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Editor & Intern Literary News

Virginia Bell‘s poetry appeared in the Spring 2012 issues of Calyx and The Mom Egg.  Her first book, From the Belly, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in September 2012.

Jan Bottiglieri‘s poem “Migratory” was a finalist in Broad River Review’s Rash Poetry Contest, her story “Saint Mandy of the Short Stack”  won the Hubris Press Flash Fiction contest, and her chapbook “Hidden Constellation” was a finalist in the Bateau Press Boom Poetry Chapbook contest.  In September she placed second in the Chicago Poetry Pentathlon event. She read with Virginia Bell at the Northwest Cultural Council Artists Reception in Nov. 2011; as a featured reader at Cafe Ballou in Dec. 2011; with poets Larry Janowski, Tony Trigilio and Chris Green in Feb. 2012; at the Court Green release party in March 2012; and (with Ladan Osman) at Rhino Reads! in May 2012. In Dec. 2011 Jan led a NWCC workshop on “Exploring the Ghazal”, and she was a guest speaker at Palatine High School’s Writer Day event in May 2012. Her poems have appeared recently in Projector, Fall 2011; Harpur Palate, Fall 2011; Atticus Review, October 2011; Jet Fuel Review, Winter 2011; Apercus Quarterly, Winter 2011; Rattle, Winter 2011; Court Green, Spring 2012; and the anthology “Sunrise From Blue Thunder,” published by Pirene’s Fountain as a response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Helen Degen Cohen has a poem from her collection, Habry (The End of Snow) up at Mayday Magazine, another piece (“Because Songs Are Like Children”) from her novel The Edge of the Field, forthcoming, as well as a chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, called Neruda Nights, which placed Second in the Finishing Line Open Competition and whose pre-sale will begin on July 31st.  Habry was the featured book in the on-line Goodreads Book Club in March, and a lengthy discussion of a poem from that book, “It’s been centuries since my parents died” is up at goodreads.com.
She will be teaching a poetry workshop for the Northwest Cultural Council on August 11th.
Carol H. Eding has two poems forthcoming in the Northwest Cultural Council chapbook project, an outgrowth of the Second Saturday Workshops program.

David Jones published a reminiscence of his 30 years at the Chicago Reader in the pages of their 40th Anniversary issue, archived at chicagoreader.com.  He recently workshopped a short story through the MFA program at Northwestern University which he is preparing for publication.  And he is currently writing weekly posts for the senior community in the Connected Living Blog at blog.connectedliving.com.

Jacob Saenz currently has work featured in a short play entitled “Air” as part of LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s VisionFest. His poem, “Sweeping the States,” has been selected to be included in the forthcoming anthology “The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine.”
Andrea Witzke Slot’s first poetry collection, To find a new beauty, was published by Gold Wake Press in April 2012.  A poem from the book was featured on Verse Daily in early June and the book made the top ten in two bestselling “Hot New Release” lists on Amazon.  She gave readings at such places as Collin College, The University of Texas at Dallas, the Writer’s Garret, Rhino Reads, and Woman Made Gallery, and taught workshops at The Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest, the Rhino Poetry Forum, and the Northwest Cultural Council.

Intern Liz Teahan has accepted internships with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame as well as the Encyclopedia Show alongside her internship with RHINO and plans to study travel writing while abroad in Morocco next winter.
Angela Narciso Torres‘ recently published poems are available in the Baltimore Review (Winter 2012) , Cream City Review (Fall 2011) , YARN (April 2012) , and in the anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.  She has work forthcoming in Colorado Review (Fall 2012), Pebble Lake Review (Spring/Summer 2012), and in the anthology Another and Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. Her first book manuscript was shortlisted in the 2011 Philip Levine, Crab Orchard Open Series, and Brittingham/Pollak Poetry Prizes and is currently under publication consideration.
Valerie Wallace won the 2012 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Prize in Poetry and placed second for the Janice Farrel Poetry Prize. Recent poems include “Government Cheese” in Unsplendid, and “Jezebel” in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012);  Eleven eleven will publish 2 of her poems in their Issue 13.  In November she’ll present a curated reading at Woman Made Gallery called “Woman Made Occupied”.
Intern Sarah Weber has just completed both the poetry and playwriting sequences at Northwestern University, and has been selected as a teaching assistant for the introductory playwriting class in the fall. She is spending her summer interning for Allium Press as well as RHINO.
Many of the editors also participated at a reading for Ragdale Day in a partnership with the Ragdale Foundation.

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