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The Week That Was 4th – 8th October

The big news of the week must be the Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to 74-year old Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. The New York Times posted a series of excerpts from a speech he gave after the award was announced, whilst The Guardian ran a curious piece on why the award should have gone to Ngugi wa Thiong.

The Novel Prize and Ted Hughes are two of the things you can hear on a podcast recorded by The Guardian with children’s writer Michelle Paver. The Australian presents a review of the six shortlisted books in the Man Booker, to be announced this week, alongside news that the Australian Poetry Centre and the Poets Union have merged to form Australian Poetry.

cleaves three online

Cleaves Journal is an online poetry journal, with submissions from around the world.

Cleaves Journal is here to collect the varying approaches to contemporary & innovative poetry happening in the world.

The latest issue is cleaves three, and it’s just become available online. Featured poetry is drawn from 17 different places, including Australia. You can find it here.

EMPA: What Can Fictocritical Writing Do?

The next UNSW Writing presentation, What Can Fictocritical Writing Do? will take place on Friday 15 October, 5pm, at Io Myers Studio.

Anne Brewster and Stephen Muecke, from The School of English, Media & Performing Arts (EMPA) invite cultural theorist Meaghan Morris and archeologist Denis Byrne to discuss the premise that writing (in professional and academic contexts) must evolve in relation to its contingencies. The aim is to generate discussion about what critical writing currently does and might come to do.

For more information, and to RSVP, email

Cordite 33.1 online now

Whilst submissions for Cordite 34 are still open (for another ten days), Cordite 33.1: Creative Commons – The Remixes is now online with thirty new works based upon the poems published in the Creative Commons issue.

Contributors include:

Lawrence Upton, Nathan Shepherdson, Stuart Cooke, Susan McMichael, Ashley Capes, Corey Wakeling, Chris Beckett, Francesco Levato, Bella Li, Maria Zajkowski, Anne Gorrick, Charles D’Anastasi, Nick Whittock, klare lanson, Rebecca Landon, Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau, Pascalle Burton, Carol Chan, Gillian Cameron, Chris Oakey, Sam Twyford-Moore, Adam Formosa, Stu Hatton, Mariana Isara, Dianne Cikusa, Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa.

Find Cordite 33.1: Creative Commons – The Remixes online here.

L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Vol. 4 online at Eclipse

The Eclipse archive at the University of Utah has, in collaboration with Open Letter, published the works of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine Volume 4. L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E was an avant garde poetry magazine edited by Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews that ran thirteen issues from 1978 to 1981.

Find L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Volume 4 at Eclipse here.

Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize now open

The Judith Wright Poetry Prize at Overland Magazine has just opened. The prize is sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation and offers $5000 for the major prize winner, and $1000 for two runners-up.

The opening of the prize coincided with the announcement that Overland had appointed poet Peter Minter and UNSW PhD student Jane Gleeson as editors for 2011. Peter Minter as the poetry editor will be judging the Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

The competition closes November 15th. For more information and entry details see the Overland website here.

Rubric submissions close in one week

Now’s the time to submit your work to Rubric if you haven’t already done so.

Submissions for Rubric Issue 2, 2010 close next Thursday the 7th October. We accept submissions by email only. We are interested in poetry, prose, ficto-critical work, and non-fiction pieces based around text or writing. We are also interested in multimedia works, such as spoken word poetry and graphic poetry.

For more information on how to submit, see our submission page here and the Rubric style-sheet here.

RhiZomic Poetry this Wednesday

If you’ve nothing to do this Wednesday evening, then find your way to the RhiZomic Poetry Party and open-mic evening, this month featuring guest poet John Carey.

John Carey has published three collections of poetry, the latest The Old Humanists (Puncher & Wattmann). His work has appeared in anthologies including Blast, Blue Dog, Island, Meanjin, Quadrant, Southerly and The Canberra Times.

The RhiZomic Poetry Party is held on the last Wednesday of every month. You can find the next RhiZomic Poetry Party at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49 King Street, Newtown, this Wednesday the 29th of September, between 7 & 9pm.

Voiceworks #82 out now

Voiceworks #82, ‘Hunger’, is now available from the Express Media website and bookstores/newsagents around the country.

Voiceworks #82 Hunger features fiction from Krystin Low, Katherine Pollock and Eli Glasman, and new poetry from Sam van Zweden, Amber Beilharz and Anna Westbrook. Suzannah Marshall Macbeth examines the role of hunger in structural violence, Marco Antonio Ruiz discovers his migrant father’s relationship with food and work, and Jessica Seymour shows you what it’s like to be captured by Scottish cannibals.

For more information see the Express Media website here or the Voiceworks #82 editorial here.

The Week That Was 20th – 24th September

A week of news is nothing if it doesn’t contain a dose of smut and touch of outrage. Could it be true a long forgotten anthology has revealed a lost John Milton poem entitled “An Extempore Upon a Faggot”, containing what The Guardian describes as “a rather smutty ditty”? Not to be outdone, The Huffington Post gives us a small round-up of the world’s meanest book reviews, including Susan Cohen describing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as “easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read. And bear in mind that I’ve read John Grisham.”

Something serious in the Sydney Morning Herald this week is a thoughtful article on the popularity of e-books and the implications for paper books. The Guardian also has its share of serious essays, including this one, questioning if auto-fiction is strictly in the domain of male writers. Finally, The Huffington Post is running an interview with poet Marilyn Hacker, on poetry as a bridge across cultures.

And remember, submissions for Rubric Issue 2, 2010 close in under two weeks, so if you’d like to submit, you better click here.