by Win Bassett
* Check out a new experiment from Anthony Opal and Luke Fidler:
TAG is a journal/experiment of new writing that publishes two works per phase, the authors of which becoming, in turn, the editors of the next phase. Editors X and Y will make the first two tags and then abscond to the periphery. TAG is about the choice to let go and the freedom therein.
Phase 2, in particular, is a fascinating limerick sequence from Anthony Madrid and an essay from Lauren Berlant.
* Congrats to INCH 19 contributor Emma Bolden and Grind anthology co-editors Matthew Olzmann and Ross White (Bull City Press’s editor) for their B O D Y poetry nominations for the Best of the Net anthology!
* Clifford Garstang’s New 2014 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines (Fiction)
* More Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams love for her Whiting Writers’ Award!
* North Carolina native P.J. Williams has two poems published on Hobart‘s website about Biggie Smalls (who was incarcerated in North Carolina). P.J. is an editor of Utter, an online journal of writing and art, and is co-editing an anthology of poetry inspired by hip-hop with Jason McCall (we love Jason’s “Sidekick Funeral: John the Baptist“).
I would tell them to honor their truth, whatever it may be, and to write it. Trust the poem. Don’t try to force it or control it. Let the poem take you where it wants to go.
When I’m reading a poet unfamiliar to me, I hope to enter that space — with the poet — where he or she is enjoying language and stretching what it might do and how it might expand a type of knowledge and experience. I want to be surprised, delighted, confused, challenged. I want to be enlivened by the risks they take.
* West Virginia University’s Cheat River Review released its first issue this past week. Our friend John Hoppenthaler, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University and editor of “A Poetry Congeries” at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, has two poems.
* PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly featured Christian Wiman, former editor of Poetry and now a senior lecturer at Yale Divinity School (where BCP’s Win Bassett studies), this weekend on a segment about how his faith affects his work
* Friend Sam Stephenson of Bull City Summer writes on his Facebook wall that a new bookstore in Durham called “Letters” put up a storefront this week. It’s scheduled to open in early December.
Because we are needy more often than we are noble, and admitting that might be a saving grace.
Win Bassett‘s essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, Nieman Storyboard, and elsewhere. He serves as contributing editor and interim fiction editor of the Marginalia Review of Books, managing editor of Yale’s LETTERS journal, and assistant for Bull City Press. He’s from southwestern Virginia and is a seminarian at Yale Divinity School. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett