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Notes From Elsewhere: Rumpus Magic, David Mitchell + More

Hello, Rioters! How are you on this fine summer Friday? Let’s get right to some excellent reading to see you into the weekend.

Two former Word Riot contributors appear in the latest volume of NANO Fiction: Caitlin Corrigan (“Juárez“) and Leesa Cross-Smith (“Russian Women Stuff“). Perhaps there are more, but I can only glean so much information from the publication’s bios. Once again, if any of you former WR people have stuff published elsewhere, you can always let us know, and we’ll do our best to give it a shout-out here.

By the way, NANO Fiction is

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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

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Notes From Elsewhere: Summer Submissions, The TBR Pile + More

Jeezy-chreezy, where does the time go? Despite my month-long absence here, I’ve still been saving interesting links to share with you all. So while some of them may be old news, one cannot read everything as it comes out. Hopefully something here strikes your interest.

Recently, The Strand published a rare Tennessee Williams story, “Crazy Night,” which is set on a college campus during the prohibition era.

The Nervous Breakdown has an excerpt from the novel Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman, which is very good.

And now, some essays I’ve enjoyed:

“Girlfriend” by Wendy C. Ortiz, whose memoir Excavations is now available for pre-order

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Notes From Elsewhere: Squeeze in more reading time with some fine interviews

Greetings, Word Rioters! Do you need some fine reading material for the weekend? I have plenty of essays, news, and other odds and ends that I’ve enjoyed lately, so let’s get to it.

WR contributor Meg Johnson, whose poem “Timber!” appeared here in 2010, has a her first full length collection of poetry, Inappropriate Sleepover published with The National Poetry Review Press. You can also add it to your Goodreads shelves.

Also in WR News: Former poetry editor Nicolle Elizabeth has been interviewing small press authors and publishers over at The Believer Logger, in an ongoing series called “Go Forth.” Here she

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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

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Notes From Elsewhere: Creativity, Madness, Brilliance, and More

Greetings, Word Rioters. I’ve continued catching up on all sorts of lit-related goodness since last week, and so I have a ton of stuff for you to read, if you haven’t already.

First up, some Word Riot Author News: J. Bradley, whose poem “66″ appeared here in 2012, has a new collection of poetry out with YesYes Books: The Bones of Us. It’s made up graphic novel-style, except, y’know, it’s poetry. Adam Scott Mazer is behind the art. Checkity-check it.

I kept meaning to share this NPR link from January — “What Happens When A Language’s Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?” Considering

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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

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Notes From Elsewhere: WR Author News, Must-Reads + More

Shhhh… Of COURSE a lot of time hasn’t passed since I last did one of these excellent linky roundups. No, it’s just your imagination. -cough-

I have some Word Riot Author News to share!

Our reviews and interviews editor Cooper Renner is the author/illustrator of The Tommy Plans (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), a graphic novel which tackles the Cold War and a Soviet invasion of the US with comic intent.

Also, former fiction editor and Word Riot-author of World Takes, Timmy Waldron has a story in Runnin’ Around: The Serving House Book of Infidelity, edited by Thomas E. Kennedy and Walter Cummins.

Our current fiction editor

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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

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Notes From Elsewhere: Awards, Antarctica, Allen Ginsberg, and other Awesome:

Are you a sucker for any Three Musketeers adaptations like I am? Here’s Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC’s The Musketeers, which aired on Jan. 19th. If you have access, it’s still available on BBC iPlayer.

Hello, friends! And Happy New Year! I’ve been on vacation, yet still diligently saving all sorts of lit-related goodies for your perusal. Lots of good reading here, whether you’re off work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day… or if you’re actively avoiding work, holiday or not!

I’ve had a couple of Beat Writer links kicking about my “Word Riot Links” folder

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