Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Trafika Europe event April 8 in New York City

Four translators present and discuss their latest work in an evening dedicated to helping Trafika Europe Radio get on the air:
Katrine Øgaard  Jensen (Editor in Chief, Columbia Journal) translates poems from Danish by Theis Ørntoft.

Alex Zucker (Co-Chair, PEN Translation Committee) reads from Love Letter in Cuneiform, his translation from Czech of Tomáš Zmeškal’s first novel.
Jennifer Zoble (Founding Editor of InTranslation) reads and discusses her translation of the new memoir by acclaimed and colorful Bosnian writer Miljenko Jergović.
Visiting Armenian poet Marine Petrossian will perform and discuss her own translations from Armenian of her latest poetry.
Trafika Europe Director Andrew Singer will be on hand to host this event, and tell you all about Trafika Europe Radio - Europe's literary radio station! This is real community radio for literature from across the whole continent - the 47 countries of Council of Europe

Word Up Community Bookshop
April 8, 2015, 7–9pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
(at the corner of 165th Street)
New York, NY 10032
$10 suggested donation—though no one will be turned away.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Execution of Charles I

Painting of the execution of Charles I at Whitehall in 1649 after a long and bitter civil war. Artist unknown. National Galleries of Scotland.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Andrew Singer reviews Emanations: Foray into Forever

In the latest edition of World Literature Today poet Andrew Singer writes on Emanations: Foray into Forever. 
Emanations: Foray into Forever is a refreshingly focused collection—focused by staking out a particular frequency of literature to explore. This hefty volume is the fourth in the Emanations series, which seems to be groping toward a renewed, internationalized avant-garde. Series editor Carter Kaplan has assembled fine offerings, and what unifies the whole is the specific range of experiment it hosts—now slyly unruly, now intellectual, now delighted. This is an expression of the range of Kaplan himself, in the (correct) assessment that others of us will enjoy being invited along.
Read the rest of the review by clicking HERE.

Emanations: Foray into Forever is available through Amazon by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Professor Hodges and the art of academic productivity

My friend and International Authors colleague, Horace Jeffery Hodges has put together an impressive list of recent publications, appearing today in his blog Gypsy Scholar.
2015 "The Uncanny Story," Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5, Edited by Carter Kaplan (Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2015) (Forthcoming). 
2015 "Milton's Astronomy and the Seasons of Paradise: Queries Motivated by Alastair Fowler's Views," Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, Vol. 24, Number 1 (2014/2015), 88-104. 
2014 "Horace Jeffery Hodges (poems)," Emanations: Foray into Forever, Edited by Carter Kaplan (Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2014), 263-266. 
2014 "Literature and National Community: The United States and the Case of Stephen Vincent Benét" (Invited Speaker), Proceedings of the Byeng-ju Lee International Literary Festival 2014 (Hadong-Gun: Byeng-ju Lee Memorial Society, Fall 2014). 
2014 "The Mis-Education of Horace Hodges" (Invited Speaker), Proceedings: Storytelling – Trauma, Healing, and Pedagogy (Seoul: Research Institute for Storytelling at Chung-Ang University, Fall 2014).
2014 Shin Chae-ho, Dream Sky, translated by Hwang Sun-Ae and Horace Jeffery Hodges (Seoul: Literature Translation Institute of Korea, Fall 2014). 
2014 Yang Geon-sik, Sad Contradiction, translated by Hwang Sun-Ae and Horace Jeffery Hodges (Seoul: Literature Translation Institute of Korea, Fall 2014). 
2014 "True Translation?" (Keynote Speech), The Role of Translators and Literary Agents in Globalizing Korean Literature, The 13th International Workshop for Translation and publication of Korean Literature, June 20, 2014 (Seoul: Literature Translation Institute of Korea, 2014).
I am in the process of copy-editing Jeffery's new novella The Uncanny Story for publication in the 2015 volume of Emanations, and the quality of his work (wonderful and outstanding, as usual) moves me to recommend a recent review of his first novella, The Bottomless Bottle of Beer.  The review, which appears on Amazon, can also be viewed HERE.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Helen of Troy" by Terrance Lindall

Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
Her lips suck forth my soul: see where it flies!
Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips,
And all is dross that is not Helena.

I will be Paris, and for love of thee,
Instead of Troy, shall Wittenberg be sack'd;
And I will combat with weak Menelaus,
And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;
Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
And then return to Helen for a kiss.
O, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;
Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter
When he appear'd to hapless Semele;
More lovely than the monarch of the sky
In wanton Arethusa's azur'd arms;
And none but thou shalt be my paramour!

                                                 -- Christopher Marlowe
Read more about artist and philosopher Terrance Lindall by clicking HERE.

And be sure to view the images of Terrance on the set of the film Surrealmageddon, click HERE.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Trafika Europe 3: Latvian Sojourn

Trafika Europe 3: Latvian Sojourn is now available. There’s a sampling of six contemporary Latvian writers, plus new Saami and Croatian poetry, fiction from Bulgaria, and something from the Greek avant-garde. Also featured are art photographs taken in and around Riga.

Please click HERE to visit the Trafika Europe website and gain free access to this new on-line issue.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On-Line Space Weather Data and Solar Observatory

Please click HERE to visit the SolarHam website for real-time streaming space weather data and multi-spectrum solar imagery.  Sources include:

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC),  
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO),  
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO),  
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO),  
Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE),  
Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph Experiment (LASCO).

Additional solar analysis available here:  Nous sommes du soliel

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fantasy Worlds

A description of the Fantasy Worlds anthology has been added to the International Authors website. Please click HERE.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Custom Amplifier Construction in Minneapolis

When he isn't teaching culture studies or writing poetry and fiction for Emanations, Dr. Jeffrey Falla runs ToneTron Amplifiers, a manufacturer of custom hand-built guitar tube amplifiers. Please click HERE to visit the ToneTron website. Be sure to click "More" and "About" in the drop down menu across the top to read Dr. Falla's gloss on International Authors and Emanations.

These days I am happy playing acoustic guitar and piano, but if I decided to play electric or pursue recording projects I would acquire one (or more) of these high-quality systems.  As the website shows, these are exceptional pieces of equipment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Underground Publishing in Manchester

The Butterworth exhibition is leading to the production of a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the history of alternative publishing in Manchester, England.

Read more about the film by clicking HERE.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On-Line Galactic Center Monitoring Laboratory

Energetic particle outflows from the galactic center

Please click HERE to visit the Swift monitoring campaign of the Galactic center.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Professor Hodges, Looking Dyspotic

A recent photograph taken by our Asian correspondent reveals Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges enjoying a bit of R & R in the family rumpus room deep in the sub-sub-basement of his secret subterranean headquarters... But what is the portent of that wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command?  Does he ponder his latest political intrigue?  Is he about to issue an imperial edict?  Waiting for news that an old enemy has been beheaded?  Or is he simply bracing himself for another lively performance by his favorite concubine dance ensemble, "Hodges' Angels"?

In any event, next December Jeffery's getting some iron shoes.  While sometimes hard to please,  when it comes to the essentials Christmas shopping for despots is always a snap.

Please click HERE to stay in touch with all things Hodgesian.

A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Multilateral View

PML: What does it mean to adopt a Renaissance attitude?

DR: Tasso’s message is not specifically different from the message of the other great Renaissance writers and/or poets and/or artists. To make it as brief as possible, it would mean to pass from unilateral thinking (see the Enlightenment: “We are the light. Everything before us, or different from us, is darkness”) to a multilateral view. Since the universe, or even society, surpasses our faculties infinitely, we always need at least two opposite keys in order to approach it, and assume that both / all of them are significant.

To read Philip Murray-Lawson's interview with Dario Rivarossa, please click HERE.

Philip and Dario

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Trafika Europe Radio

Highbrow readers are already familiar with the Trafika Europe online literary journal.  The project has advanced to a new stage as Radio Trafika Europe, a streaming online program dedicated to the discussion and performance of literature. Please click HERE for more details.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Emanations V: The Deadline Approaches

International Authors and the editors of Emanations are happy to announce a Call for Submissions:

Emanations: V

Emanations is an anthology series featuring fiction, poetry, essays, manifestos and reviews. The emphasis is on alternative narrative structures, new epistemologies, peculiar settings, esoteric themes, sharp breaks from reality, ecstatic revelations, and vivid and abundant hallucinations.

The editors are interested in recognizable genres—science fiction, fantasy, horror, political dystopia, satire, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism--but the idea is to make something new, and along these lines the illusion of something new can be just as important. If a story or poem makes someone say, "Yes, but what is it?" then it's right for Emanations. Essays should be exuberant, daring, and free of pedantry. Length is a consideration in making publication decisions, but in keeping with the spirit of the project contributors should consider length to be “open.”

Our editorial vision is evolving. Contributors should see themselves as actively shaping the "vision" of Emanations.

Send files with brief cover note to Carter Kaplan:

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Contributors should place their name in the subject heading, 
and they should include their name and contact information in the submitted file.

Emanations is a not-for-profit literary project and contributors cannot be compensated at this time. All proceeds from the sale of Emanations will support the efforts of International Authors to publish new voices from around the world. Contributors receive a copy upon publication.

Please post questions, suggestions and ideas. The project is a collaborative effort, and as we share ideas the "vision" transforms, evolves, and grows. When we write stories and poems we hope to bring to bear the entire battery of modern and postmodern literary devices. More simply: we like good, strong writing. Our essays are incisive, precise, keen, challenging, and driven by the writer's desire to advance an intelligent audience's understanding of important subjects.

The Fine Print:

1) Submit files as follows: double space, Microsoft Word, Times New Roman size #11.  Set Tabs for .2" and set spacing at 15. Use smart quotes. This will help reduce the workload as the editors format book for publication.

2) No simultaneous submissions (contributors should get fairly quick feedback anyway, especially if their submission meets our needs). Material that is obviously pulled from a file and has nothing to do with the goals of the anthology won't get any feedback beyond the initial acknowledgement.

3) Word count/line count? See details above. We're flexible, but contributors should be sensible when considering what they send in. A novella? Well, maybe, and so on.... Rules of thumb: a) Stories: very short to 20-30 pages. b) Poems: send in 5-10 pages. c) Essays: 5-10-30 pages.

4) Published as hard copy only—Emanations will be available on Amazon. Participants who make a substantial contribution of material, editorial work, or art will get a copy. It can take some time to get copies to contributors outside of North America. In the case of our first anthology, for example, it took forty-five days to get a copy to a contributor in to Nepal.

5) In the past, International Authors has made it possible for contributors to purchases copies “at cost” using coupon codes, and so on. International Authors is a consortium, and as such every contributor is a “member” or our community, and contributors are encouraged to help promote the anthology by sending review copies to newspapers, journals and relevant Web sites.

6) Copyright "reverts" to contributors upon publication. That is, after a piece appears in Emanations, the contributor can seek to publish their piece elsewhere. Contributors should understand that Emanations will remain for sale on Amazon indefinitely. All materials appearing in Emanations are under the exclusive copyright of the contributing writers and artists.

7) Note to poets: Please do not send poems as individual files. All poetry submissions should be sent as a SINGLE MircosoftWord file formatted in Times New Roman, size 11.  Please submit three to ten pages.

Published By International Authors
Board of Editorial Advisors

Ruud Antonius, Netherlands/UK/Spain
Steve Aylett, UK
Joolz Barry, UK
Holly Baumgartner, US
Cedric Cester, Spain
Horace Jeffery Hodges, South Korea
Sushma Joshi, Nepal
Devashish Makhija, India
Aziz Mustafa, Kosovo
Michael Moorcock, US/UK
Elkie Riches, UK
Stephen Sylvester, US