Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What to do





I am taking on CA Conrad's idea of PACE, because, quite frankly, I'm not sure how effective I am without speaking. Sometimes I shout. Poetry saved my life. Can it save others' lives? Can I read poems about institutionalized racism, sexism, the end of the world (see Allison Cobb), and the need to stop HEGEMONIC IGNORANCE and make a difference in Downtown Topeka? Maybe it is in these conversations we can find one way to address it?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Topeka Radical-Compassion-Immersion Poetry Project #7

aka protests against comPLACEncy

coming

Poetic Memoir

I am excited that my class "took." Even as two people dropped out, two people came on.

Is an email of thanks to those students too much?

This is my dream class. As in, my dreams are coming true!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

MFA Programs and Admission

This came out of a question posed to creative writing faculty at Washburn:


Applicants should choose locally and globally.

KU might be a good choice to apply to, as well as schools taught by other well-known writers.

This link: http://www.pw.org/content/mfa_programs?cmnt_all=1

This link has many legitimate programs listed: http://www.pw.org/mfa

Also, GTAs, grants, etc. are rewarded with the acceptance, listed with the application process. The deadlines are important to keep in mind.

Start by taking the GRE ASAP, then begin researching--keeping track of deadlines, what each school wants, etc.

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From Liz:
1. Funding: Today Huffington Post released its second annual (presumably?) list of underrated creative writing programs, noting that the programs they list "fully fund a sizable percentage of incoming students." Some programs still don't offer CNF, and others have students work in all three genres, so more digging would be necessary, but it's not a bad place to start: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/underrated-mfa-programs_b_850147.html

2. Location: I started my search for MFA programs based on where I wanted to live. I don't know that I would necessarily recommend that as a strategy for everyone, but it worked out pretty well for me, so I can't entirely knock it, either. ;) If your student wants to stay close to home (and if Kansas is indeed home), KU is a great choice--a solid CNF program, and it's been mentioned on the above list both years, too.

3. Teachers/mentors: There are a couple of ways to approach this. If she already has writers she admires who do the sort of writing she's hoping to do, she can look them up to see whether they teach in an MFA program somewhere. If not, getting a hold of copies of the Best American Essays, the Best American Travel Writing, and/or the Best American Science and Nature Writing from the past several years and seeing which writers tickle her fancy might not be a bad idea.

Mabee has Best American Essays from 1986-2008; it also has electronic copies of Best Women's Travel Writing 2014 and Best American Magazine Writing 2014, which I'm not directly familiar with but sound worth looking at!

4. Specific programs: There are some niche programs that focus on the sort of writing I associate with National Geographic: for example, Chatham University has an MFA program that has a focus on writing about place (travel/nature/environment/etc.): http://www.chatham.edu/mfa/. A search for "literary journalism" also turned up Ball State's graduate certificate in literary journalism, which I don't have any solid knowledge about, but it seems like it could be an interesting way to test the waters (the courses may be applied to a master's in journalism), or just learn some useful skills without having to commit to an entire degree: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/journalism/graduateprograms/literary-journalism-certificate

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From Izzy:
Students should apply to lots of programs, because 1. getting admitted and funded is tough, and it's good to have options, and 2. sometimes it's only the process of getting accepted that makes it clear which school is the best fit. I'd love to know what others have advised students to do, but when finances allow it I usually suggest applying to 6-8 programs.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Nightboat Books is Amazing!

I so want to be a part of this! Maybe in November?
http://www.nightboat.org/prize

Monday, April 13, 2015

To submit?

This is a fantastic list! Thank to Entropy!
http://entropymag.org/where-to-submit-april-may/


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Presses:

Action Books Open Reading Period / March 15 – April 15, 2015 / Poetry, Translation, “Genre-Promiscuous” / $20
Ahsahta Press – Open Reading Period / May 1 – May 31, 2015 / Poetry / $5
Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry / Deadline: May 15, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Prize: $2000 + Publication + Reading tour of universities in Florida
Ashland Poetry Press – Richard Snyder Memorial Prize / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $27 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: David St. John
Big Lucks – Ruth Stone First Book Prize / May 1 – June 15, 2015 / Poetry, Prose / Prize: $500 + Publication / Judge: Rachel Glaser
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry / Deadline: May 15, 2015 / Poetry / $28 / Prize: $2000 + Publication
BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize / Deadline: May 31, 2015 / Short Fiction / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
BOAAT Press – Open Reading Period / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Prize: $500 + Publication
Coconut Books – Joanna Cargill Prize and Elizabeth P. Braddock Prize / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / Free / Prize: Publication + 50% of Net Profits
Dalkey Archive Press / Now / Fiction
Double Life Press / Now / All Genres
Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Book Prize / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $20 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Hub City Press – New Southern Voices Poetry Prize / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: C.D. Wright
Iowa Poetry Prize / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $20
Kent State University Press – Wick Poetry Prize / Deadline: May 1, 2015 / Poetry / $30 / Prize: $2500 + Publication / Judge: Adrian Matejka
Kore Press First Book Award / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / $28 / Poetry / Prize: $1500 + Publication / Judge: Tracie Morris
Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $25
Noemi Press Book Awards / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Plays Inverse Press / Now / Plays, Cross-Genre, Performance Lit
Press 53 Award for Poetry / April 1 – July 31, 2015 / Poetry / $30 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Quarterly West – Novella Contest / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Fiction / $25 / Prize: $500 + Publication / Judge: Lily Hoang
Queen’s Ferry Press / March 1 – August 31, 2015 / Fiction
Rose Metal Press Spring Reading Period / May 1 – June 1, 2015 / Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry / $15
Skylight Press / Now / Fiction, Poetry
Sibling Rivalry Press – Open Reading Period / Deadline: June 1, 2015 / All Genres
Slope Editions Book Prize Contest / Extended Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Judge: Douglas Kearney
Trembling Pillow Press / Now / $15 / Poetry, Poetry Translations, Essays About Poetry
Trio House Press Book Awards / November 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Tupelo Press – Berkshire Prize / Deadline:April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $28 / Prize: $3000 + Publication / Judge: Carol Frost
Two Dollar Radio / Now / Fiction
University of Pittsburgh Press – Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $25 / Prize: $5000 + Publication
Zone 3 – Creative Nonfiction Book Award / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Nonfiction / $25 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judge: Amy Fusselman

Chapbooks:

Ahsahta Chapbook Prize / April 1 – April 30, 2015 / Poetry / $15 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
alice blue books Shotgun Wedding Series / Now / Nonfiction, Fiction, Comics
Arcadia Chapbook Contests / May 1 – August 15, 2015 / $20 / Fiction, Poetry / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Black Lawrence Press – Black River Chapbook Competition / April 1 – May 31, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction / $15
Epiphany Magazine Chapbook Competition / Extended Deadline: April 20, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Lit / $6 / Judges: Luis Jaramillo (Fiction), Katie Peterson (Poetry), Kristin Dombek (Nonfiction), Lydia Conklin (Graphic Lit)
Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest / Deadline: May 15, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry / $15 / Prize: $250 + Publication + 50 copies
H_NGM_N / Now / Poetry, Prose / $5
New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest / Deadline: April 27, 2015 / Poetry, Prose / $18 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Salt Hill Journal – Dead Lake Chapbook Contest / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Poetry / $10 / Prize: 25 Contributor Copies

Journals & Anthologies:

3:AM / Now / Nonfiction
32 Poems / Year-Round / Poetry / $3
The Account / Now / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
alice blue review / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Prose, Poetry
Asymptote – Multilingual Writing Feature / Deadline: May 1, 2015 / Nonfiction, Literary Writing, Translations
Barrelhouse – Riot-Themed Issue and 90s-Themed Online Issue / Deadline: May 1, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Big Lucks / Now / Prose, Poetry
Birdfeast / Now / All Genres
Black Warrior Review Eleventh-Annual Contest / April 1 – September 1, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction / $20 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judges: Alissa Nutting (Fiction), Heather Christle (Poetry), Mary Roach (Nonfiction)
BOAAT / Year-Round / Poems, Video-Poems
Bombay Gin 42: Reprogramming the Wilderness / Deadline: August 15, 2015 / Prose, Poetry, Cross-Genre
Bone Bouquet / Now / Writing by Female Poets
The Butter / Now / Essays, Reviews, Fiction, Interviews
Caketrain / Now / Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Cartridge Lit / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Essays
Carve Magazine / Now / Short Stories
Chronopolis / Now / All Genres
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics / Now / Poetry,  Nonfiction
Curbside Splendor Monthly E-Zine / Now / Fiction, Poetry
decomP Magazine / Now / Prose, Poetry
Devil’s Lake / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
DIAGRAM / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
DREGINALD / Year-Round / Poetry, Prose, Art
Drunken Boat – Romani Folio / Deadline: May 31, 2015 / Nonfiction, Fiction, Art, Poetry
Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading / April 1 – May 1, 2015 / Fiction
elsewhere / Now / Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction
Fairy Tale Review: 2014 Prose & Poetry Contest / Deadline: June 15, 2014 / $10 / Prize: $1000, Publication / Judges: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Ilya Kaminsky
Fairy Tale Review: Ochre Issue / Deadline: May 15, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Finery / Now / Poetry, Prose, Visual Art
Flag + Void / Now / Poetry, Art
Fruita Pulp / Now / Poetry
Fugue / Deadline: May 1, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction, Essays
glitterMOB / Now / Poetry, Art
Gone Lawn: Issue #18 / Now / All genres
Guernica / Now / Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Art
Hobart online / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Horseless Press / Now / Reviews, Interviews
The Ilanot Review: The Men Issue / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / All Genres
Inch / Now / Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, Short Poems
Jellyfish Magazine / Deadline: May 29, 2015/ Poetry
Juked / Now / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Lazy Fascist Review / Now / Fiction, Poetry
Literary Orphans / Now / Micro, Short Fiction
Monkeybicycle / Now / Fiction, Nonfiction
NANO Fiction: NANO Prize / April 1 – September 1, 2015 / Flash Fiction
Narrative Magazine Open Reading Period / April 1-14, 2015 / Free / Fiction, Poetry
New South Contest in Poetry and Prose / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Prose, Poetry / $15 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judges: Roger Reeves (Poetry) and Rebecca Makkai (Prose)
Nightblock / Now / Poetry, Fiction
Nimrod Literary Awards / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction / $20 / Prize: $2000 + Publication
OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts / Now / All Genres
Octopus Magazine / Now / Poetry
PANK / Now / $3 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Passages North – Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize and Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize / Deadline: April 20, 2015 / Nonfiction, Poetry / $15 / Prize: $1000 + Publication / Judges: Steven Church (Nonfiction), Lynn Emanuel (Poetry)
Phantom Limb / Year-Round / Poetry
‘Pider / Now / Poetry
Pinball / Now / Fiction, Nonfiction, Comics
PLINTH / Now / All Genres
Ploughshares – Emerging Writer’s Contest / Deadline: May 15, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction / $24 / Prize: $1000 + Publication
Poor Claudia – Phenome and 10 Sources / Now / Prose, Poetry / $3
Pretty Owl Poetry / Now / Poetry, Flash Fiction
Puerto del Sol Fiction & Poetry Contests / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction / $15 / Prize: $400 + Publication / Judges: Melanie Rae Thon (Fiction) and J. Michael Martinez (Poetry)
Quarter After Eight / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Quarterly West / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, New Media
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society / Every month from 1st-15th / All genres
Rattle Poetry Prize / Deadline: July 15, 2015 / $20 / Prize: $10000 + Publication
Revolution John / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction
Salamander Magazine / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
similar:peaks:: / Year-Round / Poetry, Fiction, Interviews
Sixth Finch / Deadline: April 15, 2015 / Poetry, Art
small po[r]tions journal / Deadline: January 18, 2015 / All Genres
Sonora Review / Deadline: May 1, 2015 / $3 / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Sporklet / Now / Fiction, Poetry
Sundog Lit / Now / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Swarm / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / Fiction, Poetry
Tammy / Deadline: June 1, 2015 / $3 / All genres
TENDE RLOIN / Now / Poetry
The Tishman Review / Year-Round / Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
TYPO / Now / Poetry
Voicemail Poems / Now / Audio Poetry
The Volta / Now / Poetry, Essays
wigleaf / Final Week of April, 2015 / Flash Fiction
Winning Writers – Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest / Deadline: April 30, 2015 / $16 / Prize: $1500 + Publication / Judges: Arthur Powers, Lauren Singer
Word For/Word / Now / Poetry, Prose, Poetics, Criticism, Visuals
Wreck Park / Now / Prose, Criticism
Wu-Wei Fashion Mag / Now / Poetry, Prose
Yalobusha Review / Now / Poetry, Fiction, Art
Zoetic Press / Now / Electronic and Interactive Literature
ZYZZYVA / Deadline: May 31, 2015 / Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry / Submit by Post

Other:

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships / March 1 – April 30, 2015 / Poetry / Prize: $25,800
Shotpouch Collaborative Retreat / Deadline: May 15, 2015 / Two-Week Residency + $250
Write A House / April 27 – June 5, 2015 / Prize: House in Detroit"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ayn Rand Paul


“As I travel across the country and speak to my constituents,” “Money is the tool” “I have found that their top concern is” “of men who have reached a high level” “our national debt”  “of productivity” “We are currently spending” “and a long-range control over their lives.” “this reckless habit” “buys time for future production.” “To fulfill this requirement,” “money has to be some material commodity” “has gone on for way too long” “which is imperishable, rare, homogeneous,” “easily stored, not subject to wide fluctuations of value,” “This is unsustainable” “and always in demand among those you trade with.” “As President of the United States,” “the transaction is as safe as simple barter.” “I will work to balance our budget” “When you store your savings in the form of gold coins,” “As President, I will work to authorize common sense solutions that will solve our nation's fiscal crisis.”  “they represent the goods”