"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Archive for November, 2016

Some Midweek Call for Submissions Love <3 Negative Capability Wants Your Secrets

NEGATIVE CAPABILITY JOURNAL – SECRETS

NEGATIVE CAPABILITY PRESS wants to know your secrets!  Please send your secrets as prose, poetry, flash-fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid work for this special edition of the journal.

Deadline January 15, 2017.

Please visit the Submittable page and choose Literature or Artwork to view the specific submission guidelines. https://negativecapability.submittable.com/submit/

Daily Prompt <3 Disquiet

30 November 2016

“My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. […]. I’m two, and both keep their distance”-Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Make art about restlessness, about disquiet. 

disquiet

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Still Waiting for an Answer

29 November 2016

I’ve had only two brief replies to all of the emails and letters I’ve sent to my senators, members of Congress, or the White House. The two I have received came from Senators Kaine and Warner. Neither response actually addressed what I had written them. Neither response actually said anything at all.  

Nonanswer (noun (plural nonanswers)

  1. The lack of an answer.
  2. An answer that is so vague or noncommittal as to be worthless. 

Make art about someone giving a Non-Answer. 

nonaswer

 

Some Start the Week Call for Submissions Love <3 Poor Yorick

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets.  The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

 

Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium.

 

Poor Yorick evaluates submissions exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable, which can be accessed here.

 

 

Specific Submission Guidelines: http://pooryorickjournal.com/guidelines/

Looking for Inspiration? 24 New Prompts!

Our annual Better Than Black Friday Mini Writing Marathon is over, but you can still keep writing!

24 New Prompts! Check it out! 

Visit the Better Than Black Friday Facebook Group for tons of prompts and inspiration! 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1512919158978356/

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Daily Prompt Love <3 The Wild in You

Feral: ˈferəl,ˈfirəl/

adjective

Df: (especially of an animal) in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication.

Make art about wildness, about being in a state of wildness, about escaping domestication.

feral-cats

Monday Must Read! Nate Pritts: Post Human

nate-prittsNate Pritts, author of Post Human, from A-Minor Press is this week’s recommended read. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including Revenant Tracer, which won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and will be published in the fall of 2017. Nate is the Director and Founding Editor of H_NGM_N (2001), an independent publishing house that started as a mimeograph ‘zine and which has grown to encompass an annual online journal, an occasional digital chapbook series, a continuing series of single-author books and sporadic limited edition/low-fi projects.

His most recent collection is Post Human (2016) which Publishers Weekly says “leads readers through a poetic dystopia that reveals the fragility of the human relationship with technology. Weaving his poems together as a meditative critique of technology and its numbing effect on the everyday, Pritts asks readers to imagine other possibilities amid ‘this daily flood/ of ephemera, this electronic life.'”

Publishers Weekly described his fifth book, Sweet Nothing (2011), as “both baroque and irreverent, banal and romantic, his poems […] arrive at a place of vulnerability and sincerity.” POETRY Magazine called The Wonderfull Yeare (2009), “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled” while The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun(2010) “a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned…[in] a voice that knows its part in self-destruction.”

Nate Pritts is Associate Professor at Ashford University where he serves as Curriculum Lead and Administrative head of the Film program.

Nate’s Website: http://www.natepritts.com/

Buy Nate’s Books!

Post Human

Right Now More Than Ever

Sweet Nothing

Big Bright Sun

Origin Stories

Sensational Spectacular

Honorary Astronaut

HellBent

The Wonderful Yeare (A Shepherd’s Calendar)

Read More from Nate Online

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/nate-pritts

https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue12/poetry/natepritts

http://www.poolpoetry.com/poetry-nate-pritts.html

http://sporkpress.com/weeklies/poetry/archives/00000016.htm

https://theawl.com/a-poem-by-nate-pritts-bba876458796#.5nrjez1cl

http://www.rattle.com/the-wonderfull-yeare-by-nate-pritts/

http://indigestmag.com/blog/?p=17863#.WDw65NUrKM8

Interviews

http://www.natepritts.com/essays-interviews/

http://bombmagazine.org/article/6536/

http://www.bookslut.com/features/2010_02_015660.php

 

Happy reading, y’all!

xo

Mary

Friday Call for Submissions Love! Lockjaw Wants That Black Friday Writing Goodness!

Lockjaw Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its fifth issue!

“We’re a biannual online journal publishing literary ephemera, visual art, music, and video. We like your strange, your uncertain, your prophetic and visionary. We have a preference for shorter work, though we read everything we get. Text-wise, we’re primarily interested in poetry and prose and odd experiments; we do not currently publish nonfiction or essay (sorry, nonfiction and essay). As for everything else, we haven’t seen it yet, so we couldn’t possibly say.

We’re excited to announce that this issue will include guest-editing from Zachary Doss (Black Warrior Review, Banango Street). Submissions are open through November 30. Please visit our website–http://www.lockjawmagazine.com–for detailed guidelines and to check out our previous issues to see if we’re on each others’ level. Or throw caution to the wind and send your stuff to

submissions(at)lockjawmagazine(dot)com.

But yeah, read the guidelines first. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’ll help you level up as a Good Literary Citizen.

(While we are eager to hear from everyone, we’re notably eager to hear from WOC, women, writers across the LGBTQ spectrum, and any and all other marginalized voices.)

Lockjaw Loves You, And Is Looking Forward To Hearing From You Soon,

Love,

Lockjaw”

 

Better Than Black Friday Mini Writing Marathon! 24 New Prompts :-) Join Us!

Better Than Black Friday Writing Marathon!

Good Morning, Bargain Shoppers! No Lines! No Waiting!

24 New Prompts for our Third Better Than Black Friday Writing Marathon! Now posted!

Join us in the Facebook group, and git that write on, y’all!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1512919158978356/

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Small Acts

23 November 2016

Dreamt I was working with a couple of other people in some kind of disaster distribution center, coordinating and handing out goods to people in need, blankets, socks, water bottles, cloth diapers for babies. People moved through the barn-like building, their steps stuttering softly against the dirt floor. The line seemed as if it would never end. It didn’t feel like I was doing enough. But then, a young woman with two small children, a baby on her hip, and a four or five year old girl holding her hand, stopped in front of me for a blanket. The young mother’s face was drawn and exhausted, and the kids too seemed scared and weighted with whatever disaster it was we were all dealing with out there in the world.

The little girl said, “Blue.”

I smiled, not sure for a second what she meant, but then I looked down. The stacked blankets were mostly green and gray, but tucked into the pile halfway down or so, one blue blanket.

Her mama shushed her, and smiled sadly at me. but the little girl looked up at me, smiling a little around the fingers she had in her mouth, and said again, “Blue?” 

Her mama hushed her again, saying, “Missy, we can’t–“

“Sure we can,” I said. I pulled the one blue blanket out of the others and offered it across the table to the little girl. She let go of her mama, and reached out with both her little girl hands to take the blue blanket, wrapping her arms around it like a hug and smiling. 

We all smiled. 

Make art about small acts of taking care of each other. 

smallest-act

 

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