What We'd Like to See for Lyric Essays (Issue 3):
Something about global warming.
Something about a planet other than ours, the planets, stars.
Something about the rhinoceros.
Something about living in China or Lebanon or Israel or Canada or London etc.
Something about sculpting.
Something religious but not really.
Your daily journal in lyric form.
An ode to the ocean.
An ode to kindness.
How to watch a tornado from a tree (thinking of a friend from high school who did this.)
Something about PTSD.
(Scroll down for a short list of we'd rather NOT see this year.)
But the submission must be lyric. It must have sound in the narrative, not simply be nicely told with added adjectives or adverbs. If you don't know what that looks like, you may want to sign up for our monthly - bimonthly newsletter (top of far right column) which I attempt to keep brief and usable, or visit the few samples from Issue 3 that we've already posted online. We also have a page on the lyric essay, a sort of primer to help you sort your thoughts before you begin.
What We'd Rather Not See This Year (Issue 3):
Dreams, dream sequences, dream interpretations.
Writing about writing.
Narrative calling itself lyric.
Stories on death, dying, and disease.
Anything not family-friendly. Anything dumbed down because the thought of family-friendly is an ungraspable concept.
Cats, dogs, domesticated birds.
We are seeking material for TWO different print issues for 2017. Please visit links to details below.
Submissions open in October.
New opportunities & guidelines for Issue 3.
Special TEN Debut Authors Only (Issue 4). CLOSED
What contributors & readers are saying about Issue 2.
2016 Pushcart nominations from Port Yonder Press / Eastern Iowa Review. Congratulations, authors!
Essay - "Hills" - Ann Cheng
Essay - "How to Write Your Life in the Second-Person" - Ashley Kunsa
Q&A's from contributors to the 2016 issue of the Eastern Iowa Review.
"How can we combine the old words in new orders so that they survive, so that they create beauty, so that they tell the truth? That is the question."
Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf
MOST RECENT BOOK RELEASES
"Vivid, uncompromising, and saturated with spiritual longing, these poems offer both a critique of our old readings of the Bible, and a passionate series of new ones." - Sofia Samatar.
Nancy Hightower's The Acolyte includes the 2014 Rhysling nominated poem, "A Virtuous Woman," which is available in the 2014 Rhysling Anthology.
Joliet in My Blood by Francine Tolf - Flawed beauty, fragility of relationships, mystery beneath surfaces, class differences, race - all find their way into various pieces in this collection of related essays that explore how growing up in Joliet, Illinois, in the late sixties and early seventies shaped the author as a person and a poet.
Night Flying by Joy Christine Mlozanowski: epistolary pieces/poems which form a powerful fictional, non-judgmental narrative around faith and the controversial topics of abortion and end-of-life care.
Tony Connor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature says this: "Audacious and original, it fuses Job-like questioning of God’s goodness with the colloquial exchange of emails, touching, as it does so, upon religious heritage, the flawed human flesh, childhood hopes, death’s certainty, the limits of language and truths to be apprehended only in silence."
Our mission is to provide the strongest lyric writing we can find for readers of all ages, viewpoints, and religious persuasions. We want both young and old to hear the beauty of lyricism and learn to love language as a result. Any donations are appreciated and will be put toward publication costs.
Eastern Iowa Review on Six Questions For ... blog
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