Nov 30, 2008

Seattle Poet Populist

Hello all!
Sorry I missed you all for beer today; I hope it was festive. I want to share an article (and reader comments) about the Seattle Poet Populist program. Many interesting viewpoints are shared...

November 25, 2008 Feature: It Gets Verse
Why Does Seattle Promote Dumb, Bad Poetry?
Read the whole article at »


Nov 26, 2008

Raven Chronicles Announces Submission Deadlines for 2009:

Volume 14. No 2.:
Theme: Architecture In Literature: Doors, Windows & Walls.
Deadline: November 1-January 1, 2009

Volume 15. No 1: Theme: Travel, Wish you were here. The Raven Chronicles wants to hear your travel stories, real and imagined. Fiction, poetry, translations, criticism, poetics, food & culture, reviews.

Deadlines: April 1-July 1, 2009. There will be a cash competition for this issue. Stay tuned for details.

We are always looking for work that fits in these categories (ongoing features in each issue):

Spoken Word; Poetics (essays or interviews); Memorials;
Literary Recipes; Odes to Persons, Places & Things;
Mapping the Terrain/Beyond Borders (essays and translations);
Cultural Geography; Food & Culture;
The Northwest; Nature Writing; Rants, Raves & Reviews.

2009 Editors:
Poetry, Elizabeth Myhr
Fiction: Kathleen Alcala
Non-Fiction: Anna Balint
Food & Culture: Thomas Hubbard
Reviews: Stephanie Lawyer

Nov 22, 2008

Call for Submissions: New American Press (chapbook contest)

New American Press is pleased to announce its fall/winter chapbook contest.

Winner receives $250 and 25 copies. Final judge is Crab Orchard Review editor and award-winning poet Allison Joseph. Deadline is January 1, 2009.

To submit, send 20-30 pages of your best writing (poetry or prose) to:

New American Press Chapbook Contest
2707 Trenton Way
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Please include $12 reading fee and SASE for contest results. The
committee reads blind, so restrict your name and other contact
information to a separate cover sheet only.

For further information, please visit

David Bowen

Nov 20, 2008

Call for Submissions: Big Bridge


The online poetry journal Big Bridge seeks essays, poems, visual art, performance documentation, eco-criticism, creative writing pedagogy, and other material that addresses or explores issues generated by conversations initiated last summer over Slow Poetry. Arguments, moreover, that offer critical perspectives on Slow Poetry are welcome.

Since Slow Poetry is strictly a descriptive platform, feel free to contribute new ideas, arguments, and issues that may be useful for the ongoing development of a slow poetics. Some critical reflections on Slow Poetry are available at

Send work that explores definitions, theories, and practices of Slow Poetry to Big Bridge contributing editor Dale Smith ( in word or pdf files by December 31, 2008.

Reading: Untitled [Intersection] (November 21)





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Friday 21 November 2008, 7p
Phinney Neighborhood Center in Greenwood
6532 Phinney Ave. N

Nov 14, 2008

Call for submissions: CRATE

CRATE the magazine of the MFA department of UCR is sending out a call for submissions of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Maximum 5 poems or 8,000 words depending on the medium. For more information please see the attached link.

Please enclose a SASE a cover letter with a brief bio. All submissions should be 12 pt font, double spaced (poetry excepted) with the author's name on every page. More information can be found at

CRATE will close to submissions MARCH 1, 2009

Adam Gallari

Nov 13, 2008

Bi-weekly gathering of Seattle poets (#18)

The next gathering takes place at 2pm on Sunday, November 23 at Feierabend (, located just a few blocks from the South Lake Union REI.

We're currently alternating between Feierabend and Brouwer's in Fremont.

Feel free to invite whomever you like. I hope to see you there!

Date/time: November 23, 2008, 2:00pm
Place: Feierabend (422 Yale Avenue North, Seattle, WA)

Nov 11, 2008

Call for submissions: Monday Night

Monday Night, a journal of literature and art, is now accepting submissions for Issue 8 (Summer 2009). We publish quality prose and poetry from new and emerging writers from across the country and around the world. Monday Night is distributed at independent bookstores and sold on our website.

For more information and to view past issues, visit our website:

*DEADLINE: December 15, 2008*

GUIDELINES: Please follow our guidelines carefully. You can also find them on our website. If you still have questions, write to:

POETRY: Send up to five poems. All styles and lengths are welcome.

PROSE: Fiction, nonfiction, and essays up to 5,000 words. Send up to three pieces of prose.

Translations are welcome in all genres.

NO. We accept unpublished work only. This includes online publications. If you have published the piece in any online or print journal, do not submit it to Monday Night. We do an internet search for all pieces that we accept for publication, to make sure they do not appear anywhere else. Please be honest and respect our parameters.

YES. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere, so we can remove it from consideration.

Email submissions to Send one doc, rtf, or pdf file attached to your email. Please title or label all your work clearly within the document. Your name and contact info should also appear on your submission. Your email message should include your name, contact info, the titles of your submissions and whether they are fiction, poetry or non-fiction.

We do not confirm receipt of submissions.

RESPONSE TIME: We will respond to all submissions by February 2009.

PAYMENT: Each published writer will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Nov 10, 2008

Bent Writing Institute Showcase

Howdy Poets,
It was great to meet some of you yesterday!

Coming up this Friday and Saturday (Nov 14 & 15) is the annual student showcase for Bent Writing Institute. Bent is the nation's only queer writing organization and the showcase will include readings/performances by Bent students as well as an extended feature by Kate Bornstein. I'll be the MC for the show both nights and can tell you that it's an amazing night of voices not often heard.

Details about the Showcase:
Details about Kate Bornstein, the feature:


Nov 7, 2008

Call for Submissions: Cervena Barva Press Chapbook Contest

Poetry and Fiction Chapbook Contest
Accepting manuscripts November 1, 2008-January 31, 2009
Manuscripts postmarked after January 31st will not be read. No manuscripts will be returned.

For Poetry:

24 pages of poetry. 8 pages will be added automatically to the winning chapbook, which will make the total 32 pages.

Include the following:
Title page with contact info
Title page with just the title
SASE for the announcement of the winning chapbook. Size 10 envelope only.
Send no cover letter or bio
E-mail address for receipt of manuscript
OK if poems have been published in literary journals. Don't include acknowledgments.

Winner announced March 15. 2009
Winner receives 25 copies and $100.00
$11.00 entry fee/check or money order to:
Cervena Barva Press
P.O. Box 440357
W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222

Nov 6, 2008

Event: Reading by Jody Zorgdrager

The Backwaters Press
is pleased to invite you to attend
an evening of poetry by
Jody A. Zorgdrager
in celebration of the publication of her book,
Of Consequence.

Friday, November 7, 2008
7:30 PM
University Heights Community Center,
2nd Floor Auditorium,
5031 University Way NE,
Seattle, Washington.

Complimentary parking is available at the
Community Center parking lot;
there is also street parking nearby.

Books will be available at the reading
($15.00 cash or check only, please.).
A book signing and dessert refreshments
will be provided..

This event is free and open to the public.
Feel welcome to invite a guest.

Please call with questions (425-483-9659).

Call for Submissions: Poetic Responses to the 2008 American Elections

While the He/art Pants: Poetic Responses to the 2008 American Elections

Call for Submissions

Artistic representations, responses, and interrogations of electoral events are very important expressions of the endless conversation between art and historical experience. The 2008 American elections stimulated a lot of artistic responses and there were, in the campaign discourses, some subtle invocations of the postures of presidential aspirants to literature and cultural productions generally. What, as a poet (defined broadly), is the meaning of this whole experience of the 2008 elections? Send us your previously unpublished works (poems, paintings, manipulated photographs, etc) about the 2008 US elections for inclusion in an online anthology: While the He/Art Pants (a title derived from Walt Whitman's poem reproduced below), to soon appear on the Poet's Corner, Fiera Lingue. Images should be in jpeg format. As this promises to be a very interesting project, we request that you send up to five of the most uncompromising and stylistically surprising of your works and a short bio. Other works that do not necessarily focus on the 2008 US elections but are relevant to the dialogue between art and democratic politics will be considered.

Submissions are to be made electronically to:
Obododimma Oha (Guest Editor)


Anny Ballardini (Editor, The Poet's Corner)

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