The Community Roundup: April 9, 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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Michael Nye, Managing Editor of The Missouri Reviewinterviewed:

What drives/motivates you?

The great American novelist Henry James has the answer to this one: “There are three things that are important in human life. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”

* Nick Ripatrazone compiles a smart poetry playlist for The Millions with work from Erica Wright, Rebecca Gayle Howell, and Terry Kennedy:

Here is a poetry playlist: 10 poets offer their composition soundtracks. Enjoy their reflections on craft, and links to the poems and tunes that formed beautiful marriages of word and sound.

Interview with Don Share, Editor of Poetry magazine, at The Missouri Review.

Nick McRae has new poems at Connotation Press.

* Issue 12 of The Economy Magazine is now out from Anthony Opal and crew.

* Anthony Opal has two poems in the new Cream City Review. Here’s one: “Sonnet“.

Matthew Wimberley‘s “Elegy at Night” at the Paris-American featured in a post by NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, who looks like Chevy Chase.

Jennifer Habel featured on Brian Brodeur’s How a Poem Happens.

Justin Bigos‘s “Prayer After Refusing to Pray” in The New England Review featured here.

* Jamaal May‘s Hum featured in Gwarlingo‘s “The Sunday Poem.”

* Amanda Miska has a fantastic new story up at Storychord.

Waxwing editors interviewed by The Review Review.

* The new issue of Virginia Quarterly Review is out with work from friends Allison Wright, Leslie Jamison, Thomas Pierce, and Elliott Holt!

* The new issue of Town Creek Poetry is out with work from Christopher Martin.

* Rachel Mennies reviews Natalie Shapero‘s No Object for PANK:

The speakers of No Object confront death and grieving, and their consideration of this force and its reasons—death caused by nations or people, writ large or small—maintains one of the main tensions of the collection.

* Lisa Mecham has two new poems at Bodega and “a prose-poemy piece” at Cheap Pop. Both came out of GRIND!

* NPR‘s Code Switch has invited Kima Jones to curate a crowd-sourced poem on the subject of race and identity.

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Win Bassett‘s essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and  Guernica. His stories and poems have been published or are forthcoming in  PANK, Image, Ruminate, and  TropHe’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett

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