Hunger Mountain feat. Rita Banerjee’s essay “Birth of Cool” now available for order & at AWP 2019!

Hunger Mountain‘s new issue on Silence & Power is now available for preorder, and will be debuting at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon.  Celebrate 2019 by resolving to read more lit journals, like Hunger Mountain!  Issue 23 of Hunger Mountain features Rita Banerjee’s new essay “Birth of Cool.” 

This issue’s theme is sure to make you want to lean in and listen closely. Our guest editors—Natalie Scenters-Zapico, James Scott, and Yamile S. Méndez—have chosen amazing pieces for you, including new poetry by Paul Tran, W. Todd Kaneko, & Rosebud Ben-Oni, prose by Michael Martone, Tiphanie Yanique, Rita Banerjee, & much more.

Hunger Mountain editors Erin Stalcup, Miciah Bay Gault, and Cameron Finch will signing copies of the new magazine and meeting with writers at AWP Booths 5021 and 5023 at AWP 2019 in Portland, OR from 1-2 pm on Friday, March 29.  Stop by Booths 5021 and 5023 to pick up your copy of Hunger Mountain this week!  So preorder the magazine or get a copy of Hunger Mountain at AWP 2019!!!

PREORDER NOW AND REDEEM HUNGER MOUNTAIN’S SPECIAL OFFER!

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Greg Bem reviews CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing in Rain Taxi

In the Spring 2019 issue of Rain Taxi, Seattle writer Greg Bem reviews Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai’s CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018).  In the review, Bem writes:

The relationship between the writer and their practice is ongoing, and this collection feels like a generous gift to those who already write, those who may be dabbling, and those who may be completely stuck in either newness or crisis. In CREDO, this relationship the individual has with their act is explored via three different forms of writing-on-writing: manifestos, statements on craft, and writing exercises. Each section in the anthology contains contributions from different writers, fifty in all, who are connected to one another via the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, an ongoing project which serves to “create a global network of creative writers, artists, and intellectuals who actively bridge their private aesthetic philosophies with their public forms of art.” The spread is, to some degree, diverse; the writers come from different styles and backgrounds and identities, and we see intricate and personal relationships between the writers and their works through the book’s three sections.

To read the full review, visit Rain Taxi here.

Dena Moes’s new memoir “The Buddha Sat Right Here” now available for pre-order!

Dena Moes’s exciting new memoir is now available for pre-order

Dena Moes is a Hollywood-born, Yale-educated midwife with a BA in literature and an MS in Nursing. Dena and her family live in Chico California but leave town each summer to attend Rainbow Gatherings and Burning Man, and tour the West Coast festival circuit as the Moes Family Band. They always come home in time for school to start – except in 2014, when they set off for India and Nepal. The Buddha Sat Right Here is Dena’s first book.  On the memoir, Rita Banerjee writes:

“The Buddha Sat Right Here redefines what memoirs can be.  Moes spins a great tale of family, adventure, human connection, and generosity.”

Rita Banerjee judges the 2019 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship at Vermont’s PBS Studios

PrintRita Banerjee will serve as a judge for the 2019 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship.   The Poetry Out Loud Championship will take place on Monday, March 18 from 5-7 pm EST at Vermont’s PBS Studios and will be broadcast on PBS and live-streamed online here: https://www.facebook.com/VermontPoetryOutLoud/

More than 5,000 high school students have participated in Poetry Out Loud in Vermont this year.  During the March 18 Poetry Out Loud Championship, judges will review the performances of the 10 finalists, and choose three top-scoring student poets. Two of those students will receive cash prizes and poetry books for their school library. One of those students will move forward to a national competition in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to State Champion Vera Escaja-Heiss & Runner-Up Sam Bulpin!!!

Disobedient Futures Anthology – Open for Submissions

Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai will be editing Disobedient Futures, a new speculative literature and art anthology by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, which is now open for submissions until February 14, 2019!

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed-genre work, plays, and screenplays on the topic of “Disobedient Futures” for our new speculative literature anthology. Writers are encouraged to imagine what the future cultures of America and the world might look like, and submit their work on the following topics:

Disobedient Women: How might women, feminists, female-identifying, and/or non-binary individuals disobey and reconfigure our understandings of power and femininity and masculinity in the future?

Disobedient Tribes: What if Americans found a way to subvert racial categories and challenge tribalism and cultures of fear? How might tribes disobey the rules of the game and create new types of community identities and cultural bridges?

Disobedient Class: Could Americans in the future overcome systems of class oppression and capitalist gluttony? How might individuals in the future subvert class hierarchies?

Disobedient Futures: Tell us what the future cultures of America and the world have in store. How might the emerging generations of today and tomorrow reconfigure today’s value systems, challenge today’s modes of violence, oppression, and power, and create new visions of society? Give us your best speculative writing which explores the possibilities and disruptions of disobedient futures.

Writers are welcome to submit utopian, dystopian, parallel history, futuristic, alternative reality, speculative essay, and even purely speculative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and theatre. Optimistic and pessimistic tales of the future are welcome in equal measure, but gratuitous violence and discrimination are not. Poetry submissions should be 3-5 pages in length. Prose submissions can be 10-20 pages in length.  Excerpts from longer works with synopses are welcome. Visual art related to these categories of Disobedient Futures is also welcome.  Submit your retelling of the future today!

Submit your work at cww.submittable.com
Deadline: February 14, 2019

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) feat. on Soundcloud

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi poem, “एक रात में” (“Ek Rāt Meṃ,” “One Night”) is now available for streaming through Tahoma Literary Review‘s Soundcloud.  You can listen to the original Hindi and English translation of the poem here.  A copy of the Hindi poem follows below:

एक रात में

मैंने एक रात बािरश के हाज़ार नाच सुने
चूड़ी की तरह आकाश टुकड़े टुकड़े हो गया
गली के आइने में पृथ्वी उलटी लगी
पानी के िहलने से सब दुिनया बदलने लगी
और मेरी तस्वीर भी दूसरी हो गई
चारों तरफ़ आकाश के नाच में
असली दुिनया नक़ली लगने लगी
और पानी के एक एक टुकड़े में
चाँद हँस रहा था।

Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) is featured in Issue 13 (December 2018) of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can order a copy of Issue 13 of The Tahoma Literary in print or on Kindle.

Rita Banerjee will judge the 2019 Spider Road Press Flash Fiction Prize

Rita Banerjee will judge the 2019 Spider Roard Press Flash Fiction Prize.  Spider Road Press is proud to sponsor the annual Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize to recognize unpublished flash fiction featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist! Entries to the 2019 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize will be accepted from February 17, 2019 to May 17, 2019. The contest is open to writers of all genders.  Writers can begin submitting their Flash Fiction entries to the contest on February 17 at: https://spiderroadpress.submittable.com/submit

About the Judge:

Rita Banerjee is the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  As a writer, she is the co-editor (with Diana Norma Szokolyai) of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018), and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, March 2018), which was named one of Book Riot’s “Must-Read Poetic Voices of Split This Rock 2018”, was nominated for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was selected by Finishing Line Press as their 2018 nominee for the National Book Award in Poetry.  Banerjee is also the author of the novella “A Night with Kali” in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press, 2016), and the poetry chapbook Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010).  As a filmmaker, she is the co-writer and co-director (with David Shields) of Burning Down the Louvre (April 2019), a documentary film about race, intimacy, and tribalism in the United States and in France.  Her work appears in Poets & Writers, Nat. Brut., Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere.  Her writing is represented by literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Jamie Chambliss of Folio Literary Management.