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Cathy Bray poetry reading tomorrow


Cathy Bray will be reading from her new chapbook ‘The Owl’ tomorrow the 21st November at the Newtown Library from 2pm.  She will also be reading other poems and reflecting on her Sydney Fringe Festival show ‘Mad Women’s Breakfast. Eat my Bush!’.

The reading will take place on Sunday the 21st November at Newtown Library, 8 – 10 Brown Street, Newtown, from 2pm. The event is free, but bookings are requested. Bookings can be made on 8512 4250.

Samples of Bray’s poetry can be found at the Red Room Company website here. ‘The Owl‘ is out now through Picaro Press.

Naked Punch #14 out now


Naked Punch is a review of contemporary art and thought. It’s latest issue, Naked Punch #14, has just been released, and selected works placed online. According to their website:

Essentially a federal, “non-institutional” project, Naked Punch is the spontaneous collaboration of thinkers and artists residing in different cities of the world. Before being a magazine, a container of material or a “cabinet of objects”, it is a shared understanding, a shared feeling of unease, a shared concern, and a shared sensitivity.

Naked Punch #14 includes poetry by Martin Espada, Michael Kindellan, Jonty Tiplady and Chinc Blume, along with ‘dossiers’ on art in Sao Paulo and Brighton Poetry. For more information, to order a copy, or to read selections from the issue, visit the Naked Punch website here.

Peter Coghill wins Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize


Meanjin has announced Peter Coghill as the winner of this year’s Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize. The prize was judged this year by Andrea Goldsmith and Felicity Plunkett, and was awarded to Coghill’s poem ‘Aubade’.

For more information and to read the poem, see Meanjin’s blog here.

The Agrippa Files – poetry on a 3½ inch disk


Having been around for a little while, presumably, an interesting early experiment in computer poetics of sorts has just come to our attention. The Agrippa Files is an online archive of resources based on Agrippa (a book of the dead), a 1992 collaboration between Dennis Ashbaugh, William Gibson and Kevin Begos, Jr.

Originally published as a limited release art-book, Agrippa had buried, in its last page, a disk containing a 305-line memory poem:

That disk, which contains the 305-line text of Gibson’s memory poem about his father and his own youth (captured for reflection by the “mechanism” of a camera and a 1920 Kodak “Agrippa” brand photo album), scrolls its text up the screen once as an encryption program makes it seem to vanish, locking it up irretrievably in a kind of zen code (actually, RSA-based code) for nothingness.

Thus, The Agrippa Files is a scholarly site designed to make the published book and its accompanying ephemera of documents, images, software, and reception history more accessible.

You can view an emulation of the original disk running here, a detailed bibliographical description here, or the website and its related resources here.

Fiction International submissions closing soon


Fiction International‘s submission period will close in one month, on December 12th. The issue is themed “deviate” .

Fiction International is a literary magazine located at the San Diego State University (previously the St. Lawrence University, New York). They have in the past published works by William Burroughs, Robert Coover. Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Abish, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg,  George Perec and others.

Fiction International is the only literary journal in the United States emphasizing formal innovation and progressive politics. It features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world.

All submissions must be made in writing. For more information on submissions see their website here.

Sydney Def Poetry Jam #3 this December


The Mersey Sound Collective have just announced their third Def Poetry Jam, to be held Sunday December 12th at Hibernian House.

The Mersey Sound Collective are a small umbrella group of Sydney folk dedicated to uniting local poets, artists, performers and musicians. They organize monthly open-mic jams which give people the opportunity to express themselves in a versatile space and a friendly supportive atmosphere.

Performers at the next Def Poetry Jam include:

Old Men of Moss Mountain, Bravo Child, Tom Keily, Omar Musa, Adam Everill, Randall Stephens, Steve Smart, Joel Rapaport, Farid Farid, Liam Frost, Pious Poet, and Cj Shaw.

Def Poetry Jam #3 will take place at 6pm, Sunday December 12th at Studio 205, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. For more information see the Facebook event here, or the Mersey Sound Collective group here.

Hal Porter Short Story Competition closes soon


The 17th Annual Hal Porter Short Story Competition at the East Gippsland Art Gallery is now open to submissions. The competition is open to Australian writers and works not exceeding 2 500 words. The prize money is $1000.

Last years competition was won by Kathy George. Her work, Cut Up, is available here.

All submissions must be posted. For more information on the Hal Porter Short Story Competition and for full submission guidelines, see their website here.

Southeast Review submission hiatus over


The Southeast Review is the literary magazine of the English department at the Florida State University. It is published semi-annually, and features works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and review. Their summer hiatus has just concluded, and The Southeast Review is now accepting new submissions.

There is no closing date for submissions. All works must be submitted through their online submission manager. For more information about The Southeast Review click here, or for submission guidelines, click here.

Australian Poetry Slam – Sydney Heat on Tuesday


The Sydney Heat for the Australian Poetry Slam will be held this coming Tuesday, the 2nd of November, at the Friend In Hand Hotel, Glebe. Heats are being held across Australia until mid-November, and two finalists in each slam will compete in their state final. According to the Facebook page:

Speak, scream, howl, whisper even sing your poems, stories, lyrics and monologues in the Australian Poetry Slam 2010 – a live literary performance competition where the audience is the judge!

The final is on December the 5th at the Sydney Theatre Company.

For more information about the Australian Poetry Slam see their website here, or see the event page on Facebook here.

The Difficulties of the Translation of “Difficult” Poems


The Cambridge Literary Review has added an interesting article from their third issue to their online articles collection, an essay entitled ‘The Difficulties of the Translation of “Difficult” Poems’ by J.H. Prynne.

J.H. Prynne is a British poet, and a key figure in the Cambridge group of the British Poetry Revival. He has also written poetry in classical Chinese under the name Pu Ling-en.

To read the essay, or for more information on the Cambridge Literary Review, go to their website here.