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Get Involved!

It’s that time, folks – that time where we send out a rallying cry to those USM students who love the arts. ALL the arts: Sounds, sights, escapades, meaningful shenanigans and of course, words & images.

We are looking for people who want to participate in the production of next year’s Words & Images. We need poetry and fiction readers/editors, art editors and artists, marketing representatives, line editors and critical, creative eyes.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know – report to the SGA Office in the Woodbury Campus Center on May 2nd at 3 PM for a general interest meeting.

If you can’t make it, but are still interested, e-mail Caroline at caroline.oconnorthomas@maine.edu.

We hope to see you there.

Between the Covers, Part III

Featured Poetry:

Three Days Lost in Spring, CN Bean

Hymn to Hope and Jolly Liberation, Gerald  George

Heaven, Stuart Kestenbaum

Herbarium ii, Sergio Ortiz

March and Mad Women, Linda Aldrich

Gris-Gris, WF Lantry

This River, Melissa Crowe

Sandpaper, Douglas Woodsum

Inner Drought: A Parallel Poem, Changming Yuan

The Nots, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

Factor Five, Martin Steingesser

Cantaloupe, Emily Hollyday

Midnight Call to a Taxi Dispatcher, Alicia Fisher

It takes a village to…

…raise a literary journal. That’s how that saying goes, right?

Here’s the list of folks from our (admittedly small) village who put together this year’s journal:

Publishing Director, Rodney Nason
Assistant Director, Caroline O’Connor Thomas
Faculty Advisors USM, Justin Tussing, Betsy Sholl, and Deb Loughlin
Faculty Advisor MECA, Margo Halverson
Artistic Director, Abigail Towne
Graphic Design and Layout, Abigail Towne
Fiction Editors, Renee DeCamillie, Michael Frier, and Jennifer Kovats
Poetry Editors, Steve Gibbon, Tamarah Smith, and Jonathan Wilson
Administrative Assistant, Scott Clavette
Production Assistant, Forreste McCormick
Business Advisor, Brian Spigel
Marketing Director, Carrie Allen
Contributing Editor, Joshua Bodwell
Copy Editor, Steve Gibbon
Proofreader, Amy Chamberlain

 

ANNOUNCING: THE FIRST ANNUAL DOS COSAS AWARD

Words and Images will give this award to the poem or piece of fiction that best explores the following topic: the ways in which seemingly disparate arts (literary and visual) can affect and inform one another, thus erasing the boundaries between them. This is vague, pseudo-intellectual babble for the following: we’re looking for poems and fiction that take their influence from, say, film, or painting, or popular music, or [insert your own]. Since this award can go either to fiction or poetry, the contest will be judged by the entire Words and Images staff, in addition to a panel of four creative writing professors at the university, consisting of two poets and two fiction writers.

Here’s the point: the entry fee is $15, and the prize is $1000, in addition to publication in the 2009 issue of Words and Images. Unless you request otherwise when submitting your work, all entries will be considered for publication in the 2009 issue, regardless of whether they win the contest. Each entry may include one short story or two poems of any length. The deadline for entry is February 1, 2009.

Unlike regular, non-contest submissions to Words and Images, privilege is not given to writers and literature with a connection to Maine for Dos Cosas Award entries; the Dos Cosas Award seeks entries nationally. Though we only accept regular submissions electronically, we ask for hard copy entries for the contest. Any hard copies not accompanied by the $15 entry fee cannot be considered. They can be mailed to Words and Images, University of Southern Maine, PO Box 9300, Portland, Maine, 04104.

What is Words and Images?

Words and Images is a literary journal published by the University of Southern Maine. What is now called Words and Images was once called Presumpscot Review. And The Review. And The Portland Review. The earliest copy we can find in the back room of the office is dated 1976. Thus, the journal is old enough to rent a car.

We’re interested in fiction that pushes the boundaries of convention and form, without: a) becoming incoherent; b) becoming lifeless, hollow, empty; c) sacrificing emotion for effect. We’re looking for popular experimentation. We want work for large groups of people to read and feel intelligent for doing so, therefore becoming a better large group of people in the process.

Words and Images’ staff for 2009 is Seth Bishop, Chad Chamberlain, Benjamin Rybeck, Aubin Thomas, and Caroline O’Connor Thomas.

Past contributors to Words and Images include John Brandon, Kevin Brockmeier, Dan Domench, Megan Grumbling, Richard Hoffman, Michael Kimball, Richard Lethem, John Manderino, Wesley McNair, Mark Melnicove, Bruce Pratt, Bill Rasmovicz, Kenneth Rosen, Colin Sargent, Betsy Sholl, Laima Sruoginis, Martin Steingesser, and Shelton Waldrep.

Past issues have featured interviews with Jennifer Egan, Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Lethem, The National, Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, and Richard Russo.