Friday, November 30, 2007
If you live in Toledo, maybe you can throw your hat into the ring. Read about it here.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
2. A friendly designer
You can find lots of calendar printers online who will do the job for you at competitive prices. Here are a few I know about. I'm not endorsing them, but check them out: Some have instant quote calculators so you can get an idea of how much it costs.
2. Printing for Less
If you have questions about why some cost more than others even though they offer the same features, let me know. One piece of advice: Always ask a printer for samples before you commit a job to them. They should happily send you some so you can see examples of their work. If they refuse, don't use them.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Most literary journals do not look like they are professionally 'designed.' They tend to value page after page of text. Discussions about design revolve around what fonts to use. MiPOesias asks: Why not have photos? Color? Cover lines? Captions? It's designed like a consumer magazine, which I think is great.
Bonus points because the issue is offered as a PDF download OR you can buy a hardcopy at Lulu.com.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
For backstory on how and why I did this, click here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
What I want to know is, why is Beowulf's body hairless? I don't remember reading the part where he takes a moment to wax his pecs.
Anyway, if you thought this was the first time Beowulf has been on screen, think again. Here's a story about some other adaptations.
Friday, November 9, 2007
In poetry news this morning, residents of Wirral, U.K., are upset about a pub named after poet laureate John Masefield because he looks like Hitler. Specifically, they're upset about the pub sign, which includes a photograph of Masefield. Click here to read the story.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Peach Jell-O salad:
Fresh, fruity, juicy, mouthful
of good memories.
I would love it if we all tried to get Jell-O haikus published in the Salt Lake Tribune. Here's the call for submissions.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
"The achievement of the poems in this collection lies in part in their counterpoising of the profoundly personal with a kind of objectivist impersonality, with the discovery of idioms in which the two can co-exist.
Mortal is a fascinating text containing a fluid sense of time, place, individual and family which generates complexes of meaning and feeling with which most readers will be able to empathise. Alvarez’s use of sentence and paragraph in her prose poems and, elsewhere, her use of stanzas, minimal punctuation, rhythm and assonance, and her ability to use both structures in a very accomplished and meaningful way, make for constantly thought-provoking reading."
Thursday, November 1, 2007
"For this issue of qarrtsiluni, we are interested in art — poem, painting, story, nonfiction, photograph — inspired by insects. We are equally interested in writing about insects, being just as enamored by Thoreau’s ant battle in Walden as Frost’s butterflies, “Tossed, tangled, whirled and whirled above, / Like a limp rose-wreath in a fairy dance.”
The deadline to submit is December 15. For more info about the journal and how to submit, visit www.qarrtsiluni.com.
What if a press held a contest, and everyone who entered the contest got to vote on the manuscripts the press received? The manuscript with the most votes is the one that gets published. Only entrants get to vote, so the entrants themselves are the judges, but no one can vote for their own manuscript.
Would that work?
UPDATE: I'm not as creative as I thought. It looks like this idea is kind of already being done, as reported here in Poets & Writers magazine.
I'm not trying to make fun of Leigh Ann Couch, who was one of the winners (and managing editor of the Sewanee Review) but I thought her quote was a bit funny: “I publish about four poems a year in magazines that maybe a half-percent of Americans even know about,” she says.
Based on the the Census Dept. Population clock, that means roughly 1.5 million Americans know about her poetry. If your audience is that large, Leigh, Red Morning Press would like to talk with you.