UPCOMING: The long (long) awaited look at Asia Literary Review, dispatches from South Korea, more interviews with writers and editors, an editor roundtable on the contemporary literary magazine (Apr 2010), comprehensive literary magazine encyclopedia (in progress), and...
Laura van den Berg, Part II
Laura van den Berg, Part I
Allison Seay, The Greensboro Review
Eilis O'Neal, Nimrod International
Erin Fitzgerald, Northville Review
Don Bogen, Cincinnati Review
Luna Digest, 11/17
"Just how much did Salman Rushdie have to do with Alex Clark’s resignation from Granta? (Nothing at all, according to him.)"
Poets Publishing Poets: A Review of Cave Wall 5
By George Held
"When a young prize-winning poet decides to publish her own poetry journal, readers get to see how her taste compares to her talent."
I Don't Know How to Write About Race
By Roxane Gay
"This is only about race."
Interview with Former Greensboro Review Poetry Editor Alison Seay
By Jordan Elliott
"I don't know that it's a matter of being comfortable in our skin as much as it is our belief in the importance of the tangible book."
On Nimrod International: An Interview & Notes
By Jeffrey Tucker
"For poetry, we dislike poems that are actually more like journal entries rather than poems. For fiction, we see a lot of stories that are really just “talking heads,” stories in which people stand around and talk and yet nothing happens."
By Greg Weiss
"One of the many risks of Witness, 'the magazine of the Black Mountain Institute,' presenting an issue dedicated to the theme of Dismissing Africa is that the very notion of dismissing 'Africa' already dismisses the individuals who live in Africa."
Poets and Prose: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Fiction Theory
By Nicholas Ripatrazone
"Robert Olen Butler is careful in his definition...he is not arguing that yearning is individual to the short short story form. Rather, yearning is endemic to fiction."
Literary Magazines in Peril?
By Travis Kurowski
"At least part of the problem is the usual one: All of these magazine have no doubt a vastly greater number of people desiring to be published in their pages than they have readers willing to financially support their endeavors."
Interview: Erin Fitzgerald, Northville Review
By Marcelle Heath
"I like when someone's very quietly or very openly fooling with an emotional manipulation dial."
"While my stories aren't autobiographical, I really do believe in the whole write-what-you-know thing. One time I wrote a story from the point of view of an old sick man and it was just terrible. It was like really bad Carver. The man sat around watching daytime television and eating pie."
"James Harms offers a contemplative effort in a lean essay that turns the prose poem discussion in a noteworthy direction..."
"Setting aside, for now, its ideological nomenclature, its appeal lies in the interpretative dynamic between text and image..."
"We started KO because we wanted to try something that was different than we'd seen in other literary magazines, both in terms of thematic slant and in terms of mission..."
"He said that if he were asked to be poetry editor of a magazine, he would aim for unity. I told him that was more or less the exact opposite of what I wanted to do..."
"I imagine party-goers huddled around a fire pit as they share stories about stalking a would-be lover..."
"Contemporary flash fiction has been slugged, whipped, and slapped: dragged through the literary mud, pegged as incidental..."
"Kayla Soyer-Stein recreates the wonderful magic and sense of the uncanny that fairy tales offer..."
"Recently I won a best humorous poem competition, and it appears I have a knack for healthy self-ridicule..."
"I think about that a lot—about the balance of light and dark and about allowing my characters to have an open destiny. I think that’s one of the most important aspects of story writing..."
"It calls itself the 'farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts,' which sounded a bit suspicious to me, so I did a little poking around to verify the assertion..."
"The history of Poetry is a history of resistance in all directions..."
"The 1990s was a wild, wonderful, idealistic decade in Prague. Excellent exchange rates and the possibility of a relatively uninhibited way of life lured expatriates in droves to the Czech capital. In short, it was the perfect time for the founding of a literary journal..."
"One author climbs to the top of a tree trunk support beam that’s part of the architecture of the writing space. Another is balancing a couch cushion on his head and explaining wog: a dog who uses a dog-sized wheel chair to get his back end around San Francisco..."
"While literary niches often result in suffocation, eighty pages of plaid, The LBJ’s aviary focus proves malleable enough..."
“'In consideration of what looks like a total collapse of our economic system,' he said, 'I thought the bookfair went very well...'"
"There are two wooden figures on my husband’s desk. Figurines. They are meant to resemble humans, black humans. African-Americans..."