Theoretically, all the information is on the web site, I suppose. But unfortunately, web sites aren't great about answering questions. Lucky for us, though, Paul Collins and Michele Glazer ARE great about answering questions, which is why they are going to be our official question answerers at this little thesis Q&A coffee klatsch I'm planning!
So here are the details (or "deets" as the young kids say):
What: MFA Thesis Question and Answer Session
Where: NH 407, a.k.a. the English Department Conference Room
When: Thursday, December 3, from 3:oo p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
I am also compiling a list of questions ahead of time so that I can let Paul and Michele know what to expect. So send your most burning questions to email@example.com or respond to this post, and I'll make sure to include them.
Here are the details:
WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Doors open at 7 and the reading begins at 7:30.
WHERE: Urban Grind, at 2214 NE Oregon St.
ADMISSION CHARGE: $3-$5 (A bargain at any price!)
WHO: Joel Bettridge, poet and teacher; Tom Bissell, fiction writer and teacher; and Peyton Marshall, fiction writer and Portlander.
~ JOEL BETTRIDGE is the author of two books of poetry, That Abrupt Here (2007) and Presocratic Blues (2009), as well as the critical study Reading as Belief: Language Writing, Poetics, Faith (2009). He co-edited, with Eric Selinger, Ronald Johnson: Life and Works (2008). Currently he is an Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University.
~ TOM BISSELL is the author of the books Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, and The Father of All Things. His work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the New Yorker, and McSweeney's, among other magazines. His new book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, will be published in June. He teaches fiction writing at Portland State University.
~ PEYTON MARSHALL is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the recipient of a Maytag Fellowship and the Richard Yates award for short fiction. Her story “Bunnymoon” was published in the Best New American Voices 2004. Her work has appeared in A Public Space, Etiqueta Negra, and fivechapters.com. She lives in Portland.
Joel Bettridge, one of our assistant professors here in English Department Land, is bringing two fabulous poets to our campus this Friday, October 16, 2009.
Who: Kate Greenstreet and Linda Russo
What: Reading poetry
Where: Neuberger Hall 407, a.k.a. the English Conference Room
When: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6 P.M.
How: Not sure, but probably by car.
Why: Because that's what English majors do.
Here's some background about the poets, if you are curious:
Ahsahta Press published Kate Greenstreet's first book, case sensitive. Her second, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta in September 2009. This is why I hurt you, her most recent chapbook, is available from Lame House Press. New work is forthcoming in journals including jubilat, Court Green, Hotel Amerika, Practice, Saltgrass, and MAKE.
Linda Russo is the author of MIRTH (Chax Press, 2007) and o going out
(Potes & Poets, 1999), and her poems appear in recent issues of Bird Dog and Fence. She wrote the preface to Joanne Kyger's About Now: Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation, 2007), and is currently writing an essay on writing that braids journal writing,literary criticism, & biography. A graduate of the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, she currently teaches creative writing at Washington State University.
If you have any questions, e-mail GLO HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail Joel at email@example.com.
Here at GLO HQ we've had a changing of the guards. Your new Graduate Literary Organization coordinators are Nicole Herbert and Dinah Sheehan (hey, that's me!). Amber and Jennifer left quite a legacy in GLO, and if we can do half as great a job as they did, I'll feel like this year was a raging success. Hats off to them!
I'll be your blogger this year, so please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened, and you are ready for the mind of Master Blogger, Dinah Sheehan.
A little about me:
I was born and raised in Las Vegas (no, I do not know how to play poker) and got my B.A. in education from a Cracker Jack box I found on the side of Las Vegas Blvd. I taught for a year, then alighted to Oregon with every intention of settling down and becoming a barista at a coffee shop. Life had other plans, and I ended up here at PSU getting an MFA, which I will probably use to write ad copy on the back of cereal boxes.
A little about Nicole:
I just met Nicole, so I might have to make some stuff up. Let's see, I know she went to school in North Carolina at some point. There was a stint in Chicago somewhere. She has a three-legged cat named "Beast" that came with the house she lives in. She rides a green bike. She's in her second year as an MA student in literature here at PSU, and she hopes to someday teach women's literature.
I'll keep this short, but before I go, I leave you with a link to the most amazing thing on the internet.
Hear ye, hear ye: Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
This blog started in 2007, I think, and caused quite the stir among Medievalists, as one might imagine. I'm not sure if the identity of the Chaucer blogger has ever been discovered, but whoever he is, he is brilliant. It's a blog written in the style of Chaucer. What's not to love?
Congrats Dee Anne!
We are seeking panel and round table proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers: Technology and the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but certainly aren’t limited to:
• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in Western American literature, history, and culture;
• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in American Indian literature, history, and culture;
• Frontier Technology/Techno-Frontiers in the American West in relationship to environmental issues and ecocriticism;
• The railroad and the American West;
• The American West as a site or fantasy space of anti-technology;
• Representations of Frontier Technology/Techno-frontiers in popular culture (including, but not limited to, HBO's Deadwood and Joss Whedon's Firefly, Westerns (both film and television), graphic novels, and science fiction); and
• The American West in cyber-space.
Please submit a 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, postmarked by August 15, 2009. Panel and proposals should include individual paper abstracts and biographical notes for all of the participating panelists, in addition to a 250-word justification for the panel. Round table proposals should include a 250-word justifi cation for the round table session, along with biographic
al notes for the participating round table session members.
For creative submissions, please submit either 8-10 pages of poetry, or no more than 25 pages of creative prose writing, along with a short biographical note, postmarked by August 15, 2009. While creative work that either explicitly or implicitly addresses the conference theme, or is related in some way to landscape are particularly welcome, all types of creative work on any theme and in any style will be gladly considered for readings at the conference's creative writing panels.
All submissions should be sent to:
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Department of English
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Alternatively, you may submit your proposals/creative writing samples in MS Word or RTF format, via e-mail, to:
6th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and free verse. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: June 30. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be one of "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2009). More information: www.winningwriters.com/margaret
A POETRY CONTEST OPEN TO ALL POETS
WITH A DISTINCTIVE VOICE
One winning poem will receive $300 and publication in the next issue. Two runners up will receive $50. The poems selected will be posted on our web site.
Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).
GUIDELINES: Submissions must include a cover letter listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number as well as titles of the poems. No identifying information should appear on the poems. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for notification of results.
Enclose a $10 entry fee (make checks payable to RHINO).
Label your contest submission: “Founders’ Contest.” Submissions must be
postmarked between June 1 -September 1. No electronic submissions please.
All contest submissions will also be considered for regular publication in the 2010 edition of RHINO. Mail submission to:
RHINO, The Poetry Forum
P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204
Winners and runners up will be announced on our web site: www.rhinopoetry.org
CHOPIN IN POETRY
Anthology of Contemporary Poetry
Edited by Maja Trochimczyk
Forthcoming in March 2010 to honor the 200th Anniversary of Chopin’s Birth.
§ Original poetry about any aspect of music and life of Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849),
Polish pianist and composer
§ Deadline – August 1, 2009
§ Language – English
§ Length – maximum 39 lines per poem, 3 poems
§ Format – email
with the poem both in the body of the message and attachment in MS Word or rtf
§ Address and contact information of the author included in the body of the message
1. The book will be published by Moonrise Press, with an ISBN number.
2. The authors will retain individual copyright, granting permission to print in the
3. The book will be distributed by online print-on-demand company and available
through a network of partners, including Bowkers Books in Print, lulu.com, Amazon,
4. The authors will receive an off-print of their submission, and a 30% discount on
the book price.
2009 Flatmancrooked Prize for Excellent Writing Done During a Period of Great Fiscal Renewal--deadline Aug 15
Join OCH for a discussion on morality and self-deception.
We hope you'll join us for the next Think & Drink happy-hour discussion on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 6:30 at rontoms, 600 E. Burnside, Portland. This event is free and open to the public.
In the acclaimed short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," writer Ursula Le Guin (photo at left by Eileen Gunn) describes a utopian society whose citizens' happiness is bought at the cost of one child's suffering. Join Le Guin and Oregon State University philosophy professor Lani Roberts for a conversation exploring individual morality and self-deception--when, how, and why we deceive ourselves about our moral choices. If you haven't yet read Le Guin's powerful story, you can do so at the Think & Drink web page.
Think & Drink is a bimonthly discussion series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Mark your calendars for the August 12, 2009, program that will feature Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Portland State University president Wim Wiewel.
For more information about Think & Drink, please contact Director of Programs Jennifer Allen at (503) 241-0543, ext. 118, or by e-mail.
What happens when you cross
flash fiction with serialized fiction?
To find out, participate in The Super-Short Summer Serial Challenge (S4C), July 1–31.
What You Do: Tell an original serialized story in nine to twelve installments, with each installment being fewer than five hundred words. Regularly post installments to your personal website or blog throughout July. At the end of the month, submit your completed story to Declaration Editing to be considered as one of five serials published in a special e-journal.
What We Do: We will provide a link to your writing on our blog (wordpress.declarationediting.com) so that readers can find your work and read your story as it unfolds. Once the challenge is over, our staff will pick our five favorite serials and publish them in a special e-journal.
* Your name
* Your e-mail address
* A link to your personal website or blog
* A fifty-word description of the story you plan to tell
Be sure to sign up by June 30. Participation is free.
Pathos is releasing its last issue of the year--
Come to the ballroom for a post-finals literary bash featuring a reading by Portland's Monica Drake, music from Gravity's Rainbow-inspired supergroup The Thomas Pynchon Fake Book, free Lebanese food from Nicholas Restaurant and many readings from PSU students published in this issue.
Wednesday, June 10th
PSU Ballroom, rm 355 SMSU
Tell your friends! And check out the Facebook event for more information or to sign up:
P.S. Looking to join Pathos this summer or next fall? Write us at this address. We'll be waiting.
Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction 2009
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.
Contest judges to be announced.
Submissions should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009
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 7. 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.
(Please note: the reading fee does not apply to regular submissions.)
Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
The Fourth River
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Attention: Fourth River Award for (please insert genre here--Poetry or Nonfiction).
The Festival is pleased to announce the second annual Fiction Writing Contest. We are now accepting submissions by mail. Online submissions coming soon.
VIP All Access Festival Pass ($500 value) for the 24th annual Festival: March 25-29, 2010
Publication in the New Orleans Review
Domestic Airfare and Accommodations to attend the 2010 Festival in New Orleans
Public Reading at the 2010 Festival
Top Ten Finalists will be published on this website and read by a celebrity author. (Author TBA).
Eligibility: Short stories, written in English, up to 7,000 words. Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Only previously unpublished stories accepted. Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere. Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
Deadline: November 16, 2009 (postmark). Winner will be announced by March 1, 2010.
Final Round Judge TBA.
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113
Online payment and entries coming soon.
Entry Fee: $25
Manuscripts will not be returned.