workshop with CAB

March 7, 2014

Conversations Across Borders

The nonprofit literary-arts organization Conversations Across Borders (CAB) has posted an impressive slate of workshops for 2014. Most are free, offered in a series of weekly sessions, but some are shorter intensives. Most are in Washington state, but one is in Kampala, Uganda, and another in Las Vegas, Nevada.

These 15-hour creative-writing workshops “are designed for beginning, emerging, and established writers, using our lives and our stories as fuel to create new work.”

To learn more, read the workshop descriptions and process, see the schedule of upcoming workshops, view comments from past participants and read stories and poetry from pairs of participants in CAB Projects.

Poet, submit!

September 15, 2013

Cascadia map - Sightline InstituteAutumn is poetry submission season for many literary journals. While this does not profess to be a complete list of publications from the Cascadia region, it’s a healthy start. In some cases, regional is just an accident of the magazine’s home base; in other cases, it defines either the audience or the writers who are invited to submit.

For each publication, we’ve linked to the Submission page. (We’ve also provided a Facebook link, if available, because some publications update Facebook information more often than web pages.) You’ll also find links to each of these publications in the NW lit scene links in the right-hand column of this page.

Before you submit your work, read the publication and, of course, read and follow the submission guidelines carefully. (Please note: dates are gleaned from publication sites; some are closing dates, some opening dates, some inclusive.)

A River & Sound Review ~ “Serious Literature with an Unpretentious Soul” publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, humor, podcasts, music and more. Reading period is August 1 to November 30. A River & Sound Review on Facebook.

Bellingham Review ~ The literary arts magazine affiliated with Western Washington University. General submission period is from September 15 through December 1Bellingham Review on Facebook.

Cascadia Review ~ Poetry of place by residents of the bioregion that includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska, along with fragments of Nevada, Wyoming and Yukon. Submissions for Issue 4 open today, September 15. Cascadia Review on Facebook.

LAST CHANCE – closes soon! Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest ~ Publishes stories, poems, creative nonfiction, translations, plays, reviews of first books, interviews, photographs and artwork. Issue #9 — Winter Solstice 2013 submission deadline is September 21, 2013. Cirque Journal on Facebook.

CLOVER, A Literary Rag ~ A biannual print literary anthology. Deadline for December edition is September 30, 2013. Clover, A Literary Rag on Facebook.

Conversations Across Borders (CAB) ~ A monthly online literary magazine that envisions a world of increased mutual understanding and connection across borders of all kinds. Accepts submissions year-round. Conversations Across Borders on Facebook.

Crab Creek Review ~ A perfect-bound print literary journal. Submissions will open in October 2013; watch site for details. Crab Creek Review on Facebook.

Image ~ A quarterly journal of writing and artwork informed by religious faith. Does not have a formal set of guidelines, but welcomes unsolicited submissions. Image on Facebook.

The Monarch Review ~ Seattle’s literary and arts magazine. Reads submissions year-round and publishes online weekly as well as a print edition biannually. The Monarch Review on Facebook.

Pacifica Literary Review ~ A small literary arts magazine based in Seattle, with print editions in winter and summer. General submission period is from September 15 to May 7. Pacifica Literary Review on Facebook.

Poetry Northwest ~ A poetry print journal published semi-annually in April and October, plus new work online, including poetry, reviews and essays. Regular reading period is September 15 – March 15. Poetry Northwest on Facebook.

Raven Chronicles ~ A print journal of art, literature and the spoken word. Postmark deadline is October 1, 2013Raven Chronicles on Facebook.

Seattle Review ~ University of Washington print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas and lyric essays. Accept submissions by mail between October 1 and May 31. Seattle Review on Facebook.

Soundings Review ~ A magazine of creative writing published through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Reading for the spring/summer issue (published in May) closes on January 1.

Switched-on Gutenberg ~ Online poetry journal with themed issues. Currently closed to submissions; usually opens December 1.

Willow Springs ~ Print and e-book literary journal of Eastern Washington University (Spokane). Submissions are open September 1 through May 31Willow Springs on Facebook.

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Sightline Institute map of the Cascadia region drawn by Cynthia Thomas

grab a CAB

September 2, 2013

CAB - September 2013 coverThe September 2013 edition of Conversations Across Borders (CAB) is now available. It features poems by Kathryn Hunt and Judith Skillman as well as essays by Daniela Cortés del Castillo and Dennis Vannatta. Find out more about CAB or go straight to the store for an article or two, or the entire edition. All funds are donated.

Cab reading at Village Books April 2013

A guest post by Jordan Hartt

“Conversations across borders” is a new way of thinking about the reading and writing process.

Reading, writing, and conversation help us see the world through the eyes of others and share our viewpoints with others. These conversations help us understand our shared relationship with one another. We develop the ability to make culturally, environmentally, and socially informed decisions toward a sustainable future.

When we read a book — for example, when we read Things Fall Apart or Rabbit, Run or Whose Song? — we aren’t the same people that we were before we read the book. We see the world differently. We see things that we hadn’t seen before. We understand in our own skins what it’s like to be colonized. We understand what it is like to be trapped in white suburbia. We understand what it’s like to be raped, or to be a rapist. And once we have experienced these things directly, we are changed. We have more empathy with other people. We make different decisions.

The organization Conversations Across Borders was established in 2011 as a way of increasing cross-border reading experiences for more people: helping people step across borders that are scary and seeing the world through the point of view of someone else. We offer an annual writing workshop that uses conversation as fuel to generate authentic characters, authentic settings, and create new work impossible to access any other way.

This year, that workshop takes place in Spokane, Washington, from August 25-30. Conversations Across Borders also publishes a monthly literary magazine, hosts readings and brings writers together in informal gatherings.

Our vision is a world of increased mutual understanding and connection across borders of all kinds. Our mission is to bring writers together across borders through workshops, literary publishing, readings, gatherings, and the ongoing practice of financially supporting the next generation of writers.
Jordan Hartt is a writer, writing teacher, and community & events organizer. He believes that reading and writing change lives and that everyone has the equal right to have their voices heard. His favorite novels are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, The Satanic Verses, Pedro Páramo, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Jazz and The Shipping News. And The Human Stain. And Beloved. And The Death of Jim Loney. And Paradise. And like two hundred others. Bookworm. Let’s move on.

Photo by Kelvin Saxton: from left, Jeremy Voigt, Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Jennifer Bullis and Paul Piper at Cab reading, Village Books, April 27, 2013

NOTE: The May 2013 issue of Cab is now available and features work by Marvin Bell, Christopher Merrill, Nancy Pagh and Bryan Patrick Miller.

Bellingham reading

April 21, 2013

Cadiz photo by Nathaniel D. Peirson

Cab Literary Magazine Multi-Author Reading
to feature three recent
Conversations Across Borders writers:
Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Paul Piper and Jennifer Bullis.

The reading is free and will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Village Books.

Cab is a literary monthly that publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and donates the proceeds of sales to schools and writing programs around the world. Cab is affiliated with Conversations Across Borders, which connects writers across borders of all kinds, encouraging and nurturing the creation of new work and new conversations. Visit Conversations Across Borders online for more information.

The featured readers:

Publishing under the pen name Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Rebecca A. Saxton received her MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Katipunan Literary Magazine and the online magazine Haruah. Her short story “Yellow is for Luck” appears in the anthology Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults, edited by Cecilia Brainard. Her poetry chapbook Pause Mid-Flight was released in 2010. Currently she is a member of the English Faculty at Northwest Indian College.

Paul Piper was born in Chicago, lived for extensive periods in Montana, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing, and Hawai’i. He is a librarian at Western Washington University in Bellingham who spends more time writing than he should. His work has appeared in various literary journals and he has four published books of poetry, the most recent being Dogs and Other Poems, published by Bird Dog Press. He also has the privilege of being included in the books The New Montana Story,Tribute to OrpheusAmerica Zen and Seattle Noir. He has also co-edited the books Father Nature and X-Stories: The Personal Side of Fragile X Syndrome.

Jennifer Bullis, originally from Reno, Nevada, earned a PhD in English from the University of California-Davis and taught at Whatcom Community College for 14 years. Her poems appear in Iron Horse Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Cascadia Review, Comstock Review and Floating Bridge Review. Her poetry chapbook, Impossible Lessons, is due out in May from MoonPath Press.

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Photo of Cadiz by Nathaniel D. Peirson, a set lighting technician living in Wellington, New Zealand.
Thanks to Jennifer Bullis for the heavy lifting on this post.

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April 27, 2012

Conversations Across Borders reading April 28
Conversations Across Borders ~ Village Books ~ Saturday, April 28, 2012, 4:00pm.