The latest issue of The Iowa Review is on this week’s Mag Stand. In this issue: toes, 362.28 in the card catalog, a portfolio of fantastical and surreal writing and artwork, a tenure review gone awry, and the winners of the 2019 Iowa Review Awards. Contributors include Julie Gray, Derby Maxwell, Elizabeth Dodd, Andes Hruby, and Laura Crossett in nonfiction; Joyelle McSweeney, Brian Sneeden, Philip Metres, Maggie Millner, and Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer in poetry; and Chloe Wilson, Sherry Kramer, Terrence Holt, Analia Villagra, and Bruce Holbert in fiction.
At this week’s Magazine Stand: Issue 10 of Gris-Gris: An Online Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Arts features fiction by Peter Grandbois, James Hartman, Marlene Olin, and Betty Martin; poetry by Stephanie Brooks, Jonathan Riccio, Sarah Sousa, Hannah Warren, Maria Zoccola, and Daphne Simeon; nonfiction by Robert Vivian; and artwork by Desire’ Johnson.
The Autumn 2019 issue of The Gettysburg Review is featured on the NewPages Magazine Stand this week. Included in the issue is a selection of paintings by Anne Siems; fiction by Cody Harrison, Gary Amdahl, and Kathryn Harlan; essays by Valerie Sayers, Geoff Wyss, and Floyd Collins; poetry by Gregory Fraser, Robert Gibb, Adam Tavel, G. C. Waldrep, Connor Yeck, Kathryn Nuernberger, Alison Pelegrin, Todd Davis, Alice Friman, Nancy Carol Moody, Edward Mayes, Averill Curdy, Joyce Sutphen, Sarah Kain Gutowski, and Stanley Plumly.
In the latest issue of Chinese Literature Today, included in the NewPages Magazine Stand, find a special feature on Twenty-First Century Chinese Theater with work by Liu Hongtao, Zhang Xian, Li Jing (including an interview with Li Jing by Liu Hongtao), Zhai Yueqin, Ding Luonan, Chen Jide, and Song Baozhen. Also in this tenth anniversary issue: a tribute to Jin Yong with work by Liu Hongtao, Paul B. Foster, and Weijie Song; work by Xiao Fuxing; and featured scholar Charles A. Laughlin.
Ellen Hinsey and Jakob Ziguras were invited to assist the New England Review in compiling a collection of poems written by previously untranslated Polish authors in a special issue titled “Polish Poetry in Translation: Bridging the Frontiers of Language” (Volume 40 Number 2, 2019). No doubt, Ellen Hinsey, who had previously used love as her guide to identify works to include in her book Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets, was chosen for her care and attention.
The introduction to Hinsey’s anthology is referenced in an editor’s note in this issue and highlights difficulties that translation presents. Hinsey describes how even best efforts are often unable to fully create expressions and understandings in English that exist uniquely in Polish (and other languages) while also preserving beauty in the verses. [Read more…] about New England Review – Polish Poetry in Translation
On the Hatred of Literature. The Point, Issue 21. … Nearly giving way to what seemed to me at the time (but not now) an embarrassing overflow of emotion, she accused the professors of “hating” literature. We had become English majors in the first place, she went on, not because novels and poems told us interesting things about history or politics but because they made us feel less alone, captivated us with their beauty, helped us to better know ourselves and the world. The professors, as far as I can remember, responded politely: after all, the student was only a sophomore. She would learn.
Find an updated Magazine Stand at NewPages this week. Check out new issues from a dozen magazines.
Among these, is Chinese Literature Today with a special feature on Twenty-First Century Chinese Theater.
The Gettysburg Review includes colorful, eye-catching paintings by Anne Seims.
Gris-Gris: An Online Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Arts includes new fiction by Peter Grandbois and nonfiction by Robert Vivian.
The Iowa Review presents readers with the winners of the 2019 Iowa Review Awards, as well as a portfolio of surreal writing and art.
Southern Humanities Review invites readers into the new issue with whimsical cover art by Martha Park: “Deer with Houses.”
Check out these featured titles and more this week and grab some copies of your own.
Back at the end of August 2019, Chinese Literature Today celebrated its tenth anniversary. During the past ten years, the journal—a sister publication to World Literature Today—has published sixteen issues of Chinese work and culture. With their latest issue, the editors have chosen to celebrate by publishing “the first ever CLT special section on contemporary Chinese theater.”
In this feature, readers will find over fifty pages of work, including “Boundary-Crossing Experiments: Ecology of the Shanghai Avant-Garde Theater in the New Century” by Zhai Yueqin, translated by Josh Stenberg; an examination of experimental theater by Ding Luonan, translated by Nienyuan Cheng; an interview with Li Jing by Liu Hongtao, translated by David N. C. Hull; and more.
A new Book Stand is available at NewPages! Visit for new and forthcoming titles in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, anthologies, and children’s/YA. Our New & Noteworthy section features six titles this month.
Americans Are trump by Randall G. Nichols explores the mindset of Americans who support our current president.
Dispatches from the End of Ice by Beth Peterson “is part science, part lyric essay, and part research reportage.”
In HULL, Xandria Phillips “explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings” in their debut collection.
Orison Books has released their fourth anthology, “an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year.”
Someone You Love Is Still Alive by Ephraim Scott Sommers has been called “a gorgeous and dangerous book” by Jericho Brown.
Thirty-six writers share their worst reading experiences in What Could Possibly Go Wrong? edited by Richard Peabody.
Winners of Louisville Literary Arts’ annual Writer’s Block Prize are published in The Louisville Review. The Fall 2019 issue includes the winner of the 2019 prize: “The Things We Leave Behind” by Aimée Lehmann.
Lehmann’s fiction was selected by 2019 judge Garth Greenwell. In addition to publication, Lehmann also received a $500 prize for her winning piece. The 2020 Writer’s Block Prize is open during the summer months, so stay tuned for updates on this year’s deadline.
Mary Birnbaum’s nonfiction piece “Owosso” caught my eye in the latest issue of Crazyhorse, not only because it’s the winner of the Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize, but because it’s a familiar name (though a surprise to see in a national literary journal); the tiny town in Michigan is a mere hour away from where I’ve lived my whole life. It’s also where Birnbaum’s grandfather lived, she learns as she reads his obituary at the gym. This discovery leads her on an exploration of the concept of ghosts and hauntings.
Across the country, Birnbaum writes of the ghostly characters of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and personal ghost stories shared by two friends. This leads her to look at the ghosts of her own life. These are not supernatural beings haunting the darkness, but are her father and her grandfather, two strangers removed from her life.
Birnbaum’s thoughts about her father and grandfather are complex and complicated. She breaks her ideas apart into small chunks, making them easily digestible as she bounces back and forth between ghost stories, the “what-ifs” of finding and confronting her father, and her discovery at the gym. At one point she wonders, “if it’s worse to be a ghost or to be haunted. I wonder if both are possible in me,” leading me to consider the ways in which I myself am a ghost or am being haunted in my own life.
As the essay wraps up, Birnbaum decides to label Owosso a mythical location. But while the small city is something separated from herself, it did conjure up from the shadows a tiny, welcomed connection between writer and this reader.