Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The story "The French Girls" appeared in Indiana Review in 2003, and is part of the collection, which is due out this fall.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Aside from premiering the gorgeous new 29.2 issue, the staff will be giving away bookmarks (wow!), discounts (ooh-la-la!), as well as the sexy hot-off-the-press chapbook preview of issue 30.1 "Funk Feature"...!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In his short story collection, Newsworld, Todd James Pierce tackles a vivid and varied landscape of human relationships through the lens of contemporary media and popular culture.
These ten stories, told by first person narrators, often swing between smart humor and dark morbidity. While Pierce’s collection surveys the famous and infamous icons of American culture, he focuses primarily on those on the outside looking in—the consumers of news and entertainment.
Newsworld, however, is not simply an exposé on the media and popular culture. Instead, Pierce uses these elements to explore his characters’ identities, their loves and losses, and their reactions to the world around them. The title story features a theme park, Newsworld, with rides such as “Watergate Hotel: The Break-In,” “Siege at
Pierce also explores how American culture’s representations of “ideal” masculinity often intersect with violence. The story, “Columbine: The Musical,” centers on Greg, a push-over with little ambition or confidence who holds imaginary morning chats with his absent father and doubts the affections of his beautiful, but condescending girlfriend, Susan. Things change, however, when Greg stumbles into a role in his high school play dramatizing the Columbine school shooting. Cast as gunman Dylan Klebold, Greg only finds the necessary rage to play his character after dropping a dumbbell on his foot in the school gym. As he channels Klebold, Greg impresses his theater teacher and fellow students, bosses around groups of freshmen, and enjoys Susan’s renewed attraction to him. The more Greg embraces Klebold’s anger and violence, the more Susan finds him irresistible. Greg’s change, nevertheless, is short-lived. During a morning vision, Greg’s father is silent and Dylan Klebold appears, telling Greg: “You have no idea how to be me. You drop a dumbbell on your foot. You think that’s insight. You think that’s pain.” Subsequently, Greg loses his Klebold persona, the respect of his peers, and his girlfriend. In Greg’s downfall, Pierce deftly renders the regrettable link in American culture between male self-worth and violence.
The final story in the collection, “Newsworld II,” further explores the connections between the media, masculinity, and violence, following a group of
The characters in Newsworld must react to the influence of larger culture in their individual lives. In “Arise and Walk, Christopher Reeve,” an elderly gardener and his wife Edna watch the struggles of their paralyzed celebrity neighbor, Christopher Reeve, while facing Edna’s chronic memory loss. When a special treatment does not heal Reeve, Edna confronts the possibility that she too may never be healed. Observing Edna, her husband, the narrator, says: “I believed she was deciding right then who she’d be for the rest of her life—and I understood the next moment to be crucial in a way few moments ever are.” Edna chooses hope, chooses not to allow Reeve’s condition or her own illness to interfere with her peace in the present. In a way, Edna’s decision reveals Pierce’s wish for all of his characters to establish an identity that withstands the larger-than-life images flashing across their television screens.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Complete guidelines below:
Indiana Review's 2008 Poetry Prize Guidelines
$1000 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Naomi Shihab Nye
POSTMARK DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2008
Reading Fee: $15
Includes a one-year subscription
All entries considered for publication. All entries considered anonymously. Send only three poems per entry.
Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the entry fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are encouraged but a separate reading fee is required for each additional set of three poems.
Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University. In addition, IR cannot consider work from anyone who is a current or former student of the prize judge. We also will not consider work from anyone who is a personal friend of the judge.
Entrant’s name should appear ONLY on the printable entry form. If desired, include self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned. Make checks payable to Indiana Review.
Each fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for
subscriptions. Overseas addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). Please note that in accordance with Indiana University policy, we cannot accept money orders or accept checks from non-US banks.
International contestants may pay online here (for more detailed instructions, click here).
To use our printable entry form, click here
SEND ENTRIES TO:
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1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Naomi Shihab Nye's most recent books are You and Yours and I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? She has written or edited more than twenty-five other books.
Monday, January 14, 2008
One of the organizers of A&B is former IR Poetry Editor, Mary Austin Speaker. And representing IR at the reading is ROSS GAY, whose poetry appears in the new IR 29.2.
Readings between A&B 10th Anniversary Party
w/ Indiana Review, 1913, Failbetter, & Saturnalia
January 31, 2008, 7 - 9 p.m.
11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street, NY, NY
Featuring: Chris Stackhouse, John Keene, Shin Yu Pai, Ross Gay, Daniel Nester, Kathleen Graber and Catherine Pierce
See you all there!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
So, what's up with that, right?
Well, every submission we receive is important to us (we know these are your babies!) and we want to give each the appropriate time and consideration. On our website we have a listed response time of 3-4 months. Most of the time we're within that range, but at times the mountain of submissions grows beyond our mortal means, and we fall behind. As writers ourselves, we know how frustrating it can be to wait and wait and wait and wait for some editor to give you the thumbs up/down on a piece that you submitted months ago. Even if it's bad news, you just want to know.
So, we're suspending submissions in order to get caught up (and hopefully stay that way). Besides shortening the wait time, we want to find other ways to make submitting to Indiana Review a good experience. Online submissions are on the way, but if you have any other ideas about how we could improve the process, please drop us a line. Thanks for your patience.
Monday, January 7, 2008
But now, we re-form like Voltron.
So, what's new? Well, if you haven't heard, 29.2 is available in bookstores and on our website. We've got exciting work from Killarney Clary, Andrew Lewis Conn, Barbara Hamby, Mattox Roesch, Ross Gay, David Kirby, and a host of other awesome writers. Check it out.