Saturday, October 31, 2009

Submissions Call - Epic Rites Press

Re: lines written with a razor, netzine published by Epic Rites

Everyone here at Epic Rites is excited to announce that netzine lines written with a razor will now be edited by American poet Puma Perl.

The mandate remains - lines is looking for poetry that relies on guts to carry its message, rather than literary technique.

Submissions are open with the simple guidelines:

1. Send work to

2. Cut and paste - No attachments, please.

3. Send no more than 3 poems at a time. We will stop reading after 3.

4. Send the ugly, the bloody, the raggedy, not looking for flowers.

New work is published weekly.

Thanks to Editor Puma Perl for sharing this call with her Facebook friends! :-)

Kevin Wisher Reviews THE SLIP by Michael Montlack

An opinion in the Life of…..

Walking wearily into the house, the work day now over with a fervent wish to merely relax and recharge, I poured a cup of some well deserved coffee before taking my position on the long worn sofa. Black dress shoes voiced annoyance as they fell from foot to floor, while tightly embracing cloth relinquished its professional death grip when pulled from torso, thus creating a sense of peace. It was at this time that my eyes spied The Slip by Michael Montlack.

THE SLIP by Michael Montlack (Poets Wear Prada, October 2009)THE SLIP
by Michael Montlack
Poets Wear Prada, October 2009
ISBN 978-0-9841844-2-2
soft cover/saddle-stiched/32 pages
$10 ( S&H $1.50)

I received his chapbook from a mutual friend and had the privilege of hearing him read on more than one occasion, opening the book my eyes transcribed word to psyche and I found myself drifting though a linear time stream of my life and similar occurrences, and I smiled. I, myself am a gay writer and Community organizer, and such poems as “Boy Witch," "Christopher’s Mother," "Brothers and Sisters," and "Didn’t You get the Memo” awoke slumbering memories of past events, and relationships. Enlightening me as to the inner strength I must have possessed when refusing to negate myself and my individuality, as well as the strength of my family and friends in their support of me.

Utilizing his humor, with such poems as “Vanity Smurf”, I saw many a Fire Island acquaintance reflected in his written mirror of type, yet while following the verbal maze of clarity and confusion to clarity back to confusion through the intricate play on words in the poem, “Gertrude you had Alice, But I had him (so briefly) and now we don’t even talk,” I felt like I was a newbie Suduko player with no grasp of the concept of the game, only to complete the board and question how on earth I succeeded.

In “Didn’t You Get the Memo”, I must admit a mischievous grin did take my face in envisioning a gay strike encompassing goods and services and a world where artistry and craft were left to the heterosexual masses. Where as "Christopher's Mother", shows everyday dysfunction and judgment issues which change over time to acceptance in the matters of being gay, only to be replaced by judgment of the "normal sons". My favorite piece in this collection however is that of "The Mythology of Death," it speaks of heartache and loss, while addressing the "what if?" aspect, and relates to the metaphor "You can paint a broken fence, but its still a broken fence," it leads one to ponder the second chance, and the pain that one would endure yet again if the path leads you to the same end.

When critiquing others, it is often my rationale that if an artist's expression is conveyed, then his goal has been met. In poems where upon the reader may not directly connect, its is not always the flaw of the writer as for if an experience is not shared, it can most certainly be appreciated, but will never invoke the same emotion of loss, heartache, happiness and or sorrow. I can honestly say I did not feel disconnected from Mr Montlacks collection of poems. I find that many of his works connect with the reader on the interpersonal level and that most can relate through similar life episodes; be they straight, gay, male or female. This is extremely evident in "Boy Witch" where one can see where the conditioning or roles are enforced, even if it means the sorrow of more than one individual.

Kevin G. Wisher received his fine arts education at School of Visual Arts and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He is currently working on his PhD in Nursing Education with a minor in Forensics. He is a staff writer for Population Arts Merge and was awarded Pride Alliance of Long Island's Diva with an Ink Sword award. He is a GLBT activist and served as the director of Outreach for PALI (Pride Alliance of Long Island). He curates the Rainbow Readings at Pisces Cafe in Babylon, Long Island and helped organizes the music and arts festival known as Out In Sayville. He often writes under the pseudonym Edweena Scoot-a-which.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Flor's Publishing Tip #1

October 28, 2009

Poets & Writers;

Recently published in a literary magazine on-line or in print? Check out the bios of your fellow contributors to see where else they've been published and make a list of these publications and start sending your work there. Birds of a Feather Flock Together!

Share the Wealth! Let other knows where you've just been published. Include the link or snail mail so they can try their luck too. Too many publications are like a black hole. You submit only to get no response or to be rejected months later. So if you find one that bites back let us know. Send us an e-mail (roxy533 at yahoo dot com) and we'll post your good news at Flor Del Concreto ( and on Twitter ( and update all our Facebook friends too!

No publication credits yet? Keep the look out for Tip#2 for a list of newsletters to subscribe to to keep up to date on who's looking for what where. We'll also include a list of writer friendly publications to give you a chance to to get your feet wet.


Monday, October 19, 2009

DANSE MACABRE Offers No Fee Contest: Deadline Turkey Day


We are happy to announce the opening of our 2009 prix d’écriture de Noël contest in both Fiction and Poetry.

Our contest is open to all and free to enter. Winning entries will receive:

- a gift set of 3 specially-selected stocking stuffers
- a stylish line item for your vitas
- seasonal bragging rights with your respective posses
- pride-of-place posting in our 13th issue, Weihnachtsmarkt (due Fri 4 Dec)

Fictioneers - 2500 words or less

Poets - Single poem submissions only, svp

Please header your submission with XMAS CONTEST. Also, please include both a seasonally-themed bio with your entry, and your complete land mail address in case your work wins this year's contest. Our Submissions Page is located @

DEADLINE - Thanksgiving Day

Last year's winners were Karima Alavi (Fiction) and Elizabeth I. Riseden (Poetry).


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Call for Spring 2010 Raintown Review

Spring 2010 submissions for the Spring 2010 Raintown Review

In short, we're looking at submissions for the spring issue. If you would, please double-check our guidelines, and if you have work that would (or even may) fit the mold, send it our way. Full guidelines can be found at

Looking forward to seeing your work!

Quincy R. Lehr
Associate Editor, The Raintown Review

* * *


What We Want

Poetry: We are more interested in metrical works, including well-rendered blank verse, sonnets of every variety, villanelles and triolets. End rhyme is neither a crime nor a requirement. We accept previously published poetry. [Samples of what we like can be found at]

Prose: No previously published prose except by invitation. We are always interested in literary criticism and interviews with major poets, especially concerning the genesis of a particular poem. Any prose we accept will have to be written well enough and be of such import that we can't refuse to publish it.

Submission Guidelines:

Please Note: Acceptance is for an upcoming issue, but not necessarily the next issue.

  • Please submit 3-5 poems in the body of an email to Anna Evans, Editor, at
  • Please query the editor via email at regarding submission of prose as described above. Please include the first paragraph or two in the body of the email.
  • The editors make every effort to insure that each submission receives a fair evaluation. To that end, we ask that you allow 10-12 weeks for a response.
  • We request that potential contributors send us no more than two submissions in a six-month period
  • Payment is one copy of the issue in which your work appears. (Subscribers will receive an additional copy.) Contributors may purchase additional copies for $7 each. Send payment to Central Ave Press (see address below).
  • The Raintown Review acquires first rights for publication. Upon publication, rights revert to the author. The Raintown Review reserves the right to nominate published work for awards or recognition.

John Oelfke
Publisher, Central Ave Press

Central Ave Press
2132A Central SE #144
Albuquerque NM 87106

The Raintown Review is one of the longest running print journals with a preference for formal/metrical poetry. Established in 1996 by Harvey Stanbrough, it began as a desktop-published chapbook style journal and has evolved into the perfect bound 100+ page journal of today. Other former editors include Patrick Kanouse and T.S. Kerrigan.

Reprinted from

Saturday, October 17, 2009

east/west fall '09 issue is live! Call for DREAM poetry by 12/06/09

from east to west: bicoastal verse - fall '09
from east to west: bicoastal verse - fall '09
Edited by Ray Sweatman, PJ Nights

Download PDF / Preview Free / Purchase Soft Cover Print Edition ($20 + S&H)
"Hear" the issue at

Quarterly poetry and art journal; 54 pages

~featured poets~
Melissa Crowe, Dave Morrison & Lynne Shapiro,

~featured artists~
Brianna M. Allen, Jennifer Barnett-Hensel,
Jeff Filipski, Audrey Hotchkiss & Donna Kuhn

~"spoken word" poets~
Grace Andreacchi, David Braden, Jim D. Deuchars,
John Eivaz, Gil Helmick, Roxanne Hoffman, Camille Martin,
J. H. Martin, Joshua O’Donnell & Larissa Shmailo.

Submission Call
Winter '09/'10: "Dream" Poetry & Visual Artists

We are always looking for visual artists to be featured in future issues. If interested, send an inquiry to PJ Nights with a link to samples of your work.

For our winter issue, we are looking for poetry with the theme of "dreams." Poetry can be written from a dream, about dreaming or be dream-like. Please send your poems in the body of the email to PJ Nights. Your subject line should include "dream submission."

The deadline for the winter issue is December 6, 2009.

DOGZPLOT Seeks Fiction Full of Magic


That's right. MAGIC. For the Winter 2010 issue we are looking for FICTION submissions full of magic. This can mean anything really, magical realism, magic tricks, drug addicted failure magicians, surrealism, absurdity, hoaxes, spoofs, cartoons, mythology, urban legends, supernatural oddities, superheroes, Willy Wonka type shit. Let's see what you got.

Please send all submissions to: with the word MAGIC in the subject line.

(If you have fiction pending with us currently and have not heard back as of 10/16 please be aware that you're stories are not being considered for Winter 2010. Sorry for the inconvenience. )

FLASH FICTION (200 words or less) -

FICTION (612 words or more) -





Please include your name and type of submission in the subject line.

Please send submissions as a .doc or .rtf attachment, .jpeg for art.
Flash fiction: 200 words or less

Fiction / Non-fiction: 612 words or more.

Poetry: Short, precise, no epics. Send no more than three.

Interviews: Please contact us if you would like to be interviewed.

Response time is never longer than 2 weeks. Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are fine.

We reserve the right to keep your work in our archives and use it in print if we feel like it.

We will make small editorial changes if we deem them necessary.

We can not pay you.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

CELLPOEMS Calls for Poems of 140 Characters or Less

Cellpoems is a new poetry journal to be distributed via text message. (We believe we are the first to do this, but we are probably not.)

Starting on October 1, 2009, we will send new poems once a week via text message to as many people as we can in hopes that a small dose of contemporary verse and criticism will increase the general public's interest in both. Cellpoems will also be available as tweets at

The goal of Cellpoems is not to shrink attention spans, or to reduce good writing and writers to the inanities of text message abbreviations. Rather, in the tradition of great, short poems, we hope to present work that has undergone the duress of revision and come out hard-boiled and slim, like St. Antony of Egypt.

In her poem "Poet's Work," Lorine Niedecker said that there was "no lay off from this condensery." We're looking for work that demonstrates the fruit of such labor; strange, profound, weird, and memorable language condensed into 140 characters or less. We thank you, in advance, for your contributions, and for your attention in the months ahead.

We want you to be critical! In keeping with our mission of garnering more readers for poetry, we are seeking your recommendations and reviews of contemporary works of poetry. And we'd especially love it if you found a relatively unknown book and you'd like to tell us about.

We'll also be critical of you! Have a new book of poetry, or a new issue of your journal, and want us to review it in 140 characters of succinct analysis? Send me, Chris, an email, (, and I'll tell you where to send your work. Then, one of our editors will review it via a text message sent to a boatload of people.

There are two ways to submit:

via the online form on our website

or through text messages to: (317)426-POEM.

If you choose to text, please send us two messages: one with your name and the title of the poemor work you are reviewing, and another with the actual poem or review.

Chris Shannon, Founder

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2009 National Book Award Finalists Announced

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Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)

Danyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)

Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)

Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar Straus and Giroux)


David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)

Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)

T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)


Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)

Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)

Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)

Young People's Literature

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)

Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)

Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)

Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Gore Vidal

Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community Dave Eggers

The Winner in each category will be announced at the 60th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 18. Satirist, comedian, and actor Andy Borowitz will emcee the event.

    For more information about the Finalists as well as National Book Awards Week events, visit

    Press inquiries, call Sherrie Young (212) 685-0261 or email

    To forward this e-mail to a friend or colleague, use this link.

    MEMORIOUS 13 & No-Fee Poetry Contest

    Dear Readers,

    We’re proud to announce the very lucky Issue 13 of Memorious, featuring fiction by Abby Frucht and James Scott, and poetry by Hadara Bar-Nadav, Jennifer Chang, Jason Schneiderman, Brian Barker, David Roderick, and Katrina Vandenberg, among others, plus an interview of Linda Gregerson by Adam Day. For those of you who enjoyed Sean Singer’s poet sketches in issue 3, you’ll find he’s back in our views section, bringing us Stanley Kunitz.

    You’ll notice a different sort of cover for this issue: a series of five paintings, and therefore five rotating covers, by the wonderful artist Anna Shuleit.
    For those of you who live in New York, we hope you will take the opportunity to see the cover paintings in person by visiting Anna Shuleit’s show “Two People Ago” which opens at the Coleman Burke Gallery, 638 West 28th Street (ground floor), in New York on Thursday, October 22nd, from 6-8 pm. The show will be up until November 28.

    We’re also pleased to announce a special no-fee contest offered by Memorious. We are currently looking for a poem or a sequence of poems to be set to music as a new vocal work in the genre of art song by composer Randall West. The work will be performed and recorded by The Beacon Street Chamber Players in Chicago, and a recording of the work will be produced to be included in an upcoming issue of Memorious. Submissions should be previously unpublished and range from 200-1000 words. Send your submission (both pasted in your email and as a word .doc or .rtf document) to by November 15, 2009. The winner will be notified by December 1st, 2009 and the results will be announced shortly thereafter.

    For news, events, pictures and between issue announcements, we hope you'll join our Facebook group.

    As always, thank you for reading!

    All Best,

    Rebecca Morgan Frank
    Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction

    GWW's TRICKS Poetry Writing Contest: Enter by 10/20/09

    Life—and love—can turn on a dime.

    Gotham has teamed up with Ellen Hopkins and Simon & Schuster publishing for a truly unique poetry competition - The Tricks Poetry Writing Contest. Writing in verse, Ellen Hopkins deals with tough subjects—addiction, abuse—in her books and her latest, Tricks, is no different.

    Now it is your turn to write about a tough subject or trying life experience—real or imagined—spun into four to eight stanzas of verse.

    Ellen Hopkins will read the entries and the author of her favorite entry will win a free six-week online writing class from Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Ellen will also post the winning entry on her website, The winner and ten runners-up will also receive a personalized copy of Tricks signed by the author. There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary. You can even enter online below. Entry deadline is October 20, 2009.

    Enter on line here.

    Saturday, October 10, 2009


    Mel Kenne

    Muse-Pie Announces Our New


    Mel Kenne

    Mel Kenne was born in Refugio , Texas , in 1946. His graduate thesis at Sam Houston State University , where he received his MA degree in 1971, was a collection of poems entitled The Wind Chimes' Song. He has taught English, writing and literature in several colleges and universities...

    Read more of his bio and his poetry at


    The Fib Review #4:

    is online now and

    Accepting New Work for Issue #5

    The Fib Review is becoming the premier journal for the newly popular genre of poetry, the Fibonacci poem. The fourth issue has already received excellent reviews for the work our new editor, Mary-Jane Grandinetti, has included in the journal. Issue #4 continues to demonstrate the wide range of how the Fibonacci sequence expands the range of the poetic experience.

    Submissions are now being accepted for our next issue The Fib Review #5. Please send your Fibonacci poetry to Go to the Muse-Pie site to read more on how exactly to submit your work.

    Coming Soon:

    Muse-Pie Press’s

    Featured Poet International

    Established and New Voices from Around the World


    Have You Told a Fib Today?

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Sketchbook Seeks "Harvest Moon" Kukai by October 20, 2009

    September / October 2009 "harvest moon" Kukai

    Deadline Tuesday October 20, 2009

    The September / October 2009 Autumn Kukai theme is "harvest moon" . Use the exact words "harvest moon" in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


    Author, Country

    Subject: "harvest moon" kukai

    Submissions: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 – Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Midnight.

    Voting: Wednesday, October 21 - Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Midnight.

    The results will be published in the Saturday, October 31, 2009 Sketchbook.

    Letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.

    We look forward to your participation.

    The Sketchbook editors,
    Karina Klesko and John Daleiden

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009

    PWP Releases THE SLIP by Michael Montlack

    THE SLIP by Michael Montlack (Poets Wear Prada, October 2009)THE SLIP
    by Michael Montlack
    Poets Wear Prada, October 2009
    ISBN 978-0-9841844-2-2
    soft cover/saddle-stiched/32 pages
    $10 ( S&H $1.50)

    The many moods of THE SLIP, from fabulous to funny to frenetic, announce the arrival of a promising new voice that can express, with consummate sensitivity and verve, the sorrows and celebrations of our complicated queerness. When Michael Montlack writes, he can make us sing or break our hearts. Each poem is a veritable “kiss of the artist”—passionate and memorable.

    Rigoberto González, author of Other Fugitives and Other Strangers

    With pitch-perfect pacing and an intimate colloquial voice, THE SLIP reads as engagingly novelistic even as these memoiristic vignettes are untamed by wit and scathing humor. Ouch. The poems are at once revealing yet winningly imaginative as they reignite myth—there’s even a bisexual Orpheus here who helps Montlack to rewrite the past while instructing, bruising, and exposing suburbia’s lingering melancholy.

    Peter Covino, author of Cut Off the Ears of Winter,
    winner of PEN/America Osterweil Prize

    Michael Montlack's THE SLIP situates us in the middle of a life, threading together joys and sorrows. Some of the comic moments will truly make you laugh out loud. And at times, you'll get horribly wistful. Such is the richness of this collection.

    D. A. Powell, author of Chronic

    **Meet author Michael Montlack at the following events:

    Wed 10/7: Michael Montlack reads THE SLIP 6-7:30PM Hofstra University Spiegel Theater Hempstead, NY (off Hempstead Turnpike)

    Fri 10/9: Michael Montlack reads THE SLIP 6-8PM The Cornelia St Café 29 Cornelia St NYC $7 include 1 free house drink 212.989.9319

    Mon 10/12: Michael Montlack reads MY DIVA 6-8PM The Cornelia St Café 29 Cornelia St NYC $7 include 1 free house drink 212.989.9319

    Fri 10/16: Michael Montlack reads from MY DIVA (on Stevie Nicks), with contributors Wayne Koestenbaum (on Anna Moffo), Mark Doty (on Grace Paley), Jason Schneiderman (on Liza Minnelli), Christopher Murray (on Margaret Dumont) and Richard Tayson (on Helen Reddy), 4-6 PM CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Ave - Room 4409 @ W 34th St, NYC Q/A and Reception to follow.

    Michael Montlack [Credit: Nicolas Arellano]
    Michael Montlack is the editor of the essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and the author of two other poetry chapbooks: Cover Charge (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Prize) and Girls, Girls, Girls (Pudding House, 2008).

    C/O Roxanne Hoffman
    533 Bloomfield Street - 2nd Floor
    Hoboken, NJ 07030

    POETS WEAR PRADA is a small press based in Hoboken, New Jersey devoted to introducing new authors through limited edition, high- quality chaplets, primarily of poetry.

    Proud Member of CLMP

    Have you had your poetry today?

    Sunday, October 4, 2009

    The Southern Review Seeks Baseball Submissions by Nov 1

    The Southern Review
    Now accepting submissions for a special feature on baseball!

    The Southern Review is thrilled to celebrate the literary side of our national pastime. We’re currently accepting submissions for a special feature about baseball to be published in the Spring 2010 issue. Please send your previously unpublished poems, stories, and essays by November 1. Play Ball!

    Play Ball! Now accepting submissions for a special feature on baseball!

    SNAIL with SASE to:

    The Southern Review Baseball Feature
    Attn: Andrew Ervin
    Old President’s House
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803

    The Southern Review
    Old President’s House
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001
    Telephone: 225-578-5108
    Fax: 225-578-5098

    New from Dos Madres: WANDERER by Diemont

    WANDERER  by Deborah Diemont, Dos Madres Press Wanderer
    by Deborah Diemont
    Chapbook: 27 pages of Poetry
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1-933675-42-8
    Dos Madres Press
    $10.00 + S&H

    Deborah Diemont’s poems are set in Latin America, but they are not tourist poems or the earnest expropriation of experience that comes from casual travel. Diemont has lived what she writes about, and she brings to it, not a sentimental eye, but the educated eye of a weathered love. Andrew Hudgins

    For over fifteen years, Deborah Diemont has traveled between the United States and Latin America, having lived for a year in Honduras and three years in southern Mexico. She now resides in Syracuse, New York and spends summers in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, where she translates exhibit materials for the Museum of Mayan Medicine. Her poems and poetry translations have appeared in Cairn, The Evansville Review, Literary Mama, Lucid Rhythms, The Oleander Review, and elsewhere.

    Uphook Releases 2nd Anthology

    you say. say. (Uphook Press, October 2009)you say. say.
    Editors: Jane Ormerod, ICE, Brant Lyon
    ISBN: 978-0-9799792-1-7
    Uphook Press
    $15.00 / paperback /96 pages
    Release Date: October 1st 2009

    Uphook Press is pleased to announce the publication of its second anthology:

    you say. say.

    Rhythm, risk, reach...

    A sensitivity to words that sparkle on the page and in performance spark off it...

    Uphook Press is a New York City-based publisher specializing in work by poets and spoken words artists who love both the ink and the mike.

    Twenty-nine poets--from San Francisco, Dagsboro, Nashville, Denver, Lincoln (NE), elsewhere, and New York--write the gamut from Starbucks to whale walkers, chalk outlines to honeymooning, cranky operettas to the ping of a microwave signaling the end. They come from backgrounds as diverse as truck driving, opera singing, bongo-pounding, Def Jam slammin', and jazz.

    Judith Arcana * Samantha Barrow * Paul Belanger * Alex O. Bleecker
    Tony Burfield * Patrick Cahill * Malaika Favorite
    Thomas Fucaloro * Christian Georgescu * Thomas Gibney
    Gary Hanna * Robert Harris * Suzanne Heagy
    Aimee Herman * Kit Kennedy * Joan Payne Kincaid
    Laura LeHew * Richard Loranger * G.L. Pettigrew
    Sarah Sarai * Thandiwe Shiphrah * Michael Shorb
    Mary McLaughlin Slechta * Karin Spitfire * Charles F. Thielman
    Geoffrey Jason Kagan Trenchard * Joanna Valente *
    Stefanie Wielkopolan * Laura Madeline Wiseman

    you say. say. also includes an interview with Matthew Zapruder.

    "you say. say. offers a world of infinite possibilities - for the eye, for the ear, and, most significantly, the mind." - Marc Schuster, Small Press Review
    Available from Amazon or join us at one of our readings and buy direct.

    Check out for dates. We have readings coming up in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Portland and Eugene (OR)

    Uphook Press

    Scars Publications Seeks Poets (Portraits & Poetry)


    Looking for poets - and maybe images!
    for the 2010 Scars Publications Wall Calendar

    We're looking for poets - and image - for the 2010 Scars Publications Wall Calendar.

    See samples from past Scars Publications Poetry Wall Calendars at these web sites:

    Or check out our call for entries for the 2010 Scars Publications Wall Calendar:

    Poems need to be amazingly short (10 lines or fewer, because they cannot be long when sharing a page with an image). Send poems to the address and include the word CALENDAR in the subject line of the email. You can send as many really short poems as you would like. And if you want to send a PHTO, read the details below and submit an image that could potentially be a calendar month for the 2010 Scars Publications Wall Calendar.

    Now, as for photos...

    We were racking our brains trying to decide what types of images to use for the 2010 poetry wall calendar (where a full-bleed image is used, and where there is a solid plane of color we place a winning poem or two for the month), until someone suggested a calendar called "Sexy Poets 2010."

    The premise is that poets would submit photos of themselves (and yes the phrase "Sexy Poets" can be interpreted in any way the poet sees fit, I mean, we don't have to be models to prove we're sexy...) along with poetry for consideration for inclusion in the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar.

    So, we wanna try something new, if there is genuine interest in this plan. Here are the details:

    Any poet is allowed to submit not only poetry (up to 20 lines max, but 10 lines or fewer is preferred) for consideration for the Scars Publications 2010 Poetry Wall Calendar. But this time, instead of using our own images for the calendar (12 images for the 12 months of the year), we would like Poet photographs, so we can call this "the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar."

    Poets are allowed to submit photographs, fitting into these guidelines. Images must be:

    72 dpi at 23.85" wide x 18.665" tall, or
    150 dpi at 11.5" wide and 9.5" tall, or
    300 dpi at 5.75" wide and 4.5" tall

    If a poet submits vertical photos (since wall calendar images are horizontal in size), then (A) we may crop them to make them more horizontal, or (B) they may appear with another vertical photo of another poet if chosen for the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar (but because of printer requirements, they should at least be as large as one of the dimensions listed above).

    Images can be either color or black and white, and they should be submitted to us as jpeg files (the higher the image quality and the larger the file, the better for printing in the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar)

    And we'll say this only once: NOTHING pornographic in photography. (It's a guideline in our magazine publications; it's the same for the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar.)

    We want the name of the poet with every image submitted. (We do not know if/how the poet name will appear in the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar, but we want to know who the poet is in every image submission.)

    The poet photographed does not have to be you, either. (You can take the photo of another poet.) If it is a stock image of a poet, we will not only not use it, but also find you morally reprehensible for submitting a stock photo to us. (Note that the two bottom sample images on this page, of musician Michael Stipe and actor Charles Shaughnessy, are not stock images; we photographed them. These images are not "'stock photos," so we would consider them for the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar.

    The photos do not have to literally be "sexy" photos of poets, they could be photos of a poet reading to an audience; it could be a mock photo of someone acting like they're trying to show off somehow for a photo. Because past calendar images are of various places around the world, photos could even be of poets near landmarks or buildings anywhere in the world (from California landmarks to the Grand Canyon to New York skyscrapers...). It can be any sort of creative photo (since poets are supposed to be creative, their photos can be too).

    If you submit a photo, poetry should also be submitted for the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar (sorry, we say this because we don't want people just mailing us a ton of photos). If you are a poet that has been previously published through Scars Publications in the past, we can let this rule pass (since we know you're a writer with us)...

    We have included a select few samples of poet photos on this page, to give ideas of art photos of a poet or poetry reading pictures. Some of these samples might not be good for the calendar (since they are more horizontal), but we display them to give you an idea of images to choose from. And no, we don't want to fill this with images of ourselves in this calendar, so we want good images - and good poetry - from you.

    Now, because this the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar is a whole new idea for Scars Publications, we can't guarantee that we'll even get enough photo submissions for poets for the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar, so if we do not get enough submissions, this poets-portraits calendar will never be pulled off. So, we say this now: even if we get photo submissions from people, we cannot guarantee that we will receive enough for filling the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar. Keep this in mind. We can always include more photos from around the world for the 2010 Poetry Wall Calendar so that it is like past Scars Publications Poetry Wall Calendars if we do not get enough poet photo submissions.

    But we really do think this is a good idea, and we really do want you poetry - and your poet photos - to be a part of the Scars Publications Sexy Poets 2010 Wall Calendar. So if you have material, email your material to us.

    Scars Publications and Design

    Flor thanks Kevin Wehle for sharing this announcment.

    Saturday, October 3, 2009


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