Monday, July 28, 2008


Beltway Poetry Quarterly Calls for Poetry about Museums

Here below is the latest from editor Kim Roberts of Beltway Poetry:

In just a couple of weeks, Beltway Poetry will be open for submissions for a special themed issue. We will be reading during the month of AUGUST only. Please see below for complete details. And please feel free to forward this on to others you think might be interested!
Many thanks.

Kim Roberts, EditorBeltway Poetry Quarterly

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, an online journal, seeks poems for a special themed issue celebrating museums. Poems should be about specific museums (of any kind, of any size, in any location) or specific items exhibited in museum collections. The issue will be co-edited by Kim Roberts and Maureen Thorson. Only poets who live or work in DC, VA, MD, WV, or DE are eligible. Poems may be any length. Submit up to 4 poems by email only. Poems that have already appeared in print publications are acceptable if copyright has reverted to the author (and author secures any permissions for reprinting). Poems appearing elsewhere on the web are not eligible. Submit poems in the body of a single email (no attachments, and please no multiple emails) to Include your full contact information (snail mail address, phone, email) and a one-paragraph bio. Incomplete entries and those made outside the one-month reading period will not be considered. The issue will be published in January 2009. All entries must be received during the month of August 2008.

About the co-editors: Kim Roberts is the editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Maureen Thorson is the author of two chapbooks, Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004), and Mayport, winner of the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship for 2006. She is editor of Big Game Books, a literary small press specializing in collectible, limited edition, hand-made books.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Friday, July 18, 2008


August 8th Deadline for Gival Press Short Story Award / Prize $1,000.00


The 5th Annual Gival Press Short Story Award


August 8, 2008 (postmarked)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author's name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned.

Author Identification:
Submit name, address, telephone number, email address on a separate page, along with the title of the short story submitted.

A short bio should also be included.

If the short story wins, the author must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible disk or CD in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one's computer disk.

Reading fee:
$25.00 (USD) by check or money order drawn on an American bank for each short story submitted. Payable to: Gival Press, LLC.

International entrants must send a check drawn on a USA bank routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America; no international money orders are acceptable.

Please note that Gival Press can also accept the entry free by major credit card; however, we only take credit card information by phone (703.351.0079).

Mail to:
Robert L. Giron, Editor
Gival Press Short Story Award
Gival Press, LLC
PO Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203.

Notification of the Winner:
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

We try our best to announce the winner in the fall of the same year. Unfortunately it takes time to read and judge the entries and to contact the individuals involved.

Author will receive $1,000.00 and the winning story will be published on the Gival Press website and in a future anthology of short stories.

Short stories will be judged anonymously and the decision of the judge will be final. The winner for the previous award will be the judge for the following year.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Flash Fiction Workshop Offered at Writer's Center, July 26th

A one day "Flash Fiction" workshop at the Writers Center will be offered on Saturday July 26th.

For more information and to register, visit: Writer's Center Workshop

Need a nudge? Try "Giant Golden Buddha" and 364 More 5 Minute Writing Exercises-- free, on-line at CM


Tameme Releases Its Second Chapbook

Here below is the latest from editor C. M. Mayo at Tameme:

We are delighted to announce the publication of Tameme's second bilingual chapbook, "Los fantasmas del Palacio de los Azulejos" / "Ghosts of the Palace of Blue Tiles," a beautiful collection poems by one of the most outstanding Mexican poets of his generation, Jorge Fernández Granados, splendidly translated by John Oliver Simon.

As many of you know, Tameme recently ceased publication of the Tameme literary journal in order to focus on publishing chapbooks. Our mission is to promote English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English literary translation by publishing new writing from North America— Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. With the chapbooks, we celebrate and disseminate this new writing and translation in an attractive and more affordable format.

Visit Tameme to read the title poem, "Los fantasmas del Palacio de los Azulejos" / "Ghosts of the Palace of Blue Tiles". The chapbook's cover painting, "Tiled Window, Seashell and View of Mexico City," is by Mexican artist Elena Climent. Read about our other titles, including last year's chapbook, "Carne verde, piel negra / An Avocado from Michoacan," a short story by Agustin Cadena, in the Tameme catalog.

Please consider purchasing a copy for yourself, for friends (it makes a great gift!), and if you teach, please also consider adopting a Tameme chapbook as a textbook.

Tameme, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation based in the state of California. Your purchase and / or donation help support quality literary translation and intercultural understanding.

Sincerely, C.M. Mayo
Editor, Tameme


Paycock Press Holds Reading at Politics & Prose on July 25th

Here's the latest from Richard Peabody:

Notes from the Bell Tower
News from Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press/ and Richard Peabody
Editor Richard Peabody invites you to the Launch of Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction by 51 DC Guys at Politics and Prose in WDC on Friday night July 25th at 7pm

Join us and celebrate with a panel discussion about writing fiction in this particular time and place, featuring eight of the contributors:

R. R. Angell, Juan H. Gaddis, Brian Gilmore, Dave Housley, Charles R. Larson, Alex MacLennan, Richard McCann, and David Nicholson.
Moderators: Rose Solari and Jim Patterson

About the anthology:
“The dean of D.C.’s alternative press has compiled a vast compendium of excellence, wildness, and wonder. Perhaps somewhat predictably, I was drawn to the tales of predatory female werewolves and homicidal dogs preaching Lutheran gospel, but pretty much everybody else is here too: the downtown shrimp shack hostesses, the suburban minimum security prison escapees and the closeted death metal deacons. Nixon even wanders through, walking along the beach on his way to reincarnation. There are Vietnamese charades, hippie narcs, monkish visions of Buddhist clarity, and one loser babysitter who brings the kid along to the strip club. Sometimes surreal, often moving, and even more often perfectly hilarious, the work collected here makes D.C.’s literary presence a force to be reckoned with. It’s as powerful as John Riggins’s shoulders, as strong as a shot at Millie and Al’s, and as fun as watching the pandas get it on at the National Zoo.&nb sp; Well done guys.” – Toby Barlow, author of Sharp Teeth

“Stress City is a core sample of the D.C. male psyche, a tube that comes out striated with the compacted layers of what's on these guys' minds: death, race, sex, death, race, sex, death, traffic, sex.... makes me feel like I never left. Recommended for Washingtonians past and present." – Jordan Ellenberg, author of The Grasshopper King

"Werewolves, installation artists taking over Arlington, jilted Hare Krishnas out for murderous revenge...this isn't George Bush's Washington. In Stress City, D.C.'s small press conscience Richard Peabody has assembled a monument to the underdogs of the nation's capitol. This anthology is as poignant and truth telling as any 'official' history and way way more fun." – Hal Niedzviecki, author of Hello, I’m Special and The Program

A Complete List of Authors included in this 500pp monster of a book:

R. R. Angell, Scott W. Berg, Sean Brijbasi, Peter Brown, Kenneth Carroll, Theodore Carter, Christopher Colston, Richard Currey, Kevin Downs, David Everett, Mark Farrington, Juan H. Gaddis, William E. Garrison, Frank Gatling, Brian Gilmore, John Guernsey, James Harper, Dave Housley, Bill Jackson, Dennis Jones, Matthew Kirkpatrick, Len Kruger, Robert Lang, Charles R. Larson, Nathan Leslie, Peter Levine, Greg Lipscomb, Eric Lotke, Alex MacLennan, Joe Martin, James Mathews, Richard McCann, Matthew L. Moffett, Richard Morris, Kermit Moyer, Terence M. Mulligan, Andrew Nachison, David Nicholson, Jim Patterson, Jim Reed, Jeff Richards, B. B. Riefner, Lewis K. Schrager, Matthew Summers-Sparks, D. A. Taylor, Ross Taylor, Robichaud S. Thorstensen, Tim Wendel, Jim Williamson, Terence Winch, and James Zug.

Cover by G. Byron Peck
$18.95 ISBN: 978-0-931181-27-6

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Directions on their site at:

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Busboys & Poets Holds Reading on July 20th

Sunday Kind of Love Celebrates the Poetry Chapbook

with Brian Brodeur, Jade Foster, and Kathi Wolfe
Busboys & Poets
14th & V Streets, NW
Washington, DC
U Street/Cardozo on the Green Line Metro


Sunday, July 20, 4-6 pm As always, with an Open Mic - Come out and strut your stuff -all poets welcome!

Brian Brodeur is the author of Other Latitudes (University of Akron Press, 2008), winner of the University of Akron Press's 2007 Akron Poetry Prize judged by Stephen Dunn, and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (2007), which won the Fall 2006 White Eagle Coffee Store Press Chapbook Award. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gettysburg Review, Margie, and River Styx.

jade foster is a poet. a sister. she did not win the best smile superlative in high school and is a graduate of sarah lawrence college. southeast bred and conformed to love.

Kathi Wolfe was a finalist in the 2007 Pudding House Press Chapbook competition, and her chapbook Helen Takes the Stage: the Helen Keller Poems was published by Pudding House this year. Her poetry has appeared in Gargoyle, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Potomac Review, Breath & Shadow and other publications. Wolfe writes "Life Among the Heffalumps," a column on books and poetry, for Scene4, a monthly, international arts and media magazine.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Beltway Poetry Quarterly announces a new issue!

Kim Roberts, editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly sends us the latest news below:

Beltway Poetry Quarterly announces a new issue!

Volume 9, Number 3, Summer 2008

The Forebears Issue includes essays that celebrate individuals and locations important to their writing:

a photo essay on DC AUTHOR'S HOUSES by Kim Roberts and Dan Vera
Taquiena Boston and Vera J. Katz on OWEN DODSON
M.A. Schaffner on AMBROSE BIERCE
Grace Cavalieri on ANN DARR
Kathi Morrison-Taylor on JOAQUIN MILLER
Merrill Leffler on GABRIELLE EDGCOMB
Elisavietta Ritchie on JOHN PAUKER

This issue is the third in a series documenting the rich literary history of Washington, DC. Read it here:

Beltway Poetry Quarterly is also pleased to welcome our new summer intern, Alyssa Schimmel. Alyssa is serving as an editorial assistant, and has already updated one of our most popular sections of the Beltway Resource Bank, which provides links to other web sites featuring individual area poets, past and current. The Poet Links list can be found here:

Finally, we are happy to announce that Maureen Thorson has agreed to co-edit a new themed issue of the journal, on the subject of museums. We invite poems on the theme from any poets currently living in DC, MD, VA, WV, or DE, and will be reading entries throughout the month of August.

Full guidelines can be found here:

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


ArLiJo Is Featuring Poetic Videos and Spanish and English Poetry

The latest issue of ArLiJo is featuring work by Luis Alberto Ambroggio,
Isidro Iturat, translations by Yvette Neisser Moreno, and Katharina Yakovina.

Click here for the poetic video by Katharina Yakovina entitled It Was:

It Was

Katharina Yakovina's statement:

"I was born in 1967.
I create a space of my art.
I made a choice between my options."

By Luis Alberto Ambroggio
Translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

Come in, welcome,
everyday passengers,
here are your rooms:
perhaps lively
with monolithic snores
or metallic words
from friendly machines
in a numbered silence.

Paintings, others’ tastes
yours for a night,
days that end at noon
on a hurried mid-day.
Elegant bedroom
of paid-for open shadows.

Perhaps a lovers’ tryst
in a noncommittal terrain
or an imaginary adventure
in a children’s story.
Today its mirrors watch your faces,
later other memories will leave traces
like beds ablaze
with solitude or repeated pleasures.

The same-old cold reception
for the traveler on sale
or the salesman traveling;
neither home nor exile
much-needed shade
for the wanderer’s rest,

walls in which I also lodge
passing my dusk
in the confined escape of time.

It receives me with smiles.
Without knowing me, it calls me by name,
promiscuous bed
that charges for my rest.

They will change my name
as soon as I go.
They’ll clear away the shadow
and other shadows will fill the pages
in the fiscal archive of doors.
“Check in, check out”
in the precarious hotel of life.

Sic transit gloria mundi…

"Hotel" was previously published in "Poemas Desterrados", Academia Iberoamericana de Poesia, ed. Alicia Gallegos, Buenos Aires, 1995.

Copyright © 2008 by Luis Alberto Ambroggio (from the anthology Difficult Beauty which will be released in 2009)

Luis Alberto Ambroggio, American poet born in Argentina, is a Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and PEN. Author of the following published books: Poemas de amor y vida (1987), Hombre del aire (1992), Oda ensimismada (1992), Poemas desterrados (1995), Los habitantes del poeta” (1997), Por si amanece: cantos de Guerra (1997), El testigo se desnuda (2002), Laberintos de Humo (2005), Los tres esposos de la noche (2005) and the bilingual collection of his poems Difficult Beauty. His texts have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies of the U.S.A. (Cool Salsa, DC Poets Against the War, Poetic Voices Without Borders), Spain (The new Hispanic-American Poetry, Twenty-first Century Hispanic-American Poetry) and Latin America. His poetry has been included in texts of Literature (Pasajes, Bridges to Literatura, Breaking down barriers), and recorded in the Archives of Hispanic Literature of the Library of Congress.

by Isidro Iturat

a Elis

Soñé que yo era un pozo,
soñé que eras un pozo,
que tú, yo, éramos pozo.

Éramos pozo de agua,
el mismo pozo de agua,
un solo pozo de agua.

Inmensurable agua,
y sempiterno pozo.


for Elis

I dreamt that I was a well,
I dreamt that you were a well,
that you, and I, were a well.
We were a water well,
the same water well,
a single water well.
Unmesurable water,
and everlasting well.

ISIDRO ITURAT. Villanueva y la Geltrú, Spain, 1973. He is a writer and Spanish teacher who has ived in São Paulo, Brazil, since 2005. In 2001 he developed the poetic form called indriso, formed by two triplets and two one-line stanzas (3-3-1-1), with free use of the rhyme and the number of syllables in its verses. In 2005 he finished his first book completely composed by indrisos entitled El Manantial y otros poemas. His poetry has appeared in Lakúma-pusáki (2008, Chile), Lyrik welt (2007, Germany), Cañasanta (Number 19, 2006, Canada), Destiempos (Number 5, 2006, Mexico), Literatura & Arte (Number 1373, 2005, Brazil), Letralia (Number 114, 2004 and Number 147, 2006, Venezuela), Otras Palabras (Number 7, 2004, Spain).

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