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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
lkincer@cuyahogalibrary.org

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.
$: FREE

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.
$: FREE

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).
$: FREE

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.
$90/person

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

Sincerely,

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!

Presses:

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

Chapbooks:

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

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