Today’s post at Qarrtsiluni marks our first foray into original music. Access it from the home page and listen while you read.
We now have the ability to record authors by phone. And we’ve invested in Adobe Audition, which has superior noise reduction technology.
Qarrtsiluni co-editor Dave is now also the co-editor of Postal Poetry. Readers and contributors are needed! Please see the site for details on how to submit original artwork and poems.
The two latest posts at qarrtsiluni put us in mind of Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique, performed by robots: http://ur1.ca/2jl
We bid a sad farewell to the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, dead at 67. http://ur1.ca/27z
Qarrtsiluni surpassed 10,000 visitors in a month for the first time in July. Compared with other sites that use blog platforms, that’s only so-so, but it’s great for a literary magazine! And of course it doesn’t acccount for the many more regular readers who follow us on Bloglines, Google Reader, and other aggregators.
Another factor to keep in mind here is that blogs get much of their traffic as a result of hotlinking to other bloggers and leaving comments in other, more popular blogs; we do little of the former and none of the latter. So we’re very grateful to everyone who links or leaves comments with no expectation of reciprocity.
A qarrtsiluni reader tells us that his mushroom-head t-shirt was a big hit in Oaxaca, Mexico, where mushrooms are held in high esteem. It apparently elicited numerous smiles and comments from Indians and Ladinos alike.
We finally got around to adding something about simultaneous submissions to our guidelines, under “other notes”:
People sometimes ask us how we feel about simultaneous submissions. We feel that however you choose to submit your work is your own damn business, and we urge you to boycott any publications whose editors feel otherwise. Simultaneous submissions are always O.K., and you don’t have to inform us (unless of course a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere before we get back to you).
The Transformation issue received 164 submissions—a new record. We are humbled by the continued interest and by the high quality of submitted work.