Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Introducing Hayden's Ferry Review

Hayden's Ferry Review is a member of The Writer's Center literary journal discount program. Find out how you can get great savings in the program right here.

I asked managing editor Beth Staples to introduce HRF to Writer's Center members and readers of this blog. Here's the response:

If you’ve never read Hayden’s Ferry Review, you’re missing out big time! Here’s why: It’s true, we’re definitely committed to publishing the most exciting work by emerging and established writers and artists. And yes, we’ve been supporting these artists for 23 years. On top of that, we love what we do, and clap our hands together every time we put out a new issue. But the most important reason for you to read HFR is because of the work itself. So we compiled a list of appetizers for you, some interesting facts and links from our recent issues to show you what we’re made of.

• Number of sheep visible that Levi van Veluw glued to his head for Issue 43’s cover (among trees, bushes, and – for the back cover – small lampposts):

See the one with lampposts here.

• Number of stories in Issue 44 written by Holly Hall that make you wish you had been that talented when you were 19:
The excellent “Turn about the Axis.” Read it here.

• Minimum number of startling revelations by poet Kevin Prufer in his Interview in Issue 44:

Including: He is terrible at starting poems, he reads Anne Bradstreet, every good poem is a formal poem, and poetry can’t change the world.
Find more information about Kevin here.

• Number of poets in Issue 44 from places you’ve never heard of but you now want to visit:

Award winning Galician poet Chus Pato. Read her here. Find Galicia here.

• Most common guess for the city pictured on Issue 44’s cover by Christina Seely:

Seattle, Washington
Which is wrong. It is Kyoto, Japan.
See another photo from Christina’s “Lux” series here.

• Number of naked torsos from Bill Durgin’s series in Issue 42:
You can see some of them (yes, naked!) here.

• Number of recordings on our webpage for Issue 42 of Shamin Azad reading her poetry in the original Bengali (you can download the translations there, also):
You can hear them here. With music provided by the After Art Band.

• Number of HFR stories forthcoming in The Best of the West anthology 2009:
You can read “Amanuensis” here. Find out more about the anthology here.

• Frequency of new posts on our blog about fiction, poetry, literacy, book news, the changing world of publishing, what’s new with our contributors and much more: Practically every day.
Visit the blog here.

• Question you should be asking yourself:
Why aren’t subscribing?
Especially with that generous discount from The Writer’s Center! (details here!)

There’s lots more content on the HFR website, and we love to hear from you! Send questions or comments to

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