12.31.2007

Submissions: Under Hwy 99

My name is Erica Goodkind, and I am the editor at /Under Hwy 99/, a new small-circulation independent literary magazine/e-zine based out of Seattle that is looking for submissions for our first issue. Our magazine will be distributed free to bookstores and coffee houses primarily in Seattle, but may extend elsewhere. Our objectives are to showcase the untold story, to promote thought, to provide a good read, and to function as a "stepping stone" in the publication world for newer writers.

I was wondering if you might mention us to any of your students who might be interested in submitting with us. I would greatly appreciate it if you could help pass the word in any way!

Our website is:
www.underhwy99.com

Submission details can be found there.

Thank you kindly for your time!

Sincerely,

Erica Goodkind

info@underhwy99.com

12.20.2007

Contest: National Geographic (Deadline Dec. 31)

We’re asking students all over North America to send us a 300-word essay on a travel experience that moved you, excited you or changed you. The author of the winning essay will travel on assignment to Mongolia with National Geographic Traveler’s Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows, courtesy of Travcoa. Even better, the winner will have his/her story published on the National Geographic Traveler website.

Submission deadline is December 31, 2007, by 5 p.m. PST.

For more information and to enter, go to http://www.travelwritercontest.com/.

Job: Crosscut Deputy Editor - Seattle (Deadline Jan. 18)

Crosscut.com, a new online newspaper for the Pacific Northwest based in Seattle, is looking for a half-time deputy editor to help us expand into new local subject areas and develop new tools. The person we hire will join a small staff of seasoned pros on a journey that started nine months ago and which we expect will lead to big things. No promises, but this job could be a stepping stone to full-time work. It offers ground-floor involvement in one of a handful of online-only local-news startups in the country.

This job involves a wide range of local news subjects and requires someone who is familiar with the Northwest's political and media landscape; is conversational in Seattle arts, restaurants, and clubs; knows Seattle-based companies; understands the suburbs; and has spent weekend time outside the metro area.

This is not a writing job, but there are potential opportunities to write for Crosscut.

Duties

Edit articles and blog posts for organization, clarity, style, and HTML form.
Write headlines for Crosscut articles and aggregated news links.
Find and process images for posting.
Scan Northwest news sources and blogs for articles appropriate for highlighting.
Manage freelance contributors during the editing process.
Work with the editor and associate publisher on new content development.
Spot new talent, brainstorm with the group, innovate.
Preferred Experience

Two years in journalism.
Familiarity with the Northwest, particularly Seattle.
Required Skills

Experience with and interest in many subjects, including news and politics, business and technology, arts and entertainment, and lifestyle areas such as food and travel.
Interest in and thorough understanding of new media.
Confidence in editing with a light touch.
Strong wordsmithing skills, particularly with headlines.
Photographic sensibility.
AP style, intermediate HTML, PhotoShop, Word.
Miscellany

Start date: Feb. 4.
Midday, Monday through Friday, four hours per day.
In the office and telecommute.
$24,000 (full-time equivalent = $48,000)
Health coverage
Computer not provided.
How to Apply

Applications must be e-mailed. Please follow these instructions carefully to ensure you are considered for the position:

Attach to an e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing samples, or links to writing samples, in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Include anything else that would help us evaluate you, but please send all material in either Word or PDF formats.
Make the subject of the e-mail "deputy editor."
Send the e-mail to jobs@crosscut.com. We will acknowledge receipt. No phone calls or other correspondence, please.
Application deadline: Jan. 18.

12.17.2007

Reading Opportunity: Oregon Literary Review

Oregon Literary Review is co-hosting a new series of "First Wednesday" readings and wine tastings at the Blackbird Wineshop, 3519 NE 44th at Fremont. Writers interested in being considered to read should contact OLR editor Charles Deemer (charles@oregonliteraryreview.org) with a sample of their work. Readings are the first Wednesday of each month. We are interested in hearing not only from poets and fiction writers but from essayists, playwrights, screenwriters, song writers, etc.

12.10.2007

Submission: Natural Bridge (Deadline Dec. 31)


Natural Bridge no. 20: The Literature of Place, local or exotic, will comprise part of an upcoming issue of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, along with work on any topic. Submit poems, stories, personal essays and translations November 1--December 31, 2007, with SASE to:
Steven Schreiner
Guest-Editor, Natural Bridge
Department of English
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63121
Simultaneous submissions accepted. SUBMISSION PERIOD OPEN NOVEMBER
1--DECEMBER 31ST 2007.
http://www.umsl.edu/%7Enatural/guidelines/guidelines.html

11.30.2007

Reading: Oregon Book Awards Finalists (Dec. 6)

Literary Arts is curating a literary series for The Heathman Hotel (1001 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon).

The first reading is Thursday, December 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Heathman Hotel library.

Oregon Book Awards finalists Lee Montgomery and Alison Clement will be reading their work in the newly-renovated library, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Literary Arts at 503.227.2583.

11.29.2007

Event: Naomi Shihab Nye Reception (Dec. 3)


WEGO is happy to invite you to a small gathering to meet and hear Naomi Shihab Nye - poet, teacher, activist, host of this year's Oregon Book Awards, and National Adviser to Friends of William Stafford.

Monday, December 3rd
3:30 - 6 p.m.
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Center
Browsing Lounge, Room 238

Hosted by the Writing-English Graduate Organization,
PSU English Department, and Friends of William Stafford.

11.28.2007

Residency: Herbert Hoover National Park (Deadline Mar. 1)


Herber Hoover - Artists-in-Residence Program

Artists have long contributed our national parks. Painters such as Thomas Moran stimulated the establishment of national parks in the 19th century by documenting the unbelievable landscapes of the American West. Today’s writers, composers, and visual and performing artists are invited to interpret the history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site through their work.

About the Program

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site offers two residencies each of two to four weeks from May 1 through October 31. Residencies are open to all professional American artists. The National Historic Site will provide lodging and a secure, environmentally-controlled place to lay out equipment and supplies at no cost to the artist. Supplies and personal transportation must be provided by the artist.

The artist must be willing to interact with park visitors while working on the site. Artists will make at least one presentation based on his or her medium, interests, and experiences. Each artist is asked to contribute a piece of work created during his or her tenure to the park’s collection.

The artist must be willing to interact with park visitors while working on the site. Artists will make at least one presentation based on his or her medium, interests, and experiences. Each artist is asked to contribute a piece of work created during his or her tenure to the park’s collection.

The Artist-in-Residence will be enrolled as a Volunteer-in-Parks, which provides worker’s compensation insurance. The artist should be in good health, self-sufficient, and ready to work closely with park staff and the local community.

How to Apply

Applications must be post-marked or delivered to the park between November 1, 2007 and March 1, 2008. There is no application form, but your application must include:

A resume (1-2 pages) and summary of creative work (exhibitions, collections and publications where your work has appeared). (4 copies)
Samples of recent works: visual artists provide six (6) 35 mm slides or 4x6 prints with a typed list of slides with titles, medium, and image size (height by width); writers submit no more than ten (10) double-spaced, typewritten pages of manuscript; and performing artists must provide a five (5) minute audio and or video tapes identifying or demonstrating your craft. (4 sets of each)
A statement of what you hope to achieve from a residency at Herbert Hoover NHS and how you envision your interpretive program(s) will be presented. (4 copies)
Your preferred period of residence from May to late October (two week minimum).
A panel from the park and the local arts community will select the Artists-in-Residence from the pool of applicants by April 1, 2008. All applicants will be notified as soon as possible. Selections will be made based on merit and how the artists’ work can advance the mission of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, or national origin.

All samples will be returned at the end of the selection process. You do not have to include a self addressed stamped envelope. For more information or to submit an application, call Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855 or write to:

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Artist-in-Residence Program
P.O. Box 607
West Branch, Iowa 52358

11.26.2007

Residencies: OSU Spring Creek Project (Deadline Dec. 31)


OSU's Spring Creek Project offers two residency programs. The Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Cabin is a two-week residency in the Oregon Coast Range. The Andrews Forest Writers' Residency is a one-week writers' retreat in the Cascade Range.

Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Cabin
The Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a two-week-long retreat for two participants who wish to pursue a collaborative project, or two participants who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other's presence. At least one of the applicants must be a writer who takes inspiration from the natural world. The second applicant may also be a writer, or he or she may work in any other field (e.g. science, philosophy, music, art, crafts, etc.).

Next application deadline: December 31, 2007 for Spring 2008 residencies

Andrews Forest Writers' Residencies
Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for one-week residencies at the H.J.Andrews Experimental Forest.

The mission of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program is to bring together writers, humanists and scientists to create a living, growing record of how we understand the forest and the relation of people to the forest, as that understanding and that forest both change over time.

For the Andrews Forest Residencies, writers are provided:
- a comfortable, three room apartment at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
- access to a majestic ancient forest and world-renowned research site
- opportunities to interact with research scientists as they go about their work
- opportunities to have their writings included in The Forest Log
The residencies are intended to provide concentrated time for personal creative work that promises to further the exploration of the relationship of humans to the rest of the natural world.

While we want writers to have complete freedom to pursue their own work during the residency, we also ask that each resident writer:
- visits at some point during the residency, each of three designated “Reflections Plots,” places of significant natural and research interest, and write some observatios and reflections about those places.
- gives permission to publish some of the writing from the residency in the Forest Log, a web-based anthology of notes, observations, poems, vignettes, essays, or insights, both working documents and “finished” pieces, that will over time constitute a multi-dimensional portrait of the Andrews. (We encourage residents to publish in any journal or other outlet they see fit. We only ask to have the rights to reprint anything you publish elsewhere about the Andrews).
- writes a brief letter reflecting on the residency, offering suggestions on what we can do in the future to make these residencies as conducive as possible to the goal of encouraging Long-Term Ecological Reflections.
- participates in a literary reading and/or conversation in Corvallis at the close of the residency.

Accommodations
Writers provide their own transportation and take care of their meals while at the Andrews. The apartment's kitchen is well equipped with cookware and dishes. A computer lab in the headquarters building can be used to access the Internet. Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire. A telephone is available in the headquarters building. Residents should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phones generally do not work at the Andrews.

Download the Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch application.

11.25.2007

WEGOnian Loretta Stinson reading at Someday Lounge (Nov. 28)


Congratulations to former publishing student Loretta Stinson, who is one of two finalists in the Doug Fir Fiction contest for Bear Deluxe magazine.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., she will read at the magazine's issue release party/fundraiser at The Someday Lounge (NW 5th and Couch). Cover is $3 but if you say you're a PSU student, you get in for free. Pick up a copy of the magazine (issue 26) and hope to see you there!

Event: Ooligan Press book launch party (Nov. 28)


Ooligan Press will hold the launch party for their newest collection, "You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories."

Wednesday, November 28th
7pm-10pm, Free
Refreshments will be served
Photography Show by the book artist
Reading by winners of the flash fiction contest

23 Sandy Gallery
623 NE 23rd Ave
Portland, Oregon
503-927-4409

The event will include readings by the five winners of the Flash Fiction Contest: "Clamming Up" by Melinda McCamant, "Birth Control" by Rachel Pearson, "Beachfront Property" by Christopher J Miller, "Buckshot" by Sharon A. Murphy and "From the Mouth" by Joy Beckett. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded for each place.

11.24.2007

Reading: The First Oregonians (Nov. 29)


The First Oregonians reading at Powell’s City of Books, November 29

Please join the Oregon Council for the Humanities and contributors of The
First Oregonians at Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside) on Thursday,
November 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Editor Laura Berg, and authors Wil Phinney (Confederated Tribes of Umatilla
Indian Reservation), Minerva Soucie (Burns Paiute Tribe), and George Wasson
(Coquille Indian Tribe) will be on hand to read from and discuss the book,
which provides a comprehensive view of Oregon’s native people, told
primarily from the perspective of tribal members. Using oral histories,
personal recollections, interviews, research, and photographs, The First
Oregonians, Second Edition, vividly depicts not only a story of decimation
and decline, but also a contemporary view of cultural revitalization,
renewal, and continuity.

Class: Manuscript to Masterpiece (Nov. 29)

Manuscript to Masterpiece: Getting the Most from the Editorial Experience
Thursday, November 29, 6:30 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $40

Hiring an editor can feel a bit like hiring your first-grade teacher and a personal assistant all in one. With each round, you cringe in anticipation of the overwhelming red marks, and yet you know she’s nurturing your manuscript to polished completion. The shocker for many is that editing takes time, sometimes hundreds of hours, which can add up to thousands of dollars. There are simple steps you can take to prepare your manuscript for success before it reaches your editor, and to save yourself a lot of money.

In Manuscript to Masterpiece, we’ll examine industry standards on how to format your manuscript, costly mistakes every author makes, what to ask your editor, and what to expect in response. Gather resources for defining and reaching your audience and for separating yourself from other authors with the same goals. Learn tools for self-editing overarching issues before your editor ever clocks in. And once the editing process begins, tap into your editor’s talent to bring your masterpiece to the light while your bank account stays in the black.

Instructor Ali McCart is the founder and senior editor of Indigo Editing, LLC, and works with authors and editors of all genres. She advocates valuing editors’ talent and time while still catering to authors’ budgets. She believes the editorial process can be enlightening and uplifting for both the author and the editor if they work with each other to make the process move smoothly. And she never edits in red.

All classes are held at Ink & Paper Group:
1825 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97214
Light refreshments will be provided.

All classes are limited to 14 participants, so register early!

11.15.2007

Contest: Oregon Quarterly - Essay (Deadline Jan. 31)


2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

OPEN AND STUDENT CATEGORIES

Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the Northwest. The Oregon Quarterly staff will select finalists and the contest judge will choose the top three winners in each category. Past judges have been Kim Stafford, Barry Lopez, John Daniel, Karen Karbo, Brian Doyle, Lauren Kessler, and Craig Lesley.

PRIZES:

Open Category
First place: $750
Second place: $300
Third place: $100

Student Category
First place: $500
Second place: $200
Third place: $75

In addition, first place essays will appear in Oregon Quarterly.

A selection of top essays will be featured in a springtime public reading on the UO campus.

Fifteen finalists (ten in the open category and five students) will be announced in the summer 2008 issue of Oregon Quarterly.

All finalists will be invited to participate in a writing workshop with the contest judge. The contest is open to all nonfiction writers, except: (1) first-place winners from previous years’ contests, (2) authors who have written a feature for Oregon Quarterly in the past calendar year, and (3) staff of Oregon Quarterly, University Advancement, or their family members. The student contest is open to any student currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at a college or university. Previously published essays will not be considered.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Submit two copies of your manuscript.
Paperclip a cover sheet to the two copies that includes only the essay’s title; a word count; and the entrant's name, address, and phone number must be provided. Indicate whether the essay is for the student or open category.
Entrant's name must not appear on any pages of the manuscript other than the cover sheet.

One entry per person.

Manuscripts should be printed double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch white paper with minimum 1-inch margins.

Word length is 2,500 words maximum for the open category, 2,000 words for the student contest.

Faxed or e-mail entries are not accepted.

Postmark deadline is January 31, 2008.
Entries will not be returned. Those that do not meet these submission guidelines are automatically disqualified. There is no entry fee.

Send entries to:
Oregon Quarterly Essay Contest
5228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5228

Sponsored by Oregon Quarterly magazine and the University of Oregon Bookstore.

11.13.2007

Job: English Instructor @ Mesa State (Deadline Dec. 1)

Mesa State College invites applications for a full-time temporary position in English. Teaching duties include upper & lower division creative writing as well as first-year composition. The teaching load is a minimum of four courses in both the Fall & Spring semesters.

Applicants are expected to have a MA/MFA/PhD (from nationally accredited institution) in creative writing & demonstrated commitment to college-level teaching required. Professional activity desirable. The position includes opportunities for scholarship, service, & academic advising. The position is a full-time temporary position, contract renewable yearly, beginning August 2008. Salary is commensurate with education & experience. Includes excellent health & retirement benefits. Review of completed applications will begin December 1, 2007. Position will remain open until filled.

Submit a completed Mesa State College Exempt & Professional Staff job
application (www.mesastate.edu/finadmin/hr/projobapp.doc), letter of interest, c.v., unofficial transcripts, & the names, phone numbers, & e-mail addresses of three current professional rreferences.

Send to: Creative Writing Search Committee
Department of Human Resources
Mesa State College
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122
Phone: 970-248-1820, Fax: 970-248-1061. E-mail: kamcclel@mesastate.edu

11.09.2007

Register for Winter Writing Study Groups

If anyone's interested, you can now register for the one-credit
writing study groups online. Listings are below:


WR 510: Radio Scriptwriting
CRN: 45695
Coordinator: Nat Weinham (nat@weinham.com ).
Description: Whether it's radio drama, audio journalism, or just plain make-believe, crafting an audio performance requires a writer with control, a writer who can regulate more than just language, but also the structure upon which that language hangs. You'll learn the life-cycle from script to podcast, but only your writing matters here. Just as film, sonnets, and profiles train the writer through restrictions, the radio script, likewise, sharpens the writer's edge. Accept the challenge! Wield more than the hammer of prose. Write 5-10 pages of script per week. Lose your prose accent. Join radio scriptwriting today!

WR 510: Reading and Evaluation Fiction/Poetry for Portland Review
CRN:45693
Coordinator: Patrick Hass (bubbahaas@hotmail.com):
Description: Reads, critiques and discusses submissions for PSU's literary journal, the Portland Review.All readers are mentioned in the issue of the Review that they read for.

11.08.2007

Residency: New College of Florida (Deadline Nov. 26)

New College of Florida Writer in Residence

New College of Florida. Writer in Residence, spring semester 2008 (February-May). The successful candidate will have two published books or the equivalent, & two years experience teaching creative writing which can include instruction as a graduate student. MFA, MA, or equivalent degree preferred, but experience considered.

New College encourages interdisciplinary, multicultural, & innovative approaches to teaching. Writers whose work engages
multiethnic &/or Diasporic issues especially encouraged to apply. The Writer in Residence will be responsible for teaching two semester-length writing courses (one multi-genre introductory course & one course in the applicant's specialty), & will give at least three public readings. Courses are evaluated through narrative evaluations rather than grades. We especially welcome candidates who, as Writer in Residence, will be interested in getting to know our campus community.

The College, located an hour south of Tampa, seeks to attract a culturally & intellectually diverse faculty of the highest caliber. Salary $20,000, with no benefits.

Send c.v., letter of application, writing sample, dossier with three letters of reference & official transcript, & two course proposals (one, introductory level & another more specialized) to:
Dr. Nova Myhill, Chair, Search Committee
Division of Humanities
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109.

Review of applications will begin November 26 & continue until position is filled.

11.04.2007

Merilee Karr (nonfiction) now a community writer for The Oregonian!


Nonfiction WEGOnian and medical doctor Merilee Karr was selected to be one of The Oregonian newspaper's first dozen community writers.

Along with eleven other writers, she'll be writing an op-ed piece every week for twelve weeks. A few of their pieces, at most one a week, will see print in the Sunday Oregonian, but all of them will be on the Oregonian Opinion Blog, where readers can comment.

Also, Silence Kills, the book about medical error and communication in which she wrote the first-prize-winning essay, is out. Amazon and most bookstores won't have it until the end of November, but the distributor is already shipping it.

11.01.2007

Helyn Trickey (fiction) published on CNN!


Fiction student Helyn Trickey published "Home Office Tax Deductions Hinge on Details, Good Record Keeping" on cnn.com on Oct. 12. Helyn is currently the assistant director for student media at the University of Portland and was previously a writer/producer for CNN when she lived in Atlanta.

10.31.2007

Contest: SLS Russia & Kenya (Deadline Feb. 28)


2008 Summer Literary Seminars Kenya and Russia Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

The contest is held in affiliation with The Walrus, The St. Petersburg Review and Maisonneuve magazines.

This year we're trying something entirely new, by merging together our SLS-Russia and SLS-Kenya contests.

The entrance fee for this one, unified contest (held in three genres: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) remains the same ($15), but the contest winners in each category will receive publication in one of several North American magazines (Maisonneuve, The Walrus, St. Petersburg Review) AND the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) EITHER our Russia or Kenya programs.

Since the Kenya contest is already underway, those that have already applied to the Kenya contest will be automatically entered into this unified SLS contest; the new contest deadline will be February 28, 2008. Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for either the Russia or Kenya programs, and third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount on either the Russia or Kenya programs.Other hand-picked finalists will be offered tuition scholarships as well which can be applied to either the Russia or Kenya programs.

FINAL JUDGES:

Poetry Judge: Robert Hass
Fiction Judge: Fiona McCrae (Editor-in-Chief of Graywolf Press)
Nonfiction Judge: Josip Novakovich

The complete guidelines for the 2008 contests are as follows:

-One essay, story or novel/memoir excerpt, maximum 25 pages per entry.
-No more than three poems per entry.
-Only previously unpublished work can be submitted.
-Include a $15 reading fee for each entry. This fee should be in US Dollars. Multiple entries are permissible as long as separate reading fees are included. Checks should be made out to Summer Literary Seminars, Inc.
-Include your complete contact information (address, telephone, email address) on the manuscript. Entries are not judged blind.
-All entrants will be notified of the winners in the fall by email.
-Do NOT include a SASE. Cover letters are not required.
-Previous First Place winners may not re-enter.

Entries from Canada may be sent to:

Summer Literary Seminars
KENYA & RUSSIA Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry Contest (Please indicate genre)
English Department
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 Canada

Entries from the US and other countries may be sent to:

Summer Literary Seminars
KENYA & RUSSIA Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry Contest (please indicate genre)
PO Box 16
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Class: Professional Editing (Nov. 3)


PROFESSIONAL EDITING
Instructor: Ali McCart
Saturday, November 3, 1 to 5 pm
Each time we offer this class, it sells out. So reserve your space now!

The demand for editors is quickly rising. Unfortunately, in the United States, there is no formal certification process for editors. Those wanting to be editors need to distinguish themselves from those who have simply hung out shingles because they feel they write well, or they have a degree in English. This class breaks down the various professional editing roles and discusses how the editing process should work, from simple one-on-one freelance gigs directly with an author, to complex interactions with large publishing houses. The class also includes information on project management, including estimating time, staying within deadlines, dealing with fatigue, and working with challenging clients.
If you want to be a professional editor, or if you have to work regularly with freelance editors, this class is for you.

Instructor Ali McCart is the owner and senior editor of Indigo Editing. She is also the vice president of WiPP (Women in Portland Publishing). Ali is an experienced editor and business leader in both the traditional publishing company structure and the freelance editing industry.

Class size limit of 14.
Course fee includes all class materials and light refreshments.
Price $100
To register for classes:
Please call: 503.232.0103
or mail a check and contact information to:
Ink & Paper Group
1825 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Event: Evening with Poet Diane Ackerman (Nov. 20)


Literary Arts is pleased to present an evening with Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses (1991), on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Ms. Ackerman's lecture is the second in the six-part Portland Arts & Lectures series. To purchase single or partial-series tickets visit www.literary-arts.org or call 503.227.2583.

Written with the heart of a poet and the mind of a scientist, Diane Ackerman's essays, poems and novels resonate with a broad audience. Her latest book, The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (2007), chronicles the true story of a couple who saved hundreds of Jews from Nazi capture by hiding them away in empty cages at the Warsaw Zoo during World War II. Jan Zabinski, who was the director of the zoo, and his wife, Antonina, risked their lives as they kept life-saving watch over their many secret guests. Although Ackerman has written many books to much praise, she considers The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story the book she was "born to write."

Ackerman earned her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. from Cornell University and has received many prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the John Burroughs Nature Award. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her -dianeackerone. She describes her writing as being about "nature and human nature. And most often about that twilight zone where the two meet and have something they can teach each other."

Exhibit: Contemporary American Poetry Broadsides

How the Ink Feels: Contemporary American Poetry Broadsides
Portland State Library
October 15 - November 30, 2007

Portland State Library is honored to present the Friends of William Stafford's collection of contemporary American poetry broadsides.

This exhibit features 64 matted and framed broadsides designed to illuminate the poetry and prose of well-known writers. Most pieces were printed using manually operated letterpresses, a technique dating to the Middle Ages. These are visually exciting collaborations between printer, writer, artist, calligrapher, illustrator and paper maker. --Friends of William Stafford

Some of the poets represented in this rotating exhibit include William Stafford, Rita Dove, Ursula K. Le Guin, Barry Lopez, Stanley Kunitz, Kim Stafford and Tess Gallagher.

For more information about this exhibit, please call Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at 503.725.4552 or write to events@lists.pdx.edu

10.29.2007

Job: English Lecturer - Colorado State University-Pueblo

ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION VACANCY AY 08-09
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-PUEBLO

TITLE OF POSITION: Lecturer in English

POSITION NUMBER: 8812

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in English composition and creative writing, and also possibly in literature, theory, linguistics, English education, and/or pedagogy; advising students in the English major and minors; and participating in department, college, and university service activities and governance. Proficiency with
instructional technology is desirable. Contract teaching load is 12 hours per semester. Nine-month appointment with possibility of summer teaching for additional compensation.

SPECIAL NOTE: **All responsibilities of faculty members at CSU-Pueblo are in accordance with the Faculty Handbook. The Faculty Handbook is the authoritative guide on specific requirements with regard to teaching assignments, scholarly activity, research, and service. The Faculty Handbook can be viewed at the following web address:
http://www.colostat e-pueblo. edu/facultysenat e/FacultyHandbook/.

POSITION DUTIES:
The Lecturer in English will perform the following:
* Teaching baccalaureate courses in English composition, creative writing, and other areas depending on qualifications and program needs; developing and proposing curriculum changes and program modifications when appropriate; participating in composition staff meetings and workshops.
* Contributing to student growth and development through advising and career guidance, including possible service as advisor to student organizations.
* Maintaining a program of professional development through research and writing, and/or attending or participating in professional conferences and workshops.
* Participating as needed in service to the department, college, university, and community.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:
* MFA in Creative Writing or Master's degree in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely related field.
* Experience teaching English composition and/or creative writing at the college level.

Preferred:
* Ph.D. or ABD in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, or a closely related field.
* Professional experience in theater and/or film or TV production, script writing, and/or acting.
* Proficiency with educational technology.
* Ability to teach in one or more secondary fields, such as literature, theory, linguistics, English education, and/or pedagogy.

STARTING DATE: August 2008

SALARY: $25,000 plus benefits.

APPLICATIONS: Applications must include a letter addressing candidate interest and qualifications; current curriculum vita; an
unofficial transcript; three letters of recommendation; and the attached voluntary Applicant Demographic Sheet. Official transcripts are required prior to appointment. The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send application materials to:

Chair, Search Committee for Lecturer in English, position number 8812
Human Resources Office; Administration Building
Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Boulevard
Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

10.24.2007

Job: OSU Libraries Marketing/Editorial Specialist

Oregon State University Libraries is currently seeking to fill a full-time Marketing/Editorial Specialist (Public Info Rep 1) position in the OSU Press. Primary duties include: writing catalog, jacket & press release copy; performing market research; building & maintaining Press website; proofing manuscripts and supporting pertinent book conferences, meetings & events.

Electronic application available at:http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.

10.22.2007

Lecture Proposals: Oregon Chatauqua speakers bureau


The Oregon Council for the Humanities believes that knowledge and ideas are essential to the health of our communities. OCH is requesting proposals for new Oregon Chautauqua programs for the 2008-09 season. Oregon Chautauqua is a speakers bureau that brings humanities lectures and discussions to communities of all sizes throughout Oregon. We seek proposals that draw deeply from the disciplines of the humanities in order to invite audience members to explore the world of ideas. Proposals must be submitted by the postmark deadline of February 1, 2008.

Please feel free to forward the RFP to your colleagues who might be interested in this kind of public humanities work. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding Oregon Chautauqua or proposal ideas.
Thank you,

Carol E. Hickman
Public Program Director
Oregon Council for the Humanities

Event: NaNoWriMo (Fiction)


From fiction student Nat Weinham:

Attention WEGO students and alumni participating in this year's NaNoWriMo: Let's hook up for writing sessions in November. Contact me at nat@weinham.com.

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Monthwww.nanowrimo.org The idea is to pound out 50,000 words in one month. November is the month. You still have time to pick up the companion book (not required) from Powell's, "No Plot? No Problem!"

The Portland chapter hosts a kick-off meeting on Saturday October 27, 3pm-5pm at the Central Library, Downtown Portland, in the US Bank Room. "Meet other Portland-area NaNoWriMo folks, new and returning."

10.21.2007

Contest: U of O's Oregon Quarterly (Deadline Jan. 31)


2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

OPEN AND STUDENT CATEGORIES

Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the Northwest. The Oregon Quarterly staff will select finalists and the contest judge will choose the top three winners in each category. Past judges have been Kim Stafford, Barry Lopez, John Daniel, Karen Karbo, Brian Doyle, Lauren Kessler, and Craig Lesley.

PRIZES:

Open Category

First place: $750
Second place: $300
Third place: $100
Student Category

First place: $500
Second place: $200
Third place: $75
In addition

First place essays will appear in Oregon Quarterly.
A selection of top essays will be featured in a springtime public reading on the UO campus.
Fifteen finalists (ten in the open category and five students) will be announced in the summer 2008 issue of Oregon Quarterly.
All finalists will be invited to participate in a writing workshop with the contest judge. The contest is open to all nonfiction writers, except: (1) first-place winners from previous years’ contests, (2) authors who have written a feature for Oregon Quarterly in the past calendar year, and (3) staff of Oregon Quarterly, University Advancement, or their family members. The student contest is open to any student currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at a college or university. Previously published essays will not be considered.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Submit two copies of your manuscript.
Paperclip a cover sheet to the two copies that includes only the essay’s title; a word count; and the entrant's name, address, and phone number must be provided. Indicate whether the essay is for the student or open category.
Entrant's name must not appear on any pages of the manuscript other than the cover sheet.
One entry per person.
Manuscripts should be printed double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch white paper with minimum 1-inch margins.
Word length is 2,500 words maximum for the open category, 2,000 words for the student contest.
Faxed or e-mail entries are not accepted.
Postmark deadline is January 31, 2008.
Entries will not be returned. Those that do not meet these submission guidelines are automatically disqualified. There is no entry fee.

Send entries to:
Oregon Quarterly Essay Contest
5228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5228

Sponsored by Oregon Quarterly magazine and the University of Oregon Bookstore

10.19.2007

Contest: Ooligan Press Flash Fiction (Deadline Oct. 31)


Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by Ooligan Press and the English Department

Requirements: *MUST BE A STUDENT*, Undergrads and Graduates are welcome
One Rule: Stories must be 500 words or less, please include word count
Submission Format:
Upper Left Corner:
Name
Address
Phone
Email
Word Count
Dates:

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2007

****Winner announced at the Book Launch Party on Nov. 28 at 23 Sandy Gallery*****

Prizes:
1st Place: $100, publication in the Vestal Review (online and print Flash Fiction publication run by the editors of the book; www.vestalreview.net), opportunity to read at the book launch, free copy of "You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories"
2nd Place: Publication by Ooligan, opportunity to read at book launch, free copy "You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories"
3rd Place: Opportunity to read at book launch, free copy "You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories"

*All submissions will be considered for the Ooligan Book

To Submit:
By Email: As attachment to efuller@pdx.edu, use heading "Flash Fiction Entry"
By Snail Mail:
Flash Fiction Contest
Ooligan Press
PO Box 751
Portland OR, 97207

10.17.2007

ANYONE HAVE AN INTERNSHIP?


I'm compiling a list of WEGOnians and MA English students who are interning this term/year. If you currently have an internship or will be interning soon, please email me (wegocoord@gmail.com) or post below. Thanks!

Fellowship: Colgate University - Creative Writing (Deadline Jan. 1)

Colgate University: Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing

Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writer will spend the academic year (late August 2008 to early May 2009) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellow will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $33, 250 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided.

Complete applications, which should arrive by January 1, 2008, consist of a resume; three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the candidate's abilities as a teacher; an either a maximum of 30 double-spaced manuscript pages of prose or 20 single-space pages of poetry. Writing sample may be a completed work or an excerpt from something larger.

Send complete applications to Creative Writing Fellowship c/o Department of English, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398.

Job: Assistant Professor (Nonfiction) - University of WI

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh: Assistant Professor of English wanted for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction, beginning Sept. 1, 2008.

MFA or PhD required. Expectations include college teaching experience; an active publication agenda; & the ability to teach undergraduate & graduate courses in creative writing as well as general education courses in literature & composition. Opportunity to direct MA theses. Service on committees & advising of English majors expected. Twenty-four credit teaching load with six credits reassigned to writing for active writers. Competitive salary, strong support for professional activity, & excellent benefits.

Send letter of application, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, three current letters of recommendation, & official graduate transcripts to:
Dr. Ron Rindo, Chair
Department of English
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8692.
Application deadline: November 12.
Employment will require a criminal background check.

Paid Internship: Orion (Deadline Dec. 1)


Orion Magazine 2008 Editorial Intern Position

Orion magazine is accepting applications for an Editorial Internship for 2008. This is a six-month position, commencing in January 2008. The Editorial Intern will be exposed to all aspects of producing a high-quality, bimonthly publication at an award-winning nonprofit publication. The Intern is expected to work a forty-hour week. The position pays an after-tax
stipend of $1,000/month.

The Orion staff is small and functions in a collaborative manner. The Editorial Intern will assist in basic administrative tasks such as mail management, correspondence with readers and contributors, photocopying, the taking of meeting minutes, fact-checking, evaluating unsolicited submissions, proofreading, and tracking down information. The intern may be given responsibility for elements of the magazine’s content if, in the judgment of senior staff, such responsibility is appropriate. Recent Orion interns have gone on to jobs in media (including Orion) and graduate school.

Please become familiar with the magazine before you apply. Please submit in hard copy a résumé, letter of interest, three unedited writing samples and three references (with contact information and annotation regarding their relationship to the applicant), to be received at Orion no later than December 1, 2007.

Address applications to:

Harlan C. Clifford
Executive Editor
Orion Magazine
187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Promising candidates will be contacted by phone. Please, no phone calls or emails.

10.16.2007

WEGOnian Shannon Carson Earns Songwriting Credit!


Poetry student Shannon Carson received her first official publishing credit for the song "Tender Rain" on the new album, Real Good Fire, by San Francisco blues musician Leah Tysse. The song is co-written by Rich Armstrong, best known for his work with Michele Shocked, Thomas Dolby, Boz Scaggs, and Lydia Pense & Coldblood, and is based on a poem Shannon wrote. Anyone interested in the album can visit Leah's website at www.leahtysse.com. (Shannon's name even appears in the liner notes!)

10.15.2007

Submissions: Crab Orchard Review (Deadline Oct. 31)

A Call for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW

Special Issue: The In-Between Age ~ Writers on Adolescence

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2008 issue focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences, observations, and/or cultural and historical possibilities of the following topic: “The In-Between Age ~ Writers on Adolescence.” We are open to work that covers any of the multitude of ways that the transition from childhood to adulthood in the teenage years defines us and, in turn, defines the world we live in.

All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible). Please query before submitting any interview.

For guidelines, check our Web site here.

Mail submissions to:


CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW
Adolescence issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States of America

The submission period for this issue is August 1, 2007 through October 31, 2007. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by mid-February. Writers whose work is selected will receive $20 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose), two copies of the issue, and a year’s subscription.

Address correspondence to:

Allison Joseph, Editor & Poetry Editor
Carolyn Alessio, Prose Editor
Jon Tribble, Managing Editor

10.12.2007

Ooligan Press Open House (Nov. 7)


Ooligan Press Hosts Open House

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Native American Community Center
Portland State University
710 SW Jackson Street
Noon 6 pm

How is a book made? Who decides on the design? How can I get published?

The public is invited to get the answers to these and other questions about book publishing at an Open House November 7th sponsored by Portland State University’s Ooligan Press.

There will be visual displays on the publishing process and opportunities to talk with teachers, authors, and students as well as graduates of the program. There will be presentations on book design, children’s books, working with editors, marketing a book, how the book publishing industry works, and what Ooligan Press looks for in acquiring manuscripts both from authors and community organizations. Working with the community is important to the press, and book partners to date have included the Chinese Benevolent Society, the Croatian government, PSU’s Geography Department, and the Arlington Club.

Ooligan Press is part of the only publishing program in the country with a Masters Degree that includes a student-run press. The 6-year old program currently has a list of 12 books with 6 more to be published this year. With guidance from 11 teachers who are all experienced publishing professionals, students gain hands-on experience in running the Press, from acquiring manuscripts and editing to book design and marketing. Graduates have started their own publishing companies and literary agencies, teach in the program and work as book editors and designers.

Members of The Friends of Ooligan Press (FOOP) will be on hand and books will be for sale. The Open House is free and open to the public, and the schedule of presentations will be available mid-October. For more information, call Ooligan Press at 503-725-9748.

10.11.2007

Reading: Poets from "We Begin Here: Poems from Palestine and Lebanon" (Nov. 9)


On Friday, Nov. 9th, poets from the anthology, We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, will read at PSU's Native American Student and Community Center (710 SW Jackson St., Room 110).

Poets include:
Joy Harjo - Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of The Americas
Elmaz Abinader - poet/playwright/activist, In the Country of My Dreams
Alexis DeVeaux - artist/activist, Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lord
Kathy Engel - poet/social jusitice consultant

Readings begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

Submissions: Oregon Humanities (Deadline Nov. 13)


From the Oregon Council of the Humanities (Oregon Humanities magazine):

We are accepting submissions for the Spring 2008 issue, on the theme of "Strangers," which will explore the ways that people, experiences, and ideas may be perceived as foreign and strange, and how these perceptions limit and/or expand our sense of the world around us. We are interested in submissions that consider this theme through both the traditional disciplines of the humanities (e.g., history, literature, jurisprudence) and in contemporary culture. For example, how do the notions of stranger and other play out in recent public debates about marriage, immigration, land-use policies, and the urban/rural divide?

For this issue of the magazine, we are currently soliciting features, Posts, and artwork:

Feature articles and essays: Please read the writers' guidelines here and download the call for proposals. Proposals of features and drafts of essays are due on November 13, 2007.

Posts: Please review the writers' guidelines for Posts here. For the Strangers issue, writers may wish to explore the notions of strangers, foreigners, and others in literature, history, and the arts; the role of the stranger as hero or villain in culture and society; or experiences with and revelations about strangers in our everyday lives. Reader submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Please send them by January 7, 2008, to Oregon Council for the Humanities, Attn: Posts, 812 SW Washington St., Suite 225, Portland, OR 97205, or posts@oregonhum.org. Submissions may be edited for space or clarity.

Photos and art: We are also accepting submissions of photography and artwork that reflect the theme of strangers. Please download and review the photo entry form for more information. Photo submissions are due on January 7, 2008.
And if you have any ideas for Field Work articles, interviews, and reviews--which do not have to reflect this issue's theme--please contact the editor.

Job Fair: PSU Business Accelerator

We would like to invite you to our JOB FAIR & OPEN HOUSE at the Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA), PSU’s emerging technology incubator where students learn, earn, and build their career network.

When should I be there?
Thursday, October 18th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Where should I go?
2828 SW Corbett Ave, Main Conference Room, 209
Use the directions on the event web page www.psba.pdx.edu/openhouse.
Beware! Do not use Map Quest, Google Maps, or Yahoo Maps for our location.

Meet 19 companies where you can find…
· Jobs and paid internships near campus
· Opportunities for student project teams through PSU courses
· Networking with entrepreneurs, technologists, and young professionals

What’s happening when?
4:00pm: Sign-in and help yourself to some free food and drinks
4:30pm: Brief presentations by 5 companies
5:30pm: Q & A and networking

Please RSVP by emailing Chris at Axtell@pdx.edu so we can order refreshments and have a name tag ready.

10.10.2007

Volunteer (future pay possible): Editor of The Portland Alliance


The Portland Alliance, Portland's oldest monthly progressive paper, is seeking a new editor, as well as additional board members.

Currently, the position of editor is in a volunteer capacity, but we are working towards being financially able to pay for the position within the next several months. Your duties would start with the January issue, and the workload is about 10-20 hours per week or more, depending on your energy level. Duties include, but are not limited to: working with the editorial board to develop article ideas, coordinating & supporting writers, coordinating artists, prioritizing news stories for each issue, coordinating layout, acting as official Alliance spokesperson, and checking email and phone messages regularly.

This position would work well for someone who is working part time and wants to gain experience, or someone who has experience in the newspaper industry and who wants to volunteer his or her knowledge. We are moving to a model of editor as "Editorial Coordinator" so that duties are distributed more evenly across board members and other volunteers, so as to alleviate burnout since it is a volunteer capacity.

This is an exciting time at the paper, as we are looking to re-energize our board with new blood, and have a template ready for a freshly redesigned look. Now is the time to get involved -- we are wide open for new suggestions and eager for new community members to be involved.

This is your paper -- do with it what you will.

Call 503-239-4991 or reply to mazza@theportlandalliance.org or jennifersvoice at yahoo.com if you are interested.

Jennifer Polis
Editorial Coordinator
The Portland Alliance
"Distressing Portland's Elite Since 1981"

10.08.2007

Submissions: She Sheet (women's website)

Do you love to write, cook, create things, etc.?
Well, we want you and your talents!

The She Sheet is looking for submissions to our log/zine/website/resource thingy that can be found at www.shesheet.com!

We accept poetry, prose, artwork that can be scanned or photographed so that it can be shown on the computer, recipes, craft patterns, instructions for creative things, movie/book reviews, etc. We are pretty open to submissions, but we can't promise
that we will print things that don't make it through the editorial review. We typically like written articles that have to do with feminist issues, women's issues, social justice and/or social change related thing. Critiques of contemporary society are also welcome.

For more information, please check out the She Sheet at http://www.shesheet.com or write to the editor at editor@shesheet.com.

10.07.2007

Job: Creative Writing Instructor - Monterey Peninsula College, CA


English/Creative Writing Instructor
Monterey Peninsula College
Fulltime, Tenure Track, Fall 2008
Application Closing Date: January 14, 2008

The successful candidate may be responsible for providing instruction in creative writing, composition, and literature. Typical assignment may include teaching two or more of the following types of courses: creative writing, literature, literature/composition, composition/critical thinking, introduction to college writing, or developmental writing. Assignments may be day, evening, weekend, and/or on-line, on the main MPC campus and/or off campus sites. Additionally, this instructor will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a strong college presence in the local literary community as well as directing MPC’s visiting authors’ series and MPC’s creative writing program for the college and community. For a complete job announcement, a District Employment Application, and a Supplemental Application please follow the links below.

Starting at $50,728–$68,789 annually plus masters' or doctorate stipend, if applicable.

To be assured full consideration, completed application packets should be in the Human Resources office by 5:00 pm, January 14, 2008. Selected candidates will participate in campus-wide events beginning August 21, 2008.

Send all application materials to:

Kathleen Clark
Human Resources Department
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Telephone: (831) 646-3038
Text Teletype: (831) 645-1319
FAX: (831) 646-3012
E-mail: Kclark@mpc.edu

For more information, click here.

Job: Assistant Professor (Poetry) - Gettysburg College, PA

Position: English (Poetry), Department of English
Institution: Gettysburg College
Location: Pennsylvania
Date posted: 9/28/2007
Application deadline: 11/9/2007

ENGLISH (POETRY)
Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2008, for a poet to teach five courses over two semesters (3/2) in introduction to creative writing and advanced poetry writing. M.A., with a concentration in creative writing, M.F.A. or Ph.D. with creative dissertation, required. Exemplary teaching record and significant publication record a must. The successful candidate will assist with departmental writing activities and serve as a member of the English Department's creative writing committee.
Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of over 2,600 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and especially invites applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
Competitive salary. To apply, send letter of application, c.v., the names of three references, and a 5-10 page writing sample to: Prof. Jack Ryan, Chair, Department of English, Box 397, Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, postmarked by November 9, 2007.

10.05.2007

WEGO's ANNUAL MEET N' GREET ~ Monday, Oct. 15


The date's been set...

WEGO's annual Meet n' Greet will be held:

Monday, Oct. 15
5-7 p.m.
Simon Benson House
(at Park and Montgomery)

We'll be serving complimentary wine, soft drinks and appetizers.

This is WEGO's biggest social gathering of the year, and the only one where all writing program facets--fiction, nonfiction, poetry and technical writing--will be under one roof. It's a great opportunity to meet the program newbies and catch up with friends and colleagues from classes past.

I hope to see you all there!

Contest: Georgetown Review (Deadline - Nov. 15)


2008 Georgetown Review Contest

$1,000 and publication to the winning short story, poem, or essay on the subject of redemption. We’re very flexible about what satisfies our theme requirement. We’d be equally interested in stories, poems, and essays about folks who find redemption and those who don’t. If the situation where redemption is pursued is obviously spiritual in nature, that’s fine, but if it’s secular or legal or something else, we’re equally interested. The work can be about families or individuals or criminals or saints or those of us who are probably somewhere in between. It can be about dogs or cats or cows or fish, for that matter—as long as it involves some situation in which redemption or the pursuit or avoidance of it plays a part.

Submissions must be postmarked by on or before November 15, 2007.

Entry fee is $10 for the first entry, $5 for each entry thereafter.

If you want your work returned or want to receive a notice about the winner and runners-up, you must send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope. However, we will post a list of the work we choose on our website after the contest is judged, and we will do our best to have this list up by February 2008.

The magazine’s editors will judge.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay. Your name can appear on your work as well, and in fact, we prefer that. We have a small editorial staff and would not award the prize to any colleagues, students, or friends.

All entries are considered for publication. In the 2007 contest, 22 runner-up works were selected for publication. If your work is published, Georgetown Review acquires first North American rights, which means that after we publish the piece the rights to it revert back to you.

Send entries to:

2008 Contest
Georgetown Review
400 East College Street
Box 227
Georgetown, KY 40324

10.04.2007

Conference: UO School of Journalism, "Confidential Sources" (Fri, Oct. 5)

UO School of Journalism and Communication and UO School of Law to co-sponsor one-day conference on "Confidential Sources."

Please join us on Friday, October 5, 2007 for "Confidential Sources: What Does Branzburg Mean Now?" A one-day conference presented by the UO School of Journalism & Communication and the School of Law.

Recent high profile cases suggest to many that the American court has retreated on the reporter's privilege. Judges, lawyers, legal scholars, journalists, and media ethicists from the U.S. and abroad will revisit the landmark case of Branzburg v. Hayes thirty-five years later.

Keynote speaker: C. EDWIN BAKER, Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Friday, October 5, 2007
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Knight Law Center, 15th and Agate Streets, UO Campus

$150 for CLE credit; community members $25; free with OUS I.D.

For program information and registration: jcomm.uoregon.edu/branzburg

For more information, contact Zanne Miller, Director of Communication, School of Journalism and Communication, 541-346-2519; zanne@uoregon.edu

10.02.2007

More WEGOnians in the NEWS! (Updated)


Some hard-working WEGOnians didn't take the summer off (okay, probably most of us didn't). Here are a few of the recently published:

Lucy Burningham (nonfiction) - Portland Monthly, October issue, "Roots to Riches," a feature and center spread on truffles (also her thesis topic).

Alexis Nelson (nonfiction) - The Oregonian, Sunday, Sept. 31, "An (honest) Portrait of Mom," book review on Mary Gordon's Circling My Mother.

Kyle Cassidy (nonfiction) - Hipfish, September/October issue, "Activism Summer Camp," cover story.

Steve Beaven (nonfiction) - The Oregonian (staff), Thursday, Sept. 20, "Giving up the family car," InPortland cover story.

Sue Pesznecker (graduate/former WEGO coordinator) - The Oregonian, Sunday, July 29, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," one of ten winners chosen out of 400 entries to review the book. Sue has also been placed on a standby list for a 2008 Soapstone residency.

Loretta Long (fiction) - The Dublin Quarterly, Issue 11, "Flying Dreams," fiction short story.

Congrats to all! Know of anyone else who has published recently? Email me or post away.

Check Out the PSU English Internship Blog!


Fiction WEGOnian Elizabeth Lopeman has been kind of enough to work with professional organizations and local companies (Oregon Historical Society, OMSI) to create internship opportunites for WEGOnians like us. Check out her lastest finds at http://psuenglishintern.blogspot.com/. (The link is also to left of this blog.)

Lecture: Oregon Council for Humanities - Editor Mark Trahant (Oct. 26)


Oregon Council for the Humanities' Fall 2007 Commonplace Lecture:
"Roads, Interstates, and the Oregon Trail: The Urban Indian Experience in the Rural West:

On Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m., Mark Trahant, editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe of Idaho, will discuss the challenges faced by urban Indians in a free public lecture at Portland State University's Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St., Portland. A public reception will follow.

Trahant, who was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting as co-author of a series on federal-Indian policy,
will discuss the challenges faced by the members of Portland¹s urban Indian population (the nation¹s ninth-largest), many of whom find themselves torn between the opportunities available in the cities and the history and culture of the reservations.

Trahant's lecture coincides with OCH¹s publication of the book, The First Oregonians, a collection of essays written primarily by representatives fromOregon's nine federally recognized tribes that provides a comprehensive view of Oregon's native peoples from the past to the present. The book will be available for purchase in October 2007.

Contest: Writer's Workhop in Omaha - Personal Essay/Radio (Deadline Nov. 5)


The Writer's Workshop of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, together with Classical 90.7 KVNO Radio in Omaha, is launching a pilot project to air personal essays written by professional writers. We invite you to submit a piece for consideration.

Guidelines:
-- Essays should be original, unpublished essays no longer than 100 words.
-- Please, no excerpts from previously published works.
-- We are looking for human-interest pieces, written in the first person, that will appeal to a general audience.
-- No politics, please, unless, of course, you are writing about your up-close-and-personal experience in politics. Reactions to current events are okay, provided the point of view is personal.
-- No preaching, no promotion (of self or others), no p.r.
-- Review of submissions will begin on NOVEMBER 5.
-- Submit essays via email to amonardo@mail.unomaha.edu. Please send as
a .doc or .rtf file, or cut and paste your piece into the body of an email. OR
-- Submit hard copy by snail-mail to
Anna Monardo
Writer's Workshop, WFAB 219
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

10.01.2007

Internship: The Grove Review

The Grove Review, a literary magazine featuring the work of poets, writers, and visual artists, is seeking interns for the following areas: editorial, design, production, distribution and fulfillment, sales and advertisement, marketing and public relations, Web site management, grant writing, and office management.

Prospective interns should forward a resume to henry@thegrovereview.org. Participants in the intern program will be selected
over the course of one month and will begin late October/Early November. The Managing Editor will work with TGR staff, Publisher, Board of Directors, and Dennis Stovall of PSU to select the intern teams.

An informational session will be announced early October so that prospective interns can get to know TGR a bit better and for TGR to get to know you.

For more information, please contact henry@thegrovereview.org or via phone at (503) 703-2066.

9.29.2007

Internships: Ink & Paper Group


Fall internship opportunities

Ink & Paper Group, LLC, has the following internships available for fall term. In general, these internships are unpaid but negotiable in duration and hours, in accordance with academic or personal requirements.

Editing

Editorial interns begin with acquisitions work (reader’s reviews, acceptance & rejection letters, tipsheets, proposals, etc.) and in-house editing needs for documents and Web content. Interns will then move on to a primary editorial project, usually book-length. Interns work directly with our editor in chief and, as needed, with individual editors or publishers for specific imprints. The type of work (developmental, copyediting, proofreading, etc.) as well as the intern's schedule and skill level will help dictate the breadth and depth of work. Interns will be credited as Associate Editor in published works.

Marketing

Marketing interns will help create strategies for existing titles and incoming acquisitions, Responsibilities will include development of internal and external documents such as marketing plans, implementation plans, booksheets, author bios, etc. In addition, marketing interns will gain experience and confidence that will result in successful and rewarding communications with authors, bookstores, media, and fellow industry professionals.

Design

Design interns are given specific design tasks, which may include book projects, marketing materials, Web design, or other projects as needed. Design interns must be familiar with a variety of software programs, including the Adobe Creative Suite (knowledge of InDesign is a must). The type of work as well as the intern’s schedule and skill level will help dictate the breadth and depth of work. Interns will be credited for their involvement in published works.

Assistant Publisher - Dame Rocket Press, Bowler Hat Comics, Three Muses Press

Gain experience in all areas of publishing (editing, design, marketing) as they relate to the specific imprints. Work directly with the publishers, with emphasis on project management, development of the imprint, and preparation of future projects.

Business

Business intern will assist our CEO and COO with business organization as well as operational and finance tasks. The primary needs are capital procurement, recordkeeping, and integration into the broader local business community. www.inkandpapergroup.com

If interested in any of these internships, please contact:

Linda Meyer, COO

linda.meyer@inkandpapergroup.com

503.232.0103

9.27.2007

Job: Writer for Central City Concern (nonprofit)

Central City Concern is a non-profit social service and housing agency whose mission is to provide pathways to self-sufficiency through active intervention in homelessness. CCC provides many services, such as chemical dependency treatment, employment services, housing, medical services, and other related services, to a diverse population. As an agency deeply rooted in recovery we have a keen interest in promoting and maintaining a Drug & Alcohol-Free Workplace. A drug and alcohol-free workplace is essential in supporting individuals in recovery, and in providing a safe, healthy, and productive environment for employees. As part of our policy and commitment to a drug and alcohol-free workplace we conduct post-offer, pre-employment drug screens.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title: Writer

REPRESENTED: No

Reports to: Director, Community Partnerships and Strategic Development

Description of Duties:
Write copy for annual campaigns, donor newsletters, annual and other reports, brochures, web site, press releases, solicitations, donor acknowledgements and other documents as needed.
Write grant proposals to private foundations, corporations and/or other organizations. Assist agency staff in responding to government requests for proposals (RFPs).
Do research, interview subjects, and gather of information needed for the writing of proposals, RFP’s, reports and other publications
Maintain system for keeping track of foundation, government, corporate and other organization's proposal deadlines, guidelines and reporting requirements.
Lay out documents for production.
Oversee production of in-house publications
Perform other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities:
Excellent writing skills
Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize and to meet deadlines
Ability to work independently
Demonstrated proficiency in use of computer software: Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and In Design
Ability to establish effective working relationships with peers and superiors, including Board of Directors and the general public

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in English, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Marketing, or related fields preferred.
Experience in writing and publications
Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, political affiliations, cultural backgrounds, life-styles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.

Central City Concern
232 NW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 294-1681 Phone
(503) 294-4321 Fax
cccadmin@centralcityconcern.org

Attention Applicants: You may apply in person, by mail, or by email.
When applying, please include job title and a completed CCC
application form.

Download application here.

9.25.2007

Workshop: The Nature of Words - Central Oregon (Nov. 1-4)


The Nature of Words -- Fostering an appreciation of the literary arts.

The Nature of Words, Central Oregon’s premier literary event, annually showcases acclaimed authors and poets whose writing deals primarily, but not exclusively, with the literal and metaphorical Western landscape. Scheduled for November 1-4, 2007, participants in the long weekend can choose from author readings, workshops, and panel discussions.

The Nature of Words showcases acclaimed writers in fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry. The festival also includes an awards event for winners of the Rising Star competition for high school- and college-age writers. Venues include:

Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards for Young Writers – October 31, 7:00 p.m., Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Library Rotunda – free to the public.
Guest Author Readings and Book Signings – November 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Tower Theatre.
VIP Reception – November 2, 6:00 p.m., Umpqua Bank, downtown Bend.
Guest Author Workshops – November 2 and 3, morning and afternoon, Oregon State University (OSU)/Cascades Campus and COCC Library.
Dinner and Guest Author Panel Discussion – November 3, 6:30 p.m., High Desert Museum.
Open Mic – November 4, 11:00 a.m., Deschutes Public Library, Brooks Room – free to the public.
The guest author line-up includes:

Fiction

Debra Magpie Earling, American Book Award author of Perma Red, and included in many anthologies including Song of the Turtle; Contemporary Short Stories Celebrating Women; Circle of Women; and Talking Leaves: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Short Stories.

Craig Johnson, mystery writer and Wyoming rancher, author of Cold Dish; Death Without Company, selected by Booklist as one of the top-ten mysteries of 2006;, and Kindness Goes Unpunished, which went into its second printing on its release day, March 15, 2007.

Benjamin Percy, short story writer and former Central Oregonian, author of The Language of Elk, and the soon-to-be-released Pushcart Prize winning collection Refresh, Refresh, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the most anticipated books of the fall season.

Literary Nonfiction

Timothy Egan, National Book Award winner for The Worst Hard Time, author of The Good Rain and Lasso the Wind and national correspondent for The New York Times, where he was a member of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning team for a series on race in America..

Kathleen Dean Moore, 2005 Oregon Book Award for The Pine Island Paradox, and author of Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water and Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World..

Poetry

Ted Kooser, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Delights and Shadows, immediate past US Poet Laureate, and author of The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison and Weather Central.

Pattiann Rogers, author of Firekeeper, Selected Poems, winner of the 2005 Lannan Award for Poetry, Generations, and Song of the World Becoming, New and Collected Poems, 1981-2001.

Guest author-led workshops will cover an array of topics including:

Timothy Egan – Of Time and Place
Debra Magpie Earling – Match Strike Stories: Lists and Story Scenarios
Heather Vogel Frederick – Borrowed Fire: Getting to the Heart of Character
Craig Johnson – Mapping the Novel: Location, Location, Location
Ted Kooser – Out of the Ordinary
Kathleen Dean Moore – The Nature Essay: Practicing the Osprey’s Art
Benjamin Percy – Voices
Pattiann Rogers – Writing Outside the Box

More information is available at www.thenatureofwords.org, via info@thenatureofwords.org or by calling 541.330.4381 or 541.480.3933.

9.22.2007

Job: Assistant Professor Creative Writing/Nonfiction - Washburn University, KS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR CREATIVE WRITING, NONFICTION - ENGLISH DEPARTMENT:

The English Department at Washburn University is seeking a Creative Nonfiction writer to join a vital writing program, with well-published colleagues in fiction and poetry. Applicant must have MFA or PhD by date of hire, as well as publications in literary nonfiction. Writers with the MA degree will be considered if accompanied by a significant publication record. Commitment to undergraduate teaching and an active writing program are essential, as are willingness to advise and mentor students and assist with visiting writers. Washburn University has around 7,000 students, with 100 English majors, 50 of whom take the writing emphasis. New hire will teach four courses per semester in Creative Nonfiction, Publication Lab, Reading for Writers, Creative Writing and Composition, and others as appropriate. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation by October 29, 2007, to Professor Thomas Fox Averill, Department of English, Washburn University , 1700 College, Topeka , KS 66621 . tom.averill@washburn.edu For more information about Washburn University, see www.washburn.edu. To enrich education through diversity, Washburn University is an EOE. Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

9.21.2007

Contest: Hugo Genre Competiton - Hauntings (Deadline Oct. 15)


From the Richard Hugo House, a writing center in Seattle:

"Hauntings"

From “The Egyptian Book of the Dead” to the ghost of Hamlet's father to the movie “Poltergeist,” popular culture—of every era and in every corner of the world—has a preoccupation with hauntings. Whether communicating through static on a TV screen or encouraging Hamlet to investigate a “murder most foul,” the supernatural has a grip on our imagination in very real ways. Yet hauntings aren't supernatural by definition. In Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the hallucination of an eye drives a man to murder, and in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” it is the inner demons that haunt the protagonist most. Lingering terror can be found in an ominous past, present or future; at a crossroads; near woods; or inside our own fears.

For this installment of the Hugo Genre Competitions, we are looking for stories reflecting the theme “Hauntings,” using one of the three prompts below as a starting point:

Time: The present is haunted by the aura of our pasts, our futures, and the looming presence of experiences, memories and fantasies that may not even be our own. In Shirley Jackson's “The Haunting of Hill House,” Eleanor falls so hard for Hill House and its history of violence and insanity that when she's forced to leave, she kills herself. In Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the story of a doomed soldier relies upon a structural pastiche of time to haunt us with the question of what is real. How can time, from the murky depths of the past to the impending doom of the future, haunt us?

Space: Places, such as the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining,” the Lutz's house in Amityville, or even Richard Hugo House's basement, stir sensations that drive us to the borders of rational understanding. We are especially drawn to isolated locales, where terrible things happen that we can merely record, powerless to do much more. Think Flannery O'Connor's short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the original serial killer tale, which takes place along the edge of a rural road, or the terrifying experiment that was H.G. Wells' “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” What is it about a space that conjures dread and doubt? Is it our helplessness against chaos? The randomness of violence? Our inability to control our own landscapes?

Mind: Consciously and unconsciously, we are haunted by our fears and desires. In L. Ron Hubbard's “Fear,” the story of a professor searching for an hour of life he can't recall horrifies the reader with the demons his search reveals—or is the main character simply haunted by demons from his own mind? H.P. Lovecraft, whose characters struggled as much with their own sanity as with any external threat, writes, “The true weird tale has something more than secret murder, bloody bones or a sheeted form clanking chains…A certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; and there must be a hint, expressed with seriousness and portentousness…of that more terrible conception of the human brain—a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature, which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos.” What is it about our fears and desires that haunts us? Which ones are so powerful they push us over the edge?

Submissions must be received by October 15. Winner receives a $250 prize and the opportunity to read at the Hugo Genre Reading on October 31 at 7 p.m. at Richard Hugo House. Two runners-up will be asked to read an excerpt from their stories as well.

By submitting, entrants agree to be present for the reading if selected as a winner or runner-up.

Winner and runners-up will be announced October 23, 2007.

Manuscript Requirements:
Please send a $5 entry fee. We can accept cash or a check/money order to Richard Hugo House. You may enter as many times as you'd like as long as you pay an entry fee for each story.

Manuscripts must be under 5,000 words and should be double-spaced with one-inch margins and in 12-point type. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. Include one cover sheet with story title, author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address. The story title should appear on the first page of the manuscript. Please number your pages.

Send a total of three copies of your manuscript and one copy of your cover sheet to:

"Hauntings"
c/o Chris Leasure
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
We cannot return manuscripts, so please keep a copy!
You must live in WA, OR, MT or ID.

Questions? Contact Chris Leasure: development@hugohouse.org

Job: 2008-09 Fiction/Nonfiction Visiting Professor (Gettysburg, PA)


FICTION/NONFICTION WRITER VISITING PROFESSOR, Gettysburg College, PA

One-year appointment as a sabbatical replacement, beginning August 2008, for a fiction/nonfiction writer with demonstrated expertise in both genres to teach three courses per semester ("Introduction to Creative Writing" and advanced writing courses in memoir, personal essay, and fiction writing) and assist with departmental writing activities. The individual will provide support for the Writing House, the College's residential program for students interested in writing, by administering a reading series and directing one field trip. The individual will also serve as advisor to the Mercury, the College's student literary magazine. M.A. or M.F.A., teaching experience, and book publication required. Competitive Salary.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of over 2,600 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and welcomes applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

To apply, send letter of application, c.v., the names of three references, and a 5-10 page writing sample to: Prof. Jack Ryan, Chair, Department of English, Box 397, Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, postmarked by November 16, 2007.