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Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Hello, all, It’s national poetry month, and so there are many events, too many to list here. We have workshops, readings, and two poetry festivals to look forward to. I am also constantly adding new links. Just in the past few days I have linked to David Ronen, Full of Crow Press, Portland’s Writers Dojo, and others. Tammy Robacker is holding things down in Tacoma. If you’d like to read her National Poetry Month blog, go to In May, the Vancouver, WA poetry community will welcome California poets Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer, and Michael Rothenberg. We will be one stop on a poetry road trip. Kyger, Meltzer, and Rothenberg will appear at Clark College and cover to Cover Books. This is an event that is not to be missed. Please contact me if you are able to donate any money toward their expenses. Meltzer and Rothenberg are also scheduled to be at the WPA Spring Festival (see below). If enough people don’t sign up, these great workshops will have to be canceled. April’s featured reader at Cover to Cover will be the Spare Room Collective’s David Abel, one of Portland’s most active poetry event organizers. Info below: Open Mic Poetry hosted by Christopher Luna 7:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2009 (and every second Thursday) Cover to Cover Books 1817 Main Street, Vancouver (McLoughlin Blvd. & Main Street) For more info call 514-0358 or 694-9653 or email “always all ages and uncensored” Featuring David Abel: David Abel is a writer, performer, and multidisciplinary artist, as well as an editor, bookseller, and curator/organizer. Born in Salt Lake City in 1956, he has lived in Utah, Florida, New York, California, New Mexico, and Oregon. As an undergraduate at Deep Springs College, Bard College, and New Mexico State University, he studied language, literature, and music; in 1984 he was a member of the first class to graduate from the interdisciplinary MFA program of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, where he pursued studies in poetry, music, and video. Abel was involved in the “downtown” literary and music communities in New York City in the 1980s, appearing often with composers and artists such as Jackson Mac Low, Franz Kamin, Charlie Morrow, and others. He edited the newsletter for the New Wilderness Ocarina Orchestra and assembled the book-and-media store for the 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival in 1980; opened and operated the Bridge Bookshop from 1987–89; and co-directed Granary Books gallery and shop in 1990–91. From 1994–96 Abel maintained Passages Bookshop and Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also organized the Tangents Reading Series. In 1997, he moved to Portland, Oregon. In Portland, he has collaborated with many individuals and organizations on literary, music, film, theater, and intermedia projects. Abel was a member of the Four Wall Cinema Collective (2002–03), and is a founder and member of the Spare Room reading series (, now in its eighth year. Abel is the author of numerous chapbooks and artist’s books including Twenty- (Crane’s Bill Books), Let Us Repair (with Anna Daedalus; wax paper scissors), Black Valentine (Chax), and Threnos (with Katherine Kuehn). In the spring of 2007 he curated the exhibition By All Means: Artist’s Books and Objects for the New American Art Union (, and produced and edited the collection of artists’ multiples that served as the catalogue of the exhibition. He has also contribued poems, essays, and reviews to magazines, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues. This is the word before the word is by David Abel There is no word before this; that is, before this is the word nothing like the word is. The words before the word is become the words after the word after the word is. Before before the word was after this is. After the word before the word before the word is before before the word is. After the words after the word is are the words before the words before the word is.
Poetry for the people, Christopher Luna APRIL POETRY E-NEWSLETTER TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Upcoming readings featuring Judith Arcana (Portland) 2. Austrian poet Lilian Faschinger at the Univ. of Portland’s Buckley Center April 8 3. Dan Fisher & Rodney Koeneke at The Waypost (Portland) April 11 4. David Ronen reads from "Your Face Is a Kiss" at Mint Tea (Vancouver) April 11 5. BRAVE NEW WORDS POETRY FESTIVAL on Whidbey Island April 18 6. WPA Spring Festival at the Hugo House April 25 7. DOWNSTREAM: WRITING WITH THE CURRENT workshop with Paulann Petersen Sundays, 12-3 pm, April 26-May 31 SUBMISSION CALLS:, The Chiron Review, The Other Journal 1. From Judith Arcana Hello Everybody ........ I trust you all are planning to be even more lyrical than usual in APRIL, National Poetry Month. There'll be many occasions to celebrate by committing poetry; this note is about a few of them. On April 1st, the day annually consecrated to fools (and therefore poets, I guess), I'll be part of a quartet: Verlena Orr, Valentina Gnup, Liz Nakazawa & I are reading at the Blackbird Wineshop in Portland at 7pm ....... On April 7th, I'll be part of a duet: at Broadway Books in Portland, Judith Barrington and I will read from Grace Paley's last book, FIDELITY, first published seven months after her death and right this minute coming out in paperback .....with the aid of remarkable devices, we'll also play a recording of Grace herself, reading one of her best-loved poems. On April 24th, I'll be one of this year's featured poets at the excellent & delightful Silverton Poetry Festival at 7pm ..... join us in Silverton! Check my website EVENTS page for info/details on these + other stuff: 2. From Laura McLary: A reading by Lilian Faschinger Wednesday, April 8 4:30 p.m. Buckley Center, Room 310 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. University of Portland Free and open to the public Austrian writer Lilian Faschinger is a prolific author, poet, and translator. Faschinger typically incorporates into her works a rigorous critique of Austrian society and customs, as viewed from a woman's perspective. She will read from her most recent work. Faschinger has written three novels, two radio plays, two volumes of short stories, a volume of poetry, and completed multiple translations from English-speaking authors. Her first novel "Die Neue Scheherazade" (The New Scheherazade, 1985) attracted considerable critical recognition. Her 2007 novel, "Stadt der Verlierer," (Town Full of Losers), written in 2007, won the Friedrich Glauser Prize for best (German) crime novel of the year in 2008. Presented by the University's Foreign Languages Department. For more information, call professor Laura McLary at 503.943.7264 or email 3. from Jesse Morse: Smorg presents a reading by Dan Fisher & Rodney Koeneke Saturday, April 11 7:30 pm The Waypost 3120 N. Williams Ave. Free Food, beer, wine, and espresso all available at The Waypost. Dan Fisher lives on the island in the East Bay. An island that has 4 bridges and a tunnel. He makes poems and some of them have appeared in Bay Poetics, Viz, Work, Cricket Online Review, Lament, and some other places too. He also makes collages under the name Fish Fishtofferson. He works for Upward Bound at Mills College in Oakland. He's never been to Portland. Rodney Koeneke is the author of the poetry collections Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006) and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). A new chapbook, Rules for Drinking Forties, is just out from Cy Press. His poems have been included in Abraham Lincoln, Jacket, New American Writing, ZYZZYVA, and other publications, and in the anthologies Bay Poetics and the Flarf primer due out this fall. He lives in Portland, where he curates the Tangent Reading Series with poets Kaia Sand and Jules Boykoff. This reading will be the Portland launch for Rules for Drinking Forties. 4. Poetry Reading, Singing, and Book Signing with Afternoon Tea with David Ronen reading from "Your Face Is a Kiss" Saturday, April 11, 3-4pm Mint Tea 2014 Main St., Uptown Village Vancouver, WA ATTN PDX'ers: Very Easy to get to from Portland! :-) Just 3 minutes from the I-5 Bridge!!! Here's the write-up: You're invited to you enjoy David Ronen, local author, healer, and creative mystic share selections from his inspiring book of poem-meditations, "Your Face Is a Kiss : Discovering the Miracles of Being". David (and perhaps a mystery guest!) will read selected poems with flair and passion - requests welcome. David has also written some lovely and engaging music to go with some of his poems and will sing them accompanied by acoustic guitar. Signed books will be available for purchase from Mint Tea, as well a wonderful selection of organic and ethically harvested teas and yummy sweet and savory treats. Some of the poems include: "Who's Going to Tell You You're Beautiful" "At the Gate of My Beloved" "Blue Chains (Anchor into Nothing)" "We Both Doubt and Secretly Cherish Our Divinity" and more! "David shares his heart in a joyful and loving manner that inspires self-reflection and self-acceptance. Lyrical and moving!" Rick Marshall All welcome, including kids. The reading is Free. Tea and treats available for purchase from Mint Tea Restaurant. 5. Brave New Words Saturday April 18, 2009 The Celebration of Inspiration! All-Day, All-Event Tickets Only $15 for Adults, $5 for Students! At Whidbey Island's historic Greenbank Farm. An exceptional event in an exceptional location! Performers in Order of Appearance Morning and Early Afternoon 10:00 AM - 1 PM 10 AM to 11:30 AM "Page to the Stage" Workshop taught by Matt Gano 11:30 AM to 1 PM Open Mic - Hosted by David Ossman, Judith Walcutt & Preston Ossman ----------------------- 30 Minute Break 1 PM to 1:45 PM A break to mingle, eat, and stretch ----------------------- Mid-Afternoon Performers 1:45 PM - 4 PM … Emcee Molly Cook … Swil Kamin … Arianne Bergman … Terry Martin … Kim-An Lieberman … Whidbey Youth Poetry Idol Winners … Michael Daley ----------------------- Late-Afternoon Performers 4 PM - 6 PM … Tim McNulty … MC John Burgess … Whidbey Youth Poetry Idol Winners … "La Jefa": Pesha Gertler, Felicia Gonzalez, Jourdan Keith, and JT Stewart ----------------------- Evening Performers 6 PM - 8:00 PM … Stephen Roxborough … Lorraine Healy … Oleh Lysiak … Colleen McElroy … Suheir Hammad Brave New Words operates under the auspices of Greenbank Farm, a qualified 501 C-3. All donations to BNW are tax deductible. Please send donations to: Brave New Words 765 Wonn Road - #C-103 Greenbank, WA 98253 … Please make out checks to: "Greenbank Farm / BNW" … Under "memo" please write: "For Brave New Words" Greenbank Farm, is located on Whidbey Island, at the corner of State Highway 525 and Wonn Road in Greenbank, 18 miles north of the Clinton Ferry dock. Accommodations: (Langley, Freeland and Greenbank Addresses will be closest to the festival site) For more information: Victory Lee Schouten 360-331-7099 or 360-222-3070 6. WPA Spring Festival at the Hugo House Around the World in Poetry: A Translation Experiment Saturday 25 April 10am – 10pm On Saturday 25 April 2009, the WPA brings its annual Spring Festival to The Richard Hugo House in Seattle with a full day of workshops – a morning workshop in translation and two afternoon workshops in poetry - followed by a participatory, main-stage event showcasing poetry in multiple languages and a multi-genre translation experiment, mixing poetry, performance, drawing, dance, sound and floral arts. Don’t miss this experiment! Pre-register for all morning and afternoon workshops online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (206) 225-6555. The main-stage event begins at 8pm. Cost is $10 at the door. All are welcome to attend a very special, pre-show reading & panel discussion on translation, moderated by literary journalist Dave Jarcki, with visiting guests David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg and with local literary translator Andrea Lingenfelter. The pre-show, at 7pm in the Hugo House Theatre, is included in your evening ticket cost. Please join us! Festival Activities & Fees 10am 2-hr Translation Workshop Andrea Lingenfelter Meet at Hugo House 9:45am Pre-Registration required / Register now $60 workshop There are at least as many ways to translate a poem as there are readers of that poem. Work through a poem from the source language (Chinese) to English with an experienced translator of Chinese poetry. We will look at different aspects of the poem and the discuss some of the problems, both practical and theoretical, that translators encounter in the course of the translation process. No knowledge of a foreign language required. Instructor will bring materials. Supplies: students should bring paper and something to write with. This class will meet at Hugo House at 9:45am on Saturday 25 April. This is the first workshop of the 2009 Spring Poetry Festival. Afterward this class, students are invited to return to The Hugo House for a welcome message and a social with poets Sam Green, David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg. They are also welcome at the 4pm open mic. 12pm Welcome & Social Hour Sam Green, David Meltzer & Michael Rothenberg Hugo House Cabaret / Refreshments / Address by WPA president Angel Latterell Open to the public 1pm 3-hr Poetry Workshop with Sam Green Meet at Hugo House Pre-Registration required / Register now $100 per workshop This workshop will concentrate on the intimate art of observation in the every day. How do we translate the abstract preoccupations of our lives (love, anger, political estrangement, grief) into concrete terms? How do we translate our relationship with the physical world into comprehensible order? The workshop will explore both methodology and forms for approaching these and other concerns. We will be looking at African forms, Irish forms, the small forms of Japanese and Chinese poets, as well as certain contemporary Americans. 1pm 3-hr Poetry Workshop with David Meltzer Meet at Hugo House Pre-Registration required / Register now $100 per workshop 1pm 3-hr Poetry Workshop with Michael Rothenberg Meet at Hugo House Pre-Registration required / Register now $100 per workshop 4pm Open Mic (Featuring workshop students & teachers) Hugo House Cabaret Open to the public 7pm PRE-SHOW Meltzer / Rothenberg Reading & Translation Panel Discussion moderated by Dave Jarecki Hugo House Theatre Open to the public 8-10pm THE MAIN EVENT Around the World of Poetry: An Experiment in Translation Christian Swenson, Keely Isaak Meehan, Linden Ontjes & Barbara Ann Allin Hugo House Theatre $10 at the door / Reserve a ticket MAIN EVENT Around the World of Poetry: An Experiment in Translation Featuring: Christian Swenson, Keely Isaak Meehan, Linden Ontjes & Barbara Ann Allin 8-10 pm/Hugo House Theatre $10 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets Pre-purchase recommended “The words on paper are only a tool, they are only a medium, they are only something that is meant to help me get to the original language, to the original poem” -Kai Nieminen On Translation a lecture a Naropa University Sit back and listen to the sounds of poetry as we bring you a stage full of international readers (Mongolian poetry, Mandarin poetry, Italian poetry…) followed by a cross-genre experimentation in translation (movement, voice, sound, flowers…). Our aim will be to carry a single poem across multiple genres. How many times can you translate a thing without losing its meaning? The source-poem, chosen in secret by our performers, will be revealed to you at the end of the evening. If someone were to dance you a poem, or draw one, or make it into a floral arrangement, would you be able to write it again? Would its message carry across? We want to know. Come listen, watch and feel a poem as it moves across genres with artists Christian Swenson, Keely Isaak Meehan and Linden Ontjes. Afterwards, we’ll ask you to rewrite that poem and contribute it to a 3-d poetry sculpture. Special "whispering" appearances by David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg. This event produced by A. K. “Mimi” Allin. Open to the public for a fee of $10. Wine bar. WORKSHOP TEACHER BIOS Samuel Green, Washington State Poet Laureate SAMUEL GREEN was born in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, and raised in the nearby fishing and mill town of Anacortes. After four years in the military, including service in Antarctica and South Vietnam, he attended college under the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program, earning degrees from Highline Community College and Western Washington University (B.A. & M.A.). A 30-year veteran of the Poetry-in-the-Schools program, he has taught in literally hundreds of classrooms. He has also taught at Southern Utah University, Western Wyoming Community College, and served six terms as Distinguished Visiting Northwest Writer at Seattle University, including six summers in Ireland. Poems have appeared in hundreds of journals, including Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poet & Critic, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and Puerto del Sol. Among his ten collections of poems are Vertebrae: Poems 1972-1994 (Eastern Washington University Press) and The Grace of Necessity (Carnegie-Mellon University Press), which won the 2008 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. He has lived for 26 years off the grid on remote Waldron Island off the Washington coast in a log house he built himself, and is, with his wife, Sally, Co-Editor of the award-winning Brooding Heron Press. In December, 2007, he was named by Governor Christine Gregoire to a two-year term as the first Poet Laureate for the State of Washington, and in January of 2009, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. David Meltzer DAVID MELTZER is one of the key poets of the Beat generation. Meltzer is also a jazz guitarist and Cabalist scholar and the author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose. 2005 saw the publication of David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer (edited by Michael Rothenberg, with an introduction by Jerome Rothenberg), which provides a current "overview" of Meltzer's work. Meltzer's Beat Thing (La Alameda Press) is his epic poem on the Beat generation. Meltzer teaches at the New College of California in the Poetics Program, which was originally founded by Duncan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Rothenberg MICHAEL ROTHENBERG is an American poet, songwriter, editor, and active environmentalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Miami Beach, Florida, Rothenberg received his Bachelor of Arts in English at UNC-Chapel Hill. Afterward, he moved to California in 1976, where he began "Shelldance Nursery", an orchid and bromeliad nursery. In 1993 he received his MA in Poetics at New College of California. In 1989, Rothenberg and artist Nancy Davis began Big Bridge Press, a fine print literary press, publishing works by Jim Harrison, Joanne Kyger, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen and others. Rothenberg is co-editor and co-founder of Jack Magazine. His books include Unhurried Vision, Paris Journals, What The Fish Saw, Nightmare Of The Violins, Man/Woman w/Joanne Kyger, and Favorite Songs. Andrea Lingenfelter ANDREA LINGENFELTER is a poet and translator of contemporary Chinese poetry, fiction and film subtitles. She has lived and worked in China and travels there regularly to meet with writers and buy books. Her translations of contemporary Chinese poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She is the translator of the novels Candy by Mian Mian (Back Bay Books), and Farewell My Concubine by Lilian Lee (William Morrow and Company). In the spring of 2008, she received a Pen Translation Fund Grant to translate Annie Baobei's 2006 novel, Padma. She is currently working on a collection of translations of poetry by Zhai Yongming for Zephyr Press. Future projects include Wang Anyi's novel Qimeng shidai (The Age of Enlightenment) and a volume of translations of work by Shanghai poet Wang Yin. MAIN EVENT ARTIST BIOS BARBARA ANN ALLIN is an artist, designer and gardener specializing in found and stolen materials. She has the knack for composing pieces that impact entire communities. Her work is often small and random, some might say a gift. She lives in Pennsylvania. KEELY ISAAK MEEHAN is a Seattle-based movement and video artist and the founding artistic director of Manifold Motion. Focusing on collaborative and interdisciplinary temporal art, her work is frequently improvisational, exploring the use of structure and fluidity as a means to draw great performance out of the moment. Keely has earned a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre: London, a BA in Dance from Oberlin College, and a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Washington. She is currently studying to become a Certified Movement Analyst with Laban/Bartenieff & Somatic Studies International. In addition to her work with Manifold Motion, Keely works as a solo movement artist and has performed recently with the Asterisk Project and Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies. Her newest production with Manifold Motion, Woolgatherer, premieres May 2-10, 2009 at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. LINDEN ONTJES creates poetry installations that include visual, theatrical, and literary elements. Her most recent poetry installations include: Three Confessional Poets and the Dirty Laundry Machine at Artopia; Alfred Jarry’s Interior Designs and Window Treatments at the Smoke Farm Festival; A Cup o’ Joe at Bumbershoot; Miss Fortune and the Misfortune Cookies at Synchronicity: An Indie Press Sideshow; The National Grilled Cheese Poetry Booth at the Seattle Poetry Festival at the Richard Hugo House; and Limericks on Sticks, an installation of John Haines’ political protest limericks on ersatz Burma Shave signs along the route to the Dredge Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska. Linden served as General Director of Eleventh Hour Productions, a literary arts nonprofit from 2005 – 2008; as Arts Representative on the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce from 2006 – 2007; and as a current member of the Smoke Farm steering committee COW. From 2004 -2006, she served as the Poetry Editor of the Seattle Review. Currently, she teaches poetry at the Hutch School for Seattle Arts & Lectures’ WITS program. Linden received individual artist awards in 2008 from 4Culture and Poets & Writers. Her many poetry publication credits include Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Arcade, Phoebe, The Louisville Review, The Exquisite Corpse, Poetry Daily, Cranky, Filter, The Comstock Review, RE:AL, and Atlanta Review. She has published literary criticism in The Writer’s Chronicle, the Seattle Review, Cranky, Fairbanks Daily News Mine, and Page to Page: Retrospectives of Writers from the Seattle Review. She is the author of an illustrated novel-in-verse, Muluc. For more information. CHRISTIAN SWENSON has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation. He is known for his pioneering work in what he calls "Human Jazz", a global fusion of dance/drama/music for body and voice. In 1977 he received a BA in Theater from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Seattle to work with the Bill Evans Dance Company. Further training has included work with Tony Montanaro; Diane Schenker; Ruth Zapora; Korean shaman, Hi-ah Park, and with the late Pakistani master-singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has performed with Bill Irwin, The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and The Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp Collective and in Europe with Jim Nollman of Interspecies Communication Inc. He presently teaches in the Theater programs at Seattle University. For the past 25 years he has been performing creations for the body and voice searching for a more global aesthetic. Since 1980 he has been a touring artist visiting communities and schools in the Northwest and beyond. He has performed and taught throughout North America and in Europe, and Asia. Christian released his first compact disc, “Off-Road Vocals” in 2000. As a guest artist he has been seen as: The Monster in The Minnesota Opera's production of "Frankenstein", at New York's "Serious Fun at Lincoln Center" and "The New York Improvisation Festival", with The Flying Karamazov Brother's "New Old Time Chautauqua " and the 2002 “Rolling Thunder Down Home Democracy Tour” and has been heard on National Public Radio's "Sandy Bradley's Potluck. He was a teacher/ performer at the 2005 American College Dance Festival in Buffalo, NY and at the 1998 "Body & Soul Northwest" Conference. For three years he has been a Vocalist with the Integrated Music Program at two Seattle hospitals and is a founding member of the improvisational ensemble Molten Vocals. He is also a member of the PlayBack Theater group, Threshold Ensemble. Christian has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission and Artist Trust of Washington. He resides happily in Seattle with his wife, Abigail, and two children. 7. DOWNSTREAM: WRITING WITH THE CURRENT Join Paulann Petersen in a poetry workshop dedicated to creation, reflection, and craft. Using notable poems as springboards, we'll turn ourselves loose in the river of words, letting language carry us along in its current. Each session, we’ll generate some new work. We’ll also look at your poems (either ones you’ve written in our workshop, or earlier ones you’ve brought with you) for possible ways to strengthen them through revision. The word “revision” offers us a bracing truth. To truly revise is to do much more than mere editing and tinkering: it’s learning to see our poems anew, moving them toward their strengths. I’ll use critiques as opportunities for short lessons, addressing issues of craft raised by the particular poem we’re looking at. We'll be lingering in a few eddies, examining significant elements of craft such as line integrity, dramatic strategy, voice and trope. My goal is to have each participant leave the workshop with both an outpouring of new material, and some new­--or newly honed­--tools for revision. This workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience. Sundays, 12-3 pm, April 26th to May 31st Please go to SUBMISSION CALLS 1. Call for poems: About us: is a poetry journal entirely devoted to, and fully committed to, new poetry that tackles human rights issues worldwide. The journal strives to present the best poems of protest written to promote freedom of speech and human rights. It is updated fortnightly. We publish a maximum six poems a month to keep a steady flow of relevant protests. Although we update the journal often, we are very selective. We are looking for edge. The website and mailing lists provide information about persecuted writers, along with letters of protest ready for our subscribers to cut and paste. To receive emails (once a month, on average) with protest information focused on a specific persecuted writer, send an email to (replace (at) with @). Please write SUBSCRIBE in your subject line. Submission guidelines: It’s simple. We’re not looking for partisan propganda. We’re not looking for party-political mouthings. We’re not looking for sentimental depictions of what you see on the TV. We’re not looking for rhyming greetings card verses. We want you to champion, not yourselves, but human rights; the rights of those who don’t have the freedom to write and speak as we do. Rage. Celebrate. Mourn. Demand. Scream. Dance. Formal complaints are especially exciting. There’s something wonderfully subversive about a villanelle that attacks a government deliberately making the same mistake over and over again. If you need to be inspired, read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Then check out any objective newsfeed or news site. Paste your poems (a maximum of 3 one-page poems), into the body of an email and send to write(at) If necessary, you can email a single .doc or .rtf file containing all the poems you are submitting. Include a brief bio. We will accept poems previously published on paper, as long as you hold the copyright. We will not accept poems which are already (or have previously been) published online (including blogs). We will publish a poet only once a year. If your poem deals with a specific call for action, or commemorates a specific person, please let us know. Publication dates for the first half of 2009 are : 11 Apr 25 Apr 09 May 23 May 06 Jun 20 Jun 2. The editors of CHIRON REVIEW are reading submissions for an "All Punk Poetry" issue to be published Dec. 2009. Poetry, fiction, b/w line art, comics/cartoons, photos, nonfiction, whatever should be sent via snailmail with self-addressed, stamped envelope for reply/return to: Chiron Review, Attn: PUNK, 522 E. South Ave., St. John, KS 67576. Name and complete mailing address should appear on every poem, story, etc. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2009. Material is copyrighted in author's/artist's name. Payment: one contributor's copy with 50% discount on additional copies. Chiron Review is open for submissions year-round. Postal submissions with name, complete mailing address (on every poem), and SASE are welcome at Chiron Review, 522 E. South Ave., St. John, KS 67576-2212. Writers are invited to send up to 5 poems, 1 long poem, or 1 short-story. We're also open to reviews, interviews, black and white art and photography, and essays of interest to writers and the small press literary community. We ask writers to limit submissions to four times a year or less. We do not consider simultaneous or previously published submissions; nor do we consider e-mail submissions though exception is made for book reviews and foreign/overseas submissions. CR copyrights in author's name, all rights revert to author upon publication. Pay is one contributor's copy. 3. The Other Journal seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our upcoming issue on Beauty and Aesthetics. Deadline has been extended from March 15 to April 10, 2009 We seek poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction that explore the beauty, especially its cultural and theological incarnations. As we navigate the many faces of beauty, we will explore the nature, function, and end of beauty. We expect this issue to address such questions as How is the body understood in Western culture? Why does beauty matter? And what does beauty have to do with issues of justice and reconciliation? All submissions should be sent via email to (replace (at) with @) with "TOJ Submission" written in the subject line. Please indicate the genre of your submission in the subject line of your email and submit your work as Microsoft Word or rich text format documents. Submissions that are pasted directly into the text of an email rather than an attached document may not be considered. Send up to six poems or one piece of prose at a time. Fiction submissions may include short stories or self-contained novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction submissions may include personal essays or memoirs. Because we are an online journal, we take a special interest in short prose submissions, especially pieces that are less than 2,500 words. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but please indicate they have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere and let us know right away if you are withdrawing them from consideration. For more info: Editorial statement: The Other Journal welcomes the submission of critical essays, reviews, creative writing, and visual or performance art that encounter life through the lens of theology and culture; we seek pieces that consider the interaction of faith with contemporary life, art, politics, sexuality, technology, economics, and social justice. We are particularly interested in works which present creative, alternative views that may otherwise fall outside the margins of mainstream narratives. And although we primarily focus on perspectives within the Christian tradition, we invite dialogue with all who are interested in exploring the ongoing role of faith and spirituality in the world. The Other Journal Mars Hill Graduate School 2501 Elliott Ave Seattle, WA 98121

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