Athena Magazine

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Ibtisam Barakat reads at World Poetry Conference in Venezuela August 22, 2009

This poem is from my friend and writer Ibtisam Barakat:

Dear Friends,

The poem Palestine that I opened with at the World Poetry Conference in Venezuela last month was in Arabic and Spanish. Today I recorded it in English and you can find it on You Tube. Have a look and have a wonderful day.

Ibtisam.

Palestine poem in English:

Palestine poem Arabic and Spanish:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKa1ZBacug

 

Is there a manuscript up there on your shelf? August 5, 2009

typewriterAnderbo.com wants to post ONE unpublished entire novel by Dec.1/09 for at least the following 6 months. Send the FIRST 30 PAGES (10,000 words) of your e-manuscript and within 60 days you’ll hear if Anderbo wants to see more. NO READING FEE; all literary rights remain with the author. No submissions after Sept.1. Anderbo will pay $300 to the author upon winning novel’s posting. http://www.anderbo.com/guidelines.html

 

West 116th Street July 31, 2009

If only all thesis projects could be this fun. Here is a blog by a woman who works at Columbia and is also getting her doctorate there. Very funny for academia.

Read the W. 116th Street blog.

Very funny post on cable TV. I’ve been there. They just won’t let go.

Irina’s new blog.

 

Special $12 price for Mother the Play July 21, 2009

motherThere’s a Facebook special ticket price of $12 for friends of Mother the Play!

Use promo code FBOOK12 when purchasing tickets online at http://www.mothertheplay.com. The space for the promo code is at the lower-right corner under the seating diagram.

See you at the show!

 

Dear Frank McCourt has passed, 1930-2009 July 20, 2009

20mccourt.xlarge2Along with Dostoyevsky and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this is one of my favorite passages of all time. From Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes:

“When I look back on my childhood, I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: The happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.

“People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty; the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests; bullying schoolmasters; the English and all the terrible things they did to us for 800 long years.”

Read more about Frank McCourt’s life here.

Another great link to Frank McCourt.

And a Facebook note.

 

Writing Dangerously: The Hinge Manual July 18, 2009

omegaCheck out this free writing manual, below, called the “Hinge Manual,” from the editor of Omega. Not sure what “Hinge Theory” is exactly, but it has some very ’60s echoes on exploring creativity:

This notice is to offer you a gratis copy—free of charge—of the “Hinge Manual” on PDF via e-mail. What is the function of a Hinge Manual, you might ask. It’s a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary new genre of poetics termed “Hinge Theory,” which is just now beginning to ignite a river of inspirational fire and a storm of controversy in the world of literature, music, and art.

To receive your free copy (on PDF) of the Hinge Manual, e-mail your request to Michael Annis at WritingDangerously@howlingdogpress.com.

Visit Omega’s online literary journal site here.

Visit Omega’s FB page here.

 

Presenting Mitzi TV July 12, 2009

If there’s one blog I like to read consistently, it’s the saucy author Mitzi Szereto’s. Here, Mitzi steps in to the third dimension with her new Mitzi TV and ventures into Central London to meet up with the Westminster Morris Men, a team of Morris Dancers who do a lot more than shake their booty. This London expat lass is bawdy funny. Visit her blog here or view on YouTube below. Join Mitzi’s Facebook fan page here.