Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Publishing Possiblity


To quote Marc Beja from The Chronicle of Higher Education, "for once, it pays to be an adjunct. Well, mtrdriver, a new literary magazine, doesn't actually pay its contributors, but tenured or tenure-track professors need not apply." That is correct. http://chronicic.coiii/ciai 1 y/2(X 9/06/193 14n.htmVulin source^at&utm mcdium^cn wordriver Literary Journal is published annually by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) part-time/adjunct professors. This refereed journal is the first of its kind in the United States. Submissions from part-time and adjunct professors in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada are now being accepted through October 31, 2009 for the wordriverLiterary Journal Vol. //edition which is scheduled for publication in April 2010.

Would you please be kind enough to share this information with your part-time and adjunct instructors? Any inquiries may be addressed to Susan Summers at susan.suinmcrsfrjunlv.edu or to the journal website at hup://www, wordriverreview.com.

Thank you.
Susan Summers
Contributing Editor
Department of English
4505 Maryland Parkway • Box 455011
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5011
Main 702-895-3533 • Fax 702-895-4801

Word river
literary review 2010

Submissions accepted year around. Issue Deadline is October 31st of each year.

wordriver@unlv.edu (email for submissions)
http://www.wordriverreview.com/ (website)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mystic Pig nominated for Prize

Richard Katrovas's Mystic Pig is one of six nominees for Britain's inaugural People's Prize for books published by independent publishers. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wag’s Revue Open Call for Submissions

Submissions for Wag’s Revue issue 3 are now open in every genre—fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Electronic submissions in any of the above genres are encouraged, as well.To view our complete submissions guidelines, visit our website at http://www.wagsrevue.com/submit.php Aspiring to marry the rigors of print with the freedoms of the internet, Wag’s Revue is an online quarterly of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Its first issue featured new fiction from Brian Evenson, and interviews with Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dave Eggers, n+1 co-founder Mark Greif, and author Wells Tower. The second issue, which just hit the net, features an interview with T. C. Boyle, creative micro nonfiction by Stephen Elliot, anagrams of Shakespeare sonnets by K. Silem Mohammad, and much more. Check out both issues at www.wagsrevue.com

Gordon at Provincetown

Jaimy Gordon served this year again on the prestigious Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center's writing Fellowship jury. Gordon, herself a former Fellow, read and adjudicated more than a hundred 35-page manuscripts for the Center this year. Former fellows of the FAWC have won six Pulitzer Prizes and every other major national award in writing. The list of fellows includes Louise Gl├╝ck, Denis Johnson, Ann Patchett, Yusef Komunyakaa, Susan Choi, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Cunningham, to name but a few. To learn more about the FAWC, click HERE.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Nash stars on NPR

Lonni Nash was recently interviewed during an hour-long program on Philadelphia's NPR station, WHYY, discussing the remarkable cultural significance of Nancy Drew -- particularly to women serving on (or about to serve on) the Supreme Court. Click on the link below to listen:


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

14th Annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named after the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems this competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

Submission Period
Manuscripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2009.  Those postmarked later will be returned unread.

Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be typed on standard sized paper or be a clean photocopy.  Do not send your only copy.  Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page.  Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.  Individual collections must be the work of a single author.  Translations are not accepted.  Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgements will not be considered during the contest.  Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.  The manuscript should be submitted in a plain 9 x 11 1/2" manila folder.  Please do not submit manuscripts bound in ring binders or plastic holders.

Return of Manuscripts
Because we cannot guarantee the return of the manuscripts, all entries become the property of Ohio University Press and those not chosen will be recycled.  Do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  All contestants will be notified following the final selection.  Include a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgement of receipt.

Entry Fee
Submissions should include a check for $20 made out to Ohio University Press to help defray administrative costs.

The final judge for the competition will be named when the winner is announced in April.  Individual criticism of manuscripts will not be given.

The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press the following year and will be awarded a cash prize of $1000.

Send all materials to:
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Ohio University Press 
19 Circle Drive, The Ridges, Athens, OH 45701

Educator Appointed to NCTE Committee

June 15, 2009
From the NCTE News Release
(A Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts)

Jonathan Bush has been appointed to continue as a member of the Technical and Scientific Communications Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  His term will expire after the 2011 Annual Convention scheduled for November 17-22 in Chicago.

In today's rapidly changing world, there is a growing need for technical and scientific writers who can communicate clearly and succinctly to professionals and lay persons.  Unfortunately, teaching at all levels has not kept up with this need, concentrating instead on the traditional forms of creative and informational writing.  NCTE should be leading the movement to increase teachers' interest and skill in teaching technical and scientific writing.

The charge of this committee is to play a prominent role in increasing our professional community's awareness and skill in teaching technical and scientific communication by:
  • holding an open committee meeting and presenting awards at the annual NCTE convention,
  • recommending experts in the field who could author NCTE publications, develop online courses or digital learning experiences, and/or speak at the annual convention, and 
  • suggesting opportunities to collaborate with other professionals or scholarly organizations on the generation or dissemination of information about technical and scientific communication to teachers of all disciplines.
The National Council of Teachers of English, with 40,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.  For more information, please visit www.ncte.org.

WMU Instructor Tom Ludwig Receives Award Nomination

"A Long Strange Trip", a documentary video by Tom Ludwig, has been nominated for a 2009 Voice Award.  The documentary looks into the lives of members of the Power Group, a group of consumers in the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services who go out into the community to talk about their experiences living with mental illness.  Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Voice Awards honor writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful and accurate portrayals of individuals with mental health problems into film and television productions.  The Voice Awards also acknowledge the tireless efforts of consumer leaders who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health problems and the real possibility of recovery.  

Award winners will be announced in July, and the awards ceremony takes place in October at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Arts & Sciences Faculty Teaching & Research Award (ASTRA)

The Astra award is a faculty development award initiated by the College to support travel, teaching innovations and provide seed money for faculty research/creative activity projects.  The intent is to provide limited funds to encourage innovations in teaching, and scholarly activities. Applications will be accepted 3 times a year.

Funds are limited so that no faculty may receive more than $1000 per year.  No more than $500 of the $1000 may be for travel.  Research support is provided for seed projects in preparation for external funding or in areas where no other sources of funding are available.  These funds are not a replacement for the university's Faculty Research and Travel Fund.  The ASTRA award is not intended for general computer upgrading or the purchase of classroom equipment.

After completing the applicant form, applicants will need to have their chair complete and sign the chair's portion of the application.  Faculty should assure that both forms are returned to the College prior to the due dates.

ASTRA Deadlines:
September 18, 2009
December 18, 2009
March 12, 2010

Late submissions will not be considered.

For additional information e-mail the College of Arts and Sciences at: arts-sci-info@wmich.edu.

Friday, June 5, 2009

WMU Playwright Wins Another Award for One-Act Play

A Western Michigan University graduate student and playwright whose one-act play was selected as a national finalist for the Ten-Minute Play Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's 11th Annual Short Play Festivel in April in Washington, D.C., has won another award for the same play.
Kristopher Frithjof Peterson's "Gun Metal Blue Bar" has won the Jury Prize in New Mexico's FUSION Theatre Company's New Works Fest "The Seve," beating out 417 other scripts from playwrights in 37 states and eight countries.
Winning the Jury Prize means the festival will fly Peterson ton New Mexico to see the fully-produced equity production of his play - the first time it wlil be produced professionally with full costumes, a full set and no scripts in hand.
"It's nice that for the first time I'm getting a professional equity production that I can actually see it," Peterson said of the play, which he plans to begin looking to publish in the fall. "I was really happy to have it produced, but it was a nice bonus to win the Jury Prize so that I didn't have to worry about trying to make my way out there."
Peterson's full-length play "Bad Henry" - in which a character gets tattooed onstage - will be presented at 9 p.m. June 23 at WMU's New York Arena Theatre as part of WMU's New Play Project.
By Simon Thalman (Special to the Gazette)
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nagle with Romanticists in Triangle

Chris Nagle recently returned from the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) held at Duke University, where he presented a paper, “‘Lady Morgan’s Exquisite Corpse,” as part of a session on “Necroromantism”. Chris has been asked to submit an expanded version of the paper for publication.

Carrie McGath's June 5th Art Hop Poetry Reading

Carrie McGath's June 5th Art Hop Poetry Reading: Friday, June 5 at at the Fire Gallery (across from Washington Square branch of Kalamazoo Public Library)

Carrie’s collection, Small Murders (New Issues, 2006) and her chapbooks, Ward Eighty-One and The Chase will also be available for purchase.
doors open at 8 / open mic @ 8:30 / feature @ 9
$3 admission for students with id / $5 general admission