July 10, 2015
Dear Intrepid Readers,
We’re officially in the thick of summertime, and we’re enjoying all the outdoor festivals and ways to engage with the community that aren’t always available during the colder months. This weekend, I’ll be making a trip down south to Los Angeles for Inkslam, one of the many events leading up to Slam Nationals, which will be held this August in Oakland, CA. In the coming weeks, I’ll be contributing a series of blog posts to Rhizomatic Ideas about the conventions, communities, and bridges between the worlds of “page poetry” and “stage poetry.” No matter where you are in the country, chances are there’s a slam happening in your area—go out for the poetry, stay for the community! To learn more, check out the slam map and slam directory provided by Poetry Slam, Inc.
It’s not *quite* that simple, but it doesn’t hurt…
We’ve written before about the idea of The Canon, one of the worst parts of literary academia. A canon, by definition, is supposed to be a cross-section of the best, most important and most representative works of literature. How can that be possible, when “The Canon” is primarily made up of white, male authors of the Western world, representing mostly British and American literature? This week at Rhizomatic Ideas, we published a book review of Dear Daughter by author and editor Sam Slaughter. This week at Enclave, Sam announced a new project that he’ll be curating—The New Canon, a Redefinition Project. This collaborative project will be ongoing, and curated by editors, publishers, authors, and students—in short, anyone who wants to submit a title and write an explanation of why they think the work is canon-worthy. The New Canon project will be a database for academics, teachers, students, and readers to find significant, important literary work that engages a broader spectrum of narrative and authorship. If there’s a book that you’re passionate about, visit the New Canon Redefinition Project and submit a title to the online library database!
We close at midnight tonight for the 1001 Arabian Nights issue of NonBinary Review, and we have to say, this issue is shaping up to be lovely in a way we couldn’t have predicted—slanted more towards poetry, a perfect counterbalance to the current King in Yellow issue, which trends more to fiction. We look forward to bringing this new issue to you in the coming weeks. Likewise, we’ll have a new installment of Unbound Octavo for you next week. We’re also open through October 31 for NonBinary Review #7, Wilkie Collins—The Woman in White and until January 8, 2016 for NonBinary Review#8, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
In last week’s letter from the editor, we detailed our online publication cycle for you. Because we’re currently compatible with only Apple devices at present, it’s important to us to be able to bring all of our readers fresh content regularly—we don’t believe that device limitations should limit the accessibility of the work we publish and the authors we believe in. So in case you missed last week’s editor’s letter with the schedule (did you know we have an archive of those?) here it is again:
- Monday: Blogs by Zoetic Press staff and guest writers at Rhizomatic Ideas
- Tuesday: Alphanumeric features at NonBinary Review
- Wednesday: Book reviews at Rhizomatic Ideas
- Thursday: Blogs by Zoetic Press staff and guest writers at Rhizomatic Ideas
- Friday: OH HEY CHECK IT OUT IT’S THE EDITOR’S LETTER, LOOK AT YOU, READING THIS!
- Saturday: We catch up on our reading. You should too!
- Sunday: Book reviews at Rhizomatic Ideas
Want to be a guest writer for Rhizomatic Ideas? Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re interested in all kinds of blog posts, from First Person blogs about your experiences, challenges, struggles and triumphs as a working writer or writing student, to craft discussions. Have a book you’d like to tell the world about, or know a writer that everyone should know? Send us your reviews and author interviews! We’d love to put the spotlight on the books and authors that are changing how you read, write, and see the world.
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Until next week,