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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Pindeldyboz, Grand Street, Verse, the Paris Review, Lilies & Cannonballs Review, and No: A Journal of the Arts.

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Corgan's New Gig

by Christopher Arthur

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

Last month Faber and Faber published Blinking With Fists, the first book of poems by Billy Corgan, the singer and songwriter for the defunct rock band Smashing Pumpkins. 

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Fish Publishing, Zygote Publishing, and Perugia Press.

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The Contester: Poetry.com Struggles for Legitimacy

by Margo Stever

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

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No entry fee? Little chance of rejection? Any poet worth her iamb has reason to be suspicious. And, indeed, the International Library of Poetry and its affiliates—the International Society of Poets, Watermark Press, poetry.com, and so on appears on several Internet-based contest-scam watch lists. Still ILP education director Len Roberts argues that the organization has its purpose and is taking steps to redeem its reputation.

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Book Tours: Can Readings Be Fun?

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

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Cindy Dach, the events and marketing manager of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, recently launched First Fiction Tour, a program that she hopes will heighten the public image of the first-time author. But it’s not what you might expect: She isn’t packing customers into the bookstore, she’s inviting them to the bar.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.04

November/December 2004

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer an excerpt from Torture the Artist by Joey Goebel.

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An Interview With Creative Nonfiction Writer Augusten Burroughs

by Litsa Dremousis

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 10.5.04

"I believe I control the world with my mind," Augusten Burroughs writes in the title essay of his new collection, Magical Thinking: True Stories. And who’s to say he doesn’t? Having survived a tumultuous childhood and an early career as an advertising copywriter while struggling with alcoholism, Burroughs—now a bestselling author—has indeed controlled his world. Magical Thinking is his fourth book in as many years, taking its place alongside Sellevision, his satirical novel about cable television’s home shopping networks, and his memoirs, Running With Scissors and Dry.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.04

September/October 2004

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections 0n a Year of Books by Alberto Manguel, The Secret Goldfish by David Means, and A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews.
 

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The Contester: WordTech Cancels Poetry Contests

by Eleanor Henderson

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.04

September/October 2004

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For nearly two years, WordTech Communications was one of the growing number of small presses using the contest model in which entry fees fund prize monies as well as the publication and promotion of winning books. Some would even say the Cincinnati-based press was gung ho about it, holding a different poetry contest every month. But in June, WordTech announced it was discontinuing its contest program and replacing it with an open-submissions policy, stating that there was more money to be made without contests.

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The Inner Voices of Richard Howard

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.04

September/October 2004

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Richard Howard will turn 75 in October, the same month that Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish Inner Voices: Selected Poems 1963–2003 and Paper Trail: Selected Prose 1965–2003, and he seems more eager than ever to share his unique perspectives.

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