Wednesday, January 27, 2010
2010 WOODY GUTHRIE FESTIVAL: Call for Submissions – Poetry and Readers
In conjunction with the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma on July 17, 2010, anthology of poetry will be published that reflects the essence of what Woody Guthrie stands for as an American icon:
To memorialize in poetry the history and culture of working people and to perpetuate the ideals, goals of equality for the working class, and themes that Woody Guthrie espoused and promoted in his art.
To raise world consciousness of the labor and political movements of the thirties through the fifties. His life in Oklahoma. Forefront of the American political and social debate. A fascinating glimpse into the American of an earlier day.
Poets are invited to submit up to six poems that reflect, either directly or peripherally, on anything stated above or on other themes connected to Woody Guthrie. If the poet perceives the poem to be reflective of Woody Guthrie, his work or his art, it probably is, so send it to us. Poems will be judged by a panel of poets and editors selected by Dorothy Alexander and Nathan Brown, coordinators of the 6th Annual Woody Poets Reading at Okemah, and by George Wallace, founder and director of the Woody Guthrie Poetry Group. The published anthology will be available for purchase at the readings in Oklahoma City and in Okemah. Poems from previous Festivals may be submitted, and previously published poems, too, with permission of publisher.
From the poets whose poems are accepted for the anthology, readers will be selected to read their work at a public “pre-Fest” reading sponsored by Village Books Press, at the Scissortail Social Space, 3012 N. Walker (Paseo Art District) in Oklahoma City on Friday evening, July 16th and at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah on Saturday, July17th. This arrangement affords more poets more opportunities to participate in celebrating the art and life of Woody Guthrie!
Woody Guthrie, born and reared in Oklahoma, was a champion of the disenfranchised, minorities and the working class, a colorful and beloved folk hero. He was part of a primitive tradition, carried through the ages by common people to express their joy and anger and frustrations through music. Their drudgery and occasional triumphs. Their intense independence.
Woody remains one of the patron saints of American rebelliousness, still causing trouble posthumously, inspiring generation after generation of singer-songwriters, and all those who feel constrained by conformity. Joe Klein says he was struck by his “elegant rage.”
Send poems in email attachment (MS Word) to Dorothy Alexander, nishkit1 at gmail dot com along with a short (50 words or less) bio and a pledge to buy at least one copy of the anthology at $15.00 each. The sale proceeds of the anthology will be applied to expenses of promoting and arranging the readings and travel expenses of the director. Email Dorothy if you have questions.
Deadline: Poems must be received NO LATER THAN: March 1, 2010
Reposted from Facebook invitation from George Wallace. Thank George for sharing this one!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Pushing The Envelope: Issue Two
New Year, New Desires, New Adventures With Writing
There is nothing more important to us than:
OUR FANS AND WRITERS
New York, Oregon, DC, California, Florida, Nevada, Georgia, Washington, New Jersey, Ireland, Italy, Halifax NS, and Claymont De....and others
“Fasten Your Seat Belts It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Read”
The Late, Great: Bette Davis "Yes even she is a fan from the great beyond"
Featuring Such Great Works As:
"The Prey Becomes The Wolf"
"Shakespeare’s Sonnet 23 And A Response By Roxanne Hoffman"
"The Law Of The Lawn"
"My Imaginary Girlfriend"
"The Group Poem"
And Many More!
Letter From The Editors
Happy New Year! This is our second issue, and there were some who said this would never last. We are growing more everyday. We have a Facebook page, and finally a Website: http://ptealiterarymagazine.blogspot.com. We are loving every minute of this great undertaking. We took what we learned from the first issue, and made this issue bigger and better. We have even become a bit more computer savvy along the way. This time around has been a little less stressful, and we enjoy what we do very much, and can’t wait to work with our fellow writers in the third issue. We already have some very talented writers lined up.
We are very proud of all the writers in issue two. We have some old favorites, and a lot of new writers to enjoy. Returning authors include: Roxanne Hoffman, myself [Kevin Michael Wehle], Brian Damian Sabbats, Danny Garcia, Adam Henry Carriere, and Patricia Carragon. We also have some wonderful and very talented new comers to our pages. Donnie Gatto, Gina Delorenzo, Paul A. Toth, Fiorella Arrunategui, Bonnie Martha Moret, Maria Chisolm just to name a few. Also we have some art work in this issue. Some of it was include by the author of the pieces, and Anti-social submitted two pieces: “Burlesque,” and “The Vapors.” We also put together a group poem which is truly terrific, and there were about ten poets who helped make it a true beauty. All who grace the pages of issue two made this a wonderful experience, and a beautiful issue.
There was no theme for this issue, but we felt that one emerged as the submissions came in. This issue seemed to deal with love or desire for the most part. Although there are some works that just stood on their own. One of the best examples of desire is the story by Gina Delorenzo: “The Fetish.” This story blew us away. It has a great twist in it. That you have to read to find out what it is. It is truly worth the wait. There are two poems that come to mind that best represent love, and they are: Bonnie Martha Morét's “John’s Balcony”, and Roxanne Hoffman’s “Listen.” Each and every piece in this issue is great, and will make you feel. I hope you like it as much as we liked putting it together.
So sit back and relax. Get a cup of coco, wrap yourself up in a warm blanket, and enjoy!
xoxox Kevin And Brian :)
pushingtheenvelope09 at gmail dot com
Reprinted from http://ptealiterarymagazine.blogspot.com.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
(Poet Plant Press, 2009)
31 authors and poets writing on the subject of work and the work experience.
A special myspace page has been set up for this project:
Sunday, January 24, 2010
As we get ready for the second and last printing of Employees Only - The Work Book, I want to let you know that I have approximately 100 copies left of the first printing.
printer: Hugh Ward III / Classic Blends
There are three ways to purchase copies of the first printing:
1. Coffee Creations:
200 Cobblestone Drive
(in the Cobblestone Village, near Woody's Bar-B-Que)
St. Augustine, Florida 32084 USA
This coffee shop has copies available at 10 dollars each. Pay the cashier in cash. If you would like it signed, then please attend our open mic spoken word series on the last Sunday of any month in 2010. the reading begins at 3:00 and wraps up around five. Sign up is 15 minutes before start time or anytime online at www.bodor.org.
The place also sells ice cream treats and sandwiches. Chris S is the owner and they have a myspace page. He is also the drummer for Elizabeth Roth's band the Grapes of Roth.
We do business under this email:
poetplantpress at yahoo dot com
3. You can mail a check or concealed cash to Chris Bodor's home address, if you prefer. Email us for more information: poetplantpress at yahoo dot com
Chris Bodor, Editor
Poet Plant Press / 3 Pm
This anthology, edited by Chris Bodor for Poet Plant Press, is an attempt to tell the story of what it means to have to work for a living. The editor began his search for work on the subject of work in his backyard: St. Johns County, Florida. Then, he broadened the scope to include far away voices from San Pedro, Budapest, Sweden, and NY City, and beyond. Creative folks were invited by Bodor to send a poem, essay, or image that was created "on the clock" or on the job. Positive poems exploring memorable work experiences were also included in the mix.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
(first printing, 64 pages/Classic Blends/ 150 copies):
FORWaRD by Wayne Mason
Between Misery and The Muse
FORWoRD by Chris Bodor
Marsh Stream of Conscience
Section I – ORIENTATION
Mike Daily - 6:26AM: A Play In One Act
Bobby Smith - The Work We Do
Mike Watt - The Lighthouse Keeper
Wayne Mason - All In A Days Work
Puma Perl - But What Do You Do?
Daniel Nester - On The Road Again
Aleathia Drehmer - Saints in Waiting
Patricia Carragon - The Designated Underpaid Office Manager
Section II – FULL TIME
Henry Denander - All My Jobs
Stevie Cenko - Foreclosed
Michael Henry Lee - Melville and Me
David Dannov - That's Our Educational System For You
Judith Westley - Train In The City
Joseph Goosey - While At Work
Dawn Corrigan - Clock Logging
Vic Swan - Grand Tetons to Motel 6
Section III – EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Section IV – THE DAY PLAYERS
James M. Wilson
Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
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Poet Plant Press PUBLISHING PLAN
September 2010 "The Love Book"
This year (2010) Chris Bodor will be collecting poems and images (black ink line art and photos) on the subject of love and relationships. Submissions will be reviewed from January 01 to June 01, 2010. Release date for this Poet Plant Press anthology will be Fall of 2010.
Guidelines: Please send up to five poems at a time on the subject of love and relationships. The good, the bad and the bed, and the ugly. A special myspace page has been set up for this project:
September 11, 2011 the author hopes to collect thoughts and feeling from the last ten years for a project called "Aftermath - 09/11/01 The First 10 Years."
Reprinted from http://poetplant.blogspot.com and http://www.myspace.com/poetplantpress.
GINOSKO #9 features work by the following contributors:
Jennifer AndrewsDownload and read at http://www.ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/images/ginosko9.pdf.
Darrell Dela Cruz
J. Gabriel Gates
Jason L. Huskey
Barry W North
Penelope Scambly Schott
Accepting short fiction & poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews, social justice concerns, spoken word recordings.
Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions and reprints; length flexible, accept excerpts. Receives postal submissions & email submissions—prefer email submissions as attachments in Microsoft Works Word Processor or Rich Text Format. Copyright reverts to author.
Publishing as semiannual ezine, winter & summer. Selecting material from ezine for printed anthology.
Check downloadable issues on website for style & tone.
Use latest version of Adobe Reader.
ezine circulation 4500+. Website traffic 750-850 hits/month.
Also looking for artwork, photography, to post on website and links to exchange.
Member CLMP. Listed in Best of the Web 2008. Est. 2003.
Ginosko Literary Journal
Robert Paul Cesaretti, Editor
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA 94978
To perceive, understand,
realize, come to know;
knowledge that has an inception,
a progress, an attainment.
The recognition of truth by experience.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Muse-Pie Press, publisher of the Fib Review and award winning poetry, announces the new online journal for short poetry - Shot Glass Journal, which debuts March 2010. Submissions are now being accepted.
You may submit to Shot Glass Journal by sending any short poetry that is under sixteen lines to musepiepress AT aol DOT com. Short poetry can include short form poetry, free verse and prose poetry. Prose poetry should not exceed ten lines. All poems must be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
Make sure that what you send is your best work. Please also make sure to type in the subject line "For Shot Glass Journal." Submit the poems only in the body of the e-mail in plain text. No submission e-mails will be accepted with attachments. If for some reason attachments might be necessary, contact the editor, Mary-Jane Grandinetti, at the above e-mail address first so that a plan can be formulated to receive your submission.
Shot Glass Journal will accept submissions year-round and will publish accepted submissions in two issues to be published over the course of a calendar year.
Mary-Jane Grandinetti, editor
By T. Kilgore Splake and Mark Sonnenfeld.
2009;17pp; Marymark Press, 45-08 Old Millstone Drive,
East Windsor, NJ 08520. No price given.
During my first reading of Union Printer I kept thinking of the first part of Wim Wenders’ film Wings of Desire, two angels wandering around Berlin listening to people’s thoughts. What seems like total mind-flow structure/structurelessness. Then during my second and third readings I began to slowly realize that Sonnenfeld is stream of consciousness, and Splake exactly the opposite. Here’s Sonnenfeld’s “I will wait for you there,” for example: “Weird/lying on the floor./Lurch/Lunch Bell No Is Lost/in the Edison Industrial Park./Then the trick is sliding/the heavy doors/Standing by/Someone’s/wall.” (p.10). Something you really have to construct a plot around. Is he lying resting on the floor in this industrial park, then lunch is over, he has to leave and ends up (still homeless) out next to a wall somewhere? Totally stream-of-consciousness. Much more plotted (and much more crossword-puzzleish) is the work of T. Kilgore Splake: “pumpkin tides/catfish friends/garlic meat ladies/absaroka summit/ troll hut/vida/ianthe/”tfa” short/good talking candles/watermelon sugar/IDEATH/trout colored streams.” (“ ‘bro’ brautigan obit,” p.4). What it essentially is is an obit of writer Richard Brautigan. Absaroka is a mountain range in Brautigan territory, Ianthe is the name of his daughter. IDEATH is a quote from Brautigan’s autobiography Watermelon Sugar....and so it goes. So, although on the surface, the two poets seem very similar, the truth is that although Sonnenfeld is “free-flowing,” Splake is Mr. Puzzle-It-Out.
Reviewer: Hugh Fox
Thursday, January 7, 2010
PRUNE JUICE is proud to present Prune Juice : Journal of Senryu & Kyoka : Issue 3.
The Winter 2010 edition features new poems from the likes of Sanford Goldstein, Alexis Rotella and George Swede to name just three. The journal is presented online free of charge courtesy of Scribd.com. http://www.scribd.com/doc/24700313/PRUNE-JUICE-Issue-3
Submissions for issue 4 (to be released July 2010) are now being considered. Please visit the submissions page for details.
Click here to read Prune Juice : Issue 3 : Winter 2010.
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Submissions for Issue 4 will open January 1st 2010 and will close on May 1st 2010.
Issue 4 will be published in July 2010.
Submitting to Prune Juice
Prune Juice is seeking submissions of quality senryu and kyoka in English from writers across the globe. Please submit up to twenty senryu/kyoka at a time via email. Poems should appear in the body of the email – no attachments will be read. Please ensure that your submission has ‘PRUNE JUICE SUBMISSION’ clearly written in the email’s title field. Always include your name and a brief biography, even if you have submitted to us previously.
Prune Juice does not accept simultaenous submissions or previously published work. We will only accept senryu and kyoka and will not consider any other form of poetry. Unfortunately, we don’t currently offer payment for the work we select. Prune Juice no longer publishes hard copy editions. Each edition is now free to read on the website.
Send your submissions to prunejuicejournal [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk (the format of the email is altered here to avoid spam).
What to include in your submission
1. Your name
2. Up to twenty senryu/kyoka (in the body of the email, not attached)
3. A brief biographical sketch
Reprinted from http://prunejuice.wordpress.com/submissions/
This email is kind of long, so here's a brief ToC of the email: 1. DIAGRAM 9.6 description and sample; 2. New chapbooks by Ben Mirov and Genine Lentine available; 3. Hybrid Essay Contest Results; 4. Two new rocking Monson books forthcoming. 5. Random nude photograph (not really).
1. DIAGRAM 9.6!
It has texts by: Lucy Anderton, Steve Barbaro, Douglas Basford, Simeon Berry, Bill Carty, Laura Didyk, Natalie Eilbert, Roxane Gay, Loren Goodman, Marj Hahne, Kristin Hayter, Joy Kettren, Jon Liberzon, Ben Mirov, Sally Molini, Michael Ogletree, Rachael Peckham, Patty Seyburn, Matt Swetnam, and Bill Yarrow.
The schematics included in this issue are: The Anatomy of a Divorce; A Diagrammatic, Pictorial Illustration of the Electrical Wiring As Associated with the Table and the Backboard; Path of Dough Piece in Umbrella-Type Rounder; Pet Display Clothing; The Response of a Dog to Rage and Fear; Social Penetration with (A) an Acquaintance, (B) a Friend, and (C) an Intimate; Spectacular Machine; Typical Feelings Man; and an infographic on the Use of the Family Car.
How about a sample from the issue:
I IS TO VORTICISM by Ben Mirov
as red leaves are to riverbanks.
As American History is to blackout drunk.
As blackout drunk is to flying away.
If you come upon a vortex in your laundry tonight
don't be afraid.
Give it a name like Scheherazade.
Take it to dinner,
feed it oysters and champagne.
They don't teach you this in college
or how to deal with moving faster than the speed of light
into a brick wall,
but that’s how I got my diploma
knocking around in the chrysalis
until they pulled me out
and the figment in my wings dried
and my tongue refused to bifurcate.
Mighty big snow-globe head.
Mindful of harmless laser beams.
Three or four ideas spinning around a coat hanger.
Lasso after lasso.
2. New chapbooks:
So come on down and check the issue out! While you're there, enjoying the Ben Mirov and others, pick up both of the new NMP chapbooks: chapbook contest winner Ben Mirov's I IS TO VORTICISM is pretty hooked up, plugged in, and good. Don't believe me? Think we're biased? How about what these folks have to say about it?
"A recurring character in the poetry of Ben Mirov is Ben Mirov, part charming host, part self-inflicted lab experiment in a debut dedicated to demonstrating our daily, perilous transformations. These poems are sudden, agile, heart-strong, and as wonderfully unsolvable as their analogical title. Welcome to the surgical theater. You're finally going to learn how to sleep with your eyes open." --
Also: "These poems and parables celebrate the idea of no self, even as they sing a host of eccentric alter-egos and delightfully strange secret-identities into being. Using 'interstellar ventriloquism,' Ben Mirov is able to inhabit several worlds at once. He deftly mixes the mythic with the mundane, the literary with the cartoonish, sincerity and simulacra. The result is an impressive, often hilarious, book that truly works on many levels." --
$9. 48pp. Perfect-bound, color cover, and all. Order online at <http://newmichiganpress.com/nmp/ordering.html>.
Our other new chapbook, just out (technically it'll be released on Tuesday, at which point we'll be shipping it) is Genine Lentine's MR. WORTHINGTON'S BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS ON SPLASHES. Which rocks. Obviously. We have heard many good words about this one. For instance:
"Reading Genine Lentine's poems--so ardent and playful, risky and affecting--I kept thinking that it's not true, what René Char once said, that 'no bird has the heart to sing in a thicket of questions.' These poems plunge headlong into uncertainties of both language and life and, in doing so, they are so original that I often felt while reading them that I was in the grip of a brand new and still unnamed emotion." --
"These clear, refreshing acts of attention seem to wake us to another way of seeing, and to the problems and pleasures of saying what we see. Have we taken the act of speech for granted all along? In her short, formally inventive pieces--and especially in her dazzling long poem about language's power and limits that anchors this collection--Lentine sounds like no one else. Her wry, astonished, aching voice is a fresh presence in American poetry." --Mark Doty
"Beautiful experiments from the spiraling ladder of someone who has spread out her root hairs and patiently attends the right words to assign; one who is there to honor the instant something shimmers before it disappears, be 'it' the meaning of 'all this' or the lack thereof, not unlike Mr. Worthington photographing a droplet's splash he so ingeniously rigged to measure. And what doesn't Genine Lentine's aqueous breath expel--a disquisition on Softsoap, a sideways look at the motivational expression of Grenville Kleiser, the speed of sperm, along with a little consideration of the comma, the prefix un-, the contour of a vowel. Ms. Lentine's experiments begin and end with the parent body as it breaks away, that 'which asks nothing of us, only that we're here for it.' She is here." -- C. D. Wright
"These thrilling poems--restless, calm, reckless, wise--interrogate themselves by hovering over moments of aching beauty, as well as utter bewilderment, until they become the world itself." --
Jesus, those are some blurbs, no? Yes they are. Pick it up. It's great. $10, 77pp, perfect bound, color etc. You know what to expect from us by now, right? Order online at <http://newmichiganpress.com/nmp/ordering.html> or via Amazon if you swing that way.
(We also sell a 2009 chapbook subscription, so you get both chaps + Brent Armendinger's awesome UNDETECTABLE for $21 + shipping. Unbeatable. Order on the website. Makes excellent make-up gifts for those friends who sent you gifts but whom you forgot. You know there are so many. You have so many friends. You are popular. Imagine what ordering a friend the 2009 Chapbook Subscription will do for you. Jesus. It's going to be an amazing year.
3. Hybrid Essay Contest Results!
Next up, maybe you've heard already. Our 2009 Hybrid Essay Contest reading & judging is finished. Our winner is Cheyenne Nimes, for her essay, "Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and the Santa Cruz River Sand Shark, subtitled 'This troublesome regulatory constraint.'" She rocks. It rocks. We all rock. She received $1000 and publication in DIAGRAM issue 10.1, out at the end of February.
We'll also publish three excellent finalist essays in that issue:
--Josh MacIvor-Andersen and Roderick McClain: "How To Talk Up Gravity and Take Down a Tree"
--Raquel Maldonado: "How My Baby Would Kill the Devil and God With A Bat of Her Non-Existent Eyelashes"
--Lucas Farrell: "A Description of the Hook I am Capable Of"
That enough for you? Didn't think so. Okay. We have much more to come in our next 10 years. And we'll keep you looped. $5 Innovative Fiction Contest is heating up (deadline: 03.08.10), and the chapbook contest guidelines will be out in a week (deadline later this year, 04.30.10).
4. Editorial self-promotion, for which your editor is duly ashamed, and fare-thee-wells:
And that is it. All the news. Looking forward to a big 2010 for you and yours. Editor (that's me, horn-honk, faux-third-person POV of email violated) has two books forthcoming: VANISHING POINT, a nonfiction, is out on 03.31.10. Check out the website for it if you like: <http://otherelectricities.com/vp>. And THE AVAILABLE WORLD, poems, comes out in June. I hear he'll be touring around and doing some readings, so if you want him in your town, drop him a line to say so, and he'll see what he can do. Expect a self-serving email with a special discount for DIAGRAM readers around the pub date. Because that's what we're born to do.
Thanks for listening/reading us. If you'd like to unsubscribe, click the link below. We won't be offended (much). (Actually we won't know, so it's cool.) Need your address changed? Unsubscribe and put in your new email on our website form and we'll do the rest.
Ander Monson, Editor
Sunday, January 3, 2010
for immediate release
“A nation is its words, its stories, as much as its physical boundaries.”
“Thus we may see,” quoth he, “how the world wags.”
As You Like It, I, iii, 11
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