Monday, March 31, 2014

Indefinite Space 2014

from minimalist to avant-garde ---
open to innovative, imagistic, philosophical, 
experimental creations---
poetry drawings collage photograph--

Indefinite Space.

The 2014 edition of Indefinite Space contains work from 27 poets + artists: Linda King, Aimee Harrison, Bob Heman, Khaty Xiong, MJ Gette, Rob Cook, Joseph Cooper, Philip Miletic, William Garvin, arkava das, BZ Niditch, Guy R. Beining, Andrew Maximilian Niss, Wes Solether, Dorothee Lang, Stephen C. Middleton, Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Gabrielle Campagnano, Thomas Cochran, K.S. Hardy, Michael Albright, Mark Young, Andrew Topel, Michael Frazer, Ivan de Monbrison, Jeff Harrison, Simon Perchik, Tom Pescatore, Jean Esteve, Christopher Mulrooney, Bruce McRae, Robert Pfeiffer, Marie Nunalee, Dylan Joy

About Indefinite Space
Indefinite Space is edited by Marcia Arrieta. She founded Indefinite Space in 1991 after receiving a grant for her work from the Pasadena Arts Council and has continued to publish the journal independently since then. Indefinite Space has a penchant for the avant-garde, the philosophical, the minimal (but not always), the natural, and the intangible.

Indefinite Space 2014
single issue $8
ISSN 1075-6868

related links: poetry, art

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge - Round-up

Book blogger Shannon from Giraffe Days is hosting an international reading challenge this year: Around the World in 12 Books Challenge.

Participants can send links to their reviews, and Shannon puts together a monthly roundup that feels like a virtual world-trip:

Around-the-world February Round-up 
Participants covered all continents, yet again – including Antarctica! – and reviewed 4 books from Asia, 2 from South America, 10 from the UK and Europe, 3 from North America, 4 from Africa, 1 from the Middle East, and 5 from Australia-Antarctic and the Pacific. That’s an impressive 29 books reviewed for the challenge in February!! There was a real mix of genres, including older titles, historical novels, romance, mystery, folktales and non-fiction.

The round-up starts in South Korea, with a book blogger from Estonia.. "Toomas Nipernaadi from Estonia who blogs at Non-native Reader (I love the fact that participants of this challenge come from all over, it’s awesome!!), takes us to Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles with this travel book by Simon Winchester from 1988.
After moving through Brazil, France, Poland, Canada, Nigeria, Israel, New Zealand and various other countries, the round-up ends in Antarctica: "Here’s a first for the challenge! Ekatarina (In My Book) journeyed to the less-visited continent of Antarctica (which I’m including under Australia and Oceania for convenience) with HP Lovecraft’s 1936 novel, At the Mountains of MadnessThis story about an old and mysterious civilisation discovered deep in Antarctic ice struck her, initially, as a great plot..." 

January round-up + Joining the challenge
For more international book suggestions and reviws, visit the January's Around-the-world Round-up

You can still joine the challenge, there are also easier levels: Happy Camper: 2 books, Wayfarer: 4 books, Casual Tourist: 6 books. Here's the Sign-up page.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Art + Humanity courses online: "A History of Art" + "Practical Ethics"

Humanity and Art courses online: Last year, the online eduction platform Coursera launched. In partnership with many universities, Coursera offers free online courses in the fields of Computer Science, Medicine, Biology, Finance and Information, but also in Humanities and Social Science. Here are 2 courses that just started:

"Live! A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers"
Organized by the California Institute of Arts, "Live! A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers" is a free and open art course: " xplore art history from the artist's perspective. Learn how contemporary artists, animators and gamers work from the art of the past as part of their creative process"

Practical Ethics
"In this course you will be encouraged to think about some of the ethical issues that we all face in our daily lives, and as concerned, global citizens. The course will focus on the following topics: Is abortion wrong? Should we eat animals? What is our responsibility to the world’s poor? This course will encourage you to examine your ethical beliefs on topics relevant to the ancient question posed by Socrates: “How am I to live?”

Other upcoming courses: Coursera Humanities courses 

Friday, January 24, 2014

#readwomen2014: who will you read in 2014?

2014 has been declared as the year of reading women by the Guardian in an article. This article now went viral with the hashtag: #readwomen 2014, with more and more readers joining, and new notes and links appearing continually in the twitterstream. Here's the key line from the original article:
 "Female authors are marginalised by newspapers and literary journals, and their books are given 'girly' covers. Take action against this inequality by making sure the next book you read is by a woman."

Here are the links to the original article, the twitterstream and a tagboard with collected messages:  

blog links
And some links to related features in this blog:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Words without Borders: Kurdish Literature

In their new issue, the international online magazine Words without Borders is featuring Kurdish Literature: "This month we present writing by Kurdish authors. Writers from the various regions and dialects of Kurdistan consider questions of nation, language, and identity, providing fresh perspectives on this ancient culture and its contemporary conflicts."

Issue Link: Kurdish Literature
Bakhtiyar Ali describes an assassin's tipping point. Yavuz Ekinci's widow remembers the true love of her youth. Murathan Mungan draws on the Kurdish oral tradition. Alber Sabanoglu surveys recent writing about the history of Kurds in Turkey. Poet Abdulla Pashew blends political and personal longing...

About Words Without Borders
Founded in 2003, Words without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages.

Recent Issues include:

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

"I Hear the Wind Waiting" - Leaf Press 2014 co-op poem

Since 2009, the editors of Leaf Press organize a collaborate winter poem for the start of the year, collecting couplets from different poets, to publish as co-op poem on the first Monday of the new year.

The theme for 2014 is: "Wind" - the poem is now online at: Leafpress coop poem 2014: I Hear the Wind Waiting

It's composed of lines by 37 poets, here the first 3 lines from 3 contributors:

"Thoughts, tousled by the wind
signposts of past years
There are thos who listen, see it,..."

No one knew what the others wrote, the brief guidelines were: "An entry consists of one line or one couplet. Each line approximately 12 syllables."

The co-op series
And  here, for the joy of poetic cooperation, the previous poems:
2013 - tree
2012 - Lines Drawn from Greening Winds
2011 - The Change in Winter Light
2010 - Cold
2009 - Snow

About Leaf Press
Leaf Press is an independent press located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Ursula Vaira founded Leaf in 2001 as a poetry chapbook publisher. Since 2007 Leaf has been publishing trade poetry while continuing the chapbook tradition and the weekly on-line Monday's Poem.

Friday, January 03, 2014

"Be There Now" - a collection of true travel stories

"Be There Now" is a collection of true travel stories featuring twenty-two contributors who share adventures and escapades from around the world.

The stories include the tale of an amateurish kidnapping in Nicaragua that could have been told by Woody Allen, and a David Sedaris-esque tale of two ships passing in a Paris art supply store. Existential stories from a man lost on the flooded Amazon River at night, and from a woman who encounters a grizzly–in the same area where her father and stepmother were killed by a bear.

Insightful stories about a woman’s spiritual journey in Peru (complete with hallucinogens!), and about a female journalist’s friendship with an Iraqi translator in Syria. And stories about endangered species in exotic locales, including helping a sea turtle lay its eggs on a Costa Rican beach, and taking a blind man to visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

The book is available as paperback ($12) or as e-book for very travel-friendly 99 cents (link).  It's published by the indie book publisher "Dream of Things", you can find more about the book on their website: "Be There Now". 

Stories, places and authors include: 
  • Foreword by Mike O’Mary, Series Editor; Introduction by Julie Rand, Editor
  • Once in a Lifetime [Guatemala] by Terri Elders
  • Talk About “Embarrasant” [France] by Dominick Domingo
  • Día de los Muertos [Mexico] by Kathe Kokolias
  • Demon Blockers [China] by Jennifer Choban
  • Still Alive [Syria] by Kelly Hayes-Raitt
  • The Happiest Place on Earth [Disneyland] by Dina Kucera
  • Berlin [Germany] by Jennifer Lang
  • A Quick and Cozy Kidnapping [Nicaragua] by Ben Bellizzi
  • Turbulence [On a plane] by Roz Warren
  • Encounter [Alaska] by Shannon Huffman Polson
  • Perfect Pulpo [Mexico] by Suzanne LaFetra
  • Where Light Germinates [Peru] by Melissa Heisler
  • The Jigg’s Up [Newfoundland] by Carol McAdoo Rehme
  • A Trembling Voice [Costa Rica] by Frank Izaguirre
  • Horse, Horse, Tiger, Tiger [China] by Ferida Wolff
  • Open Eye [New Mexico] by Lynn Pinkerton
  • In the Footsteps of Fossey [Rwanda] by Irene Morse
  • Driving Compassionately [Bali] by Peter Marmorek
  • Pickles and Hiccups [On the way home] by Randy Richardson
  • Treks [Kathmandu] by Katherine Horrigan
  • Virtual Travel [On the Internet] by Trendle Ellwood
  • Nowhere [Drifting in the heavens] by William Hillyard

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mindful Writing Challenge - January 2014

The Mindful Writing Challenge  started in January 2011 with a blog and an invite: "Why would you want to join in? - Because choosing something to write about every day will help you to connect with yourselves, with others, and with the world. It will help you to love everything you see - the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the beautiful and the ugly. You don't have to be a 'writer' to get involved. The process of paying attention is what's important."

The result: more than 350 people across the world paying more attention to what was around them, and writing mindful notes, also called "small stones". Which induced an ongoing twitter stream: twitter/smallstone.

Mindful Writing Month
Now the next month of mindful writing month is coming closer, with an announcement and an invite to join. The Mindful Writing Challenge will start on January first, it's a great way to enter the new year on a fresh note. Here's the very short version of the invitation:

Mindful Writing Month - The Very Quick Version:  
1. Pay proper attention to one thing every day during January. 
2. Write it down (this is a small stone). 
3. Get daily support & inspiration.

For more, visit the blog paget: Mindful Writing Challenge January 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award: Finalists + Notable Stories

2013 storySouth Million Writers Award: Final Voting is open!

Great stories are being published online. The storySouth Million Writers Award for best online fiction of the year will help all internet-based journals and magazines gain exposure and attent. The purpose of the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award is to honor and promote the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2012. The award process includes several steps, the first steps was nominations from editors and readers.

The Million Writers Award Finalists are now online, and voting is open, it will end December 31st. The voting will determine the top 3 selections from 2012, to be announced in January. Together with the Finalists, the list of all 50 notable stories of 2012 is online on the same page.

For even more stories, visit the Editor Nominations List: more than 70 online magazines nominated their best stories, creating a wonderful mixed list - great to explore new magazines, new authors and new stories.

There's also a Reader nominations List, but sadly some readers and writers misread the guidelines, thninking that this already is the voting stage and so several stories pop up again and again and again,

The reason for the Million Writers Award is that most of the major literary prizes for short fiction (such as the Best American Short Stories series and the O. Henry Awards) have traditionally ignored web-published fiction. This award aims to show that world-class fiction is being published online and to promote this fiction to the larger reading and literary community.

Guidelines The award is for any fictional short story of at least a 1,000 words first published in an online publication during 2012. To help promote online stories, the Million Writers Award accepts nominations from readers, writers, and editors. There is no entry fee. For more details, visit the Award Rules.

Each year, the Million Writers Award offers prizes to the authors of the winning story, a runner-up, and an honorable mention. These prizes are possible thanks to your generous support. Please click on the donate link below to offer your support. Donors have the option of being listed on the Million Writers Award Page or remaining anonymous.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month

The 50.000 word marathon is on again: National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) is an annual internet-based creative writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and November 30.

Writers wishing to participate first register on the project's website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopsis and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for counting.

Pep talks give advice along the way, and the extended NaNoWriMo forums offer the chance to interact, motivate each other, and procrastinate.

About NaNoWriMo
This writing project was started by Chris Baty in July 1999 with 21 participants in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2000, it was moved to November "to more fully take advantage of the miserable weather" and launched an official website. With more writers joining each year, NaNoWriMo turned into a global event. In 2010, over 200,000 people took part - writing a total of over 2.8 billion words.

Best of luck and energy and inspiration and perseverance to all who join!

NaNoWriMo Website

related links: other web projects; on writing

Friday, October 04, 2013

Open Culture - free e-books, lessons, films, courses, readings..

Open Culture is a web resource for free cultural media in the web.

The mission of Open Culture is "to bring together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here."

Website link: Open Culture

Some selected categories:
- free audio books
- great science videos
- free Science Fiction classics
- top cultural video sites

It's also worthwile to browse the diverse entries on the starting page, with features like:
30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web
Two Scenes from Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, recreated in Lego
Listening to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, (Maybe) the Longest Audio Book Ever Made

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wiki Loves Monuments - photo contest

Wikipedia international photo contest around cultural heritage 

Since September 1st, more than 50 countries from all over the world are in the race to show the best pictures of their heritage to the world through their participation in Wiki Loves Monuments 2013.

It's the fourth year the contest is on, and 2013 might just turn into a new world record photo contest: "This year we are very excited to have for the first time Arab speaking countries join: Algeria, Jordan, Tunesia and Egypt all joined for the first time! But also in Asia the contest sees more participating countries, with China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nepal and Azerbaijan. Also, the only continent without a permanent population (but with monuments!), Antarctica, is participating this year. But even in Europe where the competition started we’re able to welcome new participating countries, such as Armenia and the United Kingdom. The biggest country participating is Russia, and the smallest is Aruba."

How to join
If you would like to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments (which also includes an international contest and prizes), the only thing you have to do for that is upload a freely-licensed image of a monument in one of the participating countries to Wikimedia Commons. Links to the respective national websites are available in the sidebar of the contest/participate page.