Monday, December 26, 2011
This year we've had the honor of announcing the winners of two contests, once again retreated in the mild climes of St. Augustine, connected with authors for Talk Shoe BookChats about their publications and their thoughts on writing, and published our own works like JSPF's chapbook Bridges and Borders: voices of immigrant women, Susanna Lang's Two by Two, and Georgia Ann Banks-Martin's Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered. More info: http://www.janesstories.org/index.html
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Postmark deadline is December 1, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner(s) will be announced by March 15, 2011 and will receive $100 and 30 copies. All entrants receive a copy of the winning book.
Send submissions to: Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Competition, c/o Gianna Russo
1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions.
Previous winners of the contest include: A Tiny Hunger, by Laura Sobbott Ross of Sorrento (2010); My Grandfather Singing by Jesse Millner of Fort Myers (2009); Better Accidents, by Kate Sweeney of Tampa (2008); Our Keen Blue House, by Michael Trammell of Tallahassee (2007); Many Loves, by Michael Hettich of Miami (2006); Message on a Branch, by Sharon Scholl of Jacksonville (2006); Night Windows, by Susan Lilley of Orlando (2005); Music in Arabic, by Mary Jane Ryals of Tallahassee (2005); Florida Straits, by Gregory Byrd of Clearwater (2004). To purchase one of the above, send an additional $6.50 along with your submission.
YellowJacket Press is a non-profit, independent literary press. The mission of YellowJacket Press is to support emerging and established poets in Florida with an annual chapbook contest, chapbook publications, and public readings. YellowJacket Press creates a means for poets to share and promote their work, and nurtures a sense of community among poets and audiences across the state.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Based on all the early indications and surveys, this year’s Other Words Conference was a thoroughgoing success. Thanks to all of you for attending! You gave memorable, inspiring readings. Your panels brought fresh ideas and insights. You made us glad to be there and to be part of such a strong, creative independent literary community.
Special thanks are due to Jim Wilson, Tamara Wilson, and the great group of Flagler College students, who were generous and gracious hosts. They made us feel welcome and at ease. The time and attention they devoted to pre-conference planning and arrangements, as well as the nonstop work they did during the time we were on campus kept everything running smoothly. Rick Campbell also earns our thanks for putting together an outstanding schedule. His “Renga” Reading concept opened up the Friday night festival event to fresh new expressions of “Other Words.” The creative writing workshop faculty—Mark Powell, Ira Sukruangruang, and Terri Witek—reminded us of the imagination and craftsmanship at the heart of our work. This year’s workshops had record enrollments, and continue as sources for conversation and influence afterwards.
In short, let’s share a final round of applause and compliments for all concerned—and extend sincere appreciation to Flagler College for the use of their wonderful campus in the heart of the nation’s oldest city.
Over the next few weeks, we hope to post some notes and comments from students—and from any of you who would like to share your thoughts on Other Words 2011.
With thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all on behalf of all the FLAC Board Members . . .
Since 2006, the University of South Florida has been celebrating National Poetry Month by sponsoring poetry readings, workshops, craft talks, seminars, Q&A sessions, lectures and panel discussions that have featured some of the finest poets in the world including Louise Glück, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, Natasha Trethewey, Carol Frost, Michael Waters and Dana Levin. And we in USF’s new MFA program are already hard at work making sure that the celebrations for National Poetry Month 2012 (April 1-30, 2012) will be the biggest and best ever. NPM@USF 2012 will feature readings and workshops by Erica Dawson, Helen Wallace, James Kimbrell, Jennifer Clarvoe and Sasenarine Persaud as well as a Spoken Word Showcase, a Best-of-the-Bay Showcase, a poetry movie night and a one-of-a-kind event (“The Future is Sustainable: Art & Food”) to be held in USF’s new Poetry Garden.
But we need your help.
It costs money to make great contemporary literature and the artists who created it available not only to USF students, but also to those living in and around the Tampa Bay area. Sadly, due to the devastating budget cuts the University of South Florida has sustained in recent years, we don’t have any. The members of the all-star lineup we have scheduled for National Poetry Month 2012 have all agreed to visit USF and provide their services free of charge (not one honorarium will be paid); even so, we still have their expenses to cover (gas for those who will be driving, airfare for those flying in, hotels, food, etc.), the venues to rent, the advertising and promotional materials to produce. Organizations like the Florida Book Awards, the University of South Florida Humanities Institute and the University of South Florida English Department have all pledged to help as much as they can, but we still need people like you—people who value the literary arts—to get involved.
In short: we need you to donate money. And now, making a donation to support USF’s National Poetry Month celebrations is easier than ever. All you have to do is:
1. Go to: https://usfweb2.usf.edu/foundation/asp/ssl/adfdn/funds.asp?dept=HUI&group=TA
2. Select “420019 Humanities Institute Fund” and click “continue”3.
Fill out the brief form and next to “This gift is made in memory/honor of,” type: This Gift is For National Poetry MonthAnd that’s it; follow the prompts and you’re done. If you would like to verify that your gift has been received and is correctly earmarked, you can drop Elizabeth Kicak a line at email@example.com.
And if you don’t have a lot of extra cash lying around, don’t worry about it. No one does, not these days. If you want to give thousands of dollars, please do; but your donation can be as little as $1.00. In these economic times, there is no such thing as a small donation. Every little bit helps; in fact, I just made a $25.00 donation!
Finally, I ask that you forward this email to as many people as you can and please ask them to forward it to their friends, family members and colleagues. If you have a website, please post this email to your website. If you have a blog, please post this email to your blog. If you have a Facebook account, please post this email to your Facebook account.
Please, we need your help. Help us make NPM@USF 2012 a reality. You can make a difference.
Dr. Jay Hopler
Department of English
University of South Florida
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Anhinga Press Announces the Release of the Book of Lamenting by Lory Bedikian
Winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
Selected by Brian Turner, author of Here Bullet and Phantom Noise
Anhinga Press is pleased to announce the release of Lory Bedikian’s prize winning collection, The Book of Lamenting. Lory Bedikian received her BA from UCLA with an emphasis in Creative Writing, Poetry where she was twice nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in Poetry. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in the Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Poetry International, Poet Lore and Heliotrope among other journals and have been included in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets. She teaches poetry workshops in Los Angeles.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
We've added the Marion Motor Lodge as a conference hotel.
Info: 120 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084, (904) 829-2261, (800) 258-2261
Rates for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: $98 each night.
Be sure to ask for the "Other Words Conference" rate.
Within walking distance of Flagler College, the bayfront, and downtown St. Augustine. For more information about the location: http://marionmotorlodge.com/
Send submissions to: Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Competition, c/o Gianna Russo
1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Autumn House Press is participaing in the Other Words Conference in November.
The event will feature James Tokley, whose book The Epic of the Sandwiche Cubano will be debuted, along with Peter Meinke, whose book Lassing Park was published by YJP in April. Both poets will read from their books and other work. They will be joined by acclaimed local poets Erica Dawson, Enid Shomer, Pamela Hill Epps, Gregory Byrd, Cole Bellamy, and Kirsten Holt. Suggested donation is $5.00
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Managing Editor Lydia Ship writes: "Although our roots are in the South, and we publish important writers such as William Gay, George Singleton, and Natasha Trethewey, we also publish writers from other regions of the U.S. and other countries such as Denmark, Mexico, Romania, and England. We are committed to exploring literature in translation and to writers who transgress borders, cultural and otherwise. While the Review features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and occasional graphic work, we are also open to nontraditional forms. We value established writers but take great pride in discovering new voices. Work from The Chattahoochee Review is regularly featured in nationally published anthologies and books."
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
How to Make Your Life Matter
Annie Dillard says that memoirists are minor historians. As a memoirist, not only are we responsible in telling our story, but also the story of our culture. Why do our lives matter? Why does the writing of our lives matter? In this time period of political and social upheaval, how can the story of the lives of people elevate the social consciousness of our culture? Participants of this workshop will discuss the pitfalls and beauty of the contemporary memoir, and also locate themselves not only in the life of their stories but the mind of their stories.
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. His work has appeared many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information about him, please visit: www.sukrungruang.com.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Stetson Kennedy, Florida's last living link to the WPA Federal Writers' Project, died Saturday, August 27, at the age of 94. He had studied at the University of Florida in a class taught by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and served the Roosevelt-era project as writer and editor of Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, still regarded as a milestone portrait of the state. At the age of 21, Kennedy was hired as director of the folklore division, in which role he "supervised" and collaborated with Zora Neale Hurston, another unemployed and little-known writer who had just published Their Eyes Were Watching God.
He later continued to write and publish work as a Florida folklorist and civil rights activist. His books included Palmetto Country, published in the American Folklore Series edited by Erskine Cladwell in 1942, and the important civil rights book I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan (also re-published as The Klan Unmasked) in 1954.
He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2005.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Kelle Groom's (FLAC member) memoir was reviewed in the New York Times Sunday Book Review
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Carol Frost is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, where she is professor of English and the Director of Winter with the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts. She is also a fore faculty member of the New England College Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry. She spends time and writes each spring on Florida's "Nature Coast" in Cedar Key.
For more information visit:
Watch our website for scheduling information.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Peter Trachtenberg--October 2011
Erika Meitner--November 2011
Gerry LaFemina--November 2011
Tim Seibles--February 2012
John Blair--April 2012
Thanks to Gianmarc, Rick, and Richard for all their work!
visit http://www.floridarts.org/florida-writer-s-circuit/ for more info
Friday, July 29, 2011
by M. Scott Douglass of the Main Street Rag Publishing Company
There is little doubt about the correlation between how well and author reads his or her work in front of an audience and whether the audience buys that work afterward. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to discuss and identify strengths and weaknesses within their own approach to public reading as well as techniques and suggestions that may enhance whatever skill level they already have. Participants should come prepared to read something.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
For dates and locations visit: www.floridart.org/calendar
Monday, July 25, 2011
Autumn House Press (Philip Terman, Connie Hales, Rick Campbell)
All Nations Press (Tom Williams, Bob Kunzinger, Jillian Weise)
University of Tampa Press (TBA)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The deadline for Other Words Conference proposals for panels is now August 1st. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with panel proposals.
Congratulations FLAC Member Michael Hettich:
2011 SWAN SCYTHE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST WINNERSACRAMENTO, CA, JULY 10, 2011 –- Swan Scythe Press, one of the U.S.’s most respected poetry publishers, today announced the winner of the 2011 Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winning manuscript is The Measured Breathing by Michael Hettich of Miami Shores, Florida.
Monday, June 27, 2011
For more information about this location visit: themontereyinn.com
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Florida Literary Arts Coalition
St. Augustine, Florida
November 10th-12th, 2011
Call for Proposals and Book Fair Participation
The Other Words conference welcomes proposals for 1:15 minute panels on the theme of "Writing for an Audience" for the 2011 Conference, to be held on the historic Flagler College Campus. The conference is open to all who are interested in the contemporary practice of literary writing, and will offer a mixture of panels, workshops and readings. Additionally, there will be readings of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.
Please send panel and reading submissions by May 20th, 2011.
Broadly, we see "Writing for an Audience" as panels on themes such as how to determine who your audience is, writing to a community (artists, children, teens, etc.), writing for public readings, writing to get published in literary journals, writing to get an agent's attention, among others. There will also the more pragmatic, nuts and bolts panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing, collaboration, and others.
We will offer (for a small additional fee) creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and screenplays. Our writing staff (also for an additional fee) will offer individual manuscript consultations or advice for publishing one’s work.
Publishers and journals may sponsor readings by their authors by signing up for a table at the book fair and paying a fee above the cost of a table alone.
This information will be posted on the FLAC/Other Words blogspot, Facebook page, and website. (Please see http://flacnews.blogspot.com/ and http://www.floridarts.org/, and become a fan on Facebook.
Further details about scheduling, participating writers, conference hotels, and more will be posted soon.
1. Panel Title
2. Description (up to 300 words)
3. List of up to 4 participants with names, affiliation (for example, which university, museum, press, etc) and complete contact information including e-mail addresses . Please indicate if you are conference sponsors or institutional members of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition when you submit. Indicate too which participant will be the main contact; that person will hear from the conference by mid-summer. Please submit early: we regret that the number of available slots means only the most competitive proposals will be considered.
4. List any AV or other special requests for your panel.
Submit proposals to:
Rick Campbell, FLAC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Wilson, Flagler College, email@example.com
Conference dates November 10-12, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Poetry manuscripts for the Peter Meinke Prize should be no longer than 24 pages, including title page, table of contents and acknowledgments. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida. Include a brief bio, date you became a Florida resident, notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable, and SASE. The contest is free, but only one manuscript per contestant may be submitted.
Submissions must be postmarked between February 15-25, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner(s) will be announced by March 15, 2011, the same date upon which YellowJacket Press will announce the winner of its Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. The winner of the Peter Meinke Prize will receive 30 copies of his/her book, $100 and will be invited to read with Meinke and other poets during the National Poetry Month reading in April.
Send submissions to: YellowJacket Press, Peter Meinke Prize, c/o Gianna Russo,
1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions.