The newest issue of Creative Nonfiction opens with the essay “50 Years of Making Nonfiction Creative” by CNF Founding Editor Lee Gutkind, in which he reflects on the contributions of Thomas Wolfe to the birth of the genre, labeled “The New Journalism.” The issue also includes “CNF’s first examples of ‘pandemic literature’ – essays written since early 2020, stories that incorporate our many individual and collective experience from the past two years.” While many found it a difficult time to record their lives, the editors acknowledge, “Maybe it’s that when everyone’s suffering – though of course we’re not all suffering equally – it seems like there’s almost nothing to say. Our grief feels unexceptional. But there is a lot to say, and isn’t that why we write?” And here to be read are works by Laura Pritchett, Amye Archer, Caroline Hagood, Meg Senuta, Francis Doherty, A. J. Bermudez, Anne Mcgrath, Clare Magneson, Joe Primo, and Amber Taliancich, as well as a selection of “Tiny Truths: 77 Micro-essays of fleeting joys, wistful memories, and passing sadnesses from the past two years” culled from the ongoing #tinytruths posted on Twitter. Cover art by Victoria Villasana.
Posit Journal online is celebrating its 30th issue of publishing innovative, aesthetic, accomplished poetry, prose, visual art, and film. As the editors write in the introduction, “Although (to paraphrase David Byrne) we’re not quite sure how we got here, we’re thrilled that we have, thanks to the vivid and continuing engagement of our growing family of contributors and readers.” They invite readers to engage with “poetry and prose by Isaac Akanmu, Tyrone Williams, and Pearl Button that confronts the historical and contemporary poison of racism and colonial appropriation, alongside work by Julie Choffel, Erika Eckart, Vi Khi Nao & Jessica Alexander, Jo O’Lone Hahn, Sam Wein, and Nancy White exploring gender repression and violence – as well as its persistent, sometimes even exuberant defiance “swinging ourselves to wonderment” (Sam Wein, Season of Fanny Packs). The innovative poetics of Kristi Maxwell, Benjamin Landry, and Dennis James Sweeney speak to the state of the planet and even the dubious nature of the future itself, while the visual art of Andrea Burgay, Taraneh Mosadegh and Ana Rendich grapples in a different idiom with the existential challenge of living as moral and emotional beings in a threatened and threatening world.”
Plagios / Plagiarisms, Vol. 2
Poetry by Ulalume González de León
Sixteen Rivers Press, April 2022
Plagios / Plagiarisms is the second of three bilingual volumes which present several short collections of poems Ulalume González de Leόn produced from 1970 to 1975. Through her experimentation with unconventional syntax and borrowed texts, the poet skillfully blends anatomical, scientific, and philosophical vocabulary with richly erotic imagery to question our assumptions about identity and intimacy. Ulalume González de León was born in 1928 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the daughter of two poets, Roberto Ibañez and Sara de Ibañez. She studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Mexico. While living in Mexico in 1948, Ulalume became a naturalized Mexican citizen. She married painter and architect Teodoro González de León, and(more…)
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About Place, May 2022(more…)
The American Poetry Review, May/June 2022
The Baltimore Review, Spring 2022
Black Warrior Review, Fall/Winter 2021
The Briar Cliff Review, Volume 34
Camas, Summer 2022
The Cape Rock, 50
Coastal Shelf, #6 Winter 2022
THE COMMON, 23
Communities, Issue #195
Concho River Review, Spring/Summer 2022
Consequence, Issue 14.1
Court Green, Spring 2022
Creative Nonfiction, Spring 2022
Cutleaf, Issue 2.9
Poetry by Andrea Deeken
Slapering Hol Press, April 2022
Mother Kingdom by Andrea Deeken is the winning collection of the 2021 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest. This annual contest is open to promising new poets whose work has not yet appeared in book or chapbook form. Andrea Deeken was born in rural Missouri and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of her adult life. She holds a BA from Drake University and an MS in Writing and Publishing from Portland State University. Slapering Hol books are collectible creations of beauty. The book design, typecasting, and cover letterpress printing are by Ed Rayher of Swamp Press in Northfield, Massachusetts, with cover art by Hyde Meissner, and run in a limited, hand-numbered edition.
The View From Breast Pocket Mountain by Karen Hill Anton
Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties by Suzanne Roberts
Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain by Cindy Weinstein and Bruce L. Miller
They also eliminated the ‘honorable mention’ category this year and instead created 23 specific categories with which to recognize entrants. Four of those selected are currently unpublished manuscripts, providing authors with an avenue for (hopefully) finding a publishing home for their works.
Visit the Memoir Magazine website for the full list of honorees and their books.
Our contest this year will be judged by author and critic, Camille Acker. We’re looking for previously unpublished fiction of up to 8,000 words. The deadline is June 15, 2022. First place is $2,500 with an invitation to an awards dinner. Second place $750. Third place $500. The winning stories will be published in the Fall print issue of Philadelphia Stories, with all entrants receiving a complimentary copy. All authors currently residing in the United States are eligible. $15 fee. We can’t wait to read your stories! Visit website.
View the full May 2022 eLitPak newsletter.
In the Editor’s Welcome to the Spring 2022 issue of Aji Magazine online, Erin O’Neill Armendarez writes, “Among the pages of this issue, you will find writers and artists rushing headlong into what frightens us, diving deep into the mud and the grime to rise again triumphant, if only for a moment. We are honored to be featuring Keith Hamilton Cobb and Mark Hurtubise in this issue, both of whom had the courage to address injustice openly. Likewise, we are honored to be offering readers and viewers an impressive slate of photography, art, poetry, essay, and fiction, exploring the human condition, imagining beyond ourselves into the Other, the unknown.”
Also featured in this issue are works by John Allen , Alan Bern, Oisin Breen, Gaylord Brewer, Patrick Cahill, Melca Castellanos de ArKell, Nancy Christopherson, Geraldine Connolly, Lucia Coppola, William Crawford, Leslie Dianne, David Dixon, Kelly DuMar, Michael Estabrook, Sara Fall , Phyllis Green, Dan Grote, Nels Hanson, Mark Yale Harris, Paul Hostovsky, Edward Lee, Galen Leonhardy, Aenea Little , Christopher Locke, Elaine Vilar Madruga, Joe Milosch, Ivan de Monbrison, Francis Opila, Karly Page, Simon Perchik, Zack Rogow, David Anthony Sam, Sonya Schneider, Claire Scott, Maragarita Serafimova, Edward Supranowicz, Wally Swist, Zhihua Wang, Sean J. White, and David Williams.
Submissions for the fall 2022 issue are open until filled, with no submissions being accepted after November 1.
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Poetry by Melissa C. Johnson
Diode Editions, March 2022
Cancer Voodoo grew out of the experience of Johnson’s mother’s illness and death from lung cancer and her own attempts to come to terms with that loss. “I was trying to write about the experience of watching a parent die, an experience that most people will have, but also about the particulars of my mother’s life and death and her family history. There’s a kind of madness of grief — the way that it unhinges and unmoors — that I’m trying to capture. I’m also trying to get at how illness and death re-arrange and collapse time — how they create a milestone that all other events gather around.” Melissa C. Johnson serves as Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a BA in English and Fine Arts from the College of Charleston, an MFA in poetry, and a Ph.D. in twentieth-century British Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of South Carolina.