by Win Bassett
* Amazon released Day One, “a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction from debut writers, English translations of stories from around the world, and poetry.” See HTMLGIANT‘s take on it:
It feels a little strange supporting Amazon this way, and having things I care about supported by Amazon. Strange reciprocity! Should it feel strange that suddenly Amazon—one of the biggest companies in the history of the world—finds something marketable about poetry?
Will Day One be as good as my favorite journals, like Hobart and PANK and Big Lucks? Will it be as edgy as the best online journals, like Robot Melon and NOÖ? Will it aspire to be more like VQR or New Yorker? Does Day One allude to Everyday Genius? Would you publish with Amazon?
* North Carolina native Wiley Cash has been killing it recently. He’s the winner of the first Maine Readers’ Choice Award. His fiction pieces have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review, and The Carolina Quarterly.
* A hearty congratulations to friend Luke Johnson for returning to the pages of The Southern Review soon with a new poem. See his Autumn 2012 contributions (available at Ink Node).
* New Waccamaw issue has contributions by friends Terry Kennedy, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, and Christopher Martin!
* Congratulations to friend Christopher Martin for his Pushcart nomination from Thrush Poetry Journal! Read his nominated poem, “At the Periodic Table Display, Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, Georgia.”
* Terry Kennedy, editor of storySouth, interviewed by Late Night Library about his latest poetry collection, New River Breakdown.
* Emilia Phillips reviews Grind co-editor Matthew Olzmann’s Mezzanines for 32poems; reviewed again in Blackbird.
* BCP’s Ross White’s “Michelangelo’s David” posted at storySouth.
* Friend Evan Smith Rakoff will give the Keats and Elizabeth Sparrow Keynote Address on “Andy Griffith, America’s Surrogate Father” at the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association Annual Meeting on November 22, 2013.
* BCP’s Win Bassett interviewed Amy Woolard about her day job, and The Atlantic republished it.
* Grind co-editor Matthew Olzmann has two poems on Hobart’s website.
* Next up in The New York Times‘s poetry press profiles: Graywolf Press.
* The Dish rounds up the commentary on Amazon’s new Day One literary journal.
* The Fall 2013 issue of Blackbird came out Tuesday, and it has contributions from so many of our friends that we we can’t fit them all here. Check out the entire issue!
Win Bassett‘s writing has 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 a former assistant district attorney and is a seminarian at Yale Divinity School. He’s from southwestern Virginia. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett