The Community Roundup: October 30, 2013

by Win Bassett

* Mary Ruefle ends a reading in Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room by sitting down and playing Van Morrison’s “Rave On John Donne” (h/t Luke Johnson)

* 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.

* Congratulations to Belle Boggs of The New New South (based in Chapel Hill) for making the Hazlitt Essay Prize shortlist!

* 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!

PANK, published by INCH 19 contributor Roxane Gay, has been posting small indie lit mags they love. Check out ThrushCurbside SplendorThe Coffin Factory, and others.

* 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“).

Writer’s Digest interview with North Carolina poet Beth Copeland:

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.

* Friend Mary-Sherman Willis talks about Ross White’s and Matthew Olzmann’s The Grind

The New York Times started an interview series with small indie presses! First up, Copper Canyon Press:

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.

The Southern Poetry Anthology editor William Wright was the featured poet for the Fall 2013 Sandhills Writers Series

Three poems and a conversation with INCH 20 contributor Lee Sharkey in The Kenyon Review

* 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.

Megan Mayhew Bergman (who grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and attended Wake Forest, Duke, and Bennington) has a new piece of flash fiction up at Tinhouse

* 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

INCH 17 contributor Rochelle Hurt‘s first book, The Rusted City, will be out soon from White Pine Press

INCH 7 contributor Justin Bigos co-edits Waxwing, which released its first issue this week

* Congrats to BCP’s Brittany Cavallaro, who signed with Zachary Schuster Harmsworth this week to represent her YA novel(s)!

* 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.

*BCP’s Ross White has two poems in the new issue of New England Review

*BCP’s Rebecca Hazelton interviewed at Jet Fuel Review about her book Vow:

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

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