Call for Submissions to Shale (fiction anthology)

Texture Press is seeking short fiction for a new anthology:

SHALE: Extreme Fiction for Extreme Conditions

We’re looking for stories that are edgy, young, old, disaffected, selfish and altogether fabulous. We’d like to see fiction from extreme conditions — hyper-industrialized regions, places of economic chaos, etc.

Deadline: September 15, 2014

Authors whose work is included will receive complimentary copy of the print book.
(The book will be available both as e-book and print book.)

Projected date of publication: 12/2014 or 1/2015

Stories should not exceed 1250 words.

Editors: Arlene Ang, Valerie Fox, Nathan Leslie, Susan Smith Nash

Submit one to three stories  previously unpublished stories through Submittable. We are accepting submissions through the Press 1 Submittable link. Thanks to Press 1 (first cousin to Texture Press) for letting us do so. Here’s the link:
The primary vision of Texture Press is to increase international cultural literacy through literature and education. Founded in 1989 by Susan Smith Nash, Texture has published a magazine (Texture), chapbooks, and full-length works of fiction, poetry, education topics, drama, and young adult fiction.

Authors have included: Evald Flisar, Franklin L. King, Van Hartmann, Susan Smith Nash, Alicia Askenase, Edward Foster, Rose Hunter, Rina Terry, Don Riggs, Jana Bauer, Rochelle Owens, John Bennett, Valerie Fox, Arlene Ang, Karl Young, Renee Ferrer, Susy Delgado, Luisa Moreno, Buck Downs, Jack Foley, Michael Nash, Cydney Chadwick.


Warm up with Lewis Carroll’s Doublets Word Puzzle

Writing teachers, why not warm up a class by playing Lewis Carroll’s Doublet puzzle?

Here are a few websites that explain the puzzle:

Generate a list of interesting words and then use them as a kind of spine for a poem.
This may work with adults and older students as well as younger ones.

Intensive Workshop at Poets House (July 26/27)

Lynn Levin and I are offering a workshop at Poets House (in NY). It’s a two-day intensive (4 hours on each day) happening on July 26/27 (Saturday 2-6/Sunday 12-4).

Here’s the workshop description:
We have within us our own stories, memories, and artistic influences—the subject matter for poems—and often all we need is the right kind of creativity-boosting prompt to help us shape that material into a poem. Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin, co-authors of the new craft-of-poetry text Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (2013), will conduct a weekend workshop exploring several of the unique prompts in their book. We will find inspiration and guidance in these prompts, which are all classroom and workshop tested. This fun, positive, and supportive workshop will include some in-class writing and sharing. No poetry experience is required;