Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Interfictions II submission guidelines
from Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak, editors:

What We’re Looking For

Interstitial Fiction is all about breaking rules,
ignoring boundaries, cross-pollinating the fields
of literature. It’s about working between,
across, through, and at the edges and borders of
literary genres, including fiction and
non-fiction. It falls between the cracks of other
movements, terms, and definitions. If you have a
story idea that’s impossible to describe in a
couple of sentences, it may be interstitial.

We’re looking for previously unpublished stories
that engage us and make us think about literature
in new ways. Rather than defining “interstitial”
for you, we’d like you to show us what
genre-bending fiction looks like. Surprise us;
make us see that literature holds possibilities
we haven't yet imagined.

We are also open to graphic stories of about 10

Who We Are Looking For

Writers in all genres of fiction (contemporary
realism, mystery, historical, fantasy, whatever)
who have an idea that challenges generic tropes
and expectations. If you're not sure whether a
story is interstitial, send it along anyway.

Practical Matters

Our submission period will be from October 1,
2008 to December 2, 2008. Please submit
electronically only. Send your stories to:
interfictions(at) (replace (at)with @).

You will hear from us after January, 2009.

Overseas submissions are welcome. Stories
previously published in other languages may be
submitted in English translation for first
English language publication.

Please follow standard manuscript formatting and
submission conventions: ie, double-spaced, with
1” margins, and the name of the story on each
page. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
Word count is open, but the ideal range is
4,000-10,000 words. Payment will be 5 cents a
word for non-exclusive world anthology rights, on
publication, along with 2 author’s copies.

Any questions? Write us at interfictions(at) (replace (at) with @).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Online Journal Seeks Current Events Poetry

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news and public affairs with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received.

See the website at for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to editor(at) (replace (at) with @). Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

My Paper, My Land
A postcard show will be held to coincide with the IAPMA Congress in
Burnie, Tasmania. Works should reflect where you come from and contain
at least 80% paper. The size should be around 10 x 15 cm and works
should be sent through the mail, preferably with a postage stamp and
postmark to Gail Stiffe, 11 Keltie Street Glen Iris, Victoria 3146,
The works will be exhibited in Creative Paper's Gallery for one month
including the congress time and will be for sale for $A20 each
unframed. The funds raised will be shared equally between Papermakers
of Victoria, Creative Paper, the IAPMA support fund and the Papermaking
Village in the Philippines and unsold works will remain the property of
Creative Paper Tasmania. All works will be documented on a website to
be announced. Works can be sent any time between now and 1 March 2009,
there is no limit to the number of entries anyone can send. Please
indicate on your card if you do NOT wish it to be displayed on the
website. Contact for more information.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Writing Resource Center is beginning our yearly hiring process for new SWAs. Applications are available in the WRC and are due by 5 pm on Monday, April 28. I'm writing to ask that you inform your students of this opportunity. If there are any students you feel would be particularly good additions to the WRC staff, please personally encourage them to apply.

We have a unique challenge/opportunity in our hiring for next year, as five of our current SWAs are graduating in May and another will be leaving after next fall. That means that we need to hire at least five new SWAs. With so many openings, we want to do everything possible to have a high number of qualified applicants to choose from. This need also gives us a great opportunity to hire a group of SWAs with diverse backgrounds. With that in mind, we'd like to have quality applicants from each of the divisions. So, again, if you know anyone who seems like a particularly good candidate, please encourage them to apply. Thank you.
Natasha Trethewey will read and discuss her work April 17th 7:00 p.m. at Traditions
Hall on the University of South Florida Tampa campus. The 2007
Pulitzer Prize winner accepted the award for her third poetry collection, Native Guard, published in 2006. It contains her poems about black Union soldiers
who guarded a fort off the coast of Mississippi during the U. S.
Civil War.

Her first work, Domestic Work, was selected by Rita Dove to receive
the inaugural 1999 Cave
Canem poetry prize for the best first book by an African
American poet and also received the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for
Poetry and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize.
Her second work, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002) received the 2003
Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize. She is the
recipient of the prestigious Bunting fellowship from the Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins
University, and an M.F. A. in poetry from the University of
Massachusetts. She is the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair, and
professor of poetry at Emory University

This event is sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute, the departments of English
and Women’s Studies, and USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

After Lettrism: A review of contemporary acts of Poetry
Serial on podcast
Xavier Leton de Producer

Ph Bootz & Julien Blaine's working testimony
As Poet
As publisher.

On the site "", I present to you an electronic route
the electronic and poetic reviews.
Mostly in french

[!!attention phrase en Franglish et/ou poétique!!]
"I realized this route together with Philippe Bootz, with Julien
Blaine and/or Christian Poitevin, of Cecile Capponi, Solea,
Marseille noisy, of his sputtering inhabitants, grains of sand
under feet and under teeth."

This route consists of testimonies, creations videos, of sound
creations. I invite you to discover them, to share them in wills of
"rss", "podacst" and MailingLists and lists of which you think
interested in this subject.

Do not forget to leave your comments & your propositions.

During december, I shall suggest you following me to Corsica
(Ajaccio) where I shall go to accost in December on Doc(K)s

Xavier Leton

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two sets of poetry exercises

in addition to Mayer's

by Daisy Freid:

Writing suggestion for your poem of the day, one per day.
1. Write a ten-line poem in which each line is a lie.
2. Write a poem that tells a story in 18 lines or less, and includes at
least four proper nouns.

3. Write a poem that uses any of the senses EXCEPT SIGHT as its
predominant imagery.

4. Write a poem inspired by a newspaper article you read this week.

5. Write a poem without adjectives.

6. Ask your roommate/neighbor/lover/friend/mother/anyone for a subject
(as wild as they want to make it) for a ten-minute poem. Now write a poem
about that subject in ten minutes; make it have a beginning, a middle and
an end.
7. Write the worst poem you possibly can. Now edit it and make it even

8. Poem subject: A wind blows something down. Or else it doesn't. Write
it in ten minutes.

9. Write a poem with each line, or at least many of the lines, filling in
the blanks of "I used to________, but now I_________."

11. Write a poem consisting entirely of things you'd like to say, but
never would, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best
friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc.

12. Write a poem that uses as a starting point a conversation you

13. First line of today's poem: "This is not a poem, but..."

14. Write a poem in the form of either a letter or a speech which uses at
least six of the following words: horses, "no, duh," adolescent, autumn
leaves, necklace, lamb chop, Tikrit, country rock, mother, scamper, zap,
bankrupt. Take no more than 13 minutes to write it.

15. Write a poem which includes a list or lists-shopping list, things to
do, lists of flowers or rocks, lists of colors, inventory lists, lists of
events, lists of names...
16. Poem subject: A person runs where no running is allowed. Write it in
ten minutes.

17. Write a poem in the form of a personal ad.

18. Write a poem made up entirely of questions. Or write a poem made up
entirely of directions.

19. Write a poem about the first time you did something.

20. Write a poem about falling out of love.
21. Make up a secret. Then write a poem about it. Or ask someone to give
you a made-up or real secret, and write a poem about it.

22. Write a poem about a bird you don't know the name of.

23. Write a hate poem.
24. Free-write for, say, 15 minutes, but start with the phrase "In the
kitchen" and every time you get stuck, repeat the phrase "In the
kitchen." Alternatively, use any part of a house you have lots of
associations with-"In the garage," "In the basement," "In the bathroom,"
"In the yard."

25. Write down 5-10 words that sound ugly to you. Use them in a poem.
26. Write a poem in which a motorcycle and a ballerina appear.

27. Write a poem out of the worst part of your character.
28. Write a poem that involves modern technology-voice mail, or instant
messaging, or video games, or...
29. Write a seduction poem in which somebody seduces you.

30. Radically revise a poem you wrote earlier this month.

another list

1. Write a really ugly poem.
2. Quickly pick out 12 words from the titles of books on a nearby bookshelf. Use them in a poem.
3. Write a poem with an invented biography for yourself.
4. Take a 1-2 page poem from a book and re-type it backwardsfrom the very last word in the poem all the way to the very first, keeping the lines the same lengths as they are in the book. Use this as the starting point of a poem, picking out the word formations that are particularly interesting to you.
5. Write from the number six.
6. Write to your pain: "Dear Pad of My Thumb, Will you kindly stop hurting? It is very hard for me to stir a pot or write a poem when you hurt like this..."
7. Let your pain write back to you: "Dear Liesl, if you would lay off the text messaging and playing minesweeper it would help me a lot, then you can write your poem or stir a pot..."
8. Write to your hurting country, city or community, as a variation on the theme. Take the dialogue as far as it goes, then distill the essence. See if you can arrive at a fresh insight about what ails you and yours.
9. Wow! You’ve been at this over a week straight! Let your hand draw an abstract shape. Write about it.
10. Speaking as a fortune teller, tell a fortune. The first line is: You will take a strange journey ...... Finish the prediction/forecast by describing the journey and giving instructions or advice or even warnings for the journey.
11. Write a poem of at least 40 lines that is a single sentence.
12. Take fairy tale and rewrite it from the viewpoint of another character. For example, use the wolf to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
13. Write about a family secret.
14. Write an apostrophe to some abstraction (e.g., "To the End of the World" or "To My Birth").
15. Write about someone waiting for something.
16. Write about a color without naming the coloror its kin, e.g., no fair using “crimson” “scarlet” or “ruddy” instead of red.
17. Take any object out of your bag or pocket or purse. Speaking in first person AS THE OBJECT answer the following questions (in any order): What is your favorite thing? What are you scared of? What is your secret? What is your wish for the future?
18. Take someone else's poem and select one word per line, writing them out in a list. Then write your own poem using these words in the same sequence, one per line.
19. Write 100 words (any kind of words) about your kitchen table.
20. Write a poem in which the form contradicts the content.
21. Write a piece at least 50 words long using only one-syllable words.
22. Take a common object, such as a flowerpot, boot or paperclip, and write about it as if you’ve never seen such a thing before (e.g., you’re from the future and have just excavated it, or are from another planet).
23. Take the name of a favorite poet and anagram it. Use this to begin a poem.
24. Pick a word from today’s headlines and write a definition poem for it.
25. Write the poem you cannot write.
26. What Work is For You: Write about a job you have had, whether you loathed it or loved it. Write from your own experience but go beyond the literal! Keep the poem in the present tense, and BE SURE THERE IS A PHYSICAL ACTION INVOLVED such as scrubbing floors, dissecting chickens, helping someone use the toilet. Keep your poem in couplets, tercets, quatrains, or sestetsyour choice.
27. Write a poem in a received form in such a way that the form is concealed.
28. Imagine a drink or food dish that would bring you fully alive. Write the recipe.
29. Begin with, “This is not the last poem I will write…”
30. Elide the Junk: Take a piece of junk mail and black out most of the words so that what remains is a poem.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Poetic Meetup Featuring:

Orlando Poetry Group presents:
Every Third Wednesday@ Austin’s
Martha Marinara is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she teaches rhetoric, First-year writing, and creative writing. She currently directs the Information Fluency Program, a university initiative. Marinara has written two textbooks—Writing Outside the Lines (2000) and Choices: A Handbook for Writers (2008), and published articles in College Composition and Communication and The Journal of Basic Writing. She writes and publishes poetry and fiction, and her work has appeared most recently in Massachusetts Review, Xavier Review, FEMSPEC, Estuary, Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, White Pelican Review, and Alembic. In 2000, she won the Central Florida United Arts Award for Poetry. Street Angel, her first published novel, was released in October 2006 and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Best GLBT Novel Award for 2006.
Wednesday April 16, 8:30pm

Austin’s Coffee and Film
929 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, Florida

The Wonderful Martha Marinara
Followed by an Open Mic

Hosted by Chaz Yorick’s Open Words ,& Russ Golata
For directions or comments e-mail me at
Or phone me at 407-403-5814
Or AUSTIN’S at 407-975-3364

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Just a note that we will not be meeting during BACC days. For those of you who are not "BACCing," I hope you will consider:

-- reading some of the authors I have recommended to you throughout the term, hopefully in a pleasant place with a notebook handy
-- reviewing or otherwise creatively or critically responding to the BACC presentations

sharing the results here, on this blog, or elsewhere!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

RECONFIGURATIONS: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry / Literature & Culture

Volume 2: Process: Fields of Signification

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2008

Publication Date: November, 2008

Call for Work: Articles, criticism, dialogues, essays, fictions, images,
interviews, manifestos, poems, reviews, statements, translations, vectors
& whatnots.

Guidelines: Volume two of Reconfigurations
seeks innovative works concerning
process--the dynamics of action, exchange, mediation and
transformation--in relationships and communities. In what ways are
relationships either subverted or sustained by the idiosyncrasies of
communication? How and why are the fields of commerce, inquiry and
performance shaped primarily by their experiments and questions rather
than by their commodities and results? What may be discovered by studying
what is often forgotten or overlooked (process: inside-out & outside-in)
during this age of fascination with product? Submissions addressing
matters of process defined broadly and surprisingly are welcomed. In
addition to the themes suggested above, other possibilities might include:
editing, politics, research, teaching, translation, travel, etc.
Reconfigurations invites submissions that engage with those diversified
fields of signification.

Electronic Submissions:

Reconfigurations is an electronic, peer-reviewed, international, annual
journal for poetics and poetry, creative and scholarly writing, innovative
and traditional concerns with literary arts and cultural studies.
Manuscripts accepted for editorial review: April 1 - August 1.
Reconfigurations launches/publishes during the month of November.
Copyright remains with the authors. Reconfigurations is an open-access,
independently managed journal. ISSN forthcoming.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Context / Situation

Situationist International Text Library

Guy deBord

Thursday, April 3, 2008

HIGHLY Recommended

Introduction to Non-fiction Publishing featuring John Byram and Amy Gorelick of the University Press of Florida
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
2:00 pm
Cook Hall Conference Room

Amy Gorelick, Senior Acquisitions Editor, and John Byram, Editor-in-Chief, will discuss the basics of getting your work published; submitting a proposal, when to submit a full manuscript, the review process, the production process, marketing and selling works of non-fiction, and things to avoid when working with a publisher. A question and answer period will follow the brief presentation, with an opportunity to meet and discuss your own work in detail with Ms. Gorelick.

The University Press of Florida, established in 1945, is the largest publisher in Florida and the second largest university press in the Southeast.

UPF's mission is to serve all universities in the SUS system: to answer questions, offer advice, and possibly publish your work.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Journals in NCF Library (old hardcopies)

to examine, when looking for markets

American Scholar
Virginia Quarterly Review
Yale Review
Paris Review
Southern Review
Sewanee Review
The Nation
Hudson Review
Bottegue Oscure