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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 | November 17, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Finding our Humanity through Literature, Diversity + More

Hello, Rioters. It is a dark week for many parts of the world, and though this is not a news site, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Paris, Syria, Lebanon, and other countries experiencing horrible strife. Instead of a news story, a bit of history: “SS St Louis: The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted:”

On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where

Blog | November 4, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Awards! Advice! Ace Reading Material!

Greetings, Rioters. Happy November to you all. Please forgive my excess of exclamation marks. Let’s cozy up to some interesting literary links, shall we?

A bit of Word Riot author news: Michelle Ephraim, whose creative nonfiction appeared here in September 2012, has a new book out with Caroline Bicks, Shakespeare, Not Stirred. Booze and Shakespeare? I’m in!

Submission Notes!

If you have a store between 2,000 and 10,000 words, Recommended Reading‘s deadline is November 6th. They pay $300.

PANK Magazine lives! When co-editors Roxane Gay and M. Bartley Seigel decided to stop publication, new owners stepped in. New details will be coming soon.

(Speaking of Roxane,

Blog | October 28, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Comics Suggestions, The Business Side of Writing + More

Hello, Rioters! Happy Halloween Week to you all. (‘Halloween Week’ is totally a thing. Just go with it.) Are any of you doing literary-themed costumes this year? I am, if one counts comic book characters (and I do).

Speaking of comics…

I’m also enjoying These are Comics! I Draw Them! by Michael Patrick McMullen. You can get his first collection for a mere 99 cents here.

If you like your comics heavy on the sex, Gina Nicoll at Panels has some suggestions for you. I keep meaning to read Sex Criminals, but have yet to get to it.

Also at Panels, Nikki

Blog | October 5, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Diversity, Nature, Love and Art

Hello, Rioters! Time to round up some interesting literary links that have caught my eye. First up, let’s check in with a past WR contributor:

Shebana Coelho, who has previously published three pieces here, has a new site: Write Out Loud Santa Fe. Contributors include Lisa Bertsch, Belinda Edwards, Ellen Fox, Dawn Hamilton, Amy Kaplan, María Cristina López, and Cati Perez Lacey.

Essays and Fiction of Note:

I really enjoyed this excerpt from Ellen Litman‘s Mannequin Girl, which went up at The Nervous Breakdown in March.

Also, check out this lovely essay from Melissa Harrison: Caught By An Unknown River.

Every time I read some of

Blog | January 21, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: National Readathon Day + Shedloads of Wisdom

Shedloads of Wisdom: That’s what we all want, right? A bit of wisdom in our lives, particularly when it pertains to our profession? Let’s get right into this week’s Notes From Elsewhere, Rioters.

This Saturday is National Readathon Day, where people are encouraged to make time to read from noon-4pm in their respective time zones. There’s a charitable element as well, if you’re interested. Or if you need an excuse for telling your household to leave you alone for four hours: “It’s for a good cause!”

How about some essays?

I really enjoyed “Changeling” by Stephen Policoff at The Rumpus about health, myth, and when

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 | November 7, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Quick Bookish Links for Your Weekend

Hello friends! Just a few links to see you into your weekend because I’m behind on life and haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to be. Nevertheless, let’s get to it.

Roxane Gay is the judge for this year’s Kore Press Short Fiction Award. The deadline is February 15, 2015.

And in longform nonfiction news, Jill Abramson is forming a startup company with Steven Brill:

Writers will be paid advances around $100,000 to produce stories that will be longer than long magazine articles but shorter than books, she said. There will be “one perfect whale of a story” each

Blog | August 22, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: WR Author Updates, No Guilty Pleasures + More

The Apocalypse Is Near and I Am Going To Love This World by Dominic Gualco

Greetings, Word Rioters! We have some WR author updates to share with you before we get into the lit-links that have caught my attention lately.

First up, in case you haven’t heard, most recent travel grant winner Antonia Crane is our new Creative Nonfiction Editor, so do send her all your good stuff in that category.

Dominic Gualco, whose poem “PSA” appeared here last April, has a chapbook out called The Apocalypse Is Near and I Am Going To Love This

Reviews | July 15, 2014

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Louise Krug is the author of Louise: Amended (2012), a memoir about the brain surgeries she had when she was 22. She teaches creative writing and composition at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Some of her recent work has appeared in Parcel and Huffington Post. She has a collection of essays forthcoming from 99:The Press in 2015.

Blog | January 24, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Buzzfeed Books, LGBT Represent, Library Love + More

You’re not still thinking Buzzfeed Books is a bad thing, right? I mean, guys. Seriously. While Buzzfeed is definitely home to a lot of “Let’s just throw some .GIFs together and call it listicle nostalgia!” and they have a habit of nicking content from elsewhere uncredited, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t good content elsewhere on the site. Since Isaac Fitzgerald‘s arrival as the Buzzfeed Books editor, I find great stuff to read there on a regular basis. Checkity-check it:

The Daniel José Older Double Shot: “One Hundred Years of Weird Fear” discusses the prevalent racism in H.P. Lovecraft’s work and why

Blog | December 27, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Closing out 2013 with lists and smarts a’plenty

Endpaper blueprint in the printed version of Mind Afire: The Visions of Nikola Tesla, A Graphic Novel Biography by Abigail Samoun & Elizabeth Haidle

Happy, Almost-New Year, Word Rioters! Yes, it’s been awhile since we’ve met, once again, but I’m doing plenty of reading, and I have lots of goodies to share with you all. Let us settle in and enjoy.

Amuse yourself with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s turkey leftovers recipes. Contains lots of booze, naturally.

If you didn’t see it awhile back: I love a lot of President Obama‘s book selections from Small Business Saturday, especially Beautiful Ruins by

Blog | October 9, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Author News, “Urgent, Unheard Stories” + more

Greetings Word Rioters! We have a heap WR author news to share, so let’s get to it.

Matthew Simmons has a newish collection of stories out, Happy Rock. An early rendition of “Anymore,” which resurfaces in Happy Rock, appeared here in 2011.

Word Rioters Carly Berg, Cezarija Abartis, J. Bradley, Donora Hillard, Joe Milazzo, Kara Panzer and Kevin O’Cuinn appear in the second issue of Vector. You can buy it here, and read excerpts here. Kevin also has work in Gargoyle #60.

Nick Antosca, author of The Girlfriend Game, gives WR a fantastic shout-out in this Believer interview with Shane Jones.


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 | July 5, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Holiday Weekend Edition

Now THIS is how you do an annual report. (Click through for the rest of this excellent book art.)

Greetings, Word Rioters! What an interesting past couple of weeks we’ve had. On this US-Holiday Weekend, it seems only right that I kick off this round of literary links with thoughts on freedom:

At Terrible Minds, author Karina Cooper talks about “The Silent Majority: Fear of Sexism is a Misogynist’s Best Friend.”

At The Rumpus, a great personal essay by Callie Collins: “I’ll Not Yield At This Time.”

On Twitter, Joyce Carol Oates is providing us with an example of