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Contest Announcement!

Words & Images would like to announce a contest open exclusively to USM students, The Dos Cosas Award.

“Dos Cosas” is Spanish for “two things.” Why two things, you ask? And why in Spanish – considering we’re in Maine and none of our staff speak Spanish?: “Maybe all literature is just two things banging together. Characters banging against settings; dialogue banging against secondary action; similies banging against alliteration; memory banging against the present moment.  …All writing should hold a contradiction. Of course, those aforementioned pairs aren’t really contradictions. But man oh man, a contradiction surely must consist of two things.”
-Benjamin Rybeck, Publishing Director 2009

And Spanish sounds more fun. Though “Deux Choses” has a certain allure as well…

So here it is: Submit up to five poems or a short fiction piece of less than 5,000 words by December 1st. The winner, selected by a panel of peer judges will receive $500 dollars for their outstanding work and an opportunity to read their piece at the Words & Images 2012 journal release party.

There is no contest entry fee, but we must reiterate – this contest is only for USM students. Send your submissions to the appropriate e-mail addresses and make sure to indicate your piece is for the Dos Cosas Award.

wordsandimagespoetry @ gmail.com
wordsandimagesprose @ gmail.com

Recommended Reading

Labor Day is great! It’s like an extra Sunday for continual indulgence in extra sleep, pleasure reading and brunch. Unless of course, you are a food service worker, retail slave, shop girl/boy, taxi driver or, you just hate free time for some reason.

Here’s what we had fun reading this Labor Day:
Welcome to the Library! A fun little piece from everyone’s favorite McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. (P.S. – Show your library some love.)

Outremer, by Fanny Howe. It’s a fabulous and solid piece of prose. What else would you expect from Poetry Magazine?

Buying W&I 2011, A Guide, Part I

Did you know you can find the latest edition of Words and Images in bookstores far and wide?

In Albany, NY, Words and Images may be purchased at the locally-run independent bookstore The Book House. You may also find the journal in The Book House’s sister store in Troy, NY – Market Block Books.

Here in Maine, you may purchase your very own, shiny and new copy of Words and Images at USM’s Bookstore, as well as one of our favorite shops in downtown Portland, Longfellow Books.

So maybe it’s less far and wide, and more centered around New England – but if you’d like to see Words and Images in a bookstore closer to you, send us a message and we’ll do our best to get it out there.

Submissions for Words and Images 2012

…Open on August 1st! ALL are welcome to submit and we hope to see a lot of submissions from USM writers.

We have some guidelines set out, as well as where to send your work all listed right here.

Stay tuned for details on this years fiction/poetry contest, which will be a revival of the Dos Cosas Award, which first appeared in our 2009 issue.

Between the Covers, Part IV

Featured Prose:

Turning Earth, Nancy Antonietti

The End of the World, Ashley Brooks

The Jungle Life, Timothy Rich

The Boardwalk at Midnight, Kris Bertin

Listening to Arvo Pärt, Fred Skolnik

-Scarecrow
-Girl in the Parking Lot Prophesies
Dan Domench

Ringing True, Christina Murphy

The Things That Slow the Body, Dianne Benedict

Hyenas, Ali Mohammad

Dreaming of Buenos Aires, Alice Simpson

Giving Up, Andrew McLinden

Fat Tanya Boinkin, Jenny Smick

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

Between The Covers, Part I

Featured Interviews:

The Rivers Join Up: An Interview With Kate Cheney Chappell
Carl Little

In Pursuit of the Real: An Exchange Between Wesley McNair and Betsy Sholl
Joshua Bodwell

River, Fist and Bone: An Interview With Andre Dubus III
Joshua Bodwell

If you’re not already acquainted with the work of Andre Dubus III, Wesley McNair, Betsy Sholl, Kate Cheney Chappell and Joshua Bodwell – follow the links and do so!

Then come to our opening event and hear them speak!

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

 

Congratulations are in order…

Here are your Words & Images 2011 contest winners – Congratulations to them for their outstanding work.

Christina Murphy, “Ringing True”
Andre Dubus Award, Judged by Dan Domench

Melissa Crowe, “This River”
Betsy Sholl Award, Judged by Adrian Blevins

Megan E. Jackson, “Shrinking Side Effects”
Words & Images/ Student Performing Artists Award, Judged by Meghan Brodie

Lisa Purinton, “Untitled”
Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for the Book Arts Prize, Judged by Sissy Beck

Gerald George, “Hymn to Hope and Jolly Liberation”
Maine Senior College Network Poet Laureate, Judged by Tamarah Smith and Jonathan Wilson

That’s a whopping five award winning pieces selected to be in this years journal; Two poems, one short fiction piece, one ten minute play and one piece of book art!