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Blog | February 10, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: WR Author Updates, Awesome Women + More

Greetings, Rioters! I’ve decided my bookmark folder containing links for you all needs a good clear-out, so let’s have a few days’ worth Note From Elsewhere goodness, shall we? YES! Time to catch up.

First up, we have a shedload of WR Author Updates that I’ve neglected to tell you about:

Logen Cure, whose poem “These Are My Best Gifts” first appeared here, now has a full chapbook out called Still.

Previously seen here reviewing Philip Glass’ Einstein on The Beach, Fred Skolnik has a new novel, Death.

Katie Cortese has a collection of flash fiction out, Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories. Her story “Disappearing Act”

Blog | August 25, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere Returns! Craft Advice + More

Hello everyone! Yes, it’s been at least four months since I’ve had any literary links ’round these parts. Let’s make up for lost time and look at some interesting stories that I’ve saved in my trusty WR bookmarks folder since April.

Couple of good Patricia Highsmith-related links to share: First, this look at her book, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. I’ve always meant to read it, even though suspense fiction isn’t my usual neck of the writing-woods, since I figure we can all learn from it.

And here’s an article about what makes her work so adaptable to screen. I’m really looking forward

Blog | January 4, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: 2014 Lists, Writer Profiles + More

Greetings all! And Happy New Year. Why don’t we round up a few End of 2014 lists that caught my eye? Besides those, we’ve got a few other odds and ends, so let’s get to it.

At The Butter, Roxane Gay has “An Incomplete List of Interesting Moments From 2014 Reviews, Profiles, Etc.”

I always enjoy reading The Millions’ Year in Reading series, and Garth Risk Hallberg’s contribution this year is not only full of interesting-sounding books, but it’s a lovely tribute to his father.

Carolyn at Autostraddle has a great list of Top 10 Queer and Feminist Books of 2014, including Janet Mock, Daisy Hernández, and Women in

Blog | December 6, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Writing PoC, eComics, Submissions + More

Greetings, Rioters. If you’re out protesting this weekend, try to stay safe. Let’s jump right into some reading material that caught my attention over the past few weeks, shall we?

Speaking Ferguson, here are two poems by Danez Smith: “Not An Elegy For Mike Brown” and “Alternate Names for Black Boys.”

You may have heard through writers like Ashley Ford and Maureen Johnson that the Ferguson library stayed open even when the schools were closed, and that they were short on funds. Within just a few days, people donated over $175,000 to the library, and they are now able to hire another full-time staff member.

Blog | July 25, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Late Summer Reading Suggestions

Greetings, all! Most of the lit-link goodies I’ve found interesting this week fall under the broad header of “Reading Suggestions,” either good essays, book recommendations, or other similar ways to feed your brain. Perhaps another week we’ll be more on the craft of writing, topic-wise. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Art Edwards‘ “Do You Have a Vacancy?: Morrissey and Getting What One Wants” in Word Riot‘s June issue came to mind when I saw music journalist Lauren Murphy‘s Smiths pilgrimage (complete with relevant photos) and her personal Top 10 Overlooked Morrissey Songs. Do take a gander.

You’ve probably heard

Blog | June 28, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot News and Writing Inspiration

Greetings, Rioters! Some internal news first:  There are just a few days left to submit to the Word Riot Travel Grant, so look into it if you have a book that needs some assistance getting out into the world.

Also, nominations for the 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award are due by July 15th. Winner receives $1000.

In WR Alum News: Ashley Strosnider, who had two poems appear here in 2010, is the new managing editor for Prairie Schooner . High-five!

Alsox2, I’m going to try a new thing with these Notes From Elsewhere updates wherein I tell you what I’m currently reading, if’n you’re interested. Catch

Blog | April 28, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: The Process and Publishing of Writing

Hello Friends! Happy Spring. I have lots of good links to share with you all, so let’s get right to it, so you can properly procrastinate on whatever writing you should be doing. Or papers you should be grading/editing/etc., if you’re on that end of the writing-world.

You may remember former Word Riot contributor Karen Skolfield‘s Notes From Elsewhere mention last October, for her poetry collection Frost in the Low Areas. That book has recently earned her PEN New England Award, this year also awarded to Jennifer Haigh and Doug Bauer.

I keep meaning to read Jenny Offill‘s Department of Speculation (and to pair

Blog | March 15, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Excellent essays, #AmtrackResidency Fine Print + More:

Greetings, Rioting friends! How are you on this fine Spring day? (If you day is not particularly fine, let us use some magical thinking and maybe tomorrow will be.)

First up we have several Word Riot author news/updates, so let’s get to it:

Jade Sylvan — whose poems “Redlight,” “A-Train,” and “Drunk Driving” have previously appeared here — has a book out with Write Bloody, Kissing Oscar Wilde. You can order it here.

Richard Kostelanetz, whom David Hoenigman interviewed here in 2009, recently had an exhibition in Milan dedicated to his work, a “bookstore” of sorts:

MORE WORDSHIP will host and sell all of

Blog | August 17, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Happy Saturday Edition

Greetings, Word Rioters! Happy Saturday! How’s the tail-end of summer treating you? Are you productive, or are you like me and behind on everything? No matter, let’s just read some good stuff together.

First up, we have news from former WR contributor Jess C. Scott: She has a new novella out, Jack in the Box. Her short story, “Porcelain,” previously appeared on this site, and David Hoenigman interviewed her here in August 2011.

Now here’s one of the best things I’ve read all week: At terribleminds, Delilah S. Dawson presents 25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition.

Blog | August 2, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: First August Friday Edition

“As a lover of exquisitely crafted books, papercraft, and book art, and a longtime fan of artist Kevin Stanton’s superb cut-paper illustration, I was instantly taken with this lavish edition of Macbeth, featuring Stanton’s intricate masterpieces of layered laser-cut color paper.” (See more at Brain Pickings.)

Happy Friday, Word Rioters! I have so many links to share with you all, so many things that struck my fancy over the past 2 weeks. Last weekend I was camping for the first time in… I don’t know how long. At least a decade. Clearly, I survived, so let’s get to it:

Blog | March 25, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: It’s Monday and I’m Procrastinating Edition

(via Sebastien Millon)

Since I’m learning to my way around Feed.ly, I accidentally marked most of my internet-reading as “read,” and I once again felt like a dinosaur when it comes to adapting to new technology. However, Feed.ly appears to be the best replacement for me once the death of Google Reader arrives in July. Still grumbling about that.

And yet! We still have plenty of links I’ve come across that might be of interest to you.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Neal Pollack talking about having to roll with the publishing punches, particularly when you’re no

Blog | February 1, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Friday Edition

What. Look at those cool books made from old bingo cards. I wish I had one. See more details on how they were made over at Erinzam News. Also by Erinzam? This book made out of an egg carton.

Other fantastic book arts: Nomi’s Little Art Blog has a bed made out of a book, and I like it a lot.

Here’s a Letter to the Editor that is awesome and not worrisome. Also, bonus David Tennant .GIF goodness.

30 Rock ended last night. Dry thy tears, and read Jen Chaney‘s examination of Tina Fey’s legacy for lady-writers and women

Blog | December 7, 2012

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Edition

Susan Sontag on Art, Drawn by Wendy MacNaughton, Edited by Maria Popova. MacNaughton is selling high-quality prints of this in her etsy shop.

Oh hey, 2 NFE updates in one week? That’s right! Truth be told, I felt guilty for neglecting my duties around here, so in addition to the jumbo-sized lit link roundup on Tuesday, let’s tack on a few more bits of news.

Though the mega-Powerball has already come and gone, I still like this post: The Book-Lover’s Guide to Spending Those Powerball Winnings. Nicole Perrin tells us what she would do with $550M over at Book Riot.