Archive for January 2014

The Community Roundup: January 29, 2014

by Win Bassett

In an effort to be a charitable citizen of the independent publishing community, we’d like to give a little love to our contributors, friends, and fellow members each week!

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Leesa Cross Smith‘s book is available for preorder from Mojave River Press & Review. And her story “Tim Riggins Would’ve Smoked” will be in the Literary Orphans Year One Anthology.

* Latest issue of Brevity is out!

The Best American Poetry blog interviews the fine folks behind Auguste Press/Lew Gallery Editions:

Auguste Press/Lew Gallery Editions are not sold anywhere, the only way to find them is to contact the editors directly. Each of their publications is made by hand and printed in limited editions that are sent out to their mailing list of friends and contacts across the country. While their operation is very much inspired by the long tradition of avant-garde poetry in the Bay Area throughout the 20th century, their publications have loyal following all over the United States.

Caleb Curtiss is the winner of the Fall 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition for his poetry chapbook A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us.

* Jamaal May’s “Triage” featured by Poetry Daily.

2014 North Carolina Literary Festival Author Lineup announced.

AWP: An Opportunity to Exercise Literary Citizenship

Simple acts of literary citizenship can include reviewing another’s book, helping set up a reading event, proofreading a peer’s draft, or simply showing up at an event and being mindfully present. These acts of kindness needn’t cost us a thing; the best ‘gifts,’ as in other aspects of life, come from an authentic place within. We know that giving, indeed, is better than receiving.

Luke Johnson writes a stunning essay at the Marginalia Review of Books on Yale University Press’s Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry:

This was not supposed to be a personal essay. Before the Door of God sat on my backseat because I hadn’t fully unloaded my office after the fall semester. The book was there as I drove at midnight from Virginia to Chapel Hill, where my father spent almost twenty years as campus chaplain and Director of the Wesley Foundation, just around the corner from the hospital. Brother Paul flew from Boston; David drove from Ithaca, and Chris from Alamance County. Chapel Hill was my father’s spiritual home, where he learned to preach and worship through the 1960s. Chris and Paul were born in the hospital where my father lay. As is so often the case with prayer, this is not so much about what was planned as what happened.

* Friend Gregory Sherl featured on The Jealous Writer:

It’s 9:00 a.m., and I think I’m gonna pass on coffee and hit a bottle of Wild Turkey. I will continue hitting it until I can deal with the fact that Gregory Sherl is a better poet than me.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi has an essay on memory and boycotting the Olympics in the debut issue of Some Call it Ballin.

Virginia Quarterly Review has a new website design, and we love it!

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Win Bassett‘s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, and SalonHe’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett

The Community Roundup: January 22, 2014

by Win Bassett

In an effort to be a charitable citizen of the independent publishing community, we’d like to give a little love to our contributors, friends, and fellow members each week!

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* Issue Fifty-Four of The Collagist is out, and our friend Maria Isabelle Carlos has a poem in it!

* “Love Poem” by Rebecca Hazelton in new Tupelo Quarterly.

* Amy Woolard has two new poems in TriQuaterly. Listen to her read “Things Go South.” Trust me. (Also see Ron Rash’s fiction in the same issue.)

* The latest TAG is out, and it features Kate Greenstreet and Allen C. Shelton.

* Hannah Stephenson has two new poems at VerseJunkies.

* Erica Wright is the featured poet at DIALOGIST with a few poems inspired by the Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival in Claxton, Georgia.

* 2013 storySouth Million Writers Awards

Helen Vitoria‘s poetry collection, Corn Exchange, has been nominated for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award 

Winter 2014 VQR is out!

Gabrielle Calvocoressi‘s latest column in her moving series, “The Year I Didn’t Kill Myself

* Our friend L.C. Fore’s new story, only $0.99 from the Ploughshares Solos series.

Barrelhouse is putting out its first book of poetry.

* If you’re on the Organic Weapon Arts website and can’t seem to decide on just one of the chapbooks, may we suggest Francine J. Harris?

Emerge Literary Journal will publish Michael Broek’s chapbook The Amputation Artist, which was written entirely over the course of several Grinds. Congrats!

​* ​Travis Smith shows up in Redivider with a poem he wrote during the Grind.

* North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions. Winner and finalists to be published in StorySouth.

* Poem by storySouth editor Terry L. Kennedy at UCity Review.

* New Poetry Northwest has poems from friends Emilia PhillipsOliver de la Paz, Nate Klug, and Luke Johnson!

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Win Bassett‘s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, and SalonHe’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett

The Community Roundup: January 15, 2014

by Win Bassett

In an effort to be a charitable citizen of the independent publishing community, we’d like to give a little love to our contributors, friends, and fellow members each week!

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* The new issue of BCP’s INCH is now available on our website!

Jamaal May has four new poems from his in-progress second manuscript, The Big Book of Exit Strategies, at the Pen American Center site.

Coldfront‘s Top 40 Poetry Books of 2013.

* Mark J. Brewin, Jr.’s debut poetry collection, Scrap Iron, reviewed in storySouth: “And if living is reason enough for storytelling, then Brewin has taught us all a valuable lesson here: how to live.”

* NC native Matthew Wimberley has a poem in the latest Bodega magazine.

* Preach it, Amy King:

“Death be not proud.” We’re dying daily; accept each opportunity to share your work. I was once invited to be one of two poets at a mostly musical act benefit in a little town in Massachusetts with a couple hundred locals in attendance. I thought my poetry, which has never been accused of being accessible (see “Wings of Desire” in this month’s issue of Poetry) would freak their freak, and I’d meet a wall of silence at least. At the after party, many recited my own lines back to me and wanted more. I had undone something in productive ways; they were actively engaged because of the unexpected I brought.

* “I hereby declare / the deer tick on my derriere / a heretic.” Michael Robbins has a new poem in Commonweal.

* One of the best interviews we’ve read in recent memory is from Stephanie Vanderslice on literary citizenship for Ploughshares:

The two central myths are one, that literary citizenship is all about self-promotion, and two, that it’s connected deeply to the “marketplace.” For example, a lot of students (and a lot of authors who clutter my Twitter feed with tweets about their own publications and nothing else) think that literary citizenship and platform-building means nothing more than promoting their own work.

In reality, it’s about completely saturating yourself in the literary culture—and then curating and promoting the work that interests you, so that other people will find it and care about it as much as you do.

My own platform has been built on promoting other writers in whose work I’m deeply interested. When I read a book I love or find an essay or poem that speaks to me, I want to tell the world about it… And it’s not quid pro quo. I’m participating in—and perpetuating—this culture because I love it. Active literary citizenship may have commercial benefits for books and publishing, but what’s at stake is much, much greater than that.

Jamaal May has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award!

Amy Woolard has a  poem in the new issue of The Massachusetts Review.

* Check out Wendy Xu’sSeveral Altitudes of Not Talking” for the Poetry Society of America.

* Tarfia Faizullah’s latest collection, Seam, is available for pre-order.

Leesa Cross Smith is reading all week at SmokeLong Quarterly, and she has new short fiction at Counterexample Poetics and CHEAP POP:

“ ‘Mercy,’ he said. Soft. It was the name my mama had given me and he always said it a lot. It made me feel special how it got both meanings coming from his mouth. My name, a begging blue prayer.”

* Hannah Stephenson’s “Photographs of Flowers” at Poetry Daily.

Aaron Belz on snow poetry for the Center for Public Justice.

* Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition Prize Amounts Increased.

Presses with open readings for full-length poetry manuscripts. (Thanks to William Wright for the link.)

* Two-week extension for submissions to The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina. Submissions now due February 1, 2014.

* Daniel Beauregard keeps a dry erase board by his bed to jot down poems.

* We approve of a popular publication calling poetry and a poetry editor “kickassery”.

* New Aaron Belz poem: “Eat at Two

* Elizabeth Gray Jr.’s poem “In the Alleyway of the Beloved” appears in latest Little Star Weekly, a mobile mini-magazine.

* A first draft of Suzanne Parker’s “Viral” was written over the course of three Grinds. Its first review is at The Rumpus.

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Win Bassett‘s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, and SalonHe’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett

The Community Roundup: January 8, 2014

by Win Bassett

In an effort to be a charitable member of the independent publishing community, we’d like to give a little love to our contributors, friends, and fellow members each week!

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* New American Microreview of Rebecca Hazelton‘s Bad Star: “Hazelton’s use of white space as punctuation is excellent, and her seamless sewing of seemingly disparate images is skilled.”

* January issue of Poetry is out with work from friends Leah Umansky, Adrian Matejka, Michael Robbins, Amy King, and Danniel Schoonebeek!

Tarfia Faizullah has three new poems from her second manuscript, Anatomy Model, in the current issue of The American Poetry Review.

* New American Microreview of Luke Johnson‘s After the Ark: “Johnson skillfully interweaves domestic scenes that reveal the complexity of family relationships in the aftermath of loss with those of the various pastoral landscapes to which we are compelled to return, again and again.”

* One of our favorite Stegner rockstars, Corey Van Landingham, gave a wonderful interview last weekend: “But now, naked without that manuscript-blanket, I can get back to big questions.”

* New elsewhere journal is out!

Drunken Boat 18 has been released, and it’s amazing. Want proof? See Victoria Lynne McCoy‘s “Self-Portrait as Odysseus.” From BCP’s fearless leader Ross White: “If you can read this poem…and not be in awe, then punch yourself in the face & say it’s from me.”

* Congrats to Jamie Quatro for being a finalist for the Townsend Fiction Prize!

* Allison Seay interviewed by The California Journal of Women Writers: “More specifically, the form of the poem, its stanzaic structure for instance, is always such a peculiar process to me. The mystery of how shapes emerge in poems is as mysterious and invisible to me as the poem itself. Part magic, part craft.”

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Win Bassett‘s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, and SalonHe’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett

The Community Roundup: January 1, 2014

by Win Bassett

* Luke Johnson tried to draft 20 poems by the end of December. See how it did!

* Helen Vitoria‘s poetry collection, Corn Exchange, has been nominated for a 2014 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award)

* More on new bookshop in Durham, NC: http://t.co/x3asQ5wQbz

* PJ Williams received a Pushcart nomination from Crab Creek Review for his poem “Roots.”

* Latest issue of Town Creek Poetry from our friend William Wright is out!

* Friend Michael Robbins as a new poem up at Hazlitt.

* Rebecca Hazelton’s Vow makes The Missouri Review‘s Best Poetry Books of 2013: http://www.missourireview.com/tmr-blog/2013/12/favorite-poetry-books-of-2013/

* Excited to see storySouth‘s own Terry Kennedy at Verse Daily this past month with his poem “New River Breakdown

* Vouched Books’s Impossible List of Favorite Indie Press Stuff of 2013 (Impossible, indeed!)

* Mary Szybist picks Corey Van Landingham’s Antidote as the best book she read all year. We’re big fans too.

* Brittany Cavallaro’s “A Taxonomy of Sex” featured at Poetry Northwest.

*  Our friend Jennine Capó Crucet sold her first novel, Magic City Relic, to St. Martin’s Press (summer 2015 publication date)! She wrote the bulk of the first draft in the 2012 Grinds from April through September!

* January 2014 issue of Thrust Poetry Journal is out.

* Friend Virginia Pye has an op-ed in the New York Times about her new novel, River of Dust.

* Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams has a poem forthcoming in Issue 63.3 of The Carolina Quarterly.

* Hannah Stephenson has a new poem at Memorious!

* We have many friends, including Molly Minturn, who made Boston Review‘s Top Poems of 2013!

* January 2014 issue of Pithead Chapel out today!

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Win Bassett‘s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, Salon, and elsewhere. He’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett