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Call for Submissions

From now until October 31st, Superstition Review is accepting submissions of art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for Issue 8 to be published in early December. We are looking for innovative work that has not been previously published.

Please review Issues 1-7 to get an idea of our editorial preferences, but remember we have new staff members for each Issue who are interested in wide range of writing and art.

For information on submission guidelines go to http://superstitionreview.submishmash.com/Submit.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Trish

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Interview editor Britney Gulbrandsen is entering into her senior year at Arizona State University. She will graduate in December with a degree in Literature, Writing, and Film. This is her second semester working with Superstition Review, and she hopes her experience here will help her accomplish her dreams and goals of becoming a published writer. She is currently undergoing her last sweep of revisions on a set of short stories, poems, and an essay that she will hopefully send in to some literary magazines later this semester.

1. What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

My position with Superstition Review is Interview Editor. My responsibilities with this position are to choose writers I would like to interview, e-mail them and ask if they would agree to be interviewed, research them and read various works they have written, formulate well-informed interview questions, and correspond with the interviewees.

 

2. Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?

In the spring of 2010, I interviewed with Superstition Review for the first time as a nonfiction editor because I took a class with Patricia Murphy, the managing editor, the semester before. I really enjoyed working for the literary magazine, so I decided to try it out again.

 

3. How do you like to spend your free time?

I spend most of my free time playing with my new baby son. He was born on September 6, 2010 and keeps me very busy. I also enjoy cuddling up with my husband for movie date night, reading, writing, scrapbooking, crafting, skimming magazines, shopping, and game nights with friends and family.

 

4. What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?

I would love to try out the fiction editor position or the blogger position for Superstition Review.

 

5. Describe one of your favorite literary works.

This is the same answer I gave the last time I interned with Superstition Review, but one of my favorite literary works is the short essay “Why I Write” by Joan Didion. It really resonates with me. I find myself re-reading it over and over again. It gets me ready to write something new. It makes me want to conquer my writing fears, increase my confidence, and send something in to get published. I don’t know why this is, I simply know that I love it.

 

6. What are you currently reading?

Honestly, I’m currently only reading books that are required for my classes. I, sadly, don’t have much time for reading other than that right now. But I did finish Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert this past weekend.

 

7. Creatively, what are you currently working on?

I’m currently beginning my first memoir. Also, I have various short stories, poems, and an essay that I am finishing final revisions on so I can send them in to literary magazines and contests.

 

8. What inspires you?

Reading blogs. Different blogs inspire me for different reasons and in different ways. Some inspire me to write more or help me write better. Some inspire me to be a better wife, mother, friend, and person. Other blogs inspire me to get creative with crafts, décor for my house, gifts, and date night with my husband. And some simply inspire me to reach my full potential.

 

9. What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the fact that I didn’t decide to drop out of school when I had my baby. I’m determined to push through it, fifteen credit hours at a time, until I graduate in December.

 

10. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself as a published writer with three more kids, a few finished books, and hopefully my masters.

 

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On Friday February 25th at noon, author Heidi Durrow will be reading at Changing Hands Bookstore from her latest novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

Durrow’s first literary publication, “Light-skinned-ed Girl,” appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review Spring/Summer 2005. She is the co-host of the weekly award winning podcast Mixed Chicks Chat, which focuses on issues of being culturally and racially mixed. In 2008, she cofounded the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival.  The annual festival is free to the public and celebrates stories of the Mixed experience. This year’s Festival will be held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on June 11th and 12th.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is Durrow’s first novel. In 2008, she won the Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change for her novel.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the story of Rachel, a young biracial girl, who is the only survivor of her family after an accident on their Chicago rooftop. Rachel then moves in with her strict African American grandmother where her biracial identity gathers her a lot of attention. The novel explores the issue of race and identity and how they confine and define us.

For more information about Heidi Durrow, or to listen to her award winning podcast, you can visit her website here http://heidiwdurrow.com/.

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Our Section Editors continue to read submissions of Art, Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry until March 31st. You can submit at http://superstitionreview.submishmash.com/Submit.

Our Interview Editors have been very busy lately and have confirmed interviews with writer, blogger and book reviewer Maud Newton and poet and novelist Marge Piercy to appear in Issue 7. Maud Newton won the 2009 Narrative Prize for an excerpt from her novel titled “When the Flock Changed” that appeared in Narrative Magazine. She received the Irwin and Alica Stark Short Fiction Award from the City College of New York in 2004 and she won Second Prize in the Narrative Magazine Love Story Contest in 2008.

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen volumes of poems, fifteen novels and one play among many other writings. Her writings often deal with feminist or social concerns but her story’s settings are often varied. For example, her feminist/science fiction novel He, She and It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1991.

In the coming weeks Superstition Review staff is looking forward to Alison Hawthorne Deming’s reading at the Arizona State University Tempe campus on Wednesday, April 13th, at 7 PM.

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On Friday March 4th, at 7pm, author Yann Martel will be reading at Changing Hands Bookstore from his latest book Beatrice and Virgil.

Yann Martel is the author of The New York Times best selling book Life of Pi. In 2002, Martel was the recipient of the Mann Booker Prize for Life of Pi.  He was also shortlisted for the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was Winner of the 2001-2003 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

His new book, Beatrice and Virgil, is an allegorical tale of representations of the Holocaust. The book follows novelist Henry as he receives a script for a play. He traces the play back to a taxidermist who introduces him to the play’s protagonists, a donkey and a monkey, named Beatrice and Virgil.

For more information about Yann Martel you can visit his author page at http://www.randomhouse.ca/newface/martel.php.

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We are accepting submissions of Art, Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry until March 31st. You can submit at http://superstitionreview.submishmash.com/Submit.

Our Interview Editors have added authors John Grogan and Abigail Thomas to the list of author interviews to appear in Issue 7. John Grogan is the author of the 2005 memoir about his life changing experience with his dog, titled Marley and Me. In 2008, his book was turned in to a feature film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. His latest book, The Longest Trip Home, is a memoir of his childhood in 1960’s and 70’s Detroit.

Abigail Thomas is the author of A Three Dog Life, a memoir that chronicles her experiences rebuilding her life after her husband was left mentally disabled after a car accident. A Three Dog Life was selected as one of the Best Books of 2006 by the L.A. Times and the Washington Post.

In the coming weeks Superstition Review staff is looking forward to Alison Hawthorne Deming’s reading at the Arizona State University Tempe campus on Wednesday, April 13th, at 7 PM. The reading will be held in the Education Lecure Hall, EDC, room 117.

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Brandy Winchester is a senior at Arizona State University. She plans on graduating in May of 2012 with a Bachelor in English Literature as well as a Bachelor in Anthropology with a focus on culture. After her graduation she would like to attend a law school in Arizona. Her long term career goals consist of graduating from law school to then go onto practicing in family law; specializing in divorce cases. This is her second semester interning for Superstition Review.

1. What is your position with  Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

This semester my position is Art Editor which consists of finding and reviewing artists for our upcoming issue 7. After the review process I will be responsible for viewing and rating the art submissions and staying in contact with the artists.

2. Why did you decide to get involved with  Superstition Review ?

I decided to get involved with Superstition Review last semester as a way of exposing myself to the art of publication. After last semester I grew very fond of the program and decided to return for another issue.

3. How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy spending my free time outside as much as possible. I like to hike and experience new places. I’m a dreamer and can easily spend an entire “free” day planning new trips and adventures to conquer.

4. What other position(s) for  Superstition Review would you like to try out?

If I were to intern with Superstition Review for a third semester I would like to try out the submissions coordinator position because I think it would be a challenge and in the end I would walk away with a lot of good experience.

5. Describe one of your favorite literary works.

My favorite literary work is “Invisible Man” By Ralph Ellison. This piece is my favorite because it is a touching story that takes the reader through a trip “to the other side”. The issues presented in the book are raw but also life altering. It is a book for every reader.

6. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Mama Might Be Better Off Dead By Laurie Kaye. This novel addresses the health care issues that the United States has by putting it into perspective through an African-American family.

7. Creatively, what are you currently working on?

I am currently working on learning how to play the guitar. I had formal guitar lessons as a child but I never followed through with it. A few days ago I went and purchased a cheap guitar with the intent to pick it back up and this time actually follow through with it.

8. What inspires you?

People inspire me. I have always been a people watcher. I enjoy sitting and observing others. This is what inspires me to write because I strive to capture my visions.

9. What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of myself. I shock myself on a regular basis with the new things I try and that I accomplish. I try to never stop dreaming, and with that I plan to never stop doing.

10. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself with a B.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a J.D. in law. I will be practicing family law, specializing in divorce cases. And I hope that I am still living life to the fullest every day!

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