FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THAT WRITERS MUST BE ENGAGED READERS TOO
May 2010In order to harness the growing community of poets and writers at our flourishing University programs and encourage a new era of literary engagement, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses will fully launch The Lit Mag Adoption Program in Fall 2010.
America boasts hundreds of academic creative writing programs that train thousands of writers. Literary magazines receive thousands upon thousands of submissions from emerging talents, yet few of them actually subscribe to these champions of their work. The Lit Mag Adoption Program addresses this disconnect, providing an easy and effective way to include literary magazines in course syllabi.
The program offers discounted subscriptions for selected literary magazines to adoptive classes (with free subscriptions to the professors), with an editor from each adopted magazine meeting virtually with each participating class. Having a session with an actual editor/publisher provides an insider perspective that few writers can otherwise hope to glimpse. The program instills in emerging writers an imperative of participation with the larger literary community.
A successful pilot phase just concluded. Professors chose from A Public Space, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, and Tin House. Response from students and professors was overwhelmingly positive. Amy Wheldon, English Professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, says of her experience:
It's difficult to adequately convey the many ways we have been engaged and energized by our readings and our editorial Skype chats this semesterespecially since we're in a lovely but geographically isolated spot. The program has given us an additional way to access that larger world that both respects its professional reality and makes it feel approachable for eager aspiring writers.
The full Fall 2010 catalogue will include dozens of new magazines, including Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, American Short Fiction, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, The Southern Review, and more!
Visit www.clmp.org/adoption to learn more!
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