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This particular WordPress blog has been dormant for a while, but all the content has been moved to our main site.  We recently changed our website and added WordPress.org functionality to it.  Our WordPress.com (dot-com, not dot-org) will be deleted soon.  Please follow the migrated blog if you want to keep receiving our posts.

You can find The Conium Review Online Compendium at http://coniumreview.com/online/

This site contains all our normal blog content, but it serves as a venue for online publication too.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been posting new flash fiction to the site.  See what we’ve been up to, take a look at our upcoming print edition, and consider submitting to our Flash Fiction Contest ($300 prize, judged by Ashley Farmer).

We hope to see you at the new blog!

Contributor Update: Thomas Dodson’s work forthcoming in The Chicago Quarterly Review

Thomas Dodson’s “The Death of Elpenor” will appear in the next issue of The Chicago Quarterly Review.

Additionally, the magazine Tom edits, Printer’s Devil Review, has just released a new issue.  You can find the latest PDR here.

Congrats on the upcoming publication and on putting out another issue of Printer’s Devil Review!

Contributor News: Jen Knox’s “Don’t Tease the Elephants” Now Available

Dont-Tease-the-Elephants-Front-Cover-260x390Jen Knox‘s (contributor to our first issue) latest short story collection, Don’t Tease the Elephants, is now available as an ebook from Monkey Puzzle Press.

Jen Knox earned her MFA from Bennington College in 2010. She works as a creative writing professor at San Antonio College and copy editor at Frost & Sullivan. Jen mentors for the PEN American Center. She was nonfiction editor for The Bennington Review (2010) and Quiz & Quill (2007); she worked as a fiction reader for Our Stories Literary Journal and now reads submissions for PANK.

Jen’s writing has won the Global Short Story Competition and was chosen for Wigleaf’s 2012 Top 50. Two of her stories have received Finalist status for Glimmer Train competitions and three of her stories have received honorable mention. Her chapbook, The Aquarium, earned finalist status in the Black Lawrence Press’s 2012 Black River Chapbook competition.

Contributor Update: Lauren Hall published in Cleaver Magazine

Lauren Hall recently had two prose poems, “The Miser” and “Possum,” published in Cleaver Magazine.

Lauren was a contributor to our first issue.  Her work has also appeared in NANO FictionEunoia ReviewApiary, and Fiction Writers Review.   She also received the 2012 William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Conium Review panel at AWP

The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, will be on a panel at this year’s AWP conference in Seattle, WA.

“Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication”

Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

3:00pm to 4:15pm

This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let’s talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.

The panelists include Matt Muth (representing Pacifica), Stefanie Torres (representing Beecher’s), Joshua S. Raab (representing theNewerYork) and James R. Gapinski (representing The Conium Review).

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke moderates.

 

 

Editor Update: Hillary Leftwich’s work is forthcoming in Nano Fiction

Hillary Leftwich‘s flash fiction piece, “Runt,” was recently accepted for publication in Nano Fiction (Vol. 7, No. 2).  Look for the issue later this year.

Hillary is a Fiction Editor for The Conium Review.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Regis University, she’s the co-founder of the Denver Shitty Writers group, and shew as recently interviewed by The Missouri Review for their Working Writer Series.

Contributor Update: Chelsea Werner-Jatzke published in “Pacifica”

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke (contributor to our Fall 2012 issue) was recently published in Pacifica.  Read her story, “In Violent Protection,” here: http://www.pacificareview.com/in-violent-protection/

Interview with Kim Brown, editor of “Minerva Rising”

Kim Brown

Kim Brown

Kim Brown is an editor at Minerva Rising Literary Journal. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Today’s Chicago Woman, Contemporary Fashion, National View, Naperville Sun, and Pitkin Review.



[James R. Gapinski]: Many writers and editors have seen the VIDA.org statistics that show low lit journal acceptance rates for women, but few actually do anything about it. What motivated you to take action, creating a women’s-only journal?

[Kim Brown]: I read somewhere that stories written by women were “small” compared to the ones written by men. That troubled me. It seemed to devalue the work of women writers and the overall experience of being a woman. But after receiving a series of rejection letters for own work, I worried that there might be some truth to that statement. I lamented to anyone who would listen that there needed to be a literary journal for women that was interested in publishing the type of stories that women write.  And then I remembered a quote by Toni Morrison, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”  I knew I had to create the type of journal I wanted to submit to.

 [JRG]: In March 2014, you’ll give the first “Owl of Minerva” award. Can you talk a little bit about the award and the criteria you’ll be looking for in nominees?

[KB]: It has always been Minerva Rising‘s policy to give a portion of our proceeds back to women in need. In the past we have done this by donating to Women for Women International. However, we felt that we wanted to make more of an impact and the Owl Award was born. We wanted to offer one woman writer, who would otherwise not have the financial means to invest in herself as a writer, an opportunity to pursue her creative endeavors. Applicants will be required to write an essay in response to a question posted on our website. We will be looking for both need and desire.   

[JRG]: You say you created the sort of journal you’d want to submit to. Can you expand on that?  What are some of the aesthetic or creative approaches that best fit your style?

[KB]: I tend to write anecdotal tales of ordinary women working through the challenges of daily life. A lot of the journals I submitted to were looking for shock and awe.  And while I appreciate that type of writing, I wanted a place that felt like a community of women supporting one another through the sharing of experiences and stories.

Consequently, when people ask about the aesthetic or creative approaches that best fit my style, I shudder a little. The beauty and meaning I find in writing comes from the writer’s courage and the determination to share her truth. The style or the approach isn’t as important to me. I want to get lost in the story. 

[JRG]: You referenced Toni Morrison earlier.  What other authors have had a major impact on your work as a writer and editor?

[KB]: There have been ten women writers in particular who have guided me throughout my journey as a writer: Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott, Anna Quindlen, Kate Chopin, Bebe Moore Campbell, Dorothy West, Judy Blume, Virginia Woolf, Joyce Carol Oates, and Sylvia Path

I’ve learned so much by the way each author writes about the complexity of life as a woman and/or writer. I owe every woman on the list a ton of gratitude.

[JRG]: As a fellow graduate of Goddard’s MFA program, I bet you heard the phrase “trust the process” a lot.  I know this can be a big question, but what’s your process as a writer?

[KB]: Free writing plays a huge part in my process. I like to write long hand for a designated period of time or a set number of pages before I start to work on a specific piece. I use that time to clear my head and set the intention for my day.  Sometimes I use my free writing to work out questions or problems that I have with my current project.  There is something about actually writing on paper that primes the pump for me. Then I move to my computer to write. I prefer to work in two hour blocks. But I’m a procrastinator, so I often have to work longer to get things done when I’m under a deadline.

[JRG]: What about as an editor?  Can you give a little insight into the editorial process at Minerva Rising?

 [KB]: As an editor, I really prefer to read paper.  When we first started Minerva Rising, I would print out every submission and read it. I’d make little notes in the margins, much like an annotation. I taught various writing classes at a small liberal arts college several years ago.  Consequently, I read submissions like I was grading papers.  However, as we started to grow, this became an inefficient use of resources and time. Now I read submissions on a Kindle and take notes in a notebook.  I write down my impressions of the piece and whether or not it works for the current issue.  I like to be specific so that we can offer feedback to the writer. The other editors may have a different process, but we all share our thoughts and notes on the piece after we have voted. This is really helpful because it gives us something to discuss as we make our final decisions.

Editor Update: Susan Lynch’s poetry published in Elohi Gadugi

Our Associate Editor, Susan Lynch, has two poems in the Winter 2014 issue of Elohi Gadugi: “The Halcyon” and “It Can Happen Just Like That.”

Congratulations on the recent publication, Susan!