes


alice blue shotgun wedding series / Now / Prose and Poetry from Writers in the Pacific Northwest
Batcat Press / June 1 – August 31, 2015 / All Genres
Black Lawrence Press – The Fall Black River Chapbook Competition / September 1 – October 31, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction / $15
Cartridge Lit – Push [START] to Begin Chapbook Contest / July 1 – December 31, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry / Free / Prize: $150 + Digital Publication
Autumn House Press – Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest / August 1 – November 1, 2015 / Poetry / $20 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Fact-Simile Open Chapbook Reading Period / Deadline: September 30, 2015 / $12
Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions / Deadline: August 15, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction / $15 / Prize: $500 + Publication / Judges: David Treuer (Fiction) and Anna Journey (Poetry)
H_NGM_N / Now / Poetry, Prose / $5
The Head & The Hand Press – Breadbox Chapbook Series / Now / Fiction, Nonfiction
Horse Less Press – Poetry & Pints Chapbook Release Series / Now / Poetry, Hybrid
Newfound – The Anzaldúa Poetry Prize / Deadline: August 15, 2015 / $15 / Prize: $500 + Publication / Judge: Carmen Giménez Smith
Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest / August 1 – October 26, 2015 / $18 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Brian Evenson
Sixth Finch / Deadline: November 3, 2015 / Poetry / $12 /
Tammy / Year-Round
Tupelo Press – Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize / August 1 – October 31, 2015 / $25 / Poetry / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Peter Stitt

Journals & Anthologies:

3:AM / Now / Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews
32 Poems / Year-Round / Poetry / $3
6×6 / Year-Round
The Account / Year-Round / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
The American Literary Review Awards / Deadline: October 1, 2015 / $15 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry / Now / Poetry
Asymptote / Year-Round / Translations of Drama, Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction
Banango Street / Year-Round / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Art
Bat City Review / Deadline: October 1, 2015
Big Lucks / Now / Prose, Poetry
Birdfeast / Year-Round / All Genres
Black Sun Lit / Year-Round / Prose, Verse, Essays
Black Warrior Review / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Prose
Black Warrior Review – Eleventh Annual Contest / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction / $20 / Prize: $1000, Publication / Judges: Mary Roach (Nonfiction), Heather Christle (Poetry), Alissa Nutting (Fiction)
Blue Mesa Review: Annual Contest / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction / $12 / Prize: Publication, $500 / Judges: Antonya Nelson (Fiction), Julie Carr (Poetry), Wendy C. Ortiz (Nonfiction)
BOAAT / Year-Round / Poems, Video-Poems, Fiction, Nonfiction
Body Parts Magazine / Now / Horror, Erotica, Speculative Fiction
BORT Quarterly / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / Poetry
Bombay Gin 42: Reprogramming the Wilderness / Deadline: August 15, 2015 / Prose, Poetry, Cross-Genre
Bone Bouquet / Now / Writing by Female-Identified Poets
Brooklyn Arts Press – Brooklyn Poets Anthology / Deadline: August 31, 2015
The Butter / Now / Essays, Short Fiction
Caketrain / Now / Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Cahoodaloodaling #18: Historical (Re)Tell / Deadline: September 19, 2015 / All Genres / Guest Editor: Laura Madeline Wiseman
Cartridge Lit / Year-Round / Fiction, Poetry, Essays
Carve Magazine / Year-Round / Short Stories / $3
Chronopolis / Now / All Genres
The Collagist / March 1 – August 31, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction, Novel Excerpts
Corium Magazine / Year-Round / Short Fiction, Very Short Fiction, Artwork
Curbside Splendor Monthly E-Zine / Now / Fiction, Poetry
decomP Magazine / Year-Round/ Prose, Poetry, Art
DIAGRAM / Year-Round / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
DREGINALD / Year-Round / Poetry, Prose, Art
elsewhere / Now / Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, Photography
Empty Oaks / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
FENCE / August 1 – 31, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry / Subscribers Only
Finery / Now / Poetry, Prose, Visual Art
Flag + Void / Year-Round / Poetry, Art
Fruita Pulp / Now / Poetry
Fugue / September 1, 2015 – May 1, 2016 / Poetry, Fiction, Essays / $3
Gigantic Sequins – Summer Contest Series / Deadline: September 10, 2015 / $5 / Prize: $75, Broadside of the Winning Work, Publication / Judges: Ronaldo V. Wilson (Poetry), Leesa Cross Smith (Flash Fiction)
Gigantic Sequins – General Submissions / Deadline: September 15, 2015
GlitterMOB / Now / Poetry
Gone Lawn: Issue #19 / Now / All Genres
Guernica / Now / Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Art
Gulf Coast / September 1, 2015 – March 1, 2016 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Gulf Coast – Barthelme Prize for Short Prose / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / Prose Under 500 Words / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Steve Almond
Gulf Coast – Prize in Translation / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / Translations of Fiction and Nonfiction / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Ammiel Alcalay
H_NGM_N / September 15 – December 15, 2015 / Poetry, Prose
Hobart online / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Horse Less Review / Now / Poetry, Hybrid
Hunger Mountain / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, YA and Children’s Lit / $3
Iowa Review / September 1 – November 30, 2015 / $4 Online Submissions / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Inch / Now / Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, Short Poems
Jenny / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
jmww  / Year-Round / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction
jubilat / September 1, 2015 – April 1, 2016 / Poetry
Juked / Year-Round / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Lazy Fascist Review / Now / Fiction, Poetry
Leveler / Year-Round / Poetry
Lumina – Fiction Contest / Deadline: October 1, 2015 / $12 / Prize: $500 + Publication / Judge: Roxane Gay
McNeese Review online / Now / Short Fiction, Poetry, Literary Nonfiction, Translations, Interviews, Art
The Meadow / September 1, 2015 – February 1, 2016 / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Comics
Midwestern Gothic – The Lake Prize / Deadline: August 31, 2015 / Midwest Fiction and Poetry / $5 / Prize: $500 + Publication / Judges: Charles McLeod (Fiction), Marcus Wicker (Poetry)
Mississippi Review Prize / August 1, 2015 – January 1, 2016 / Poetry, Fiction / $16 / Prize: $1000 + Publication in Mississippi Review
Monkeybicycle / Now / Fiction, Nonfiction
NANO Fiction: The Queer Issue / June 15 – October 1, 2015 / Flash Fiction
NANO Prize / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / Flash Fiction / $20 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Amber Sparks
New South / September 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 / Fiction, Poetry, Essays
the Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature/The Shrug / Now / All Genres / $5
Nightblock / Year-Round / Poetry, Fiction
Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry / January 1 – November 30, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction / Submit by Post
Nonbinary Review / Now / All Genres
The Nottingham Review / Now / Short Stories, Flash Fiction
The Offing / Now / Nonfiction, Micro, Humor, Translations
PANK / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Phantom / Year-Round / Poetry
‘Pider / Now / Poetry
Pinball / Now / Fiction, Nonfiction, Comics
PLINTH / Now / All Genres
Poor Claudia – 10 Sources and Phenome / Now / Bibliographies, Poetry / $3
Prelude / Now / Poetry / $2
Pretty Owl Poetry / Now / Poetry, Flash Fiction
Puerto del Sol / September 15 – December 1, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Translations, Art, Criticism
Queen Mob’s Treehouse / Now / Poetry, Fiction, Art, Videos, Essays
Quiddity / Year-Round / Poetry, Prose
Requited / Now / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Performance Text, Visual/Video
Revolution John / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction
Rhino / April 1 – August 31, 2015 / Poetry, Translations of Poetry, Flash Fiction
Rhino – Founders’ Prize Contest / September 1 – October 31, 2014 / Poetry / $10 / Prize: $300 + Publication
Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art – Cuba Theme / Deadline: October 1, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Art, Photography, Comics
Seattle Review / Year-Round / Essays and Fiction over 40 pages, Poems over 10 Pages / $3
Salamander Magazine / September 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Shirley / Year-Round / Fiction
Sixth Finch / Deadline: October 15, 2015 / Poetry, Art
Slant / September 1 – November 15, 2015 / Poetry
small po[r]tions journal / Deadline: August 16, 2015 / All Genres
SmokeLong Quarterly / Year-Round / Flash Fiction
Sonora Review / September 1, 2015 – May 1, 2016 / $3 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Southeast Review / Year-Round / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Sporklet / Now / Fiction, Poetry
Squalorly / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Sundog Lit / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Swarm / August 15 – October 31, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry
Sycamore Review  / September 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 / Poetry, Prose, Nonfiction, Art
Tammy / September 1 – December 1, 2015 / $3 / All genres
Tell Us A Story / Year-Round / Flash Nonfiction, Poetry, Plays
TENDE RLOIN / Now / Poetry
Third Coast / September 15 – December 15, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama
The Tishman Review / Year-Round / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
TRACT/TRACE / Now / Essays, Conversations, Interviews, Notes, Book Reviews
Trafika Europe / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Translation
Two Lines / Now / Translations of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays
TYPO / Now / Poetry
Up the Staircase Quarterly / Deadline: October 15, 2015 / Poetry, Art
upstreet / Deadline: September 1, 2015 – March 1, 2016 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Voicemail Poems / Now / Audio Poetry
The Volta / Year-Round / Poetry, Essays
wigleaf / Final Week of August and September, 2015 / Flash Fiction
Willow Springs / September 1, 2015 – May 31, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Word For/Word / Now / Poetry, Prose, Poetics, Criticism, Visuals
Wreck Park / Now / Prose, Criticism
Zoetic Press / Now / Electronic & Interactive Literature
ZYZZYVA / August 1 – November 30, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry / Submit by Post

Residencies, Fellowships, & Conferences:

Barrelhouse – Proposals for “Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing” Conference / Deadline: September 13, 2015 / Conference: October 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh
BuzzFeed Emerging Writer Fellowship / Deadline: October 1, 2015
Hub City Writers House / Deadline: October 15, 2015 / Residency: 15 Weeks in Early 2016 + $150/Week
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency (Session 1) / Deadline: September 1, 2015 / $35 / Residency: 2-8 Weeks + $100/Week
MacDowell Colony (Spring Residencies) / Deadline: September 15, 2015 / $30
Millay Colony / Deadline: October 1, 2015 / $35
Omi International Arts Center – Writers Omi / Deadline: October 20, 2015
PEN Center USA – Emerging Voices Fellowship / Deadline: August 10, 2015 / Fellowship: Mentorship and Classes + $1000 Stipend
Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim Forest / Deadline: September 30, 2015 / Writer-In-Residence: D.A. Powell
Ucross Foundation Writer’s Residency (Spring Session) / Deadline: October 1, 2015 / $40
Vermont Studio Center / Deadline: October 1, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

INKubator tomorrow!

Building community one draft at a time.
Dear friends,

This is just a final reminder about the Cleveland Inkubator taking place tomorrow, 8/1 at the Cleveland Public Library. If you haven't had a chance to register yet, then you may do so here. Some of the offerings of the event include:

- Inspiring workshops and craft talks with celebrated local writers
- Writers UnBlock room with coffee and snacks
- All-day resource fair with independent booksellers
- Keynote reading with authors David Giffels and Thrity Umrigar
- FREE ice cream from Mitchell's and food from Susy's Soup and Deli food truck
- Youth performance with writers from Lake Erie Ink and Cleveland School of the Arts
- Open mic hosted by Michael Salinger + Damian Ware + YOU!

Please remember, most workshops are now full, but there's still space in the craft talks. If you don't get a chance to register today, then you can always register onsite. And finally, if you're unable to attend the workshops, then feel free to join the party at 5 pm to check out the readings (in the Stokes Wing auditorium) and open mic (in the Eastman Reading Garden, weather permitting).

We look forward to INKubating with you!


Cleveland Inkubator team
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Does poetry matter--one more time

Wow, you would have thought that there was no more to say on the subject of "is poetry dead"?
But, here's CNN, "Does poetry still matter?," in which Brandon Griggs discusses the new poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera:
Most Americans don't encounter poetry in the course of their daily lives. Most mainstream magazines don't publish it. Chain stores such as Walmart and Target don't carry it. The cult of people who buy books of poetry in the U.S. is almost certainly dwarfed by the 20 million or so viewers who watch a single episode of "Game of Thrones."
Poetry, said poet and associate professor Kyle Dargan of American University in Washington, is "not the kind of thing people are going to run into on their own. It's not 'Jurassic World.' " It's this cultural landscape that greets Juan Felipe Herrera, who this month was appointed the next poet laureate of the United States. As poet laureate, Herrera will be expected to serve as an ambassador for the art form and help boost its visibility through readings, workshops and other events.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Have Wasted My Life or You Must Be Suffering From Poetry

 “I have wasted my life.” Over at the Paris Review, Dan Piepenbring takes a look at James Wright‘s “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” and the many interpretations readers have brought to its famous last line. Among those readers is David Mitchell, who wrote about the same poem in an essay for The Atlantic‘s By Heart series earlier this year.

At The Toast, a linguist points out some of the ways in which we write out sarcasm on the Internet.

 Poets grow old like everyone else, and often their ideas about poetry grow old too...You Must Be Suffering from Poetry

Fight Club for Kids

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word: in France

The Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word are bringing Cleveland poetry to France!  And getting some serious kudos from doing it, too.
The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word is a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry. These gentlemen take classic poetry pieces, movement poetry (mime/breaking/ flexing) and combine it with the art of spoken word.
Poetry has become the living tool that they use to help keep them focused and on the right path in school, at home, and within the community.
--(from their website)
 They've had some setbacks on their way-- attacks, losing money to a tailor who takes the money but doesn't deliver, working against social and institutional barriers... not even to mention the work it takes to raise $10,000 to get to France. (But they did!)  Now they're lionized in Lyon.
The Cleveland-based performance troupe was founded more than 12 years ago by poet, teacher and youth-advocate Honey Bell-Bey.
Can poetry change the world?  I don't know. But here are some young poets who are going to try.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Congrats to Mary Weems

logo of Cleveland arts prize

Congratulations to Cleveland Heights poet Mary Weems for winning the $10,000 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist (literature).

The prize will be awarded at the 55th Annual Awards event on Thursday, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 6:30 to 8pm, with a VIP party before, and an afterparty afterwards from 8-9.
Dr. Mary Weems was the first African American Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, and has taught at Cleveland State, John Carroll University and Ohio University. Her play Purses was performed at Karamu House, and she’s currently on a national tour performing her one-woman show, Black Notes, in support of her latest book, Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues. She is writing a new play, Gunfight, responding to random gun violence.And she is one of the original members of clevelandpoetics.
cover of "Blackeyed"


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau