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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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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

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Notes From Elsewhere: Calls For Writers, Recent English History, National Book Award Excerpts + More

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.

In more

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Notes From Elsewhere: Lou Reed Tributes, Self-Promo Tips + Montana Writers

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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Notes From Elsewhere: Personal Stories, Prizes, Publishing News

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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Notes From Elsewhere: Bowie, Slush-Pile Avoidance, Man Booker 2013 +More

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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