Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Last Vispo

The Last Vispo Anthology is the first major anthology of visual poetry in decades. Edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis, the complete manuscript is 336 pages in length with poems, many produced in color, interspersed with essays from poets, critics, and scholars of visual poetry.

With its global scope of 148 contributors from 23 countries, The Last Vispo Anthology has three purposes: to document the recent upsurge in visual poetry, to make visual poetry available to a wider audience, and to be used as a pedagogical tool in poetry and art curriculum at the secondary and post-secondary level - and to extend the dialectic between art and literature that began with the concrete poetry movement fifty years ago.

Vispo Links
For more about the project, visit the website: www.thelastvispo.com, which also includes the list of contributors and their bios online at Vispo / Bios, and an interesting list of Visual Poetry Blogs/Websites

There also is a 35-page preview online underneath the order info and the quotes, the preview includes the introduction of the editors Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis:  The Last Vispo / preview.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Literary courses online now: Fantasy & Science Fiction + Philosophy + The Language of Hollywood

Literary courses online: Earlier this year, the online eduction platform Coursera launched. In partnership with several US universities, Coursera offers free online courses in the fields of Computer Science, Medicine, Biology, Finance and Information, but also in Humanities and Social Science. The current course program also includes a literary course & a philosophic course, and a course on storytelling and the language of Hollywood:


Starting Now: "Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World"
This week, Professor Eric Rabkin will start to his course on fantasy and science fiction again. Here's the short summary: "We understand the world — and our selves — through stories. Then some of those hopes and fears become the world. This course will explore Fantasy in general and Science Fiction in specific both as art and as insights into ourselves and our world."

For those who are into sci-fi, this is a great opportunity to read one of the classics and parallel to that, watch the lectures. The course runs for 10 weeks, and in each week, another author is featured in several video lectures. Novels/authors discussed include: Caroll's "Adventures in Wonderland", Bram Stoker's "Dracula", Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", Hawthorne & Poe, Wells, Bradbury, Le Guin and Doctorow. 
Here's more: Fantasy & SciFi course info

The 2013 Sci-Fi Experience
And here an extra-link for sci-fi fans: all through 2013, readers of sci-fi books (or watcher of sci-fi films) are invited to share and discuss their current reads at the "2013 Sci-Fi Expericence" which is hosted by Carl Anderson at his blog: "And so I officially welcome you to The 2013 Science Fiction Experience, which runs from January 1st, 2013 through February 28th, 2013. The “rules” of the experience are simple: there are none. Remember, this isn’t a challenge. If you would like to join us in discussing any science fiction reading or television viewing or movie watching you do over the time period, please do."


Starting Monday 28th: Introduction to Philosophy 
On Monday, 28th January, the 7-week course "Introduction to Philosophy" will start: "This course will introduce you to some of the most important areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise." For more, visit the philosophy course info page and watch the intro video.


Starting February 4th: The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color 
This Film History course explores how fundamental changes in film technology affected popular Hollywood storytelling. We will consider the transition to sound, and the introduction of color. .. Our aim is to illuminate popular cinema as the intersection of business, technology, and art. Through film history, we will learn about the craft of filmmaking and how tools shape art." - course info

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

February is National Novel Reading Month - join #NaNoReMo with a classic novel

How about reading a classic novel in February? John from the Bathroom Monologues and fellow bloggers are initiating a National Novel Reading Month:

"It’s a simple idea. We’ve all got at least one classic book we think we ought to read and have put off too long.

Check your shelf. Check your conscience. Isn’t there something long removed from the Bestseller’s List you think you ought to read? Be it for craft, for history, or some gap in your personal English canon. #NaNoReMo is about catching up with the classics.

It begins on February 1st. We’ll be on the honor system; nobody cheat and start reading now. In advance you’re welcome to hop onto blogs and Twitter to chat about your potential choices. Our hashtag is #NaNoReMo. Then join us throughout February as we discuss our progress through our chosen classics. If it works the cross-pollination of encouragement will increase our reading lists as well as encourage us to finish reading great works."

for guidelines and a list of participating blogs, visit:
#NaNoReMo Megapost

and here's more about it: 
introduction blog post: #NaNoReMo: National Novel Reading Month
twitter: #NaNoReMo


The classic image above? That's as classic as books get: it's from the King's Library in the British Library in London.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Anonymous Drawings 2013 - Call for Entries

Anonymous Drawings was founded 2006 by the artist Anke Becker in Berlin, Germany. Since then, more than 5000 artists from all over the world have taken part in the project. More than 10 shows of Anonymous Drawings took place in Berlin and abroad up until today.

New exhibition upcoming in March
The next exhibition of Anonymus Drawings will take place in March 2013 in Berlin at the Uferhallen. Like all previous exhibitions, it is preceded by an international call for participation. 800 selected drawings of international artists will be presented anonymously in the exhibition. Everybody can take part: old and young, professional artists or laymen. Deadline for submissions: 31. January 2013 
The concept
The age, biography or gender of the participants will not be requested and do not play any role in the selection: selection will be made without looking at the names. What counts is the art itself and not the biography! All the drawings are available for a symbolic unit sales-price of 150 Euros each – no matter if they come from established artists or from unknown laymen. For each drawing sold, the artists receive 100 Euros – the rest will be used for the partial financing of the project.

Further information:

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

"tree" - Leaf Press 2013 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 2013 was: "Trees" - now the poem is online: Leafpress co-op poem 2013: tree

It's composed of lines by 37 poets, here the first 4 lines from 4 contributors:

"the sea, the raft, the harbour and the shore
home of hope
lungs of the earth
a ballet, osmosis, umbilicus, nursling: bless..."

Beneath the poem is a version with poet names included. 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:
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.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Blue Fifth Review: the blue collection 3: collaboration

For the Blue Fifth Review's "blue collection 3: collaboration", ten writers respond in poem and flash to five art pieces selected from Blue Fifth Reviews’s 2011 issues. The connections between the art, poetry, flash, and commentaries are a true testament to the possibilities of the creative process.

Featured authors and artists: Christopher Allen, Jenny Baker, Ann Bogle, Sheldon Lee Compton, Cheryl Dodds, Rupert Fike, Jane Hammons, Lynne Knight, Dorothee Lang, Sara Lippmann, Leslie Marcus, Felicia Mitchell, Rebecca Seiferle, Christopher Woods, and Bill Yarrow.

About Blue Fifth Review
The name of this online journal, Blue Fifth Review, has its origins in jazz: the mysterious third blue note, the blue fifth. Sam Rasnake began Blue Fifth Review in the winter of 2001, and from then until 2010 BFR appeared twice yearly in journal format, adding a themed supplement issue every other year. A quarterly Broadside series was added in 2006. In 2011, Michelle Elvy joined as an editor and BFR moved its online site to WordPress, launching the Blue Five Notebook Series. The format and number of issues broadened to include flash, while limiting the selections to five written works and a single piece of art per issue.

Recent issues include the Poetry Special – (December 2012) and the Fall Quarterly with the theme "Ekphrastic / Music" (November 2012)

magazine link: Blue Fifth Review