Greetings, all! It is indeed prize season again, so let’s start off with a mini-roundup of awards:
James McBride has won the National Book Award for Fiction with The Good Lord Bird, and Mary Szybist won the Poetry award for Incarnadine. GalleyCat has the full winner list and excerpts from many of the finalists. Graywolf has 5 poems from Incarnadine for your perusal as well. The lastest Willow Springs Fiction Prize is open for submissions. Deadline is March 15, 2014. Jason Diamond at Flavorwire has made a really fantastic list: 50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature.
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Lou Reed (2011) – Photo by Mikael Jansson
Greetings, Word Rioters! So much to talk about. I’ve been catching up on my reading, so hopefully this isn’t mostly old news. You’re bound to find a gem or two in today’s mega-update.
First off, we have to talk about Lou Reed. You’ve likely heard that he died about 2 weeks ago, so let’s cover some tributes and his own writing:
GalleyCat has links to his Robert Lowell and Kanye critiques. Here’s Reed’s poem, “The Murder Mystery,” at The Paris Review. “Waiting For The Man,” an excellent interview between him and
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Happy Sunday, Word Rioters. Let us cozy up to some warm literary links this afternoon, shall we?
In Word Riot author news, Karen Skolfield has won the 2012 First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press. The book is available through both Amazon and Zone 3 Press (with free shipping). Skofield’s poem, “what my species has to say about your species,” appeared in WR in February 2012.
Also, WR author Leesa Cross-Smith has a new story in SmokeLong Quarterly called “Sometimes We Both Fight In Wars”, and a piece called “Ladies Love Outlaws” in Squalorly. She also had work in the 10th
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Look at this map of Literary London. Enlarge it over at Culture Label.
Greetings, all! I got back from the Montana Festival of the Book yesterday evening, and I am quite awash with good feelings/inspiration, so how about some new literary links?
Everyone was talking about Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. Short stories! A lady! Fantastic news all around.
In other lit award news, the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 15. Here are a few related posts to peruse before the announcement:
First off, from now on, you don’t have to be from
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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.
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Happy Saturday, everyone!
Right, so I can’t be the only one, now that the weather is cooling, who is feeling especially introspective and desirous of productivity. In that vein, why don’t we have a NFE that focuses on getting shit done and out into the world? Yes? YES. Hop to!
Do you need some writing prompts to get you started? Here are 30 for our now-dwindling month of September.
Little Fiction has a spin-off site dedicated to creative non-fiction: Big Truths. First pieces publish in November.
Speaking of non-fiction, Michelle Seaton has some advice for those submitting to magazines and journals.
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This might be my favorite bookshelfie yet.
Happy Friday once again, Word Rioters. Let us make up for lost time by having the second Notes From Elsewhere linky roundup for this week.
Here’s a good interview with Jordan Pavlin, an editor at Knopf. Pavlin talks about the changing book market and how she became an editor, among other topics.
At The Independent, Nick Clark talks about the possibility of five new J.D. Salinger books in 2015.
On August 31, legendary interviewer David Frost died at the age of 74. Here’s Clive Irving‘s tribute at The Daily Beast, and at
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“Shadow Factory” by Molly Brooks. See more of her amazing book arts and more here.
And we’re back! Apologies for the delays in bringing you literary link-love, but the short version of the story is that I am somewhat inept when it comes to tech issues. Let’s begin to catch up with what’s caught my eye during the last month.
First up, Word Riot has a new poetry editor, Doug Paul Case. He lives in Bloomington, where he’s finishing up his MFA at Indiana University. He’s served on the editorial staffs of Indiana Review, Ploughshares, and The Emerson Review. His
» Continue reading Notes From Elsewhere: 8 Literary Lists and Poet Tributes…
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.
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“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:
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