Saturday, December 12, 2009
Congratulations from all of us at Third Coast to Caitlin Horrocks, whose short story, "This is Not Your City," originally published in our Fall 2007 issue, has won a 2009 PEN/O'Henry Prize. You can read more about the O'Henry Prizes and this year's other winners here.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Western Michigan University was fortunate to have poet, critic and midrashist Alicia Suskin Ostriker visit our campus this past week. On Tuesday she gave a lecture on contemporary midrash, and on Wednesday a reading which featured poems from her new volume The Book of Seventy, published just last month.
Poetry Editors Natalie Giarratano and Beth Marzoni will be conducting an interview with Ms. Ostriker, which we're excited to have slated for an upcoming issue of the journal.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Stuart Dybek is the author of numerous books, including I Sailed With Magellan,The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. Among Dybek’s numerous awards are a $500,000 2007 MacArthur Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Prize, a Lannan Award, aWhiting Writers Award, an Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, several O.Henry Prizes, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University and a member of the permanent faculty for Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program.
Dybek was also the judge for Third Coast's 2009 fiction contest. Stu's selection "Winter-Over," by Ashley Shelbey, can be found in the Fall 2009 issue out now. Remember there's still time to enter this year's fiction and poetry contests!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Contest winners receive $1000 and publication in Third Coast's 15th anniversary issue (which is already looking sharp, we must say).
The illustrious Ann Beattie will be judging our fiction contest, with David Wojahn judging poetry. Check out the full contest guidelines here.
Monday, November 16, 2009
- Interview with a Ghost, Tom Sleigh
- Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road
- Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup
- Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory
- A Fans Notes - Frederick Exley
- Losing Season, by Jack Ridl (poems)
- Without End: New and Selected Poems by Adam Zagajewski
- Stupid Hope by Jason Shinder
- Versed by Rae Armantrout
- Special Orders by Ed Hirsch
- Black Sabbatical by Brett Eugene Ralph
- Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa
- Oranges and Peanuts for Sale by Eliot Weinberger
- The Book of Seventy by Alicia Ostriker
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- It is Daylight by Arda Collins
- All-American Poem by Matthew Dickman
- Derek Walcott's "Omeros"
- "Ali & Nino"
- This is Not a Book, Keri Smith
- Alice Hoffman, "The Witch of Turo"
- Plays: David Ives's Sure Thing
- Shakespeare's Othello
- A Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds, adapted by Tony Kushner, originally by S. Ansky
- The Tenth Man, Paddy Chayefsky
- plus an assortment of Arthur Miller and Tony Kushner plays.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
As Alicia Suskin Ostriker points out on She Writes, every single title chosen for the Top 10 was written by a man. Perhaps the thing that is of even more interest than the gender of the writers is the similarities of their subjects (and in turn the subject's genders). Ostriker writes:
It was a little dismaying to read the descriptions of the books, which you can do at http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6704263.html, and realize how very much it was shaped by "boy" subjects. "Gritty, mostly honest-hearted ex-heroin addict protagonist Ricky Rice!...Rebellious Yankee son of a father who fell victim to the Depression!...[T]he men who built America’s intercontinental ballistic missile program in the 1950s and ‘60s!...Two 40-ish men seeking love and existential meaning!...Grann’s vigorous research mirrors Fawcett’s obsession with uncovering the mysteries of the jungle!...Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls manual competence!..." That's six of the ten.Read Ostriker's full article "Publishers Weekly Versus the Rest of Us" here.
Over on the Editorial Ass(istant) blog, Moonrat, herself an editor states that she sees this all male top ten list as indicative of two factors in publishing:
1) Not enough books by women are being published relative to the total number being publishedRead full article here.
2) The books by women that are published are getting less marketing money relative to their counterparts by men, and are therefore catching fewer people's eyes
Monday, November 9, 2009
"Jennifer K. Sweeney's How to Live on Bread and Music is a remarkable achievement from the hand of a poet with a subtle and compassionate mindfulness."
— Afaa Michael Weaver
"The poetry of Chad Sweeney is exuberant, imagistic, and prophetic. . . . a poetry of awakening, of coming into knowledge."
Jennifer K. Sweeney is the author of How to Live on Bread and Music, winner of the 2009 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Perugia Press Prize. She is also the author of Salt Memory, which received the Main Street Rag Poetry Award. Nominated
four times for a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in Southern Review, Spoon River, Crab Orchard, Hunger Mountain and Passages North where she won the 2009 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize. She teaches poetry and writing privately, serves as assistant editor for DMQ Review and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Chad Sweeney is the author of three books of poetry: Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James, 2010), Arranging the Blaze (Anhinga, 2009), and An Architecture (BlazeVox, 2007). He is the editor of Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds (City Lights, 2009) and coeditor of the literary journal Parthenon West Review. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Verse Daily and elsewhere. He is working toward a Ph.D. in literature/creative writing at WMU where he teaches poetry and serves as assistant editor of New Issues Press.Read the article here.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The issue features beautiful cover art by Sally Grizzell Larson and many literary goodies inside.
Copies are available for $9 starting immediately. See the subscription page for information on how to get one.
There are only a few copies of Issue 28, Spring 2009 still left.
Friday, October 16, 2009
You can check out our review of American Salvage in our soon-to-be-mailed Fall 2009 issue.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Here's what we're currently reading:
- Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
- White Noise, Don DeLillo
- Save the Last Dance, Gerald Stern
- I Served the King of England and Too Loud A Solitude, Bohumil Hrabal
- Patricia Smith's poetry collection Blood Dazzler
- Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, edited by Madeleine Grynsztejn, (essays, etc., about the work of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson)
- Dobby Gibson's poetry collection Skirmish
- Planets on Tables: Poetry, Still Life, and the Turning World, Bonnie Costello
- Burn This Book, edited by Toni Morrison
- For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book, Alicia Ostriker
- In a World of Ideas, I Feel No Particular Loyalty (chapbook), Adam Clay
- City Poems (chapbook), Cindy St. John
- The Liar's Club (memoir), Mary Karr
- "One Reader's Digest: Toward a Gastronomic Theory of Literature," Brad Kessler
- the poetry of Wallace Stevens
- Harley Erdman's Staging the Jew: The Performance of an American Ethnicity, 1860-1920
- Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen, Henry Bial
- Clifford Odets' play Awake and Sing!
- Elmer Rice's play Counsellor-at-Law.
- Paradise Lost, Milton
- The Kite Runner
- Til We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
In addition to that list are assorted short stories by Rick Bass, Flannery O'Connor, and T.C. Boyle. And (for those of us who also teach) a flurry of student papers as it's just about that time of year when composition students finish up their first project.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
John Rybicki's poem, "This Tape Measure Made of Light," which originally appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of Third Coast, was selected by David Wagoner for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2009. We couldn't be happier for him. Congratulations, too, to our past poetry editors Elizabeth Knapp and Kim Kolbe on a job well done.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I'm happy to say that when I type in "Third Coast" to that ubiquitous search engine Third Coast Literary Magazine was the first entry to appear.
The journal comes in ahead of Third Coast International Audio Festival, Third Coast Guitar Repair, Third Coast Rubber Stamps, and even the Wikipedia article that takes a stab at defining just what a third coast is:
an American colloquialism used to describe several (usually coastal) regions distinct from the West Coast and the East Coast of the United States ... most often used to refer to the Great Lakes region.
We're pretty darn proud of our search placement even if it is only a matter of algorithms. But you don't have to Google us to find our information; Third Coast is listed with all of the major directories of literary journals.
But when all is said and done, the one thing that surprised me in my search was the Third Coast Surf Shop in New Buffalo, Michigan. I've been a Michigander most of my life, and up until now I never thought you could "surf" the Great Lakes. Guess you learn something new every day.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
All of us here at Third Coast send a big congratulations to Joshua Robbins on his inclusion in Best New Poets 2009. Robbins, winner of the 2008 James Wright Poetry Award, is the Alwin Thaler Fellow at the University of Tennessee where he is completing his PhD and serves as poetry editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. His poem "Collateral" is forthcoming in our Spring 2010 issue.
Friday, September 11, 2009
The KBAC is a non-profit organization housed in the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan (326 W Kalamazoo Ave). Their mission is "to become an educational resouce for the community, offer programs for people who enjoy reading and making books, and provide a working studio where visual artists, printers, paper makers, bookbinders, and writers can collaborate on creative projects."
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- The Way Home, by George Pelecanos
- Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Tom Friedman
- Lush Life, by Richard Price
- Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
- John Adams, by David McCullough
Friday, August 21, 2009
"The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.
In addition, beginning this year, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy."
And really, who doesn't want to write at a castle in Italy?