Readings, this week, and so on and so forth.

TOMORROW, Thursday night, 7 pm, SMU 238, poets ROBYN SCHIFF and KATY LEDERER will be reading!
FRIDAY, 11-12:30, Robyn and Katy will sit down with us in the snug English Conference Room, NH 407, and answer questions and carry on conversations while enjoying coffee and cookies.

Ms. Schiff is the author of two poetry collections, Worth and Revolver. She earned an M.A. in Medieval Studies from University of Bristol, England, and also earned an MFA from The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize many times, and earned The Brown Foundation Fellows Residence Program at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, and the Black Warrior Review Literary Award; she was also a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Fence Books Alberta Prize, Alice James Books New England/New York Award.
Ms. Lederer is the author of the memoir, Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers, and poetry collections, Imago (in progress), The Heaven-Sent Leaf, and Winter Sex. Lederer earned her MFA from The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop and has earned such awards as The MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Poetry, The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Yaddo Fellowships in Poetry, Esquire Magazine Best Books of 2003, Barnes & Noble Best Memoirs of 2003, Publishers Weekly Best Non-fiction Books of 2003, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Poker Face, St. Paul's School Schlesinger Fellow in Poetry, and several Pushcart Prize Nominations.
Copies of their books will be for sale.

Elijah Mac Jenkins, of flatmanCROOKED Publishing
, out of Sacramento, Ca., will be Q & A-ing on November 4th in the English Conference room, NH 407, from 11- 12:30
. Ask him questions about what editors are really looking for, what not to do, what to absolutely do, how to get into the field, and, of course, how to become a rich and famous writer. Copies of flatmanCROOKED's anthology of new writers' writings will be available for sale--and this is even before the official launch date of November 15th! Check out their site for more details!

Inkwater Press, PPS, and GLO will be hosting Non-Fiction Writer Alexandre Poussin! He will be reading from his world-famous book, Africa Trek, on Friday, Nov 7th, 2:30 - 3:30, in the Native American Center, rm 110. Check out his website, as well as Inkwater Press's for more details about the book and the journey!


Thanks to University Studies, Native American Studies, Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Equity, Department of English, and GLO, Blackfeet writer STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES will be reading on NOVEMBER 19TH in the Native American Center. More details to come!! While you're waiting, check out his website (he's a fascinating fellow).


Call for Submissions-"MO: Writings from the River"

MO: Writings from the River is the journal of the Montana State University - Great Falls Literary Guild, published annually in January.


Call for submissions:

The editors are currently accepting submissions of high quality poetry, short fiction, essays and creative nonfiction (up to 3500 words for prose) from Aug. 1st through Nov. 1st of each year. Original photographs and artwork will also be considered. Payment in contributor copies.

Prose should be double-spaced. All works should be accompanied by a cover page with author's contact info. Author's name should appear in header or footer of each page.

Electronic submissions preferred. Submit to the email address below or mail a paper copy to:

MO: Writings from the River
MSU - Great Falls
2100 16 th Av. South
Great Falls , MT 59405

Enclose SASE for return of materials. Electronic submissions not returned.

(replace (at) with @)

Contest: Fourth River Award for Poetry and Non-Fiction--deadline Nov 15

Fourth River Award for Poetry
Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction

We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide.

First place winner in each category will be published in the Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication.

Our judges for the contest are Rick Campbell (Poetry) and Janisse Ray (Creative Nonfiction).

Contest Guidelines

Submissions should be postmarked no later than November 15, 2008

Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible. Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.

Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s). Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.

The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 5. Please make checks payable to Chatham University. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The Fourth River
Chatham University
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Attention: Fourth River Award for Poetry or Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Submit Your Work (Regular Submissions)

**NEW: Special International Issue, Spring 2009
In addition to our regular publication, The Fourth River is putting together a special issue for Spring 2009 with a specific focus on international writing. We’re looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s and young adult writing by international authors, in translation, and by authors traveling abroad. We are interested in work that explores the diverse meanings of and the interaction between environment, landscape, culture, nature, and human nature around the world.

The submission guidelines for the International Issue are the same as for other issues, but please indicate on your cover letter that you are submitting to this particular issue.

The postmark deadline for this issue is January 31, 2009.

Submission Guidelines (Issue 6)
The Fourth River is accepting nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, and young adult/children’s writing (without illustration) . Please send up to seven poems or up to 7,000 words of prose to the address below. Due to the volume of submissions, we will recycle all the manuscripts we receive. Please do not send us your only copy.

Include cover letter with name, address, phone number, email contact, and titles of enclosed work.

All manuscripts must include a SASE to be considered and returned.

No e-mail submissions accepted.

Kindly let us know if you are submitting simultaneously.

Reading Period (for standard issues): August 1, 2008 – February 15, 2009

Submission Address
The Fourth River
Chatham University0AWoodlan d Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Contact Us
For more information, contact The Fourth River at
(replace (at) with @)


Call for Submissions--Pathos--deadline Nov 1st

Pathos, PSU's student literary magazine, is looking for submissions for this fall's issue. Writing may include poetry, fiction, art, memoir and one-act plays. This year we're also looking at personal essays and creative non-fiction. Issues have no specific themes, we're just interested in innovative writing with vigor. We are also accepting art submissions, black and white and color.

Writing submissions should be 15 pages or less and in MS Word format. Art submissions can be anything you scan and send - JPEGs are preferable. Please see our website, pathoslitmag.wordpress.com, for complete submission guidelines.

Email everything to pathos@pdx.edu. The deadline is Nov 1st at midnight.


Powell's Event--Friday, Oct 24th, 7:30--Burnside

Righting the Mother Tongue 
by David Wolman

Upcoming Event
Friday, October 24th 2008 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR

When did "ghost" acquire its silent "h"? Will cyberspace kill the one in "rhubarb"? Rich with history, pop culture, curiosity, and humor, David Wolman's Righting the Mother Tongue (Collins) explores how English spelling came to be, traces efforts to mend the code, and imagines the shape of tomorrow's words. "Sprightly history that sensibly balances the merits of standardization against the forces for freedom," praises Kirkus Reviews.
Please note: Signed preordered books will be shipped to you and are not available for pick-up in the store the night of the event (but if you're planning to attend, don't worry! Signed editions are usually available at the events). Also, we are sorry but we can not accommodate personalized inscriptions, or guarantee the signed books are first editions. Thanks for your understanding.


Up and coming GLO events!

Up and coming GLO events! And a Portland Reveiw fun night out! And then some other stuff!

Jeffrey Renard Allen reading this THURSDAY Oct 23rd, 7 pm, SMU 236

Mr. Allen will be reading from his newest collection of short stories, Holding Pattern, published by Gray Wolf Press, 2008. There will be time after the reading for questions and conversation.
Novelist, short story writer, poet Jeffrey Renard Allen teaches in the MFA program at the New School in New York. He's a former Breadloaf Fellow and winner of the prestigious Whiting Award.
Copies of his books, Holding Pattern and Stellar Places will be available for purchase (cash only, please!)

Poets Robyn Schiff and Katy Lederer reading Thursday, Oct 30th, 7 pm, SMU 238; Q & A in NH 407 Oct 31st 11-12:30 (coffee and delish cookies!)

Ms. Schiff is the author of two poetry collections, Worth and Revolver. She earned an M.A. in Medieval Studies from University of Bristol, England, and also earned an MFA from The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize many times, and earned The Brown Foundation Fellows Residence Program at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, and the Black Warrior Review Literary Award; she was also a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Fence Books Alberta Prize, Alice James Books New England/New York Award.
Ms. Lederer is the author of the memoir, Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers, and poetry collections, Imago (in progress), The Heaven-Sent Leaf, and Winter Sex. Lederer earned her MFA from The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop and has earned such awards as The MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Poetry, The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Yaddo Fellowships in Poetry, Esquire Magazine Best Books of 2003, Barnes & Noble Best Memoirs of 2003, Publishers Weekly Best Non-fiction Books of 2003, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Poker Face, St. Paul's School Schlesinger Fellow in Poetry, and several Pushcart Prize Nominations.
Copies of their books will be for sale.

Elijah Mac Jenkins, of flatmanCROOKED Publishing, out of Sacramento, Ca., will be Q & A-ing on November 4th in the English Conference room, NH 407, from 11- 12:30
. Ask him questions about what editors are really looking for, what not to do, what to absolutely do, how to get into the field, and, of course, how to become a rich and famous writer. Copies of flatmanCROOKED's anthology of new writers' writings will be available for sale--and this is even before the official launch date of November 15th! Check out their site for more details.

Thanks to Inkwater Press, Non-Fiction Writer Alexandre Poussin will be reading from his world-famous book, Africa Trek, on Friday, Nov 7th, 2:30 - 3:30. We're still working on the room confirmation, so keep your eyes peeled. About Africa Trek:

Two people. Three years. One continent.

Africa Trek recounts the remarkable journey of French citizens Alexandre and Sonia Poussin as they traverse the length of the African continent on foot over the course of three years, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sea of Galilee. In a quest unlike any other ever undertaken, the Poussins follow in the footsteps of the first humans, exploring the cradle of mankind along the Great Rift Valley of East Africa.

Originally published in 2004, the French language version of this two-volume memoir sold over 280,000 copies in its authors' native country, and is now being translated into English in order to be more accessible to a worldwide audience.

Portland Review's release party is Nov 14th at Someday Lounge. Bands! Readings! New books! T-Shirts! More info to come.

Also, GLO is currently working on the following things:

  • Professional Development seminar in November
  • more social networking amongst grad students
  • a facebook page
  • a movie night (literary suggestions welcome!)
  • a happy-hour bar crawl (I guess this all fits in with "social networking," doesn't it? oh well.)
  • web page
  • accessible calendar
If you have suggestions, wants, needs, email us!


Congratulations to Alex Behr!

Congrats to Ms. Alex Behr--her essay, "Land of Milk and Honey," was accepted but Oregon Humanities for the Spring 2009 issue!!

Live Wire! Seeks Funny Writers--deadline Nov 23

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 23, 2008
Live Wire's writing staff is looking to expand by one or two funny people. If you are familiar with the show, then you know we have sketches between :45-4:00 throughout the show. We are hoping to include NON-SKETCH material to our humor arsenal. In other words, don't write what you necessarily already hear—we want to hear something new. New is good.
We'd love it if you sounded even a little like: McSweeney's, Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Flight of the Conchords, Whitest Kids You Know
Finalists will be invited to work with our team on an upcoming show and to have at least one piece performed.
All writers who work for Live Wire are contractors and receive payment for their work.
Interested? Please submit the following to info@livewireradio.org with "writing submission" in the subject line by October 20, 2008:
1 sketch: 1-3:00 length
1 "point of view" piece: 300 - 900 words (i.e. personal essay, rant, list, letter, mix tape with commentary, etc.)
1 additional piece of any style that you think best shows off your writing/comic sensibilities. (music/lyrics are fine).


Interview with Professor Paul Collins on Public Radio

Below is a link from publicradio.org featuring an interview with Prof. Paul Collins and his wife about autism.

Thank you, Alex, for sending this my way!


Job Opportunity in Creative Writing--Eastern Michigan University

The English Department of Eastern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing. The Creative Writing Program includes undergraduate and MA studies emphasizing interdisciplinarity . We are seeking literary writers who work in more than one medium and / or take new approaches to genre: documentary poetics, text and image, performance, collaborative and community arts projects, digital arts & electronic media. Candidates must hold a graduate degree and demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching, a significant publication record, and promise of continuing excellence in publication.

The department is searching for an individual who demonstrates collegiality among faculty, support staff, and students and works well within a climate of shared governance. The successful candidate will facilitate and value student development; demonstrate a commitment to teaching; generate scholarly work and/or grant development; work in partnership with community agencies; and participate in professional and community organizations.

Known for its congenial and collaborative English Department, EMU is located in the Ann Arbor-Detroit area. The school is a culturally diverse learning and teaching community set in a small city environment, amidst a major metropolitan area, which attracts students from Metro Detroit, across the state, nationally, and internationally. Internal grant opportunities are available.

Send letter of application and dossier (CV, letters of reference, representative 30 page work sample or equivalent) to the address below by November 15, 2008. Screening of candidates will begin at that time and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Christine Hume at chume@emich. edu.

Application Information

Postal Address:

Dr. Christine Hume
Department of English
Eastern Michigan University
602C Pray-Harrold
Posting #F0923
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Loggernaut reading - Oct 29 - Rodney Koeneke, Tom Spanbauer, Lidia

Loggernaut reading - Oct 29 - Rodney Koeneke, Tom Spanbauer, Lidia Yuknavitch

(Thanks, Alex, for forwarding this!)

Hi, friends,

After a looong summer vacation, Loggernaut is back!

Please join us two weeks from today for our first reading of the season.
We have three terrific Portland authors on tap: Rodney Koeneke, Tom
Spanbauer, and Lidia Yuknavitch. Juicy authorial details below.

The reading is at 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 29th. Admission: $3. The
prompt this time is "Scary."

With Mississippi Studios under construction, we're moving the show over to
Urban Grind, a great new space at 2214 NE Oregon St., Portland. There'll
be food and drink available. Here's a map: http://tinyurl.com/47knzt

We'll send a reminder as we get closer, but we hope you mark the evening
down on your calendar, and we hope to see you there!

Jesse Lichtenstein
Erin Ergenbright

~ ~ ~

Rodney Koeneke is the author of the poetry collections Musee Mechanique
and Rouge State, as well as a chapbook, Rules for Drinking Forties, due
out this fall. His work is included in The Flarf Anthology forthcoming in
2009. He lives in Portland, where he helps curate The Tangent Reading

Tom Spanbauer was raised in Idaho, spent two years in the Peace Corps in
Kenya, and for the past fifteen years has lived in Portland, where he
teaches Dangerous Writing workshops. He's the author of the novels Now Is
the Hour, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, In the City of Shy
Hunters, and Faraway Places.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of three books of short stories: Her Other
Mouths, Liberty's Excess, and Real to Reel. Her work has appeared
numerous journals and anthologies. She teaches writing, literature, film
and women's studies at Mt. Hood Community College.

"The Truth About the Fact" Call for Submissions--deadline Dec 31

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT International Journal of Literary Nonfiction

http://thetruthaboutthefact. com/

INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary

1000-5000 words

Literary nonfiction
narrative poetry
Black & white art and photography

Submission Deadline
December 31, 2008
Submit via email: editor( at)thetruthaboutthefact.com (replace (at) with @)

Published by
Loyola Marymount University

"Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art" Contests--deadline Dec 1

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art is now accepting submissions for our 2009 Contests in Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction.

Winning entries in each category will be awarded $500 and will be published in Issue 47, due out in the spring of 2009.

All entrants will receive a copy of Columbia.

Judges: Diane Williams, fiction Philip Lopate, nonfiction Henri Cole, poetry

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2008

Entry fee: $12.00

Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit up to 20 double-spaced pages. Poetry entrants may submit up to five poems.

Online entry only at http://www.columbia journal.org/contests. htm


Tonight's Reading: Christine Deavel and John Marshall!

Seattle poets Christine Deavel and John Marshall are in town and will be reading today!

Reading: 7:00 p.m., SMU 228

Deavel and Marshall will talk and answer questions about writing, publishing, and the book industry, both as it applies to poetry and in general.

Marshall won the 2007 Field Poetry Prize for his book, Meaning A Cloud, published by Oberlin College Press. He has also published two chapbooks, Taken With (2005) and Blue Mouth (2001), both finalists for Washington State Book Awards.

Deavel is the author of Box of Little Spruce, a chapbook published in 2005 by LitRag Press. Her work is widely published in magazines, including Fence, The Iowa Review, and Volt. In 2009, Deavel's piece "Of the Bird's Wing There Are Tracts of Feathers" will be included in an anthology of artists and writers, to be published by the University of Washington Press.

A Call for Papers: Authority and the Book in Medieval Culture--deadline Dec 1

A Call for Papers: Authority and the Book in Medieval Culture

April 4, 2009
Yale University

Abstracts from graduate students are now being accepted for the 26th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, the theme of which will be "Authority and the Book in Medieval Culture."

The organizers hope that this broad heading will elicit proposals for papers from all disciplines of Medieval Studies. Of especial interest are papers dealing with palaeography and manuscript studies; hagiography; literary studies; art history; history and historiography; gender studies; religious studies; musicology and medieval liturgical studies; as well as biblical exegesis and the relationship between Latin and various medieval vernaculars. Further, we look forward to receiving proposals that take more theoretical approaches to ideas of authority in the medieval period. We also hope to have one panel devoted to papers that explore different aspects of the history of modern Medieval Studies.

Papers are to be no more than twenty minutes in length and read in English. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by e-mail to Andrew.Kraebel@Yale.edu or SamanthaLily.Katz@Yale.edu; a hardcopy may be mailed to:

Andrew Kraebel
Department of English
Yale University
P.O. Box 208302
New Haven, CT 06520-8302

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2008.

Graduate students whose abstracts are selected for the conference will have the opportunity to submit their paper in its entirety for consideration for the Alison Goddard Elliott Award. The conference will also feature an exhibition of manuscripts in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and a plenary speaker, to be announced at a later date.

Please circulate this call for papers. A PDF version is available:


Laura S. Miles
Yale University, English PhD program
216 Bishop St. #109
New Haven, CT 06511
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Job Opportunity: Literary Arts seeks an Executive Director--deadline Nov 14

Mission: To enrich the lives of Oregonians through language and literature.



Position Profile
Literary Arts, Inc, a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Portland, Oregon, celebrates the art of writing and love of reading through public and in-school programs featuring established and emerging writers and cultural thinkers of our time. As we enter our 25th year of providing a rich array of literary programs and support to Oregonian readers, writers, and students, we seek an individual with the passion, vision, energy and experience to work with the Board of Directors to lead and shape this organization.
  • The Executive Director is responsible for both the management and artistic direction of the organization, reporting to the Board of Directors and working with staff to administer diverse and unique literary programming within a mid-sized budget.

  • The Executive Director, working with the Board of Directors, is responsible for developing and implementing a creative and sustainable strategy for funding current and future programs in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon.
  • The Executive Director serves as the primary spokesperson for Literary Arts, representing and advocating for the organization to its audiences, writers, funders, arts organizations and other constituents.
Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will have a genuine passion for literature combined with a proven record in creating and building organizations and programs that bring arts and culture to the community. This individual must be a skilled leader with the ability to develop and implement a strategic vision for the organization and to maintain and build programs that support the interests of diverse stakeholders in the Portland region and throughout Oregon.
Qualified candidates will have:
  • Proven skills and experience in nonprofit management and in developing and running arts and cultural programs
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, support, and motivate staff in a collaborative fashion
  • Demonstrated track record for strategic thinking and the leadership skills necessary for translating strategic plans into action
  • Demonstrated success in sponsor development and fundraising
  • Knowledge of contemporary literature and cultural trends
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • An understanding of media and technology trends affecting the arts and the ability to incorporate those trends into program development
For more information about Literary Arts and for the full job description, please go to: www.literary-arts.org.
Salary range: $75,000 - $85,000, depending on experience
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by November 14, 2008 to laedjobsearch@yahoo.com with “Executive Director Search” in subject line. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview. If you wish to submit by mail, send to the following address:
Executive Director Search Committee
4455 N.E. Alameda St.
Portland, OR 97213
Literary Arts, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

"Crab Orchard Review" Call for Submissions--deadline Oct 31

A Call for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW


Special Issue: Color Wheel ~

Cultural Heritages in the Twenty-First Century

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2009 issue focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences, observations, and/or cultural and historical possibilities of the following topic: “Color Wheel ~ Cultural Heritages in the Twenty-First Century.” We are open to work that covers any of the multitude of ways our ideas of identity, tradition, family, and place are challenged by an ever-changing world.

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 our general submission guidelines, check our Web site at

<http://www.siuc. edu/~crborchd/ guid2.html>.

Mail submissions to:


Cultural Heritages issue

Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1000 Faner Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901


Job Opportunity: Monterey Peninsula College--deadline Jan 12, '09

English/Creative Writing Instructor

Fulltime, Tenure Track, Fall 2009

Application Closing Date: January 12, 2009

Position Definition:

The successful candidate is responsible for providing instruction in
creative writing, but will also be expected to teach other English
Department courses. A typical assignment may include two or more of the
following types of courses: creative writing, 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, the MPC
Education Center in Marina, or off-campus. This instructor will also be
responsible for directing MPC's visiting authors' series and for directing
MPC's creative writing program, which may include a campus publication.
Success in these endeavors will require establishing and maintaining a
strong college presence in the local literary community.

As a fulltime faculty member in the Humanities Division the successful
candidate will also

* Use and develop a variety of effective teaching and assessment
methods including the use of computers and information technology to engage
student interest and support a variety of learning styles.

* Evaluate student work using clear criteria relevant to the course
content and learning objectives.

* Maintain and submit accurate records according to published
deadlines (i.e., grades, syllabi, census reports).

* Participate in English schedule development process.

* Develop curriculum and participate in course approval and program
review processes.

* Engage in activities that enhance the department's rapport with
area schools and businesses.

* Participate in faculty recruitment.

* Hold required office hours and attend division meetings.

* Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to,
institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, and
participation in shared governance committees and campus life activities.

* Communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues (within
discipline and college-wide) on matters regarding course offerings,
programs, and activities that would enhance the development of the
department and college.

* Continue professional development and remain current in the field
through course work, conferences, workshops, and other appropriate means.

* Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, the
MPCTA Contract, and as assigned at the main MPC campus, the Educational
Center at Marina, and/or other designated locations.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Masters in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition;

2. Bachelors in any of the above AND masters in linguistics, TESL, speech,
education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, technical
writing or journalism; OR

3. California Community College Credential (valid for life) in Language
Arts and Literature; OR

4. The equivalent. To select outstanding faculty members from the largest
possible pool of qualified applicants, Monterey Peninsula College recognizes
that candidates may have attained expertise in English through a variety of
means. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other
accomplishments may be judged by the District as equivalent to a master's
degree for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent
qualifications are encouraged to obtain and complete an equivalency
application from the Human Resources Department and provide appropriate
documentation of their qualifications; AND

5. Commitment to community college goals/objectives of providing quality
programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and
academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal
qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural
environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional
and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests.

Personal and Professional Qualities:

1. Knowledge of and commitment to community college teaching;

2. Excellent interpersonal skills;

3. Ability to work with community groups and campus organizations;

4. Effective oral and written communication skills;

5. Ability to meet the needs of community college learners with diverse
backgrounds and a wide range of skills and goals.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Demonstrated ability to teach creative writing at the community
college level;

2. Published creative writer;

3. Demonstrated ability to establish and administer a college or
community creative writing program;

4. Demonstrated ability to establish and produce a regular creative
writing publication, either print or electronic;

5. Competency in computer-enhanced learning and designing on-line

6. Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with colleagues on
matters regarding course offerings, programs, and activities that would
promote English as a field of study.

Anticipated Starting Compensation

Starting at $51,971-$70,474 annually, based on documented education and
experience. In addition to the base salary, the successful candidate can
also earn a Doctoral stipend of $2,850 or a multiple Masters' stipend of
$2,021, if applicable. In addition, the District provides an excellent
fringe benefits package, including paid medical and dental coverage for
employees and dependents, and a vision plan, life insurance and long-term
disability benefits for the employee only. Retirement is the State Teachers'
Retirement System. Participation in tax deferred plans is available. Child
care is available at the College at a reduced rate on a space-available

Assignment & Anticipated Start Date

The assigned work year is 175.5 days per academic year. The assignment will
include 15 teaching load units (TLUs) plus five office hours per week.
Selected candidates will participate in campus-wide events beginning the
week of August 20, 2009, pending Board approval.

Application Procedures

To be considered for review, applicants must submit the following
application materials:

1. Completed District Application including the Diversity Statement;

2. Cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications and
personal and professional qualities;

3. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae;

4. Copies of transcripts from accredited colleges of Bachelor's degree
and all advanced degrees and coursework. Foreign transcripts must be
evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers ( <http://www.aacrao.org/> http://www.aacrao.org/) at
the applicant's expense;

5. Supplemental Application - Minimum Qualifications

6. Three (3) current letters of recommendation relevant to your

7. Supplemental essay on the following topic:

As an English instructor at MPC, in addition to creative writing, you may be
expected to teach developmental writing, composition, literature and
composition, critical thinking and composition, and possibly other course

In teaching creative writing and one of the other above-mentioned course
areas, what assignments would you include? Please select one assignment for
each of the two courses.

Briefly explain each assignment's relevance to the course, its purpose, and
your method of evaluating how well students have met the assignment's
objectives. Please attach a sample of what you would distribute to students
regarding each assignment.

Only items listed above will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Application forms may be obtained from <http://www.mpc.edu/> www.mpc.edu or
from the Human Resources Department by calling (831) 645-1341.

Send all application materials to:

Kali F. Viker, M.S.

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: KViker@mpc.edu> KViker@mpc.edu

Monterey Peninsula College


Minimum Qualifications

for the position of


Closing Date: January 12, 2009


NAME (Please print)

INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants shall complete and submit this form in
addition to the regular District employment application. The Supplemental
Application consists of this instruction sheet verifying minimum
qualifications (or requesting equivalency). Attach these instructions,
minimum qualification verification to the District employment application.

Note: References to résumés and material other than additional sheets
required to complete this form are not acceptable. This form may be
accessed via the District's Web site at <http://www.mpc.edu/> www.mpc.edu
under the Employment tab.

FOREIGN DEGREES: If you have a degree from a college or university outside
the United States you must have your coursework evaluated by the American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (
<http://www.aacrao.org/> http://www.aacrao.org/). A copy of the
professional evaluation must be submitted with the application packet.

I. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Must meet a, b, OR c.) (Otherwise,
please see II. Equivalency below.)

a. Do you possess a Master's degree from a regionally accredited
institution in English, Literature, Comparative Literature, or Composition?

Yes _____ No _____


b. Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in any of the above AND Master's
degree linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in
reading, creative writing, technical writing or journalism (both degrees
from a regionally accredited institution)?

Yes _____ No _____


c. Do you possess a California Community College Instructor Credential
(valid for life) in Language Arts and Literature?

Yes _____ No _____

II. EQUIVALENCY (if applicable)

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, do you possess minimum
qualifications that you believe to be the equivalent and do you request that
your enclosed evidence be evaluated?

Yes _____ No _____

Note: Equivalency determinations are based solely upon a review of the
individual's application materials and a completed Equivalency to Minimum
Qualification Request with required documentation. Individuals claiming
that they possess equivalent minimum qualifications should complete the
Equivalency to Minimum Qualification Request Form attaching supporting
documentation. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Forms are
available with the job announcement under the Employment tab on the MPC
website, <http://www.mpc.edu/> www.mpc.edu or by contacting the Human
Resources Department at (831) 646-4016.




PSU Professor to Speak--Monday, Nov 3

Susan Rowland, Professor of English and Jungian Studies, is speaking at PSU on Monday, 3
pm, November 3, SMU 238. Her topic is "Jung and Critical Theory: New Approaches to Myth
and Eco-Criticism." There will be refreshments following her talk.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces 2009 Artist-in-Residence
Program As New Artwork Is Unveiled

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers,
composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2009
Artist-in-Residence program. The Artist-in-Residence program is open to all
professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the history and
beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The park offers two
residencies each of two to four weeks from May through September. For more
information about the Artist-in-Residence Program and how to apply, contact
Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855 or visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/heho.

The 2008 Artist-in-Residence program featured photographer Linda Staats and
radio dramatist Will Anderson. Each artist donated artwork created during
their residencies this summer. Ms. Staats’ photograph “First Light on the
Prairie” is on display at the Visitor Center along with works from past
Artists-in-Residenc e. Dr. Anderson’s radio drama script “The Son of West
Branch, America’s Great Humanitarian” is available on the park’s website:
www.nps.gov/ heho. The script is in the public domain and may be used for
production. Please contact Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855 if you are
interested in producing it.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum
are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please
allow extra time to find a parking space.

Poetry Reading by Lisa Steinman, Oct 8th 7 pm

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Second Season!
A reading by Lisa Steinman
7 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
The Pond House in Milwaukie, 2215 SE Harrison
Adjacent to the Ledding Library

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee and the Ledding Library of Milwaukie are delighted to continue the Second Season of the Milwaukie Poetry Series with a reading by Lisa Steinman. This will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 PM in the Pond House adjacent to the Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

Lisa Steinman has taught at Reed College in Portland for over thirty years now. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Ordinary Songs (26 Books, 1996), and of eight full-length books: three about poetry, Made In America (Yale UP, 1987), Masters of Repetition (St. Martin's, 1998), and the quite recent Invitation to Poetry (Blackwell, 2008). She also has written four volumes of poetry-Lost Poems (Ithaca Hous e, 1976); All That Comes To Light (Arrowood, 1989); A Book Of Other Days (Arrowood, 1993), and, most recently, Carslaw's Sequences (University of Tampa Press, 2003).

Her work has received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockerfeller Foundation, among other places. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Notre Dame Review, Chariton Review, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Review, Epoch, Michigan Quarterly, Boulevard, Threepenny Review, The Massachusetts Review and Quarterly West. Since 1983, she has co-edited the poetry magazine Hubbub with her husband and fellow poet, Jim Shugrue. She also loves the outdoors.

The Pond House in Milwaukie is a delightful setting and easy to reach. It is located on SE 21st and Harrison in Milwaukie. From Portland travel south on McLoughlin Blvd. (99E) to Harrison St, the first light as you come into Milwaukie. Turn left and the Library is two blocks east.
From Oregon City, Gladstone and Oak Grove and I-205 from Salem, travel north on McLoughlin to Harrison, turn right and go two blocks east again to the Library.

From East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, go west on Hwy. 224 to the Harrison St. Exit, turn left and go approximately ½ mile to the library.
The Pond House is 1 block east of the library.

We want to thank the City of Milwaukie for its generous support which makes the Series possible. For information about the readings, please contact the Series Coordinator Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or tomhogan2@comcast.net or Ledding Library Director Joe Sandfort at 503-786-7584 or SandfortJ@ci.milwaukie.or.us.

It will be a delightful evening. Please join us for this wonderful reading!

"The Atlantic Monthly" 2008 Student Writing Contest--deadline Dec 1st

The Atlantic Monthly invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays for its 2008 Student Writing Contest.


Categories Poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays.
Prizes First $1,000 | Second: $500 | Third: $250 and one-year subscriptions to The Atlantic Monthly for seven runners-up in each category.

ENTRANTS must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting U.S. institution. Submissions should be original, unpublished work (they may have appeared in student periodicals) demonstrating superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.
SUBMISSIONS should not exceed three poems or 7,500 words of prose. No entrant may send more than one submission per category, and entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2008.

MANUSCRIPTS should be typewritten (one side only, please) double-spaced, and accompanied by a cover sheet with the following information: title, category, word count, author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and academic institution. Of this information, only the title should appear on the manuscript itself.

PLEASE PROVIDE a stamped, self-addressed postcard for acknowledgement of receipt. We cannot provide information on the status of a manuscript until winners are announced, in the May 2009 issue. Winners will receive notification in March 2009.

Soapstone Hiring New Director--Apps Accepted Jan 5, '09- June 15, '09

Soapstone will be hiring a new director to start June 15, 2008

This is a part-time job, approximately 60 hours a month. Applications will be accepted from January 5, 2009 through Feb. 15; we’re hoping to make a hiring decision by March 15, with the job beginning June 15, 2009. We’re looking for someone with the requisite set of skills who is committed to Soapstone’s goals of supporting women writers and the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington’s literary community.

After fourteen years as director Ruth Gundle has decided that the time is right to pass the mantle. This is a part-time job, approximately 60 hours a month. Applications will be accepted from January 5, 2009 through Feb. 15, 2009; we hope to have a hiring decision made by March 15, 2009 with the job beginning June 15, 2009. We’re looking for someone with the requisite set of skills who is committed to Soapstone’s goals of supporting women writers and the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington literary community. To download the job announcementclick here. To download the job description click here.

The people and the organization:

Soapstone is unique among writing retreats in that it is truly a grassroots organization. Donors and volunteers came together to create it and new supporters continually step forward to help sustain it.

Judith Barrington and Ruth Gundle dreamed up the project in 1990 (and were honored with the Stuart H. Holbrook Award from Literary Arts for this and other work). Ursula K. Le Guin served as the first president. Judith Barrington was the volunteer director from 1992 until 1995. Ruth Gundle has been Soapstone’s part-time director since 1995.

Soapstone, Inc. became a nonprofit organization in 1992 and purchased the property in 1993. After five years of fundraising and construction we held a festive opening celebration in the summer of 1998 for over a hundred well-wishers. The first residents arrived that fall.

In 2006 Willamette Writers honored Soapstone with their Humanitarian Award.

Soapstone performs a key service for the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington writing community by sending out email community announcements of events, readings, workshops, grant opportunities, lectures and other writing-related news to over 1000 people weekly.

Reading of NW author Kim Barnes--Wed, Oct 8th, 7:30 pm!

Northwest author Kim Barnes will read from her new novel, A COUNTRY CALLED HOME, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7:30 pm, at Annie Bloom’s, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy , Portland.
Early praise for A COUNTRY CALLED HOME:
*"A newly married couple abandon the comfort of upper-class Connecticut and stake their claim in 1960s Fife, Idaho, in Pulitzer-finalist Barnes's exquisite novel. Thomas and Helen Deracotte—he a young, poor doctor, she a stifled, monied rebel—buy an isolated farm sight unseen and arrive to find it a shambles. Upon arriving in the inhospitable wilderness, Thomas realizes that he would rather live off the land for their daily sustenance than open his own medical practice, and he hires Manny, a handsome teenage vagabond, to help around the farm. When Helen has baby girl Elise, Manny ingratiates himself further with the Deracottes and becomes a loving caretaker. But when the new mother begins to feel suffocated and overwhelmed, she returns to her rebellious ways and finds herself powerfully attracted to Manny. Their relationship has dire consequences for all involved—particularly for Helen and Elise, but nobody gets off easy. Barnes's descriptions of the rugged landscape are vivid, and the characters' sadness and desires are revealed with wrenching detail."-Publishers Weekley (*Starred review)

*“Fiction latticed with mystery, animated by myth, spiked with menace, and rooted in the raw poetry of the Idaho landscape. . . . Barnes ascends in this incandescent novel of sacrifice and devotion, wildness and civilization. Such anguish, such beauty.” –Booklist (*Starred review)

*“Barnes's second novel radiates compassion. . . . Covering 17 years, Barnes's spellbinding story details personal tragedy and failed Sixties idealism but ends with the hope of a new generation. Highly recommended.”Library Journal (*Starred review)

“Kim Barnes’s new novel is an exquisitely complex story, by turns pointed and poignant, about everything that matters: family, loyalty, religion, memory, love.” Brady Udall, author of The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

“The country through which Kim Barnes's characters travel in this novel of spiritual and emotional searching is a landscape eroded by grief and yearning and ultimately shame for our dissolution from our gods. I finished reading A Country Called Home some time ago and still cannot quite move on from the experience.” –Mark Spragg, author of An Unfinished Life

A Country Called Home is a weave of human longings, accurate in its rendering of the ways they accumulate, always human, confounding and often heartbreaking but ultimately heartening. Give it a while, watch it come to life, and you'll find yourself rationing the pages, wishing it was longer. Kim Barnes is to be envied for her ability to open doors on the secret life of all our times.” –William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field

“A seductive book of love and obsession, Kim Barnes's new novel, A Country Called Home, explores the consequences of a man’s single-minded vision and the family made to walk the knife’s edge between control and freedom. It is an elegant work, a lyrical feast so richly imagined it feels genuinely lived. Some books are easily put down, but the best of them, like A Country Called Home, won’t let go of you.” –Claire Davis, author of Winter Range

Book Launch--Oct 7, 7:30 pm!

Hawthorne Books Presents:

The official PSU book launch of "The Tsar's Dwarf," a novel by acclaimed Danish novelist and PSU professor, Peter H. Fogtdal.

When: Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30p.m.

Where: Smith Student Memorial Union (SMSU) 338 Vanport Room

Enjoy free refreshments and hear a reading from what Sebastian Barry, two-time Man Booker Prize finalist, calls, "a properly curious and wonderful work of great human value by a Danish master."


Possible Writing Opportunities at KATU.com

Hi writers. This is a forwarded email from Dr. Tracy Dillion.

Mr. Dillon,
My colleague Shannon Cheesman gave me your contact information. She told me she had started the conversation with you some time ago about some writing opportunities for students on our Web site KATU.com. That apparently did not work out but I am trying to resurrect the idea and am looking for some guidance from you.
I am trying to find some contributors to a new Portland-area entertainment blog on KATU.com. I am looking for people to write up reviews of local concerts, theater, art, book readings, etc., as well as interviews with artists, profiles of entertainers, new venues - pretty much anything local that has to do with entertainment.
This would give students an opportunity to publish their work on a Web site read by hundreds of thousands - giving them online clips and experience working with a professional organization. Those who already have their own blogs can also attract more people to them via our Web site.
I am not sure of the best way to promote this opportunity to students. Thanks for any advice.

Eric Collins

Web Producer/Reporter, KATU.com

(503) 231-4294 | ecollins@fsci.com