Archive for October, 2009
Sneak Peak: Opium 9
The cover art for Opium 9 has been revealed and it is pretty! Order now for this goodness: Cover by: Sean Landers Stories by: Jonathan Baumbach, Dawn Raffel, Anne Ray, Aaron Garretson, Davin Malasarn, B.R. Smith, Melinda Hill, John Madera, … Continue reading
We do a lot of rounding up on the PANK blog. It has its uses. But my favorite posts are the “writer’s life” ones. Our contributor interviews and ask-the-editor Q&As, the moms and dads and identity exploration posts, these I … Continue reading
A Cappella Zoo: A review of C.E. Chaffin’s big top, faith, and awesome words found in his collection Unexpected light. The Ampersand Review: Â Another Poem about China, a thought provoking piece by J. Bradley, is featured in Volume 3. … Continue reading
PANK Friends Are Busy Busy
New Jimmy Chen at Eyeshot and Monkeybicycle. At Wigleaf, Angi Becker Stevens talks about Anticipation. Jac Jemc has new poetry in Front Porch 12. Jensen Beach will have work in Avery 5. Penguin has revealed the cover art for the … Continue reading
Future PANK in 3
1. PANK 4 coming down the pipe, featuring new work from Jennifer Pieroni, Taylor Mali, Matt Bell, Bill Yarrow, Summer Block, Ethel Rohan, Laura LeHew, Bob Hicok, Karen Gentry, and many, many others. Delicious. Get some. 2. Aaron Burch’s chapbook … Continue reading
1. Norma Fox Mazer, an older person who actually understood the ups and down of young adults, passed away. Damn. 2. Plotless, yet laced with something very tasty. 3. Her husband fell in love with a gay man, and she … Continue reading
East Bay on the Brain
If you’re going to be in Berkeley, CA Sunday 10/25, consider East Bay on the Brain, a reading featuring Timothy Crandle, Andrew O. Dugas, Â Stephanie Freele, Greg Gerke, Roland Goity, Ethel Rohan, Reynard Seifert and hosted by Lauren Becker. … Continue reading
It’s cold and gray in PANK land today. Very, very gray. Insufferable gloom. Sleet. There is pestilence afoot. There will be no exclamation points. 1. Look. 2. Listen. 3. Touch. 4. Taste. 5. Smell.
Dodging Traffic by J. Bradley, Now Available
J. Bradley’s first collection is long overdue. Â Ampersand Books is proud to present this raucous, lively collection of vivid imagery, larger-than-life imagery, and poetry crafted from the real stuff of everyday life. Â Lust, love, contempt, disgust, parental guidance, … Continue reading
PANK’s First Chapbook Competition Winner: Aaron Burch
We (Matt and Roxane) are really thrilled to announce that PANK’s first chapbook will be Aaron Burch’s HOW TO TAKE YOURSELF APART, HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF ANEW: notes and instructions from/for a father. Â While all of the manuscripts we … Continue reading
Ask the Editor: J.S. Graustein
J.S. Graustein is the tireless editor of the budding Folded Word micro-literary empire. We talk about being a preacher’s kid, mobile electronics, and the burdens of fame. 1. What is Folded Word, literally, figuratively? Folded Word literally is a small … Continue reading
DOGZPANK 2010—We Need Readers
The editors of DOGZPLOT and PANK are hosting a joint reading at AWP 2010 in Denver. The DOGZPANK reading will be held at Forest Room 5 on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 pm. We’re looking for readers. If you’ve appeared … Continue reading
1. Books are quite literally a form of art to Steve Wolfe, whether or not he’s read them. 2. Third Place Books gives their say on current best sellers. 3. A Michigander! A local press! Nominated for the National Book … Continue reading
Splinter Generation: Submit NOW
Splinter Generation will be accepting submissions for only two more weeks and they want your writing. They say: The Splinter Generation is currently accepting submissions from writers who were born between 1973 and 1993 for an ongoing online generational literary … Continue reading
PANK Friends Out/About
If you haven’t checked it out already, the October issue is now live and full of amazing writing. xTx has a new chapbook, Nobody Trusts a Black Magician, out from Not a Punk Press. October contributor Gary Moshimer has a … Continue reading
Call for Submissions: Persona Poetry
Anthology: A Face to Meet the Faces The editors are pleased to announce a call for submissions for A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. We are seeking poems that work within the literary tradition … Continue reading
Poetry and Party, Bowery Poetry Club, October 27th
The IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast (http://performancepoetry.indiefeed.com) and the three-time National Poetry Slam championship venue NYC-Urbana are thrilled to be working together to host an eclectic & electrifying night of spoken word entertainment. The IndieFeed / NYC-Urbana Showcase and Party will … Continue reading
This week’s Friday 5 is brought to you by the flu, which I have. Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle Immunity by Lori Andrews The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton Outbreak by Robin Cook Pandemic by Daniel Kalla Now PANIC!
PANK Does the Pushcart
Congratulations to our Pushcart nominees from PANK 3: Prose: Rachel Yoder, Letters to My First Love Chris Gavaler, Name:_____________ Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, Shadowland Poetry: Molly Gaudry, Beneath Mosquito Netting I Imagine Stephanie King, Baby Says (p. 23) Caleb Barber, In … Continue reading
Chapbook Contest Deadline Today!
Here. Deadline of midnight, EDT, today. Last call.
October PANK: Tricks and Treats and Flannel Sheets
October brings fall color, a chill in the air, the smell of winter coming and this month, remarkable writing from:: Amye Archer Jimmy Chen Katie Cortese Karen Dietrich Neil de la Flor Travis Fortney Karen Gentry Steve Gibbon Joseph Goosey … Continue reading
From Ashley’s Desk: Yooper Dozen
In true randomness fashion this week’s blog is dedicated to the favorites of someone… Zahir, a journal of speculative fiction is going electronic! Â Starting with it’s January 2010 the only way to read this literary goodness will be via … Continue reading
National Book Award Nominees
More details here. FICTION Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press) (YAY) Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House) Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.) Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and … Continue reading
Guest Post: On Queer Visibilities by Tim Jones-Yelvington
Pank asked me to write about queer visibility and acceptance in the independent publishing community. I should confess much of my thinking re: this topic is unresearched and anecdotal. Some is based more on speculation than direct experience, and so, … Continue reading
Our Nominees for….
We had far too much amazing writing to choose from and we feel everything we publish deserves recognition but alas, we’re not allowed to point to entire issues and say “all of that.” Dzanc’s 2010 Best of Web Anthology: Lauren … Continue reading
Monkeybicycle, Half Price Sale!
The fine folks at Monkeybicycle say: This week, we’re anxious to clear room in the office for Monkeybicycle7, so we’re offering up all of our existing issues at half price. That means you can get any book in our online … Continue reading
1. 2009′s Great Michigan Read is from Vietnam! 2. “Never-Ending Birds” from the editor of The Kenyon Review. 3. Dave Eggers gets wild! 4. Need a laugh? Check out The New Yorker’s run-down of the publishing industry. 5. Unplug yourself … Continue reading
Last night I Twittered about two new poetry peeves: epigraphs and cute fonts. Morris Stegosaurus (@mstegosaurus) asks: Two questions: 1) Do you think there’s any context in which non-standard fonts could be appropriate in a poem and 2) Same question, … Continue reading
A ‘lil Hicok with your Monday morning coffee?
Bob Hicok has new poems forthcoming in PANK 4 (order it!), one coming out on the website (as Roxane keeps the queue I’ll just say presently), and if you don’t read Hicok, well, you should. Begin anywhere, or here, or … Continue reading
Ask the Author: Beth Thomas
Beth Thomas talks about writing and, like the name of her story in the September issue, hard to reach places. 1. Your story, Hard to Reach Places is very imaginative. How did this story come about? Thank you. I wrote … Continue reading
Ask the Author: William Walsh
William Walsh, author of Master, in the September issue, talks to us about bartenders, developing creative flexibility and current projects. 1. Do bartenders ever dispense useful advice? Never once to me. But I’m sure they do. The wisdom of the … Continue reading
Electric Literature Presents: The Soapbox Reading Series
Where: Washington Square Park, (west of the fountain). When: October 13th, 2009 and October 20th, 2009, Noon — 1:30pm Who: Oct 13th: Colson Whitehead and Carmiel Banasky 20th: Stephen O’ Connor and special guests The Electric Literature Soapbox Reading Series … Continue reading
1. Sarah Vowell is funny! 2. Mr. Noodle! 3. Short attention spans! 4. Dug from the Dalkey archives! 5. Always with the self promotion.
From Ashley’s Desk to Yours
So this week I decided it would be fun to stalk a certain Associate Editor’s Facebook page. Here’s what I mined. Numero uno, Knee-Jerk, an interesting interview with David Shields, What is your most desired result of Reality Hunger? Intrigued? … Continue reading
And the Winners Are…
When we decided to run a writing contest, we didn’t quite know what to expect. It has been a fascinating, eye opening process reading through entries and selecting the winners and runners up. Â Narrowing the field to determine our … Continue reading
Ask the Author: Cami Park
Cami Park shares two fictions in the September issue. Today we talk about windowless rooms, great books and slut whores. 1. Is there anything worse than a windowless room? How did your piece Windowers come about? Maybe a windowless room … Continue reading
News of Two New Presses + News + Fall Television
Past PANK contributors continue to be industrious.
1. The New York Times shines light on the hidden life of deer. 2. Ah, the Midwest: fishing, pinochle, and the death of farming. The Seattle Times reviews the poetry of Ted Kooser. 3. Michael Moore has done it again … Continue reading
Announcements and Pronouncements
Only ten days to enter our chapbook competition. We are reading entries from our first contest. Results will be announced soon. We are looking for a copyeditor. Lots and lots of new work out and many magazines featuring work by … Continue reading
Ask the Author: Esta Fischer
In the September issue, Esta Fischer shows us that a tiny poem can leave a mighty impression. We talk about travel, bubble tea and how she (doesn’t) take her coffee. 1. You’ve traveled extensively in Asia. Why? And how has … Continue reading
Ask the Author: Katie Manning
September contributor Kate Manning clears up some confusion about her chest, tells us about the last great poem she read, and how she hates Jon and Kate Plus 8. 1. Are you still confused about your chest? Ha! No, I … Continue reading
Help Wanted: Copy Editor
PANK is growing and right now, we have a real need for a reliable, talented copy editor. The job would require a time commitment of approx. 5 hours a month during the first ten days of the month before our … Continue reading
1. Chapbook! 2. Stitches! 3. Vice! 4. Mixtape! 5. Â Weekend Â Reclamation Project!
Ask the Author: Wess Mongo Jolley
Wess Mongo Jolley not only writes haiku, he is a tireless supporter of the spoken word community. We talk about IndieFeed, the glories of Vermont and the poet in all of us. 1. You curate IndieFeed, a great spoken word … Continue reading
From Ashley’s desk to yours…
1. A Public Space poetry editor Brett Fletcher Lauer is one of the judges for Bright Lights, Big Verse. Write your own New York poem and see your name in lights in Times Square. Â How cool is that?! 2. … Continue reading