Thursday, March 29, 2012

Million Writers Award: The Best New Online Voices + The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy

For nearly a decade the Million Writers Award has honored the best fiction published in online magazines and journals. Now for the first time are the most exciting stories recognized by this award gathered in 2 collections:

Million Writers Award: The Best New Online Voices
includes stories by Sefi Atta, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Corey Mesler, Roxane Gay, Eric Beetner, Randa Jarrar, Jessica Schneider, Matt Bell, Anjana Basu, and many more

Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy
includes stories by N. K. Jemisin, Saladin Ahmed, Rachel Swirsky, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Aliette de Bodard, Richard Bowes, Lavie Tidhar, Hannu Rajaniemi, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more

Some of these authors are well-known from print magazines and books; others have only published online. But all of them are reshaping the world of short fiction. Read these groundbreaking stories and you’ll understand why online magazines and journals are the place to find today’s most vital and challenging fiction.

If you “are curious about the boundaries writers are pushing in short fiction, (the Million Writers Award) is a very good place to start.” – Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times “Jacket Copy” blog

Pre-Order Special— free ebook offer!
If you pre-order one or both anthologies from Spotlight Publishing before June 14 you'll receive special pricing on print editions and ebooks.

Million Writers Award Anthologies + Pre-Order offer
edited by Jason Sanford
publication date: June 14th
pre-orders are open now

Call: The Million Writers Award 2012
The Million Writers Award is now inviting nominations from readers, writers, and editors. This award is for any fictional short story of at least a 1,000 words first published in an online publication during 2011. Info + Guidelines: Million Writers Award 2012. The deadline for nominations is April 9.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Indefinite Space 2012

amidst the portraits & trees & word halters--
the poems underwater, the poems in air,
the poems breaking the horizon
// sundials & shadows--

Indefinite Space.

The 2012 edition of Indefinite Space contains work from 24 poets & artists: Peter J. Grieco, Lauren Hilger, Guy R. Beining, Kristina Marie Darling, Dan Raphael, J.T. Whitehead, Lara S. Williams, Corey Kimmel, Robert Tremmel, Ian Hatcher, Marton Koppany, Lance Nizami, Candace Kaucher, Mark Young, Britt Melewski, Josh Nadeau, TWIXT, David Wanczyk, B.Z. Niditch, C.S. Carrier, Steve Wing, Dorothee Lang, Nicolas Grenier, John McKernan.

Indefinite Space is edited by Marcia Arrieta. Her first book of poems triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme is available through Otoliths (+ was recently reviewed by Melusine, here). Her chapbook experimental: was published by potes & poets press, and another collection the curve against the linear is part of The Quartet Series— An Uncommon Accord, published by toadlily press. She has a MFA in poetry from Vermont College.

About Indefinite Space
Marcia Arrieta founded Indefinite Space in 1991 after receiving a grant for her work from the Pasadena Arts Council. She has continued to publish the journal independently for 20 years. Indefinite Space has a penchant for the avant-garde, the philosophical, the minimal (but not always), the natural, and the intangible.

Indefinite Space 2012
single issue $7
ISSN 1075-6868

related links: poetry, art

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

the weight of dew - Daniela Elza (Mother Tongue)

In the weight of dew, Daniela Elza’s remarkably elegant debut book of poetry, we are taken on a literal, metaphorical and philosophical journey from the city, inland through (mostly) British Columbia. In the miles and meditations Elza’s poems travel light, with the ‘shape of me nameless’. the weight of dew settles around us, after the long journey of contemplation.

These poems are delicate, condensed, crystallized, yet paradoxically spacious, not only visually but philosophically. They gently ask questions about our existence. Use language to investigate belief. Use metaphor to awaken consciousness. Beautifully transforming us and herself through the alphabet of her knowing.

"These poems are like the sculpted mindscapes of the Zen garden: evocative, resonant, and serene. They are also delightfully complex, as if the poet with the rake has a sense of humour, is part Zen master, part Trickster, demonstrating with a wink how the wondrously simple and the eminently elaborate reside inside each other." –Aislinn Hunter

"There is a sweet music and the sensuality of careful attention in Daniela Elza's work, the sort of things by which the world recovers its proper gravity." –Tim Lilburn

An interesting interview with excerpts is online at Rob Taylor's blog:  part1 (with "crumbling into harmony") + part 2 (with "past Hope"). A quote: "There was a kind of control and at the same time a letting go. A kind of freeing myself and the reader to experience the fluidity of the words as they meta-morph through the different rooms of our beings." - Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza has lived on three continents and crossed numerous geographic, cultural and semantic borders. Her work has been published in more than fifty literary and peer-reviewed publications and to date she has released more than 200 poems into the wor(l)d. In 2011 Daniela received her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University and launched her first e-Book, The Book of It (now also available in print).
About Mother Tongue Publishing
Mother Tongue Publishing is dedicated to publishing unique, bold and stimulating books of British Columbia art history, fine art and literature. The Unheralded Artists of BC, their new series, is dedicated to recognizing 20th century B.C. artists and igniting an overdue discourse on their artistic and historic significance.

Daniela Elza: the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publications, 2012)
Poetry collection, 112 pages, introduction by Aislinn Hunter

ISBN 978-1-896949-21-5


Books, Blogs, Review Forward

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Review Forward: This entry is inspired by Review Forward, a new online initiative for authors & book bloggers. For more reviews, visit the facebook page or the twitter-stream.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Enpipe Line - poetry written in resistance

The Enpipe Line consists of more than 70.000 kilometers of collaborative poetry written in resistance to Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal and projects like it around the planet.

Initiated and hosted by Christine Leclerc, this project started in 2010 and kept growing continually online. Now it turned into a printed  collection of poetic resistance, published by Creekstone Press.

"These poems, drawings, stories, statements—words and gestures—are more than anathemas to Enbridge's Northern Gateway proposal; they are actual and necessary functions of being here, measures of our own animal presence, and witness to a threatening greed and ignorance. Kilometre after kilometre, The Enpipe Line occupies its space by writing in it." - Fred Wah, Parliamentary Poet Laureate

You can now download your copy of The Enpipe Line as PDF-file at the Enpipe Page. The Enpipe Line in printed form will launch March 23.

About The Enpipe Line
The Enpipe Line goes dream vs. dream with Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipelines. If built, these 1,170 kilometre pipelines will carry tar sands oil and its poisonous by-products across more than 700 streams and rivers between Alberta and the B.C. port of Kitimat. In Kitimat, crude oil would be pumped into supertankers for export, threatening the fragile coastal ecosystem with a major spill. Originally conceived as a 1,170 kilometre-long collaborative line of poetry to match the length of the proposed pipelines, The Enpipe Line has grown to over 70,000 kilometres.

The Enpipe Line / (pdf-link)
179 pages

related links: poetry, this world

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Mexican Drug War - Words without Borders

The Mexican Drug War is a special theme issue of Words without Borders. With it, the online magazine for international literature continues their tradition of exploring global events through international writing.

Guest edited by Carmen Boullosa, The Mexican Drug War features 11 pieces of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction exploring the world of a modern-day Mexico held hostage by drug lords. Rafael Perez Gay, Luis Felipe Fabre, Rafael Lemus, Yuri Herrera, Juan Villoro, Fabrizio Mejia Madrid, Magali Tercero, Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, Hector de Mauleon, and Carmen Boullosa delve into the personal and the global repercussions of a conflict that has killed more than 60,000 people.

The issue is available online:  The Mexican Drug War. A good entry point for the article "A Report from Hell" by the editor Carmen Boullosa. For most articles, there also is a Spanish version online.

About Words without Borders
The mission of Words without Borders is to translate, publish, and promote the finest contemporary international literature: "Every month, on our online magazine, we publish eight to ten new works by international writers."
In keeping with their mission, the Mexican Drug War issue will present the human stories behind the bloodshed and struggles that have ravaged Mexico for more than a decade. It follows the May 2011 Afghanistan Issue and their July and August 2011 Arab Spring Issues.

related links
about a place, anthologies

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Motionpoems broadens the audience for poetry by turning great contemporary poems into short films for big-screen and online distribution.

In 2008, animator/producer Angella Kassube animated one of Todd Boss’s poems. Compelled by the results, they began introducing other poets to other video artists. A public screening at Open Book in Minneapolis drew a crowd to see 12 pieces they dubbed Motionpoems.

Direct links to selected works:
"When at a Certain Party in NYC" - Belieu/Schmitt
"Constellatoins" - Boss/Kassube (the start of motionpoems)
"Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91" - Klatt/Jacobsen

About the Process
For new projects, video artists work from completed poems. Poets are not required to work directly with video artists. Video artists are given free rein to be their own creative directors on their projects. Todd and Angella are available to advise poets and video artists, and to connect the project with additional creative talent as needed. A small stipend rewards video artists who complete projects on deadline and whose work is selected for screening.

Website: Motionpoems

related links:
literary film clips: 6S summer, Electric Literature, Moving Poems + more

Thursday, March 01, 2012

An Aotearoa Affair #1: Crossings

Germany and New Zealand. Seen geographically, these two countries are about as far apart as they could possibly be. But across oceans and timezones, people associated with these two places reach out, connect and share their current projects in An Aotearoa Affair - a blog carnival that reaches from Germany to New Zealand

"Here we introduce German and Kiwi poets, storytellers, bloggers and artists as they travel and transform, wander and dream."

The blog carnival is part of the Aotearoa Affair Blog Fest, inspired by the 2012 Frankfurt Bookfair in October — where New Zealand is the Guest of Honour.

Crossings: The first edition of this blog carnival was edited by Michelle Elvy (New Zealand) and Dorothee Lang (Germany). It has the theme "Crossings", and features entries by 24 writers from a variety of places and perspectives, including Keri Hulme, Marcus Speh, Christopher Allen, Kes Young, Emma Barnes, Rachel Fenton, Megan Doyle Corcoran, Hinemoana Baker, Tim Jones, Patrizia Monzani, Jürgen Fauth, Kate Brown, Helen Lowe, Linda Evans Hofke, Trish Nicholson, Piet Nieuwland, Raewyn Alexander, Rae Roadley, Martin Porter, Michael O'Leary and Aidan Howard.

About + How to Join
You can find more about this initiative on the Blog Fest website, which offers Weekly Highlights and Features. Submissions are now open to the highlights series and to the second blog carnival. The theme is "Past Myths, present legends" and will be edited by Rachel Fenton. The deadline for contributions for the March Blog Carnival is 20 March. For more details visit How To Join.

An Aotearoa Affair #1: Crossings