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!
* Luke Hankins’s poem “Adam” was selected as a finalist in Ruminate’s Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize.
* Rochelle Hurt’s The Rusted City was featured in post at The Journal:
Rochelle Hurt’s “novel in poems” The Rusted City also hit close to home, with an exquisite portrait of a dysfunctional family living in a city where rust coats every surface, floats in every breath, and rains down like dandruff when women brush their hair. An example of what Hurt calls the Rust Belt Gothic—a genre in which she also includes Journal-contributor Jamaal May’s work—The Rusted City will resonate with readers far beyond the region it depicts.
Rochelle’s poem “Hallucination with Bees” was also featured by Green Mountains Review!
* Wesley Rothman’s poem “Throbbing in the Bush / Pledge” is in the latest issue of New England Review.
* Our Durham neighbor Sam Stephenson’s “Bull City Summer” project was featured on The New Yorker‘s website.
* Sean Hill’s “Postcard to My Third Crush Today” was posted on Verse Daily!
* Issue Sixty-One of The Collagist is out!
* Kevin Simmond’s poem “Nod” is in Summer 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner!
* TJ Jarrett’s “1973: My Mother Cleaves Herself in Two” (originally published in VQR) was featured at Poetry Daily.
* Some of Matt Bell’s poems were posted at Everyday Genius.
* Spring 2014 Black River Chapbook Competition finalists & semi-finalists announced! Congrats to Kai Carlson-Wee and others!
* Issue 14: All Visual of The Economy is live!
* Check out Jason McCall’s “Roll Call for Michael Brown” at Rattle.
* BCP’s Rebecca Hazelton’s poem “We’ll Fix It In Post” featured at The Missouri Review.
* The latest issue of The Oxford American includes poems by Dorianne Laux and Fady Joudah!
* Jan LaPerle’s new collection, A Pretty Place to Mourn, is now available from BlazeVOX.
* Justin L. Daugherty and Brent Rydin have started a new press, Jellyfish Highway. “We are a press for work that floats and undulates and lingers and stings, literature that shines from the deepest blue.”
* Ada Limón’s poem “Oranges & The Ocean” was featured on The NYT Magazine blog.
* Anders Carlson-Wee’s poem “Polaroid” is in The Paris-American.
* Jeff Hardin’s poem “A Myth that Changes with Every Retelling” featured at Chapter 16.
* Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.’s poem “In The Guest House For Pilgrims” (Series: India (Four Way Books, 2015)) is in the latest issue of The Cortland Review.
* Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams’s “A Guide to Surviving Your Father’s Homelessness” was unlocked at The Oxford American.
* BCP’s Brittany Cavallaro mentioned in Publishers Weekly‘s “The M.F.A. Workshop: From Red Ink to Published Book“:
Brittany Cavallaro attended the University of Wisconsin for her M.F.A. in poetry; it’s an intimate program that accepts only a handful of students in each genre and opens for applications in poetry only every other year (during off-years, it accepts applications in fiction). Cavallaro’s poetry cohort at UW-Madison consisted of six other writers. “We had all of our workshops together,” she says. “In short, they saw every single thing I wrote for two years. My cohort didn’t just see my poems as individual pieces (though that was a consideration); they were also always able to speak to how my project––and later, my manuscript––was evolving. If it seemed like I was just rewriting an earlier poem, they’d tell me. If a poem felt like it could be in that collection, they’d tell me that, too.”
Cavallaro’s first full-length poetry collection, Girl-King, will be released by University of Akron press in February 2015. When she began the program, she was coming off a nine-month writing dry spell. Her first workshop kickstarted her writing, and she produced nearly 40 poems that initial semester. “Not all of those poems made their way into the manuscript, but they formed its spine,” she recalls. “Nearly every poem in the manuscript was workshopped, and the ones that weren’t were looked at by my friend Jacques J. Rancourt, who had been in all my workshops and who is my first and best reader.”
* Save the Alaska Quarterly Review!
Our initial elation at Monday’s news that the months-long prioritization process at UAA has determined that the university should invest more resources in arts, languages, and humanities was quickly overshadowed by their conclusion that the Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the non-academic programs needing “further review, consideration for reduction or phase out.” Say it ain’t so!
* Congrats to Tracy K. Smith for receiving the Academy of American Poets Fellowship!
Win Bassett‘s nonfiction has been published online in The Atlantic, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Guernica. His fiction and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Image, PANK, and Pea River Journal. He’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee and as Legal Advisor for Asymptote. Follow him on Twitter @winbassett.