Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Call For Submissions on the work of Caroline Bergvall (EDITED WITH AMENDED PROPOSAL / SUBMISSION DATES)

As part of our Spring 2008 issue, we invite submissions of critical work in relation to the poetry of Caroline Bergvall. We would welcome critical essays and close readings of her work.

Issues to consider might include performance and performance-writing, gender, sexual poetics and queerness, languages and plurilingualism, and the relationship of her work to other art forms.

Please see for submission guidelines.

Submissions to be sent to sophie_amelia_robinson[AT]


Deadline for proposals: 1st December 2007
Deadline for submissions: 31st January 2008

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Responding to Public Figures

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Guidelines for Submitting your own Photographs, Poems and Texts

Is there a figurative statue in your town or city? Is it carrying a weapon? Can you catch its 'view' with a photograph and or text? Send a picture along with your own response and if possible anything you know about the facts behind the commissioning / personage / history of the sculpture to, and it will be posted in an accumulating archive attached to this site.

First, take a picture of your statue straight on. Then, if possible, capture the gaze of your chosen statue. Send both photos according to the instructions below (See our Gaze-Capturing PDF by Redell Olsen).

The subject line for your message should say “Public Figures archive.” Please follow the following guidelines for attachments of images and text:


All photographs featured will be scaled so that the largest side is 600px in length. Therefore please ensure that your photos are this size or larger. We cannot enlarge files without losing quality but can easily scale them down. Resolution of images should be at least 72dpi.

Please limit the file size of your images to 1MB maximum per image. If you are sending multiple photographs which will take up considerable space, please consider inbox space and consult with us first. If you are having difficulty, please contact John Sparrow on for advice.


Please submit texts as attached text files; do not put the text in the body of the email. Formats should be Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich text (.rtf). If you do not have access to an application which produces these formats, Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free online-based word processor which will export to .doc and .rtf.


By submitting photographs and text, you are confirming that all appropriate steps have been taken with regard to copyright. This means that photographs and text are either produced by you or that you have explicit permission from the copyright holder for use in HOW2. In the latter case, you must provide citations and acknowledgments.

Deadline: Summer/Fall 2007 ongoing

See Submissions to Public Figures

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Poetry And Performance

We are looking for papers, interviews, reviews and new writing that relate to issues of poetry and performance. We invite papers that focus on a range of approaches to poetry and performance, including the relationships between live art / performance and poetics and what has been termed in the UK, Performance Writing. We would like our contributors to consider some aspect of performance poetry or poetry in performance in relation to contexts of collaboration, networks and communities, and / or, its crossover into digital writing and new media. We are also particularly interested in the concept of a "poetic economy", which examines the way that gift cultures can be suggestive of possibilities for developing poetic networks. Poetry's oral tradition is finding new relevance within this type of economy and we welcome submissions that address the recent development of poetic practices that focus on the spoken word such as those supported by a range of venues including; Naropa University and the Bowery Poetry Club. We are also interested in poetry's relationship to live-art, music, sound poetry, and performance in new media.

See our guidelines on submitting work

Contact: Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Sophie Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London. and

Deadline: September 1st 2007.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

CALL FOR CREATIVE WORK/PAPERS: eco poetics and women writers

Eco-Poetics Special Feature

Co-ordinator: Harriet Tarlo

What is the relationship of linguistic innovation, spatial practices and formal concerns in poetry to ecology, environment and its associated politics?

How do you feel about/deal with the association of women with nature in our culture, past and present, and, indeed, in some environmental politics and eco-criticism?

Can modernist and contemporary experimental writing encompass, infringe upon, engage with the global? How does poetry participate in local or regional issues?

Can eco-poetics intersect effectively with other global political issues? Should it? What is our/your priority?

(Why) does eco-criticism identify itself closely with realist and non-fiction writing and often not poetics?

How might modernist/experimental writing and eco-critical discourse learn from each other?
Do you believe in eco-feminism? What is its relationship to a formulation of a possible eco-poetics?

Are these questions that engage you and/or feature in your creative work? If so, please consider submitting work to HOW2 for a special issue on eco-poetics. This may take the form of poetry, experimental prose poetry, essays, alerts or reviews.

For details of How2 formatting and layout please see the guidelines >> at:

Queries about the section: contact Harriet Tarlo

DEADLINE 18 May 2007

Special Feature on Carla Harryman

For our next issue we invite submissions for a critical feature on the writings of Carla Harryman. We are interested in critical essays and readings which might consider her work and its relationship to performance, theatre and poetics, and in particular how her plays and poems relate to recent traditions and developments in the international contexts of avant-garde writing practices. Issues to consider might include gender, site-specific writing, visual arts, film, subjectivities, live art, performing objects, Poets Theater, politics, the body and eroticism. More information on recent work by Carla Harryman can be found at

Deadline for submissions: August 1st 2007.

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