• Magazine Stand :: Off the Coast – Summer 2022

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    The biannual online journal of poetry and art, Off the Coast means to provide a space for diverse and marginalized voices. This issue takes its name, “To the Forest Between Trees” from a line in Laura King’s poem “Not the World I Was Born Into,” combined with art by Dylan LaVallee to create the cover. Other works included in this issue come from Diana Donovan, Mary Ann Larkin, Hannah Grady, Elder Gideon, Becky Kennedy, Laura Schulkind, Mike Cohen, Joel Ferdon, Joel Fry, Kathleen Gunton, Simon Perchik, James Miller, Laura Schulkind, Russell Rowland, Margaret B. Ingraham, James Dewey, David McCann, Judith Fox, M. Nasorri Pavone, and a translation from Ivan de Monbrison.

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    I curate the NewPages Publications for Young Writers Guide, and as much as I do this to provide a resource for young readers, writers, teachers, and parents, we could all benefit from spending some time reading the voices of young people. I was distracted from my work (a regular occurrence here, as you can imagine) when I came across “My Parents Are Anti-Vaxxers” by an anonymous contributor to YouthComm Magazine. In it, the author recounts how shocked they were when their parents went down the Facebook “Covid hoax” rabbit hole, declined vaccinations even in the face of losing a job/income, and then what they put their children through when one parent contracted the virus and declined medical care. The plaintive yet matter-of-fact style in which the author presents their perspective is frustrating to read, even heartbreaking, “It has made me question the people that I idolized growing up. The people that I believed, in my childhood innocence, could do no wrong.” Yet there is some consolation, “This experience has taught me a lot about the complexities of humans. It’s hard to accept that we can be good people and still go down the wrong paths. That things aren’t always simply black and white, though it’d be easier if they were.” And the final resolution, “But I’ve learned other people can provide guidance when your parents can’t.” It’s a sad commentary on the kind of division this experience created, and that we see continue among family, friends, and communities. It’s tough to imagine these youth experiencing the need to break away from their parents’ ideologies, but at the same time, encouraging that they (and we all) may be better off as adults as a result.

    Youth Communication offers short, nonfiction stories and related lessons to help students improve their reading and writing skills, and improve the social and emotional skills that support school success. They provide workshops and publications, including Represent Magazine: Stories by Teens in Foster Care.

  • Contest :: Cleaver’s Summer Lightning Flash Contest

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    Online literary magazine Cleaver has announced they are accepting entries to their Summer Lightning Flash Contest for fiction and nonfiction. The judge is Meg Pokrass. First place receives $500 and publication in Cleaver. View their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

  • Magazine Stand :: Cutleaf – Issue 2.13

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    The newest issue of Cutleaf online literary journal from EastOver Press is now live In this issue, Robert Fanning attempts to translate distance into love in three poems beginning with “Snow and Roses.” Patricia Foster considers what it means to start a conversation with strangers in “The Boys.” And, in Casey Pycior’s expertly crafted story “O’er the Ramparts,” readers are introduced to a man, Kent, who struggles with everything: job, marriage, parenting. And compounding this struggle are a new neighbor, a video game, and the launching of fireworks. This issue features turn-of-the-century hypnotism posters from The Donaldson Lithographing Co. based in Newport, Kentucky.

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  • New Book :: Hechizo

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    Hechizo
    Poetry by Mark Statman
    Lavender Ink, January 2022

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    An hechizo is a spell, an incantation that attempts to effect change in the world via language. Mark Statman’s Hechizo is woven through a world of personal demons, past and present, a world facing a pandemic and social, political, and environmental dissolution. These incantations take aim at the world from the smallest lizard that crawls into view to overarching political structures. It’s a register not seen in his work before—of foreboding, the forbidden, concluding in tentative, possible joy.

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    The Sustain Pedal
    Poetry by Carol Jennings
    Cherry Grove Collections, February 2022

    In The Sustain Pedal, Carol Jennings continues the poetic journey she began in The Dead Spirits at the Piano. Her poems create a connection with the composers she listens to and plays on the piano-Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Mendelssohn-as well as with the natural world she loves and mourns for what is being lost. Retreating glaciers, volcanoes, coral reefs, viruses, the outer edge of the solar system-her poetic craft evokes both what we cannot control and what we must learn to control to survive. Read sample poems here.

  • Magazine Stand :: Hamilton Arts & Letters – 15.1

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    Hamilton Arts & Letters 15.1 is “The Candian Chapbook Issue” guest-edited by Jim Johnston and Shane Neilson, and it is not enough to just name names here, but check out some of these titles to get a much better idea of the content:

    “Chapbooks as Living Art: An Interview with Cameron Anstee, Ashley Obscura and Adèle Barclay”; Interviewed by David Ly

    “MANIFESTO: Visual Poetry for Women” and “Coda for Women Making Visual Poetries” by Dani Spinosa

    “A Perspective on Poetry Chapbooks, 1999-2021” by Jason Dewinetz

    “The Alfred Gustav Press: WHEN I MAKE A CHAPBOOK” by David Zieroth

    “In Praise of the Mayfly: A Survey of Canadian Micropresses Part 2” by Jim Johnstone

    And a section of several videos from the Ontario D/deaf/HoH, Disabled, Mad and Neuroatypical Poetics Festival held in April 2022.

    Other contributors to this issue include Jim Johnstone, Shane Neilson, Adam Lawrence, David Zieroth, Dewinetz, Monica Plant, Gillian Dunks, Astra Papachristodoulou, sophie anne edwards, Robert Colman, Tanya Adèle Koehnke, Violet Arenburg, Sarah Cavar, Diane Wiener, Sarah de Leeuw, and George Elliot Clarke.

    HA&L is free to read online as well as in print by subscription.

  • Magazine Stand :: Alaska Quarterly Review – Spring/Summer 2022

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    The Spring/Summer 2022 Alaska Quarterly Review was ‘slightly’ delayed due to what are now typical supply chain issues compounded with a cyber-attack – as in “you can’t make this stuff up,” but nothing, and I mean no thing will stop great literature from getting into the hands of the people! This issue is primed and ready for your beach bag or summer vacay getaway with Stories by Andrew Porter, Mark Jacobs, Molly McNett, Paulette K Fire, Jessi Lewis, Karen Nicoletti, Cary Holladay, William Weitzel; Essays by Heather Lende, Allison Field Bell, Joyce Dehli; Poetry by Patricia Hooper, Michael Waters, Kelli Russel Agodon, Jane Zwart, Laura Foley, Teresa Ott, Chloe Honum, Francesca Bell, W J Herbert, Eloise Klein Healy, Martha Silano, Kate Lebo, Jody Winer, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Anne Coray, Kathleen A Wakefield, Susan O’Dell Underwood, Vivian Faith Prescott, Francine Merasty, Allison Albino, Andrew Koch, Mike Seid, Huan He, Donald Platt, Maria Zoccola, Mercedes Lawry, Didi Jackson, AE Hines, and Jane Hirshfield,

  • Contest :: Kallisto Gaia Press 2022 Writing Contests

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    Indie publisher Kallisto Gaia Press has announced its 2022 writing contests: the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize and the Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize. Winners receive $1,500 and publication in their literary magazine Ocotillo Review. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds for more contest details.

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    Guest Post by Christine Scanlon

    This wonderful debut collection of poetry, Acreage, written by the visual artist Stephanie Garon, is a product of artistic accumulation where a self-conscious regard for the materiality of words is a characteristic of her poems. Many are finely sculpted pieces like, “Undercurrent,” mimicking the movement of oak leaves caught in an eddy. Repetition of the phrase, “how long can they stay under,” becomes a current pulling down both leaves and poet, and with panic, we realize all may stay “un/der.” Embodiment of a slow-motion disappearance is also a central theme in “Musée des Beaux Arts,” after WH Auden’s poem—where instead of Icarus, the central emptiness in Garon’s poem is represented by the “emptied / stamen” and the carcasses “of eight // stale petals curled.” This carnage, caused by a human hand (“Fingernail-pierced / stems / scattered”), also compromises the poet (“I / too / collapse”), and as we contemplate the artist’s imminent absence, we are left to wonder who will make the marks that cultivate meaning? There is no answer, but Garon gives us a sense in the final poem, “Feral,” that we are nearing the end of something (the Anthropocene) and may all become, like the poet, a “ravaged memory of acreage.”


    Acreage by Stephanie Garon. akinoga press, December 2021.

    Reviewer bio: Christine Scanlon is a Brooklyn-based poet with a collection of poems, A Hat on the Bed (Barrow Street Press), and work published in such journals as Adjacent Pineapple, Dream Pop Press, Flag + Void, and La Vague. She is a graduate of the New School MFA program.

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