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Focus on California

November 8, 2006

Earth and I gave you turquoise
when you walked singing
We lived laughing in my house
and told old stories

--N. Scott Momaday, "Earth and I Gave You Turquoise," Carriers of the Dream Wheel; Contemporary Native American Poetry

P&W News

Directory Update:
Poets & Writers' Directory of American Poets and Writers includes contact information for over 6,800 poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and spoken word artists.

The Directory is used by agents, editors, and reading series coordinators; our goal is to include all qualified writers in it (qualifications are specified on the application). If you qualify, we hope you will apply for listing, which is free-of-charge, on our Web site, http://www.pw.org ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAEAAAI2AADkZQ ) . The application is easy to complete and should take no more than five minutes of your time.

P.S. Please help us spread the word about the Directory by letting other qualified writers know about it.

Literary Arts

Critical Issues Facing the Arts in California:
This new paper, released by The James Irvine Foundation, is essential reading for artists, educators, and those who work in the nonprofit arts sector. It covers issues related to cultural trends, policy, technology, education, business, and leadership. A pdf version is available for download at http://www.irvine.org/publications/by_topic/arts.shtml ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAIAAAG7AADkZQ ) .

San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival:
The 23rd Annual San Luis Obispo (SLO) Poetry Festival will present a series of readings over two weekends, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19, many of which are co-sponsored by P&W's Readings/Workshops program. Featured readers include SLO poets laureate past and present (Gloria L. Velasquez and Rosemary Wilvert, respectively) along with other writers from the region. For a full schedule, visit http://www.languageofthesoul.org ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAIAAAQDAADkZQ ) ( http://www.languageofthesoul.org%27 ) .

The Readings/Workshops program provides fees for writers giving readings or workshops. Learn more at http://www.pw.org/rw ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAIAAAUTAADkZQ ) . Visit our online calendar of events at http://www.pw.org/rw/calendar/index.php?msg_group=CA ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAIAAAWDAADkZQ ) .

PEN Center USA 2006 Literary Award Winners:
Congratulations to all the winners of the PEN Center USA 2006 Literary Awards, which honor outstanding works published or produced by writers who live west of the Mississippi River. This year's winners include California writers Percival Everett for Wounded (fiction); Michael Chorost for Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human (creative nonfiction); Brian Turner for Here, Bullet (poetry); and Paul Vangelisti and Lucia Re for War Variations by the Italian poet Amelia Rosselli (translation). For a full list of winners and finalists, go to http://penusa.org/go/awards/winners/literary-award-winners-2006-published-in-2005 ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAIAAAiTAADkZQ ) .

For more on recent contest winners, please visit http://www.pw.org/mag/0611/recentwinners.htm ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAIAAAmOAADkZQ ) .

Home Pages

This occasional feature spotlights California small presses and literary magazines.

Moving Mountain:
The Mt. Shasta Writers Series, which has presented literary readings to the Mt. Shasta community for the past few years, is now accepting submissions for the inaugural issue of Moving Mountain, a cultural journal that will include poetry, memoir, and essays. For complete guidelines and information, visit http://www.mtshastawriters.com/movingmtn.html ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAMAAAIKAADkZQ ) .

For more information on small presses, visit "Links to Other Resources" (http://www.pw.org/links_pages ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAMAAALVAADkZQ ) ) on P&W's Web site and "Small Press Points" (http://www.pw.org/mag/0611/newspresspoints.htm ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAMAAANgAADkZQ ) ) from Poets & Writers Magazine.

Link of the Month

Feminist Bookstore Network:
Support women's writing and independent booksellers by visiting the Feminist Bookstore Network, where you can find listings of feminist bookstores in California and beyond, plus a host of other links related to women in writing.

For more on independent bookstores, see Kevin Smokler's article "Indie Bookstores Face Uphill Battle" in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, and online at http://www.pw.org/mag/0611/newssmokler.htm ( http://pw.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=CTnk_gBzAAQAAAIQAADkZQ ) , where you can take our opinion poll asking, "Where do you prefer to buy literary books: independent bookstores, chain bookstores, or online retailers?"


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