versal7cover_large1It has been awhile, but Amsterdam’s beautifully designed English-language lit mag Versal is finally back with issue 7, including new work from Emily Carr, Peter Shippy, Mary Miller, and others. They have also added some talented new editors to the mix:

Jennifer K. Dick, the author of Fluorescence (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2004) and Enclosures (Blazevox, 2007), joins the poetry team, along with Matthew Sadler, whose first chapbook is to be published with Flying Guillotine Press in Brooklyn. BJ Hollars is the newest member of the fiction team. He edited the recently released anthology You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside The Story from Writer’s Digest Books. Finally, Shayna Schapp is Versal’s new assistant art editor. She teaches at the Interactive / Media / Design department at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
The latest edition of Five Dials, issue 8, is now free online. Sort of the Paris issue. Work from Camus, Sontag, Bedford, Updike, Capote, and others writing on the shining city.
A Public Space contributor Naomi J. Williams writes about “Historical Fictions and Fictional Histories” on the magazine’s blog. Here’s an excerpt:
“Everyone likes a shipwreck story. I’m certainly not the first writer to be drawn to the La Pérouse expedition, an ill-fated voyage of exploration that left France in 1785 with two frigates under the command of Jean-François de Galaup de La Pérouse, and disappeared three years later in the South Pacific. Part of the early mystique of the La Pérouse story, of course, was that for almost forty years no one knew what had become of the expedition. It’s always a boon to fictionalizers when people disappear into thin air.”
And after a bit of a run-around from Apple’s iPhone app people, the Keyhole iPhone app is finally here. What’s more it is free and offers all of Keyhole‘s site content, podcasts, and the first 4 issues of the print journal, and probably more soon.
lila300Guernica publishes on “The Wise Latina“—an interview with Lila Downs (pictured at right): “I think that that album is mainly about crying, about something very painful, about not having what you want; I guess we all come across something like that in our life.”
The people at Electric Literature are doing yet another thing: The Soapbox Reading Series, Washington Square Park, October 12 & 20.
Oxford University Press releases its first volume of a three-volume series on the Modernist literary magazine. Stefan Collini reviews the first installment, The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Britain and Ireland 1880–1955, for the Times Literary Supplement: “One of the most fascinating themes to emerge is the repetitiveness of the terms in which the target readerships were imagined.”
In the October issue of Poetry, Dean Young says “To Those of You Alive in the Future“:
who somehow have found a sip of water,
on this day in the past four syndicated
series involving communication with the dead
were televised and in this way we resembled
our own ghosts in a world made brief with flowers.
Nicholas Laughlin and friends have begun Town, a new lit mag based in Trinidad.
Every Tuesday, Travis Kurowski presents Luna Digesta selection of news from the world of literary magazines. Travis is the editor of Luna Park, a magazine founded on the idea that journals are as deserving of critical attention as other artistic works.

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