Submit Visual Art to the #RHINOart2art Project!

A New Year demands new ways of reading poetry.

RHINO has always believed poetry is a means toward fresh understanding. In a continued effort to amplify the voices of those silenced or underrepresented, RHINO is launching #RHINOart2art, a visual art response project geared towards promoting the diverse voices from the RHINO archives.

Read the full guidelines here.

Love the idea! Make sure you check out RHINO’s online archives, here.

And stay safe.

CALYX and the Nineteenth Amendment: Call for Submissions (Ends 31 July)

from Brenna Crotty, Senior Editor, Calyx:

Next year, in 2020, the United States will celebrate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, and CALYX Press will turn forty-four years old. I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that Calyx has existed for nearly half the number of years that women have had the right to vote in this country, but “astonishing” seems like the right word for it either way.

In anticipation of the centennial, and in celebration of the labor and persistence that went into women’s suffrage, CALYX is open for a special extended submission period now through July 31, 2019. We are accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on women’s participation in the political process, the myriad means through which women engage with and experience socio-political movements, and the ways full citizenship and access have been denied to different communities. Equal rights forwomen have had a long and fraught road, and our celebration of that first monumental victory in 1920 is tempered by the awareness that there is still so much progress to be made.

Drunkenboat Call for Submissions: First Peoples, Plural

Drunken Boat is now accepting submissions for its “First Peoples, Plural” folio, to debut in Issue # 13, this winter.  They will be considering poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, visual art, sound art, video art, and web art by indigenous people worldwide.  Their goal is to present “a wide scope of work from a wide scope of people.  Works might explore native identity and aesthetic (and their evolution), family, spirituality, passing, othering, exoticism, and the media.

Deadline for submissions:   Oct. 15, 2010

On Self’s Birthday This Year, and Thoughts on Andy Roddick

The ICW Panayam Series continues with a free lecture by Charlson Ong at UP Diliman, Quezon City.

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The deadline for Patubas 2: An Anthology of West Visayan Literature is July 15. The first Patubas was published 10 years ago by the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Patubas 2 will be edited by Dr. Leoncio Deriada. All writers from the Western Visayas, whether residing in or outside Region VI, are encouraged to apply. Send submissions to

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Other happenings: Last weekend, Andy Roddick and Roger Federer went mano a mano at Wimbledon. Who among dear blog readers saw that game? Self fully expected Federer to win. She caught only the fifth set. The score was a ridiculous and sick 10-10. Even though self knew Federer was going to win, she couldn’t help wishing Roddick on, urging him (silently): Come on, come on! Because, in truth, self wanted to write the Roddick story: a story of triumph over mental vacillation, over a soul-destroying career slump.

But, well, the champion won again. Curiously, it wasn’t Federer’s record-setting win that stayed in self’s memory, all through the next two days (yes, even while beagle Gracie was suffering in emergency rooms) but the heroic effort by Roddick.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Your “Blind Date” Story

. . .  was just crying out for a home.  Now, look no further.  For a planned anthology of blind date stories (And self is sure that dear blog readers have a lot of those!), please refer to the information posted below (In the interest of full disclosure, self received this from the friend of a friend of a friend).

Hello blind daters:

I am looking for funny, bizarre, poignant blind date stories for a book to come out next year. Tales with happy endings are welcome, but let’s face it, terrible dates usually make better stories. I’d especially like stories of dates set up by mutual friends, family or matchmaker, though great online-dating stories are welcome, too (you can have seen a picture and a date still be “blind”).

They can be short or long, however long it takes to tell the story. (I’m guessing these will be stories you’ve told before.) I will change names and details to disguise you, and I will edit the writing, so don’t worry about polishing it. If you’d rather tell me the story over the phone than e-mail it, that’s fine too.

Thank you so much,

Virginia Vitzthum

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