From the Editor: A Memorious Year in Review

2010 has been a year of new projects for Memorious, including the expansion of content through this blog and the introduction of our annual art song contest. And as we reached the ripe age of six years of online publishing,we were grateful to be included in such great company in the Huffington Post piece “Online Literary Journals Come of Age: 15 Top Online Journal Editors Speak.”

Meanwhile, our contributors have been busy this year, too, and I take much pleasure in seeing their successes in the news. To wrap up 2010, I thought I would share a few of the ways that Memorious contributors have made it into the news this year.

“The poetry of the future . . . . ”

Timothy Donnelly’s poem “Partial Inventory of Airborne Debris,” which appeared in Memorious 14, is in his much talked about 2010 collection, The Cloud Corporation. In The Times Literary Supplement, John Ashbery says of the collection: “This is an extraordinary collection–the poetry of the future, here, today.” Dan Chiasson selects The Cloud Corporation as his favorite book of the year in his list of the eleven best poetry books of 2010 in the New Yorker, and he says, “If Whitman had had a young kid and a Brooklyn apartment, too many bills, and a stack of takeout menus in the top drawer of his Ikea desk, he would have written these poems.” Donnelly also gets a mention many other places, including best lists in the Guardian, NPR, and the Huffington Post’s list of “The Seventeen Most Important Poetry Books of Fall 2010.”

Worth Your Tax Dollars.

This year, I’d like to imagine my tax dollars going right to poets instead of, well, you know, other things. So I was delighted to see this that year’s recipients of NEA fellowships in poetry included Thorpe Moeckel, whose poem “Solstice” appears in issue 15, and former contributor, Leslie Harrison, whose poem “How I Became a Ghost” was subsequently chosen for inclusion in the most recent editions of Best of the Net and Dzanc Books’ annual print anthology, Best of the Web.

Other 2011 NEA recipients include Memorious blog contributors Jericho Brown and Allison Titus.

Even the Library of Congress!

The winner of our first art song contest, Jill McDonough, was selected by Kay Ryan for a Library of Congress 13th annual Witter Bynner Award. Take a listen to composer Randall West’s setting of her poems Blackwater , An Hour with an Estruscan Sarcophagus, and “Husky Boy’s Dickies,” performed by soprano Samantha Stein and the Beacon Street Chamber Players.

We continue to bring you the Best New Poets.

Megan Grumbling’s poem “Leaving the Room,” was selected by Claudia Emerson for inclusion in Best New Poets 2010. She is the latest in a line of Memorious contributors whose poems have been selected by judges after being nominated by Memorious for the series: Darren Morris (2008 by Mark Strand); Fritz Ward (2007 by Natasha Trethewey); Matthew Hittinger (2005 by George Garrett).

And yes, our Fiction Writers rock, too.

Contributor Paul Yoon was recently selected for The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” in Fiction. 2010 also brought noted new books from several of our fiction contributors, including Steve Almond (Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life), Benjamin Percy (The Wilding), and two of our interviewees, Sigrid Nunez (Salvation City) and Brock Clarke (Exley).

But wait, there’s more.

Many of our poetry contributors have also published books this year. But if we compiled all of the information here about our contributors’ recent accomplishments and book publications, you’d be scrolling through this post for hours. So let’s end here, and please raise your glasses to the wonderful and talented writers and artists who bring you, the reader, together with us, the editors.

Happy New Year, Readers!

Warmly,

Rebecca Morgan Frank
Editor-in-Chief

Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction

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