Archive for December, 2013

holiday break approacheth/office shutteth

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Hey prospective subscribers or gifters of CR: we’re closing the office for the break on Thursday, so if you want an issue sent to your nearest and dearest sooner rather than later, hit our website in the next 48ish hours.

Call for Illustrators

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Hey, everybody, spread the word: We are actively seeking a talented illustrator for our graphic-play initiative. As followers of our blog already know, we are adapting Australian playwright Declan Greene’s Moth into a graphic novella as part of our tenth-anniversary celebration. Of course, a big part of the project is finding the right collaborator to work with Greene, negotiating the space between one medium and another with creative vision and artistic generosity.

Check out our earlier post for specifics about Moth. To adapt the play, the artist must be available in May 2014. Pay is commensurate with experience, but we guarantee a minimum of $70 per page for a total of 56 pages (with color) on 60# paper in a 6 x 9 inch, perfect-bound book for a minimum print run of 1,250 copies. The fabulous finished product will be mailed to our subscribers (one of our “bonus mailings”) by November 2014.

We will choose the finalists through an audition process. Candidates will sketch a small portion of the play, and then Greene and our staff will select the rendering that seems the best fit for the material. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please email editors[at]cincinnatireview[dot]com.

Readin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

There’s a reason we can’t stop hyping our anniversary year: We’re super excited about it! Get in on the celebration by purchasing a subscription for a loved one this holiday. For just $15, you can provide your bbff (best bookish friend forever) with a year-long supply of surprise and delight, including poems, stories, reviews, visual art, musical scores, and a graphic play.

And while we’re making merry, let’s raise a glass in honor of our talented staff members who have recently published books (any or all of which would make amazing gifts for aforementioned bbff’s). Congrats, friends!

  • Assitant Editor Brian Brodeur’s second collection of poems, Natural Causes (2012), was selected by Denise Duhamel for the 2011 Autumn House Poetry Prize.
  • Volunteer Luke Geddes’s short story collection, I Am a Magical Teenage Princess, was published by Chomu Press in 2012.
  • Volunteer Julia Koets’s first book of poems, Hold Like Owls (2012), was selected by Nikky Finney for the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize.
  • Volunteer Don Peteroy’s novella, Wally, was published by Burrow Press in 2012.

Poetry Daily Feature

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Poetry Daily will be featuring Joseph Campana’s review of Louise Glück’s Collected Poems in the latest issue of The Cincinnati Review all this week.

CR’s Graphic Play: MOTH by Declan Greene

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Photo by Jeff Busby

Maybe it’s our age, but as our tenth-anniversary year creeps ever closer, we’re getting worse at keeping secrets. So here it is: The Cincinnati Review is proud to announce that we will, over the next few months, produce the graphic play Moth by Australian playwright Declan Greene.

Moth is the story of Anime-obsessed Sebastian and emo art-freak Claryssa as they awkwardly navigate the cruel social hierarchy of high school. A horrific event on the school’s athletic field threatens their friendship and sends Sebastian on an apocalyptic mission,whereby fantasy and reality intermingle with dangerous consequences. Written with dark wit that’s ultimately after your heart, Moth is an exploration of friendship, adolescence, loss, and mental illness. It is set to make its American debut at the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, in April 2014. Click here for a preview of the play, and then imagine it expertly illustrated.

The finished product will be a handsome 6×9-inch perfect-bound book, coming in at about 56 pages, which will be mailed (free of charge!) to our subscribers. So if you haven’t subscribed for our anniversary year, do so here.

We are hunting for a talented and enterprising illustrator to collaborate with Greene (for very respectable remuneration). If you are this illustrator or you know someone who is, please email our editors: editors[at]cincinnatireview[dot]com

More about the playwright: Declan Greene is a writer and theater-maker based in Melbourne. His plays include A Black Joy, Tame, Pompeii, L.A., and Moth, and have been produced at Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House, and The Storeroom. His awards include the Malcolm Robertson Prize (2010), the R. E. Ross Trust Playwright’s Development Awards (2007 and 2009), and the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing (2010). Alongside Ash Flanders, Declan runs D.I.Y. “trash-theatre” group Sisters Grimm.

New Issue + Art Song

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The Bad: Paper cuts. Unwieldy tape guns. Sitting on the floor criss-cross applesauce for hours on end. Rapid-onset carpal tunnel.

The Good: Subscribers can look for CR 10.2 to magically appear via the still sprightly and efficient United States Postal Service.

The Wonderful: This issue kicks off our tenth-anniversary year and features the printed score of our first art song, from a poem by Kathleen Winter, “Eve, Seducing the Apple” (CR 4.1), composed by Steve Weimer for Mezzo-Soprano, Viola, Violoncello, and Piano.

As poetry editor Don Bogen writes in 10.2, the printed score is appealing even if you don’t read music: “You can see the poem unfolding among the intricate patterns of notes, directions, and blank spaces on the lines.” So if you don’t have it already, order a copy of the stellar 10.2. When it arrives, if you do read music and happen to have a few string players and a piano on hand, do it up. But just in case your reading skills are confined to the literary, we’ve included a performance recorded last winter from musicians at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. This recording features Mezzo-Soprano Chelsea Duval-Major, Cellist Matt Harman, and Violist Zach Saunders. Enjoy.

Click this link to listen: Eve, Seducing the Apple