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Press Release: New Exhibition Announcement – Carnegie Art Museum

28 February 2017

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Carnegie Art Museum

Press Release:  New Exhibition Announcement– 2/14/17

Joanne Julian – Defying Darkness

SELECTED WORKS  2009 – 2016                   

March 12 – May 21, 2017

Opening Reception with artist’s catalog signing/Saturday, March 11th –  4-6pm  $5/ members free

Joanne Julian’s newest exhibition Defying Darkness at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California traces in over 30 graphite and sumi ink drawings the development in her recent work of a rising fascination for the impacts and subtly iridescent atmosphere of darkness. The artist’s growing understanding and facility with contrasting peacefully white voids with energizing splashes of black has deepened, until now the beauty of darkness has itself become the setting.

Budding evidences of this dark visual challenge in hindsight appears throughout her various series and is displayed in a few, early hinting samples from Julian’s Zen Circles and Botanicals Series. The fascination and investigation, however, hits full stride in recent works in her Fish, Clouds and Skies, and particularly Birds and Feather Series. In these latter, the use of darkness and cropping lends a floating, unanchored, almost celestial quality to the creatures depicted. Yet all are represented with the elegant sparseness that Julian has become noted for over her 30 year career. Coupled with the large –scale of the drawings, Defying Darkness wraps viewers in a quietly dramatic experience.

Joanne Julian was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her MFA degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. For 34 years she was a full-time faculty member at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California, during which time she was also a half-time faculty member at California State University Northridge. Having studied and traveled in Asia, the influence of Zen Buddhist aesthetics has been noted as an undercurrent in Julian’s art.

The artist has had over 20 solo exhibitions and been featured in 60 group exhibitions nationally.  Among these have been exhibitions at: Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, Thomas Babeor Gallery in La Jolla, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in 2015 California State University Northridge. Public collections of her work include: Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America, Grand Wailea Resort, Home Savings of America, The Irvine Company, Nestle, Nikko, Price Waterhouse, and Teneco Oil.

Joanne Julian will give an Artist’s Gallery Talk at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard on March 30th at 6:30pm. An exhibition catalog with essay by Meher McArthur is available. For additional information, see carnegieam.org.

 

Location:  Carnegie Art Museum/424 South C Street/ Oxnard, CA/ 805.385.8157/8  / carnegieam.org

Hours: Thurs- Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm.  Closed holidays and during exhibit installation.

attached images credits:

Seven Cranes Triptych (right panel detail), acrylic and graphite on Arches paper, 30 x 70 in. by Joanne Julian, 2016.

Silver Snake, graphite and Prismacolor on Arches paper, 30 x 44 in. by Joanne Julian, 2016.

LISA HORAN
Visitor and Media Services Specialist

Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
805.385.8254

HOURS:  Thurs. – Sat. 10 am- 5 pm / Sun. 1 – 5 pm

“Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced

28 February 2017

Judges from Top Romance Imprints Select Winners of Romance Writing Contest for Prizes, Promotion on Romance Junkies

AUSTIN, TX | FEB. 14, 2017  — Submission Platform and Publishing AI and startup AUTHORS.me today announced the winners of its “Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest, open to original romance novels not previously published by a traditional publisher. First place went to Time’s Firebird by Rachel Mannino; second place to Stripped Bounty by Dorothy F. Shaw; third to Not Even Death by Emerson Clarey.

The winning novels represent the diverse breadth of the Romance genre. First place winner Time’s Fireird is historical romance with elements of science fiction. “Taken captive by a Viking, time-traveling anthropologist Fiona Dale must find some way home,” reads the hook. “She falls in love with her amorous abductor, but if she stays, she’ll destroy history.” Maninno has published two novels: Love or Justice (Limitless Press), and Fractal (eTreasures).

 

Stripped Bounty is a romantic thriller/suspense exploring the complicated, harrowing relationship between Rosie Santini and the bouncer of the club she dances after her drug-running husband gets himself killed. “Badger finally got Rosie in his bed, but in order to keep her there, he has to figure out how to save her life,” reads the hook. Shaw has published nine novels, including three with Samhain and one with Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Books.

 

Not Even Death is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance “inspired by what it means to love in the face of unexpected tragedy and how to move past crippling loss. ” said Clarey. The novel centers around the friendship between two girls–one living, one dead–who vow to “help a troubled boy with a death wish find his way back to hope.”

 

Mannino has been awarded a cash prize of $200 and will see the first chapter of Time’s Fire Bird excerpted on the popular romance book website, Romance Junkies. Both runners up received a cash prize, and Shaw will receive a professional query consultation. All three novels will be featured on the AUTHORS.me acquisitions platform and highlighted in the company’s February newsletter sent to the publishers and agents who use the platform.

 

For more information on the winning novels, click here.

 

Over 300 writers submitted original novels to the contest, which was open to submissions from October 15 through December 15. Judges for the contest hail from some of the top Romance imprints in the country: Lexi Smail, Editorial Assistant at Forever and Forever Yours (Hachette Book Group); Marissa Sangiacomo, Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press, specializing in all Swerve, SMP and Griffin Romance titles (Macmillan); and Katherine Pelz, Associate Editor of romance, women’s fiction, and mystery at Berkley/NAL (Penguin/Random House).

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Screen Play and Novel Resources

3 January 2017

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3 January 2017

POETRY KIT ONLINE POETRY COURSES

We currently offer four online courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer.

New courses starting the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Individual Online Mentoring and Development for Poets is also available – Start at any time.

For details of fees and enrolment please go to:
http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourse/pkcourses.htm

If you have any questions regarding the service we offer please email; info@poetrykit.org

*All courses conducted using email and occasional online downloads.
*Students set their own work times and pace.
*The only requirement is internet access.
*All required reading materials supplied or available free online.
*Full feedback and critique on all assignments.
*Courses available for every level of experience

*All courses supervised by Jim Bennett (http://www.poetrykit.org/jim/index.htm)

*See FAQ – http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcoursesfaq.htm

Mentoring

Ideas are discussed and developed working through drafts to completed poems. This is a mentoring experience and will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style.  All content is chosen to meet the needs of the student.
The purpose of this course is to offer individual mentoring and the time taken will depend on the individual, with each of 10 units taking approx 2 weeks depending on the speed of the student.
People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications, they do however need to be able to identify themselves as writers. Those who have previously taken the Poetry Kit Poetry 1 or 2 course will find this a natural development but it is not necessary to have done either to get the most from the experience.

For details of fees and enrolment please goto:
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How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

2 December 2016

Welcome to the home of The Writer‘s free webinar series!

Come spend an hour with us as we cover every aspect of the writing life in real time, from writing to revision to publishing – all taught by leading experts in the field and hosted by The Writer’s editorial staff.

Our next webinar:

How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

December 6th at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST

Presented by contributing editor Melissa Hart

All of us have a story to tell. But did you know there are hundreds of magazines and newspapers willing to publish and pay for those stories? In this webinar, you’ll learn the “hows” and the “whys” of essays that sell, from craft to revision to pitching the final product. We’ll cover:

  • The three questions editors ask when reading your essay pitch
  • Where professional essayists get their ideas
  • Key elements of successful and surprising essays
  • Crafting the perfect nonfiction scene
  • Revision strategies to adopt before you hit “send”
  • A list of publications that publish essays

How to Register, visit:

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Poetry Super Highway: Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

4 November 2016

Announcing: the 12th annual:
Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many other
people’s poetry as possible.

What?

A crazy project in which your poetry e-books will be freely available to all interested humans on Earth for a 24 hour period.

Throughout November we will collect e-books from poets and writers interested in participating.

Then on December 1st, 2016 for a 24 hour period, a special website will go live with links to all of the e-books. For 24 hours anyone will be free to download, for free, as many of these e-books as they like…a poetry e-book free-for-all.

How?

To participate, read all of the guidelines below and then click on our Online Submission form. That’s it. It’s simple. By doing so, your e-book will be included.

The E-Book has to be written by you.

E-books should be in PDF Format for universal compatibility with anyone’s computer.

If you have an e-book in Microsoft Word or another format, please convert it to PDF. One way to do this (if you don’t know how) is to visit the website http://www.freepdfconvert.com/. From there you will be allowed to select the file on your computer which will uploaded and e-mailed back to you in PDF format.

When creating your e-book file, please keep it smaller than 1 megabyte.

Once you’ve created your e-book (not before), click on our Online Submission Form to join in!

Do not fill out the form and then e-mail us your e-book later. Please fill out the form and use it to upload your e-book to us.

We are not accepting e-books or submissions by e-mail. The only way to join in is by clicking on the Online Submission Form below.

On December 1, 2016 at Midnight (the evening of November 30), we will distribute a special e-mail letting people know the location of the web page with links to all of the e-book files. People will be free to download any or all of the titles and your poetry will be freely, electronically, travelling all over the world. This web page will go off line 24 hours later at Midnight on December 2nd.

We will also list your e-book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see.

When it’s over, we’ll produce a list of how many copies of each book were downloaded for no reason other than you may find it interesting.

To submit your book, please go to our
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this?
To expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

Why isn’t this a one-one exchange like the Great Poetry Exchange?
The immediate accessibility of the internet, and zero costs for producing e-books makes this a much more attractive opportunity for an immediate larger audience for your books. We don’t want to limit your potential readers to other producers of e-books, nor to one other person.

Why does the e-book have to be written by me?
Unlike the Great Poetry Exchange, were one can participate by pledging to send a book by someone else or an anthology they’ve edited, since e-books are not purchased physical entities, and because they will be available in unlimited quantities during the 24 hour period on December 1st, only you have the rights to your poetry. You can’t authorize the free distribution of someone else’s poetry, the rights of which you don’t own, to the world.

This sounds cool but I don’t have an e-book.
That’s not really a question, but anyway, why not make one? Do some basic design and layout of your poems in your favorite word processing program. Make a title page. Design a nice cover. Use any pictures you want. Turn it into an PDF. You’ve got an e-book. There’s no time like the present. Maybe you’ll take it to print later?

I participated last year and I want to submit the same book, can you just use the file and info you have already?
This creates more work for us and is a little more difficult for us to manage. It would really help out if you could click on the Online Submission Form so we can have everything in the same place, we’d appreciate it.

I’m concerned about my book being free for everyone on the planet.
Also not a question but we understand. Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe you sell e-books on your website and don’t want to give unlimited copies of one away over a 24 hour period. Hey, it’s cool.

Are these really frequently asked questions?
Actually no, all these were written before we received any questions, imagining what some of the questions might be.

More info:

Visit Poetry Super Highway and click on “Great E-Book Free-For All” for updated details and for the list of participating authors/e-books.

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WoW! Women-on-Writing: Feature Article Submissions

4 November 2016
Our submission period is now open and not confined to an e-zine issue’s publication schedule. We will be publishing a new feature article every week/two weeks and highlighting it in a newsletter like this one. If you have a good idea for an article and it’s a topic we haven’t covered before (if you’re in doubt, just shoot us a quick question in an email), we would love to hear from you.
Word count would be whatever you need to cover the topic, but typically between 1,000 to 1,800 words.
Pay is arranged between the writer and editor for the piece, but most articles pay $50 or $75. In-depth pieces that require many different sources to cover the topic and have a higher word count may pay more. Pay is by PayPal only.
Query: Please send your query to submissions@wow-womenonwriting.com, and be sure to include your bio and links to any relevant clips of your writing.

Visit the website: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/articles.php

Please note: we try to respond to all queries, but due to overwhelming response, if you do not hear back from us, it is most likely that your query did not suit our needs at this time.

Wow! Women-on-Writing is Seeking Bloggers for The Muffin

4 November 2016
If you’re a blogger and a WOW! subscriber, you may be the perfect fit for this position!
We are looking for a writer who is motivated and active in the writing community. Someone who isn’t afraid to share her personal experiences in the writing/publishing industry and wants to help fellow writers.
Posts are roughly 500 words, and can be about anything you’d like to write about, as long as it’s helpful to writers.
Some of the topics we cover are:
– How-tos on a variety of writing topics (how to query, how to craft a character, etc)
– In the trenches stories (your experiences or other writers’ experiences in the publishing industry, as a freelancer, etc)
– Inspirational writing advice or reading (no straight book reviews unless it’s tied in to a writing lesson)
– Interviews with authors/agents/editors/publishers (these types of posts are usually assigned and pay more)
– Author platform and book marketing advice
– Listicles related to writing
– Balancing life and writing
– Event coverage (writing conferences, festivals, literary events)
– Market profiles (how to write for a paying magazine or website)
& more! 

How it works: If you are chosen, you will be added to a Google calendar and entered into the blog’s posting rotation. You are responsible for writing, proofreading, choosing an image, and scheduling your post to publish on the day that you are assigned. We publish in the early morning, typically between 12:30am and 4am PST, and that’s why we call it The Muffin. The Muffin is meant to be read with your morning coffee, tea, or juice. 🙂 At the end of the month, you’d send an invoice via PayPal for all the posts you’ve written during the month. Please note, we do not issue checks any longer. The Muffin pays $10 per post you come up with yourself, and more for special assignments like interviews ($15-$40, depending on the interviewee) or assigned book reviews ($20). All posts are roughly around 500 words, give or take, but interviews tend to run longer.

The Muffin has roughly 36,000+ pageviews a month, over 1,000 email subscribers and a few hundred blogger followers. We promote posts heavily on our social networks (Facebook & Twitter), as well as in our email newsletters that go out to subscribers to our main site (WOW! Women On Writing, over 38,000 email subscribers).

Apply: If you’d like to join our team, focus on your writing career, and help other writers, please e-mail us at muffinblogger@wow-womenonwriting.com (both blog manager Marcia Peterson, and publisher Angela Mackintosh will receive the application).
– Tell us why you’d like to write for The Muffin and where you are headed with your writing career.
– Please include samples of blog posts you’ve written, your current bio, and provide us with a few possible headlines of posts you’d like to write.

NOTE: If you are interested, please apply ASAP. We posted this call on Sunday on The Muffin and already have received many wonderful applications from qualified candidates. We will most likely make a decision this week!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit our website: http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

[The Poetry Market Ezine] October 2016 Poetry News

13 September 2016

Poetry News Update Reminders:  Send in your poetry news for inclusion in an upcoming issue (as space permits).  Poetry news can be poem publications, chapbook or book publications, awards, etc.  News items must be poetry or writing related.  Poetry contest info should include contact info.

TIPS:  Do not send Press Releases.  We don’t publish poems.

EMAIL NEWS ITEMS TO:
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THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDES:

The Popular Series from The Poetry Market Ezine continues:

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 4
“Active Duty”
The fourth ebook in the popular series just for poets continues with “Active Duty!”  Are you a poet?  Is it tough surviving life as a poet?  Do people still look at you funny when you say you are one?  Do they want you to write toasts for their weddings or love poems?  What does it mean to be a poet? In this offering, you will learn that “Yes, You Are a Poet!”  Plus more on being a performance artist, persistence, how to refresh your poetic skills, and use poetry to help others. Plus there’s the bonus of more Secret Poetry Weapons – skills to keep your life
as a poet (no matter what you may or may not do for a living!)

From Chapter 5:  Persistence:
“Is it hard to be a poet?  Oh yes!
How many people look at you funny
(that aren’t writers or poets themselves)
when you say you are one?  Besides the
fact, you won’t find many readers of it
anyway they will wonder just what it is
you do and then the next inevitable
question will be do you make a living
with it.  You have to live, breathe, eat,
sleep poetry to be a poet.  If you
don’t know what that means, are you
living up to your true poetical nature?

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 1
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17 chapters for new or established poets trying
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11 chapters on how and where to sell your poems.
Includes PR tools.

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 3
“Back to Boot Camp”
The Poet’s Survival Guide series is back with a part 3, a new offering for 2012.  In this guide for poets, get back to the basics to sustain your life as a poet.  Improve your odds.  Create your best poems.  Figure out which way to go:  electronic or paper. Branch out and get your poetry fix while creating and maintaining new and tried and true ways to continue your career as a poet.

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People don’t drive cars through buildings –
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E.P. Huntington is just a maintenance guy
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and a novice astronomer, Janise Birch was
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“District of Confusion (The
Washington, DC poems)” by
LB Sedlacek

Poems written April 2012 and
they are one poet’s return to
Washington, D.C. They were written
on this particular trip back to
visit Washington, D.C. where I
lived for many years.  Poems include
“True Story:  Outside Ford’s Theatre,”
“Cups for Money, Cups for Food,”
“The Former Court of Neptune,”
“Red Brick and Cobblestone,” and
“Union Station Poem (Washington, DC).”

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2016 Saroyan Prize: Winners and Finalists Announced

10 September 2016

We are thrilled to announce the winners and finalists of the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing:

 

In the fiction category –

Winner: Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

Finalists: Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier and Counternarratives by John Keene

 

In the nonfiction category –

Winner: Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe by Lori Jakiela

Finalists: Russian Tattoo by Elena Gorokhova and Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard

 

Read the announcement from the Stanford News Service, and more about the winners/finalists on our website.