Archive for September, 2012

for anyone who passes

News for 140 And Counting contributors:River,” a short story by Richard Baldasty, is in the Fall 2012 issue of Ray’s Road Review; Julie Bloss Kelsey tells me her scifaiku poem “the perfect evening” was nominated for the 2012 Dwarf Stars Award and will appear in the upcoming anthology (congratulations!); the September 2012 issue of Heron’s Nest includes work by Andrew O. Dugas and Peter Newton; Chuck Von Nordheim‘s “Kelsy Copes With Her Husband’s Choise” was in Every Day Poets this week; aaaaand, the Science Fiction Poetry Association has posted a Halloween Poetry Reading which includes work by David C. Kopaska-Merkel. (In related news, URB editor Joanne Merriam will be guest-editing the April issue of the SFPA’s Eye to the Telescope; they’ll announce my theme and guidelines in January.)


News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors: Margaret Atwood will discuss her life and work on November 28th at The Royal Society of Literature; and Seth Fried will give a reading this Friday (October 5th), 7 p.m. at The Hinge Gallery, 410 N. Newstead Ave., Suite 4W, in St. Louis.

30 September 2012

cautious experiments with form and rhyme

Contemporary poetry on Jewish religious subjects is rare in America outside the pages of specialized Jewish publications. Thus, Peg Duthie’s delightful new collection Measured Extravagance (Upper Rubber Boot Books) is doubly welcome…

So begins Martin Berman-Gorvine’s review, “A Measured Feast,” posted 25 September 2012 at InTheMoment, the blog of Moment Magazine.

26 September 2012

The stories were full of intimations, partial or non-existent endings, impossible or mysterious goings-on.

Intermittent Visitors: Kathleen Alcalá, an interview by Joanne Merriam.

21 September 2012

I feel very fortunate that I get to make a living procrastinating.

Intermittent Visitors: Avery Oslo, an interview by Joanne Merriam.

17 September 2012

Nashville Reads

News for 140 And Counting contributors:

Chen-ou Liu‘s “Maple Moon and Cherry Blossom: Selected Bilingual Haiku and Tanka” was featured on the Akita International Haiku network and translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta.

Jonathan Pinnock‘s short story “The Joy Inside” has been shortlisted for the Bridgport Prize. He says, “this news should be tempered by the fact that there are apparently around a hundred stories on that shortlist” so this is more of a long list, but out of more than 6,000 entries, it’s still impressive.


News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale has been chosen for the Nashville Reads program, a new reading initiative to create a shared reading experience. Since Upper Rubber Boot Books is based in Nashville, we’re especially excited about this. We’ll be at the free public lecture by Atwood on October 27th. She has also won the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award.

Darcie Dennigan is reading her work along with Eileen Myles and Matvei Yankelevich, and accompanied by DJ Shaki. This event is free and all ages, at 7 pm on September 27th, at the Yale Marsh Botanical Gardens in New Haven, CT (and it has a Facebook page).

Joyce Carol Oates picked five short story collections that have inspired her over at the Daily Beast.


In other news, we’re still collecting entries for the September Giveaway over at our Facebook page. Five people will win a copy of T.D. Ingram’s haiku chapbook Hiss of Leaves. We currently have two entrants, so your chances are pretty good. To enter, like our Facebook page, share the September giveaway post publicly on your Facebook page, and leave a comment on the giveaway post itself. The giveaway post originally went up September 3rd, but is pinned to the top of the page.

16 September 2012

“Does it matter that a reader doesn’t “like,” in the trivial way in which one might not “like” Chinese food, a classic like “Beowulf”?” – Joyce Carol Oates

I was excited to see this week that the 2012 Hugo Award Winners included Ken Liu (a 140 And Counting contributor) and E. Lily Yu (an Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributor)!


News for other 140 And Counting contributors:

Berit Ellingsen weighs in on MIND MELD: Non-Anglo Presence in the Hugo Awards – Is it Possible? at SF Signal.

Chuck Von Nordheim‘s poem “Megan Considers Her ex’s New Girlfriend” is up at drown in my own fears.


News for other Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

An interview with Margaret Atwood appears in today’s Denver Post (where I was amused to see them ask her if she’s the Joyce Carol Oates of Canada, given Oates also appears in Apocalypse Now). If you’re in Denver, go see Atwood on Monday at the University of Denver’s Newman Center.

An interview with Joyce Carol Oates appears in this week’s Sunday Book Review in The New York Times.

Three poems by Catherine Pierce were Poem of the Week.

2 comments 9 September 2012

The Palace of Mythical Beasts

Intermittent Visitors: Holly Cooley, an interview by Joanne Merriam.

6 September 2012

Ask the Poems What to Wear

Ask the Poems What to Wear, an interview of Wendy Brown-Baez by Mary Alexandra Agner.

5 September 2012


140 And Counting contributors:

Berit Ellingsen‘s “The House Remains” has been included in Red Lemonade’s Hybrid Beasts anthology—and, even more excitingly, Ellingsen’s short story collection, Beneath the Liquid Skin, will be published by firthFORTH Books (an imprint of Queen’s Ferry Press) at the end of the year.

David Kopaska-Merkel‘s poem “Prince of Autumn” appeared in The Pedestal Magazine.

Chen-ou Liu has a haiku in Every Day Poets, Stella Pierides has a haiku in Haiku News, and Alan Summers has haiku in The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change.

Ken Liu has a novelet in the September/October 2012 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

3 September 2012

in the bottom bunk of our hut

Ann Fisher-Wirth: Ecopoetry to Honor the Earth, an interview by Wendy Brown-Baez.

3 September 2012


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