If you’re a writer from the Midwest, or who writes about the region, take note. the museum of americana has announced it will publish a special Midwest-themed issue. The online review, which features Americana-themed prose, poetry and art, will produce the issue in conjunction with Quiddity International Literary Journal. The collaborative project will comprise the museum ofamericana Issue Five, scheduled to appear in late January 2014.
As Justin Hamm, founding editor of the museum of americana, explains, “In the past the label regionalism has been seen as a dismissal of sorts, but of late there has been a movement to reclaim the moniker with pride. We are looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art/photography from writers/artists who self-identify as Midwestern and whose work engages with Midwestern regional themes, traditional and contemporary.”
Submissions will be accepted from November 15 to December 31st.
On this day, December 3, in 1857, Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Imperial Russia (modern
Ukraine, then a part of Poland). While he settled in England and wrote in English, he always considered himself a Pole. Heart of Darkness, one of the most famous of his 20 novels (which explores colonialism and the attitudes regarding what constitutes a barbarian versus civilized society) is considered one of the best English novels of the 20th century, as is his novel Lord Jim, which chronicles a crew’s abandonment of its disabled ship. Conrad died in England in 1924 at age 66.