Literature + Food = Love

Alimentum: The Literature of Food is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry which deals with the subject of—-what else?—-food! There is a five poem limit on poetry submissions, and they do not accept work that has been previously published.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and all submissions are only accepted via snail mail with SASE. This reading period ends March 15th. They ask to allow one to three months for a response. See their website for more info.


Nobel Leak Suspected

A large number of bets on this year’s Nobel prize winner is causing the award jury to suspect a leak in the selection committee. Each year, the Swedish Academy’s pick is infamously hard to guess, but Ladbrokes, an onling gambling website, received such an astounding number of bets on the French writer that betting was actually stopped on Wednesday, when the odds on him fell from 15-1 to below 2-1. A week before, bets had centered mainly on Amos Oz (Israel), Claudio Magris (Italy), and Ali Ahmed Said Asbar, a.k.a. Adonis (Syria).

The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Horace Engdahl, says he has a “strong suspicion that there has been a leak at this time,” but refuses to say more.

Le Clezio wins Nobel Prize

Today in Sweden, French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio took home the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Le Clezio’s books largely reflect the traveling and moving around he has done–his first book, written  in the French Riviera at age seven (!), was about the sea. He became more well-known at age 23, when he published The Interrogation, for which he won the Prix Renadot prize in 1963. His numerous essays, novels, and children’s books are difficult to find in English, but will most likely be readily available in the future.

The Nobel Committee described him as the “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.” See the NY Times’ full story here.

Pynchon novel confirmed

Rumors have been flying around the web for weeks, but Penguin confirmed last Friday that Thomas Pynchon will indeed be publishing a new novel on or about August 2009.  The reclusive author wrote this novel fairly quickly compared to his last: fans of Gravity’s Rainbow had to wait seventeen years for Vineland, seven for Mason & Dixon, and nine for his latest, Against the Day.

Other rumors about the book, such as it being around 400 pages, a noir detective story set in the 1960s, or having a largely psychedelic background, are confirmed only by Wikipedia.

Forth Magazine submission call

A new arts & literature magazine in the Los Angeles area is looking for art and writing submissions from LA locals. They are looking for all ‘edgy’ writing (minus “standard, dry journalism”) with a maximum 500 word count, as well as artwork to illustrate their issue. In addition, the logo for each front cover of an issue will be redesigned by a contributor…if yours is chosen, they will pay you $25.00. Accepted literature and art aubmissions also receive minor compensation.

For complete submission rules and instructions, please read the guidelines here.

Hayden Carruth dies at 87

Hayden Carruth, prize winning poet and literary critic, died Monday at the age of 87.

In his long lifetime, he published more than thirty books of poetry, countless criticisms and essays, a novel, and two poetry anthologies. He received the National Book Award in 1996 for his collections of poems, Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey. He also served as editor for Poetry, Harper’s, and The Hudson Review. His poetry was known for consisting of tense, emotionally charged language–but also for covering a broad spectrum of content. His most famous poem is perhaps “Emergency Haying,” a poem which reflects his deeply-felt sentiments of cultural responsibility and political radicalism.

Carruth died in his home of complciations from multiple strokes, and his survived by his wife Joe-Ann. For more information on his life and works, please see his biography here.

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 Lithuania. The winners will also be awarded airfare, tuition, and housing to attend one of the three Summer Literary Seminars in Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy; Vilnius-Nida, Lithuania; or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya.

Second place winners will receive a full tuition waiver and third place contests will be rewarded with a 50% tuition waiver. Other entrants may also be awarded merit-based tuition scholarships.

The poetry judge will be Ann Lauterbach and the fiction judge will be Lynn Tillman.

The Deadline for contest submissions is February 28, 2009.

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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 2001, and were mainly used as a means of recruiting new members and “coaching his audiences through their fears about dying,” according to Miller. He has been working with the tapes for over three years, and believes that their content is valuable viewed both as a text and as the living words of bin Laden.

Yale University is also working on processing, preserving, and digitizing all 1,500 tapes for publication within a few years. Miller is currently the only researcher working with the tapes, but soon it is anticipated that whomever is registered to use Yale’s resources will have access to the digitized recordings.

See CNN’s article here for more information.

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.

They will be accepting submissions to their current issue until 6 October 2008, and will open submissions to a new issue soon after.

Visit for more information.

“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.”

For more info, please visit, and stay tuned for a review.