September 15, 2015
We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2015 Daphne Awards, for the best book of 50 years ago, but really 51 years ago, because we are playing by National Book Award rules, and so that makes it 1964 instead of 1965, oh god who cares, here is the list:
Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy
The Ravishing of Lol Stein by Marguerite Duras
Albert Angelo by BS Johnson
The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector
Short Friday by Isaac Bashevis Singer
77 Dream Songs by John Berryman
The Sonnets by Ted Berrigan
Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara
O Taste & See by Denise Levertov
Language by Jack Spicer
The Dead Lecturer Poems by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
Read reviews of shortlisted titles:
We will be announcing the winners in December.
September 1, 2015
After a brief hiatus (I had to finish a book, among other things), Spolia is returning soon. Weíre putting together the next issue now.
And, letís see if I actually want to say this, but I saw an announcement about a brand new, well funded literary magazine. For its debut issue, writers include Dave Eggers and Aleksandar Hemon. And phew! Because without such a new magazine, weíd never ever hear from those writers, they simply donít have anyone else acting as their champions!
At Spolia, I wanted to feature the writers being left out of the larger conversation, who were brilliant but not widely known. And so far, weíve published Anne Boyer, Daphne Gottlieb, Guadalupe Nettel, Gail Hareven, A Igoni Barrett, Rebecca Brown, Eimear McBride, Oscar Callazos, Mia Gallagher, Zak Mucha, and many many others. Greats, all of them. It has become a weird and wonderful little magazine.
So the next issue (Theme: Virgo!) is about a month out still, thereís plenty of time to catch up on back issues. Note: Spolia is an e-publication only, to keep costs down. Your $5 gets you a pdf, mobi, and epub files, which should make it compatible for just about everything.
Thank you so much for the support of our wonderful subscribers. If you havenít subscribed (yet), $50 gets you ten issues and a lot of great fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.
And donít forget we have other beautiful things, like illustrated chapbooks and original prints of work by Jen May and Isabel Chiara available, too. As well as the tarot readings Iím always harping on about.