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Ethics in Publishing: Our Bodies, and Whose Gazes?

To be examined and to be understood are two very different things. I wondered if an examination gives way to understanding upon learning one of the recipients of the 2018 O. Henry Award was Lara Vapnyar, for her semi-autobiographical fiction piece about her family friend who falls in love with a Deaf-Blind individual (“Deaf and Blind”, published in The New Yorker). I discovered Vapnyar’s story…

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Ethics in Publishing: the Urgency for Immigrant Literature

In these moments of upending crises, when the torments of war arrive in cities across the globe and render thousands homeless, many are forced to leave behind loved ones and cities in ruins. Because of this torrid climate, readers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are calling for immigrant voices, yet many literary journals rarely include them. Immigrant and refugee writers, after making it out of…

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2019 Pushcart and Best Small Fictions Nominations

Portland Review is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize and the 2019 Best Small Fictions anthology. A very warm congratulations to our contributors! Nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize: Dani Burlison, “How to Spend the Weekend with a Man Who Doesn’t Love You” Christopher Coake, “Getaway” Molly Gutman, “You and the Clarinetist” Christine Kitano, “Denim” Penny Newell, “Chopping Wood for Mum Because…

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5 Literary Nonprofits We’re Thankful to Have in Portland

Among all of Portland’s most celebrated features — our excellent coffee, our eclectic beers, our extra-eclectic coffee-infused beers — it’s the strong commitment to writing and literature that feels especially vital these days. The literary arts bring together the widening groups of people inhabiting our city, from the new to long-term residents, young and elderly, writers and readers from all backgrounds and histories. It’s Giving Tuesday today,…

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10 Themed Anthologies & Journals Seeking Submissions

Did you miss the submission deadline for Portland Review’s themed anthology, Unchartable: On Environmental Unknowns? Or, are you looking for journals and anthologies accepting themed writing? Here is a list of ten journals we think you should consider as homes for your work: Puerto del Sol Theme: Absence Deadline: October 30, 2018 For details, click here. Indiana Review & Split Lip Magazine Theme: Collaboration Deadline:…

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