Expat Berlin: Literary News for February

2nd February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Get the latest information on new publications, calls for submissions and more.


NPR Radio launches BERLIN STORIES - a new literary radio series for NPR Berlin (104.1FM) created by Anna Winger. Short pieces about the city, written by writers from all over the world, will be aired twice daily. For regular podcasts, easy listening and more, please visit www.berlinstories.org



Berlin-based poet Catherine Hales has new poems and new translations of Norbert Hummelt online at http://www.greatworks.org.uk.

Congratulations to Berlin-based UK poet Alistair Noon, on the publication of,
“At the Emptying of Dustbins” at Oystercatcher Press:
“Oystercatcher Press is delighted to announce the publication of Alistair Noon's first book of poetry,  At the Emptying of Dustbins. This attractively designed chapbook is now available from the Norfolk-based press which specializes in contemporary, cutting-edge poetry.
Alistair Noon's writing is characterized by a worldly intelligence, striking verbal dexterity and a technical accomplishment by no means common in today's poetry world. He is a writer to keep an eye on over the next few years.”
At the Emptying of Dustbins is available from Oystercatcher Press for £4, inclusive of UK postage. Readers from outside the U.K. can order by PayPal, if preferred, through the publisher's website. Orders to Europe costs £4.50, whilst orders from outside Europe will cost £5.00 to cover postage.                           


New book out by Hamburg-based Australian author Campbell Jeffries:

The book can be purchased online and ordered via most bookstores. Here's the blurb from the back cover: Did the Australian government really bring known Nazi party members to Australia and protected them until their deaths? Having survived the horrors of the Eastern Front, Peter Fischer leaves post-war Germany behind and moves to Australia. 40 years later, Eric Messer is struggling to find his place at a new high school south of Perth. The two meet just before the Gulf War, sparking a strange friendship tainted by mistrust and half-truths, and complicated by a mysterious and overly friendly Austrian named Baum. Of Germany descent himself, Eric becomes fascinated by the men and the stories they tell. Are they possibly wanted Nazi war criminals?


Chris Whitely, who also lives in Berlin, has 3 new poems online at http://www.abctales.com/user/chris-whitley.




Calling US Expats: This interesting announcement from the organizers of the Alchemy performance night in Prague (www.alchemy-prague.com):

“Monday, February 2nd (Groundhog's Day), poet David E. Oprava will be our featured guest at Alchemy. In conjunction with his reading, David is also conducting a PhD project. Here is his announcement:

PhD Project: America in Expatria
The aim of this project is to create fifty individual poems that will represent each of the American states. In so doing, it is my hope to distill a unique and informed essence of what it means to be America, and ultimately, what America is in terms of a home, a nation, a state, an ideal, and a reality.

For details on how you can help, visit http://www.davidoprava.com/id42.html


“Today I'm writing to you to interest you in one of the projects I’ve been working for since December. It's a new bimonthly magazine called "Spreebllitz", strictly in German, but for our artists/culture page, we are looking for painters, photographers and writers who would like to see their work published in this magazine for Berlin's historical center.

The December issue is available online: www.spreeblitz.de/
The print circulation is 10.000.
Writers should submit their work bilingual, with German translation. All works should be about issues concerning Berlin-Mitte, artist living in Mitte are also very welcome.
Please send texts, photos, paintings to: redaktion@spreeblitz.de. - marked
‘culture and artists,
c/o amanda sabine strauch’
For the coming issue they are also looking for ads, at very competitive prices.


The Bear is a PDF-only fortnightly newsletter distributed via email by an anonymous consortium of disaffected comedians, intellectuals, and rakes. The Bear seeks contributors, but on a strict "crazed genius-only" basis. Please email theberlinbear@googlemail.com for a subscription or other inquiries.


The Prague Revue is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, drama and critical non-fiction for Issue 9, due out in May. Send submissions or queries to stephan@thepraguerevue.com



Litmus Press is currently holding an open reading period to select manuscripts of poetry for publication in 2010-11. Manuscripts must be postmarked by February 15, 2009 to be considered.

We are interested in unpublished book-length manuscripts (60 pages or more) of innovative poetry or cross-genre works written in English. We will consider works written in English by non-U.S. authors in this series but works in translation are subject to our Translation Series guidelines ( here). Before submitting your manuscript, please familiarize yourself with our previous titles for a sense of the range of work we publish.

Please send 2 copies of your manuscript, an acknowledgments page (if applicable), and a cover letter including your name, the title of your manuscript, your address, phone number, and email to:

Litmus Press
Poetry Series
P.O. Box 25526
Brooklyn, NY 11202-5526

We regret that we cannot return your manuscript, so please do not send your only copy. Manuscripts will be recycled at the end of our reading period. Publication decisions will be announced Spring 2009.

We do NOT accept submissions via email at this time.

Please feel free to forward this call. 



“A creative writing course is being put together for persons interested in writing short or long fiction, poetry, plays, biographies or narrative non-fiction. This will be a workshop format modeled after those in US universities. Each meeting we'll discuss a work-in-progress, trying to make it better and learn and be inspired in the process. The atmosphere is casual, friendly, supportive and serious. Participants may range from beginning to published writers. The cost is 10€ per meeting. If you're interested in joining or would like more information, please give me a call. I'd like to start this the week of Tuesday, Feb. 19.” Charles Clawson 420 970 58 / 0163-5272213


“If you are into poetry, song texts, writing a novel or short stories and wish to present your work to an interested crowd - midnight poetry is the right place for you to be! please send your application to kat via mail (kat@midnight-poetry.net). you will find more details about our concept at the website www.midnight-poetry.net."


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