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Microreview: Language Lessons

Review of Language Lessons, Vol. 1 (Poetry, Third Man Books, 2014)

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Last summer at the Newport Folk Festival, Jack White was joined on stage by actor John C. Reilly. Together they covered Lead Belly’s “Goodnight Irene”—and Jack White wept. The magic of a music festival sparks in the friction, the weird juxtaposition of singular voices for one weekend only! The best moments of literary anthology Language Lessons, Vol. 1, occur at just such junctions—curated carefully enough to allow for the haphazard transcendent. Headliner Jake Adam York opens the show. Adrian Matejka steps back and lets the ones-and-twos speak for themselves. Nicky Beer ruminates on the panda, while a few stages over, the mythic Frank Stanford returns from the dead for one more set. (Like the Tupac hologram at Coachella, but with more blood.)

 

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Announcing Our 2012 1/2K Prize Winner and Runners-Up!

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2012 Indiana Review  ½ K Winner

“Michigan Central Station Has Been Closed Since 1988”

Lindsay Tigue

Ames, IA

 

Runners-Up

“Lies”

Jenny Halper

Brooklyn, NY

“Co-lo-ny Col-lapse Dis-or-der”

Megan Moriarty

Staten Island, NY

 

When asked to say a few words of the winning piece, contest judge Michael Martone writes:

I love trains, and I also adore ruins. I admire this piece for its content of irresistible decay and how its form replicates the unstoppable rot. This is a story that consumes itself, composts as it confounds. It is rich with stuff, with detail, with nominative junk. It names names, chock-a-block, only to have it all melt and fade away. There is no better drama in such a condensed and pressured space. To have a lump of coal transformed into diamond and then, beyond that rock, into the elemental idea of crystalline and holy loss.

“Michigan Central Station Has Been Closed Since 1988” will appear in Indiana Review 34.2, due out this winter. You can order a single issue or a year’s subscription here.

A huge congratulations to our winner and runners-up, and many thanks to all who helped make our 2012 1/2K Prize Contest a success!

Submissions are opening soon!

Summer is the saddest of seasons. Iced coffee is more expensive than hot coffee. Sweat is gross. There aren’t really beaches in Indiana. Locusts. And I don’t have anywhere to send my poems!

So we figured if we opened on August 1 instead of the industry-standard September 1, we’d have your submitting attention all to ourselves for a little bit. Which is perfect because we like attention.

Things to know: We’re going to open the submission manager at 12:01 am on Wednesday, August 1. That’s EST, so don’t be sad if you can’t get in before then.

As always, please be sure to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines before submitting, and remember to include a cover letter. We like getting to know you. They should be addressed to either Joe Hiland (fiction), Michael Mlekoday (poetry), or Justin Wolfe (nonfiction). Feel free to tell a joke. If you’re funny.

And if you have any questions, please direct them to inreview (at) indiana (dot) edu.

Summer Break-ing Away

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It’s summer in Bloomington! While not *all* IR editorial meetings take place at the quarries (see above), this season comes with a to-do list more rigorous than Dennis Quaid’s late-’70s ab workouts (again, see above). What does that mean for you?

Regular submissions will be CLOSED, starting May 31. Submissions will re-open August 1, 2012. Any electronic or hard-copy submissions received between May 31 and July 31 will be returned unread.

But wait!

Do you have your own “Little 500” — a story of 500 words or fewer — looking for a venue? Submit to our “1/2 K” Prize, judged by Michael Martone! Postmark deadline is June 1, 2012. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Stay tuned to the blog for updates on more goings-on at Indiana Review. Ciao!

Shawty’s Like a Melody

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Is that thing you wrote a prose poem, or is it a short short? We don’t care what you call it; as long as it’s 500 words or fewer,  we want to read it!

The winning entry of IR’s annual 1/2 K Prize will receive $1000 and publication in Indiana Review. All submissions are considered for publication, and all submissions are read anonymously. This year’s prize judge is the wonderful Michael Martone.

Find full submission guidelines here.