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Deform this book!

Lake Forest College hosts The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize.  The deadline for the 2011 residency–which comes with $10,000, 2-month room and board at Lake Forest, and first book publication by &NOW Books–is April 1, 2010.

The genre is poetry or cross-genre, and there is NO ENTRY FEE!  That’s right.


We also have a guest judge–to be announced soon–and she is earth-shattering in her awesome-ness.

In the meantime, the 2010 resident, Gretchen E. Henderson, is engaged in a fascinating project for her Galerie de Difformité manuscript.  In short, you can request a text version of an “exhibit” from her ms-in-progress, and then have at it: reforming, deforming, cutting, shaping, embedding in ice, etc.

‘Tis great fun–as my senior writing seminar can attest–and Gretchen is considering ways to integrate these designs into the final deployment of the text by &NOW Books.You can find some great contributions, also, from two of my favorite creative writhers: Tom La Farge and Wendy Walker.

It’s a dj world, baby, and time for you to spin a record.  Essential info below:

My dear Subscriber ~

Thank you for your interest in the Galerie de Difformité: a collaborative offshoot of the hybrid work of the same title, forthcoming from &NOW Books in 2011. Before the book is published, this virtual gallery invites “Subscribers” (a one-time commitment) to materially deform & reform its so-called “Exhibits.”

**Submissions made on or before June 1, 2010 may be considered for inclusion in the published book; all submissions will be included in the online gallery. Further instructions & examples can be found at: http://difformite.wordpress.com/about/. If you know of other artists, writers, colleagues, students, teachers, friends, enemies, bedfellows, strangers, alter-egos, &c. who might be interested, please send them my way!

All good wishes,
the Undertaker

Make shift to de-realize, and the world will beat a path to your door.

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Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of eight print and audio works, including the novels Drain, Abecedarium, and Blank; the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game; as well as the audio-collage Memorials to Future Catastrophes. His first short story collection, there is no appropriate #emoji—with collaborations from Lance Olsen, Cris Mazza, Kelly Haramis, Stacy Levine, Tim Guthrie, Andi Olsen, and Megan Milks—will be released in Fall 2019.

His work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly.

He is Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest College.

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