Saturday, March 21, 2009

TNS#1 Review in New Pages

Hey Folks,

Check out the review of TNS#1 on New Pages.

Thanks to these folks for their support of us and of all the little guys out there.

Never let it be said that the Normal gang is short on ambition.

-- SWC

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wanted: Director for the Rose O'Neill Literary House

K.A. Hays, one of our Normal friends, sent this interesting job opening:

Director of
The Rose O’Neill Literary House

The Rose O’Neill Literary House provides a haven for Washington College’s thriving literary community. Some of the nation’s most distinguished writers, editors, critics, and scholars have given readings, lectured and interacted with Washington College writers on the Literary House’s wraparound porch or within its poster-clad Victorian walls. Students handset their own poetry broadsides in the pressroom annex or perfect their prose in one of the student writing rooms. The Literary House is both a physical space and programmatic center at a small college where written expression and independent thinking are at the heart of our mission.

To direct the Rose O’Neill Literary House, the College is seeking a person with administrative and teaching experience and a distinguished record of publications in creative writing (genre open; non-fiction preferred). M.F.A or Ph. D required. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in designing co-curricular programs in writing that function in support of the liberal arts mission of the College. Evidence of teaching excellence on the college level is expected as the director will teach writing courses on both the upper- and lower-level. 1/1 load.

Major responsibilities include the development and promotion of co-curricular literary and creative writing programs in support of existing academic programs; management of the Literary House and Literary House Press; public outreach; student recruitment; and fund-raising and grant writing.

Washington College is located in historic Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, enrolls approximately 1,300 students, and is within easy driving distance to Washington D. C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Applicants can learn more about the Rose O’Neill Literary House, the minor in creative writing, and the Sophie Kerr prize at

This is a twelve-month administrative position that reports to the Provost and Dean of the College. Tenure or tenure-track appointment negotiable depending upon qualifications. Anticipated starting date: July 1, 2009. Salary competitive. Applications should be submitted electronically. Please send letter of interest, cv, and writing sample as word documents or pdfs to . Please have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to the above address or by mail to Christopher Ames, Provost and Dean of the College, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Review of applications will begin March 16, 2009, and will continue until position is filled. Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Juan Felipe Does it Again!!!

Hey Folks,

Our friend, TNS#1 contributor, Juan Felipe Herrera does it again! He just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. What a year, huh?

Give it up for JFH!!! You'll always be Normal in our book.

-- Eds.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wagonful of Pushcarts

Hey Normalistaz,

The Board of Contributing Editors for the Pushcart Prize (a veritable "who's who" in the writing world) just nominated 4 more poems from TNS#1 for inclusion in their 2009 Anthology.

"Lost Earring," by Elizabeth Langemak
"Somewhere a Dog," and "Foster Child," by Dorianne Laux
"Social Security," by Joe Millar

Way to go, Normal Contributors!!

-- SWC