Wilderness Interface Zone seeks submissions

A Motley Vision’s sister blog Wilderness Interface Zone seeks submissions of poetry, prose, fiction”“any of the kinds of nature writing listed in its submission guidelines.  If you’re interested in submitting work, please glance at our About page, too.  Photographs that take  nature as subject matter are also welcomed.  WIZ finds especially interesting works that illustrate creative, productive human relationships with the natural world (and vice versa).  Mormon nature writers and non-Mormon nature writers alike are encouraged to submit work.  So if you have literary nature or science writing looking for room to roam, please consider sending it our way.

Please submit your nature poetry, prose, or pix to wilderness@motleyvision.org or pk.wizadmin@gmail.com.  Please allow two weeks for response.

WIZ kids: Call for nature writing by children

AMV’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone is on the search for an endangered species: children who spend time in nature and are willing to write about it.

Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods makes the case that a beautiful, ages old relationship is on the rocks: children and nature have fallen out of love.  Say it isn’t so.  There must be some kids still getting out there, developing lightning-fast reflexes from chasing lizards, solving the whole-body puzzle of climbing a tree, honing their future driving skills by walking on logs across creeks, etc.

It’s in the hope that nature children still exist somewhere that Wilderness Interface Zone is issuing a call for nature poems and short essays written by children.  The works may address any aspect of nature and the child’s relationship to it.  Poems should be 50 lines or under and essays 150-1000 words.  If you have a budding nature photojournalist in your family, we’ll consider posting his or her photos.  Children ages 6-18 are invited to submit work to pk.wizadmin@gmail.com from July 6, 2010 to July 31, 2010.  Depending on how many submissions we get, we’ll post them in batches off and on July-August.  Parents and kids: Please review submission guidelines here before submitting.

A bunch of links: post-July 4th edition

It’s time to highlight some things that have come across my transom lately with a heavy slant towards those associated with AMV in some capacity or another.

LDS Cinema Online and the new Prop. 8 documentary

Kevin has posted an in-depth review of “8: The Mormon Proposition” that actually finds a few things to like among all the preaching to the choir.

Earth day musings from Patricia

And they’re not quite what you think they would be. But you still get the fantastic writing and insightful commentaries on how we use language and relate to difference and the natural world that one has come to expect from Patricia.

Jonathan Langford at King’s English July 13

Jonathan will be reading from his novel No Going Back at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, as part of the King’s English Bookstore’s local author showcase. The bookstore is located at 1511 South 1500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105.

Mormon criticism of a non-LDS film

Theric recently sent to me this link to a column by Davey Morrison that does a Mormon reading of “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Davey summarizes the field of Mormon criticism and then takes the approach that “Mormon film is any film as seen by a Mormon” and attempts to prove it. The result is quite interesting.

Zarahemla Books new releases two-fer

Hopefully you’ve already read my interview with Stephen Carter about his new collection of personal essays. But that’s not the only Zarahemla Books summer title. Chris has also published a collection of short stories by Darin Cozzens. Currently you can (35% savings off of the cover price).

Ask Mormon Girl on the Great Mormon Novel

Joanna Brooks takes on the whole Great Mormon Novel question. Note that the discussion takes place both at Mormon Matters and the Ask Mormon Girl blog. See Wm get all snippy and whiny! See the same attitudes play out all over again! But anyway, Joanna makes a great point about how the discussion often ignores female authors (although, you know, the Shakespeares and Miltons come up with Whitney for a specific reason, which I’ve already discussed. Short answer: they are the founding geniuses of English language literature. When authors to emulate gets brought up in all seriousness it’s almost always Chaim Potok and Flannery O’Connor. And as I mention, many of the most celebrated and widely read authors of Mormon-themed literary fiction are Margaret Young and Angela Hallstrom. But I digress) and makes the claim for Terry Tempest Williams.

Vote for WIZ’s Spring Poetry Runoff Popular Vote Award

Over at AMV’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone, our nearly six-week flood of verse has finished.  The last poems have posted, and voting to decide which one wins the Spring Poetry Runoff Popular Vote Award begins today, Monday, May 3rd,  and runs through Friday, May 7th.  Poets, please come vote, and let your friends and family members know about the voting, too.  Everyone is invited to participate in choosing the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest Popular Vote Award winner.

I’d like the thank all the gracious poets who contributed to the Spring Poetry Runoff not only for participating beautifully but also for exceeding my expectations for the number of poems submitted.    There really was a great turnout of celebrants and a good show of high-quality poetry.

The poll to determine the winner of the Spring Poetry Runoff Popular Poem Award will close Friday. May 7, but winners of both the popular vote and the Admin Award will be announced Monday, May 10th.   So keep an eye on WIZ to see how matters settle out.  Also, clean off your reading glasses.  Twenty-one poems qualified for the voting, any one of which can cause you to linger.   Another matter to consider: Each voter can vote for his or her three favorite poems!  Instructions on how to access each poem are available in the post–please read instructions there carefully.

To vote, click here.

The winner of the Popular Vote Award and the winner of the Admin Award will receive as prize his or her choice of either Lance Larsen’s Backyard Alchemy or Warren Hatch’s Mapping the Bones of the World.

WIZ’s Spring Poetry Runoff Contest has sprung!

Wilderness Interface Zone’s Spring Poetry Runoff has begun.  It’s packed with festivities, including, of course, the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest, a haiku chain in which anybody may participate, music, and non-competing guest posts.  This week we have scheduled poetry by Davey Morrison, Karen Kelsay, Gabriel Aresti Jr., and Mary-Celeste Lewis–all very vernal in nature and quite engaging.  On Tuesday, March 23, an mp3 of Arthur Hatton’s song “You’re Better Than That” will post–well worth hearing.

Poets: there’s still plenty of time to enter the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest.  Entries will be accepted until March 31, and each poet may submit up to three poems.  All poems should have at their heart thoughts of spring, or they should at least mention spring among other musings about the human/nature story.  The winner will be determined by readers’ choice and he or she will receive as a prize his or her choice of Lance Larson’s Backyard Alchemy or Scott Hatch’s Mapping the Bones of the World. Entries will post until all poems have been posted.  Following that, a poll that will go up on WIZ to allow readers to vote for their favorite poem.

Beside the Readers’ Choice prize, we at WIZ have decided to add a second prize”“the Admin Award, for the poem we like best.  The winner of the Admin Award will receive the same prize as the Readers’ Choice Award winner”“his or her choice of the aforementioned books of verse.

As mentioned before, non-competing poems and other verse-oriented submissions are welcomed during the Spring Poetry Runoff.  So please come by WIZ and join the fire ring.  Tell a story, sing a song, comment, or just read and wander off into the nearest park, canyon, or garden.

Winter haiku chain running on WIZ

In celebration not only of the coolest  holiday season but also of the arrival of the winter solstice on Monday, December 21st, A Motley Vision’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone has launched a haiku chain, an open thread whereon haiku-ers might skip and dance together in 17-syllable jigs.

My American Heritage Dictionary tells me that “haiku” comes from Japanese hai, “amusement” (from a middle Chinese word) and ku, “sentence” (also from middle Chinese).   For such small parcels of language, they pack tightly, which makes them them linguistic jacks-in-the-boxes, bursting out big to surprise and delight.

Also, haiku can be restorative, in the way that concentration on small things, like a spider’s web or light on snow, can cool the mind with beauty or open it up in connexion.

But haiku is especially well suited for social mingling.  The subjects at WIZ include wintertide, the happy lengthening of the day that follows the solstice, Christmas, the beauty of the moment, the turn of the weather–anything related to winterality.  So if ye have a mind to, come over and toss in your 17-syllables’ worth.

Happy Solar New Year! Hurrah for the lengthening of the light!

Vox Humana Week on WIZ

I’m looking for a few good voices.

For the rest of August, A Motley Vision’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone is hosting “Vox Humana Week” as part of its “People Month.”  For an explanation of what “People Month” is, you can go here:

If you have a podcast or mp3 you’ve made where you’re reading your own work–poetry, blog posts, or essay or fiction excerpts–and if you feel inclined to share, please email me at pk.wizadmin@gmail.com. Your reading doesn’t have to be “nature-oriented”–it is “People Month,” afterall–but if it is, that would be cool.  Also, I’ll be putting up podcasts of my own readings.  I have barely adequate recording equipment, but everybody will get the idea.

If you do come by WIZ, you might like to read some of the wonderful guest posts published over the last two weeks, including a poem by Tyler Chadwick and an essay about flying from a 12-yr-old reader. 

I hope some of you will feel moved upon to contribute to “Vox Humana Week.”  It could be fun. 

Wilderness Interface Zone: Patricia K’s next project

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Wilderness Interface Zone, a new blog headed up by Patricia Karamesines devoted to literary nature and science writing. Or as Patricia describes it: “A Mormon literary backcountry where words and place come together.”

WIZ’s intent is to foster the development of a tradition of nature literature written by Mormons as well as to help build a community of writers and readers interested in nature lit.  WIZ hopes to support exploration of the concept of stewardship through the telling of stories.  Furthermore, it will feature reviews, essays, poetry, news, regular posts such as “field notes”  and miscellaneous other fun expeditions into the realm of natural history writing.  Also very exciting: besides spotlighting the writing of regular bloggers and invited guests, WIZ will eventually open to submissions from its readers.

So head on over to wilderness.motleyvision.org and check it out. I’ll be hanging out over there from time-to-time as well.