New journal, a director-poet gets fired, and someone wins $65,000

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"Poet David Beach wins $65,000 NZ Prize in Modern Letters," by NZPA from Channel 3 Web site, reports that Beach won the literary award for his collection of poems titled Abandoned Novel, his first book of poetry. Beach: "That a book of poems can win a $65,000 prize makes me feel as if I've stumbled into a parallel universe where poetry is considered important."

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"Jewish school director resigns over controversial poetry," by Chris Wattie from National Post, reports that poet and novelist David Prashker has quit his post as the director of the Leo Baeck Jewish Day School after an anonymous e-mail called attention to poetry that was posted on Prashker's personal Web page. The anonymous e-mail asked parents if they felt comfortable entrusting their children (K-8th grade) to Prashker.

The article says that parents were split on their support of Prashker and seemed more concerned that someone could access their e-mail addresses.

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Nancy Parish shared a link to Third Reader, an online journal of literary fiction and poetry that is currently seeking submissions for its premiere issue. The really interesting news in this new journal is that the editors claim to have a submission system in place that will create a dialog between editors and writers "to improve their poetry and prose."

I'd definitely be interested to hear from poets about how that goes.

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