For all you procrastinators, today is the deadline for submissions to the Transformation issue. http://ur1.ca/18r
Qarrtsiluni News is now infiltrating the interwebs via Ping.fm. Tumblr, Twitter, Indenti.ca… where else should we be?
Qarrtsiluni contributor Matthew Hittinger’s chapbook Platos de Sal was accepted for publication by Seven Kitchens Press.
We appreciate the mention by Matthew Hittinger in an interview for the blog of the new lit mag Oranges & Sardines.
We’re now on Identi.ca: http://identi.ca/qarrtsiluni We strongly support open source software and a decentralized microblogging network. Plus, they’re from Montreal, where Beth lives.
Those author bios in literary magazines: what should go into them? A surprisingly passionate discussion from Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides community.
We congratulate qarrtsiluni contributor and past editor Fiona Robyn, who just signed a contract for three novels with independent UK publisher Snowbooks.
Two new additions to the qarrtsiluni links page: Terrain.org and Memoir(and).
We congratulate Kay Ryan (one of Dave’s favorite poets) on her appointment as Poet Laureate of the U.S. See http://snurl.com/30a3v
Lesson learned: always convert videos to MP4 format. The AVI we originally posted was 6.59MB. The MP4 is 1.81MB. Shouldn’t stick now.
Transformation begins. http://snurl.com/2zi02 We are reminded that it is the power of the image that makes a good metaphor great.
Ivy Alvarez on writing poetry for a theme: It was April-Spain at Fundación Valparaíso and the deadline was nearing and I thought, ‘Secret cities. What can I write about secret cities?’ So I proceeded to atomise the theme, break it apart into its smallest components and then try and bring it back together again.
We be podcasting. http://snurl.com/2y3g2
Also, we’re gathering our news tweets on a tumblelog now, due to Twitter’s unreliablity. http://qarrtsiluni.tumblr.com/ [That’s for the benefit of our followers on Twitter, obviously.] Of course, now that we’ve done that, Twitter has at long last fixed the link to the archives.
In case anyone is wondering why we now try to avoid linking to Amazon.com: http://snurl.com/2xf82 Open Library is a much better alternative.
Compiling the Notes on Contributors is a humbling experience. http://snurl.com/2xa9f Dave feels vaguely as if we’re perpetrating a fraud.
The founder of the literary magazine Ploughshares is the major force behind a new peace deal in Iraq: http://snurl.com/2u6u1
Is “Dancing Jellies” really only our second video? http://snurl.com/2u2lu We’d love more video submissions.
Our Twitter policy: if you follow us, we will follow you, unless you are an obvious spammer. (Spamming Twitter is SO pathetic!)
Re: transformation: “Inside every thin poet / is a fat poet trying to get out.” —Richard Shelton
The new theme: Transformation. http://snurl.com/2s58w