Writing Workshops Abroad: Ireland and Italy

The University of New Orleans Writing Workshops Abroad invite undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe to apply for a summer of scholarship and cultural activities in Cork, Ireland and at Brunnenburg Castle, Italy.

In the summer of 2020 UNO Ireland: Writing Workshops & Creative Arts will continue for its eighth consecutive year, with courses in creative writing, plus options in literature, history, and fine arts. After taking a look at the program’s courses and award-winning faculty, consider submitting an application.

UNO-Ireland Program 2020 details:

Dates: June 16-July 18, 2020

Program Cost: 32 days for $5,195, which includes the application fee, tuition for six credit hours, apartment-style housing (private rooms and bathrooms),study abroad health insurance; meals on class days; opening and closing receptions; transportation passes; readings, and more.

For 2020, UNO also plans to offer the Writing Workshops at Brunnenburg Castle, a smaller, poetry-based program housed at Ezra Pound’s castle in northern Italy.  This program features a poetry-writing workshop and a seminar in the works of Ezra Pound. Applications for the Brunnenburg program are also open.

Brunnenburg Castle Program 2020 details:

Dates: June 29-July 25, 2020

Cost: $4,995 for guest students. This includes the application fee, tuition for six credit hours, housing, and study abroad health insurance; meals on class days; opening and closing receptions; weekend excursions to Venice and nearby towns and villages, readings, and more.

This exciting study abroad opportunity  is a great way to see another part of the world, and to either speed up the path to graduation, or take some classes you might otherwise not have been able to fit in.

Check out  past participant testimonials or view UNO’s summer 2020 brochure for Cork and Brunnenburg.

If you have any further questions about the University of New Orleans Writing Workshops Abroad, or would like to work directly with the program in the future, please contact writingabroad@uno.edu

Call for Submissions: Sonora Review

Sonora Review is still open to contest and non-contest submissions for Issue 77 until November 15th!

Sonora Review is run entirely by graduate students in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. They are among the oldest student-run literary journals in the country, and SR has been devoted since its founding in 1980 to offering a venue for exciting new and emerging authors, as well as prominent writers and artists.

Guidelines:

The call for submissions is two-fold (see their call page for more info).
1. Nonfiction and flash contest submissions on the theme of ENCOUNTER ($15 entry fee)
2. Non-contest submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and flash prose ($4-$5 entry fee)
SUBMIT HERE.
[Please remember to follow general submission guidelines.]

Contest Prizes:
$1000 and publication in Issue 77 of Sonora Review will be awarded for each winner of the Nonfiction and Flash Prose contests.

Contest Judges:
Lucy Corin – Flash Prose Contest
Rae Paris – Nonfiction Contest

For further information:
editors@sonorareview.com

Congratulations to Paula McQuade!

Congrats to Paula McQuade, who was interviewed last week by Crawford Gribbens, Professor of History at Queens University Belfast! The pair discussed Professor McQuade’s book, women’s writing, and early modern religion.  The podcast is now up and available at the New Books Network.

Find a copy of  Catechisms and Women’s Writing in Seventeenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press, 2017) here.

Event Review: Poets Chris Green and Richard Jones Reading

Poets in Season: a reading with Chris Green and Richard Jones

By Michael Garza
Contributor to The Underground

On Monday evening, staff and students gathered for a poetry reading. Readings can run the gamut of atmosphere, from the bombast of a juke joint to the still of temple ceremony. Yet, on the fourth floor of the Arts & Letters Hall, tucked in a kind of penthouse suite overlooking complete darkness, the buzz shifted between a lounge reading and lecture. Professor Richard Jones and Chris Green came to share poems, and that was enough to pack the place.

Professor Richard Jones, who planned to share poems from Stranger on Earth, his 2018 full-length collection, instead took on the challenge he gives his students, and shared poems fresh off the press. “I discovered only last year that potatoes come in different colors.” said Professor Jones, and in one poem an angel visits to ask how the purple potatoes taste. Jones joked about being near-blind without glasses, but showed no lack of lucidity in words. In another piece entitled “The Proposal”, he tells a companion “as long as you don’t mind eating rabbit for the rest of your life, you’ll be happy”, a suggestion he miraculously charges with appeal. 

Jones was a warm and insightful lead-off hitter for Professor Chris Green, Director of Writing & Publishing Internships at DePaul, who’s newest poetry collection Everywhere West just dropped in July of 2019. Professor Green read selections from Everywhere, and alluded to a “video poem” based off the titular piece that would be shown later in the evening. Green opened with a poem about his visit to Robert Frost’s grave where he ran into Michael O’Keefe, the actor from Caddyshack and Roseanne fame. The absurdity of life is given microphone and family in Green’s poetry. “One is never more dead than in Vermont in January” says Green, and his knowledge of Chicago winters reinforces this point. In a favorite of mine called “The Prodigal Daughter”, the young lady “writes my name on a piece of paper, crosses it out, and hands it back to me.” This fiery spirit keeps billowing, as Green writes “you are so serious about the predicament of nature you keep a field journal at five.”

Before the video plays, Jones and Green perform a shared reading of “Conversations with a Dog”, a dialogue anyone would kill to have. Lines like “If there is anger in me it is squirrels” and “you starved yourself for a week and, like a saint, your eyes went cloudy” curled the room tighter around some metaphysical fireplace they were building.

The lights dimmed and Chris Green played the video poem “Everywhere West“, a time-lapse recording of his friend Mark Neumann’s cross-country drive with that title poem as soundtrack. Traveling along this common artery of the American landscape was a moving experience, and a welcome innovation for the presentation of poetry in broader culture.

At DePaul, the gifts are spread generously, among the student body and teachers alike.

Call for Submissions: Boulevard Magazine

Boulevard magazine is now open for general submissions and their fiction contest!

The deadline for the fiction contest, which includes a $1500 + publication, is December 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST, but don’t wait until Christmas to start writing.

General submissions are open through May 1, 2020. 

View Boulevard’s website for information on submission guidelines and more.