Monthly Archives: September 2008

Summer Literary Seminars Contest Announced

The Summer Literary Seminars¬†group has announced its 2009 writing contest. The annual contest, this year, is being held in affiliation with Fence Magazine and the Summer Literary Seminar groups in Italy, Lithuania, and Kenya. Winner entrants will have their work published in Fence as well as internationally in journals from Canada, Russia, Kenya, Italy, and […]

Academic journal to publish bin Laden poetry

The academic journal “Language & Communication” will publish poetry (as well as a few speeches and sermons) by Osama bin Laden in next week’s issue. The poetry is part of an article by Flagg Miller, a professor at UC Davis. The poems were among a large number of audiocassettes found in the al-Queda headquarters in […]

Call for apocalyptic pieces

Qarrtsiluni, an online journal of art and literature, is currently seeking submissions for their 4th quarter themed issue, entitled “Journaling the Apocalypse.” Qarrtsiluni is a unique quarterly which appears online, in blog form, and includes art, poetry, nonfiction and fiction, as well as genre-bending works, and includes audio recordings of most of its text pieces. […]

“Bumping into Geniuses”

Today saw the release of Danny Goldberg’s memoir, “Bumping into Geniuses,” which details his life in the rock and roll business. The book, which begins with a retelling of reporting for Billboard at nineteen at the Woodstock Festival, is what Goldberg calls “his love letter to rock and roll and the rock and roll business.” […]

Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Competition

The Burnside Review is sponsoring its 3rd annual fiction chapbook competition. The contest will accept submissions from September 15 until December 31, 2008. The winning manuscript will be announced around March 1, 2009. Winner will receive twenty-five copies plus a $200 cash prize. Charles D’Ambrosio, author of two collections of short stories, The Point and […]

New prize for fiction writers

The Aura Estrada Prize is a new prize which will will be awarded biannually to a female writer, 35 or under, living in Mexico or the United States, who writes creative prose (fiction or nonfiction) in Spanish. The prize will be awarded in Aura Estrada’s memory, by her husband Francisco Goldman. After being married only […]

Review: Burn After Reading

If you liked the absurd twists, dark humor, and unforgiving violence of Fargo you will love the Coen Brother’s new film, Burn After Reading. See it if you love the Coen Brothers, or if you hate them. See it because you’ll get to see George Clooney topless in several scenes. The film centers around a […]

Reginald Shepherd, dead at 45

The poet Reginal Shepherd died late September 10th. Shepherd had been fighting cancer for some time now, and learned six days prior to his death that it could no longer be treated. Shepherd was the author of several books of poetry as well as a memoir, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and […]

The Road, on screen

According to the Los Angeles Times Cormac McCarthy’s newest novel, The Road has been adapted for the screen by screenwriter Joe Penhall. As far as I can tell, Penhall has never written anything of tremendous merit or consequence. A few TV series episodes, an adaptation of The Long Firm. The Road, in my opinion, rests […]

8 journals

A short list of several lit mags I’ve been reading. Every mag accepts unsolicted submissions, although some of them have specific reading periods, check out the respective website for more information on submitting. Buy some of them too, if you have the cash. Caketrain Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Art. New York Quarterly Poetry. Burnside Review Poetry. […]