Posted by: flywayjournal | January 30, 2011

Hazel Lipa Poetry Contest

Here are the details on our 2011 Hazel Lipa Poetry Contest. We look forward to reading your work!

Entries due: March 11, 2011 (Postmark or Submishmash)

Winning chapbook of no more than 40 poems will appear online in Flyway’s premiere online edition (available to subscribers only) and anthologized in 2011-2012 print anthology. Individual poems may be previously published, but the chapbook should not be published.

Hard copy entry fee: $10, or $24 with a subscription (includes online access). Please submit hardcopy chapbooks with your name and all relevant contact information in a cover letter. A title page and the poems should not include your name. Please send to:

206 Ross Hall
Department of English
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1201

Electronic entry fee: $12, or $27 with subscription (includes online access). Please submit electronic entries via Submishmash and include contact information in your cover letter. Judges will not see this information. Please make sure your uploaded document does not contain your name.

Winner: Publication, $250 cash, plus 2 contributor’s copies of the anthology and a Flyway t-shirt

Runner-up: $50 cash, plus 2 contributor’s copies of the anthology, a Flyway t-shirt, and publication of selected, previously unpublished poems.

The staff of Flyway reserves the right to consider all poems submitted in the chapbook contest for individual publication.

Posted by: flywayjournal | December 25, 2010

Contest Details Coming Soon!

This is just a quick post to let everyone know we’re finalizing the details for the annual Hazel Lipa Poetry Chapbook contest. More details to come soon! We already know that you’ll be able to submit online or through the mail.

Please bear in mind that our chapbook is printed as part of our issue of Flyway, in a special section, with a special type of paper.

We will post more details soon (think: mid-January since most of us are on winter break) and we look forward to reading your submissions!

Posted by: flywayjournal | December 17, 2010

An Interview with Kimberly L. Rogers

An interview with our other Best American Essays notable writer, Kimberly L. Rogers. Kim completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Iowa State and her essay “Know When to Walk Away: Returning to Zimbabwe by Greyhound” appeared in Flyway after winning the Home Voices contest–a contest only open to Iowa State MFA students.

1) What inspired you to write “Know When to Walk Away: Returning to Zimbabwe by Greyhound?”
In the fall of 2007 I went back to Zimbabwe after six years away. The country was facing its worst economic crisis since Independence in 1980. Inflation was skyrocketing, there were food shortages, and infrastructure like schools, roads, water and electricity were breaking down. I went back to see what that kind of rapid breakdown was like. But it had been so long since I’d been there (I’d been visiting there since 1998 and lived there for the whole of 2000). I couldn’t imagine flying from Des Moines airport to Harare airport and suddenly stepping off the plane into Zimbabwe again. Also, I wanted to see the borderpost between South Africa and Zimbabwe that had become so important for the movement of people and goods as conditions worsened in Zimbabwe.   So, I decided to fly into Johannesburg and take the Greyhound bus.   The strange experience of that 18 hour bus ride across the South African border and into Zimbabwe as I tried to grabble with my new surroundings inspired “Know When to Walk Away.”
2) What lingering concerns, if any, did you have when you submitted this for publication?
The piece was solicited otherwise I would never have submitted it. It was a mess. Way too long. The central issues still needed to be woven more evenly and developed throughout the piece. The essay is part of a book-length memoir, Hyper-Inflated: Returning to Zimbabwe, about that 2007 trip back to Zimbabwe that I’m working on. “Know When to Walk Away” was one of the earlier essays in that memoir and its reflects my own struggle with finding the structure for the overall book. Is it a travelogue where I chronicle what happened (this happened, then this, then that. . .) or is it a collection of crafted essays strung artfully around central metaphors? Or is it more novelistic in form, with each chapter introducing new conflicts and developing characters? Is it about me? Is it about Zimbabwe? All of those issues were unresolved in “Know When to Walk Away” and I still feel, despite being an Notable Essay in the 2010 Best American Essays, that “Know When to Walk Away” needs another round of revisions. Actually in the book manuscript, this essay has become nearly unrecognizable. . .   Though, I’m not sure that is an improvement either. . .
3) What image from “Know When to Walk Away: Returning to Zimbabwe by Greyhound?” sticks with you the most?
Hmm. . .  My memory is terrible. Having worked on the larger book manuscript that the essay is in, I can no longer separate this essay out in my mind from the rest. I think I wrote in “Know When to Walk Away” about the balancing rocks in Zimbabwe? If so, then it is an image of the sun hitting those granite boulders balanced so precariously on one another that is most memorable. But then again, with nonfiction its unclear– maybe I am just remembering my own memory of those rocks and how beautiful they were, how resonant with the beauty, and strangeness of Zimbabwe during that difficult time period.
4) Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about this essay or your writing?
Yes. Writing the book that this essay is part of is probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. I love it, but I can’t wait for it to end.    Also, I learned I was listed as a Notable Essayist on facebook. Colin Rafferty wrote on my Facebook wall: ‘What’s up Notable Essayist” and then attached the link. That was the first I’d heard of it. It took me like an hour to find out what he meant because the ‘notables’ were listed online in alphabetical order according to first name. Facebook.
Also, when I told my mom about the ‘mention,’ she asked me, “Is that like bowling a 300?”

Posted by: flywayjournal | November 30, 2010

New Issue is Here!

The latest issue of Flyway has just arrived from the printer. We will be putting it in the mail over the course of the upcoming week!

Don’t miss:

Rich Button
Michelle Eames
Lois Marie Harrod (Winner of our chapbook contest, with Cosmogony)
Julian Hoffman
Andy Hoffmann
Brad Johnson
Dimitri Keriotis
Kathryn Miles
Ruane Miller
Patrica Monaghan
Andrea J. Nolan
Ann Pancake
Racel Swearingen
Jane Vincent Taylor*
Sue Thomas
Linda Underhill
Corrie Williamson

*A correction: Jane Vincent Taylor appears as Jane Cox within the issue. We apologize for this oversight and ask you to change it in your copies–or at least make note of it, especially if you decide to share the journal with anyone else.

Posted by: flywayjournal | November 30, 2010

An Interview with Shura Young

Shura Young in Eastern Oregon

Shura Young’s nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in Flyway, Natural Bridge, Clackamas Literary Review, VoiceCatcher, and Marylhurst’s online M Review.  Awards include first place in Willamette Writers Kay Snow contest, finalist twice in Arts & Letters, and second place Oregon Writers Colony.  She is working on two memoirs: about surviving cult-like domestic violence; and about her unconventional 1971-’72 Europe travels.  Google Shura Young to read other writing pieces and see some of her art.

What pushed you to write “Tar Pits?”

            In a 2006 creative nonfiction class at the Portland, Oregon nonprofit, Write Around Portland, our volunteer professor, Scott Starbuck, showed us a portion of the Barry Lopez Lannan Video as a writing prompt.  Barry Lopez described in graphic imagery the brutality inflicted on native peoples by Europeans beginning with Christopher Columbus.  Our prompt was to write about our own meaningful physical or emotional place.  My mind took in the sickening gore and instantly focused on my child to adult experience of the Los Angeles Tar Pits.

            Using the prompt, I scribbled a single page in my spiral college-ruled notebook with stream-of-consciousness images.  Over two years of countless revisions, I expanded the prompt into this essay with its several levels of trauma: in my family; in the history of Tongva and Chumash Native Americans; the destruction to the natural environment; and even the tar’s creature killings.  


What image from “Tar Pits” sticks with you the most and why?

            The last line of my essay reads: “Even the tar looks artificial, and I wonder if anyone remembers how to grieve the open-beaked silence of a dying bird.” 

My essay’s last line symbolizes how I think of Los Angeles after spending my first forty-five years of life there.  It is symbolic of how some people’s greed and manipulative power destroys and controls other people and the environment without even noticing or seeming to care about the human cost and the loss of sustainable resources.  It’s about my Los Angeles: from mountain trees killed by smog, to Santa Monica Bay fish sickened by pollution, to my drawings and paintings of the burgeoning population of homeless and mentally ill, to the Earth’s retaliation by sliding expensive homes down hillsides.  My L.A., that’s about the fear of looking into the eyes of strangers; class pretentiousness born from materialism; the flat-stomach, dyed-hair, face-lifting self-obsession that obviates caring about others; and where stress-related hostility overrides just being friendly.

Sculptures of a mammoth family (one parent caught in the tar), fenced in with Wilshire Blvd. in background (2004).

I long to see children raised with love, generosity, gentleness, and wonder – not hate, stinginess, violence, and narrow-mindedness; to join in communal sharing – not self-serving competition.  And I want grownups to care so much about life within themselves and life within everything and everyone around them that the only way they can be is kind.

How did you feel when you realized you’d been picked as a Notable for The Best American Essays 2010?

            I’m a low-tech person, don’t have internet at home; googling my name in the local library is how I, and others, can see my art and writing online.  On November 8, 2010, I was in the library checking on any new art and writing successes online when, on the second page under my name, I saw the Notable entry.  I quietly flipped out, and immediately went to look for a copy of Best American Essays on the library shelves.  As I pulled a copy of a past Best American Essays off the shelf to read how the editors chose the best essays, a familiar librarian came up to me asking if I needed help.  I told him my good news.  Having “Tar Pits” selected as

Notable validated my motivation to become a full-time writer at age sixty-four.

Young (1950s) with dog Toby

Posted by: flywayjournal | November 25, 2010

Best American Essays 2010 – Tar Pits by Shura Young

We have terrific news to tell you this Thanksgiving weekend! Shura Young, author of the essay “Tar Pits” garnered “notable” attention in The Best American Essays 2010, which appeared in Flyway 12.2. Congratulations Shura!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone and thank you for your continued support of Flyway!

Posted by: flywayjournal | October 12, 2010

Benefit Auction

We would like to publicly announce our 4th Annual Flyway Benefit Auction. This year we’ll feature live music by Elizabeth Zimmerman. In years past, we’ve had Deb Marquart’s band The Bone People (they’re great!). We will also have a poetry slam and our poetry editor, Xav, will be the emcee. At the end of the poetry slam (after prizes are awarded to the participants) Xav and Jim Coppoc will face off! Wish I could find a better video of Jim’s slam poetry–he’s won awards for it! Alas, I can’t, but here’s a bit more about him:

Jim Coppoc is an award-winning poet and teacher; a lecturer at Iowa State University, where he teaches composition and creative writing; and the Special Projects Coordinator at Iowa State’s Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. In addition to his many creative and scholarly efforts, Coppoc has spent most of his life exploring the various media of performance art, having worked as musician, actor, stand-up comic, network radio D.J., and performance poet. Marc Smith, the founder of Slam Poetry, has called him “one of the new breed giving poetry new breath.”

Don’t miss the auction if you’re in the area. Or if you have to buy a plane ticket to get here. Or if you just love Flyway. We’ll even be raffling off a brand new iPod nano!

Sunday, November 7th, 2010 from 6-9 pm.

M-Shop, Memorial Union, Iowa State Campus

Beer and Pizza available for purchase

Tickets, $5 at the door.

We’ll have all sorts of great things to auction off from local businesses and we welcome donations as well! If you know you can’t make the auction, but would like to donate anyway please send your donation to:
Flyway – Auction Item
206 Ross Hall
Department of English
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1201

As you consider your donation, please note at a donation of $100 will earn you a ¼-page advertisement in the upcoming issue of Flyway, a $200 will earn you a ½-page ad and for $350, you receive a full page ad. In addition, you will receive a signed copy of our upcoming issue of Flyway.

Posted by: flywayjournal | October 7, 2010

Flyway T-Shirts

We have Flyway t-shirts, printed on 100% organic cotton. The color of the t-shirts is “natural” which means that they are a slightly beige color. They’re pretty cool (and very soft!), if we do say so ourselves and they help support our magazine. Get yours today! Visit our main Flyway website for more information on ordering these shirts! This is what the t-shirt design looks like on the front–right now we mostly have the red-print, but there are still a few with a brown tree image as well, if you prefer that. Order soon so we’ll know if we need to place another order this semester or not.

This past weekend, one of our staff members (John, nonfiction editor) was out on some property the Creative Writing department owns, building a stone bridge across a creek and guess what he was wearing–his Flyway t-shirt (image to come soon)!

In fact, one of our previous contest winners, Derek Sheffield, even sent us video footage of him reading his poetry and wearing his Flyway t-shirt. This seems like as good a time as any to say Thank You, Derek! We appreciate all you do to support Flyway.

Posted by: flywayjournal | October 5, 2010

Notes from the Field Contest

Click the following link to see the poster for information on our 2010 Notes from the Field competition. The deadline is in mid-November (postmark) and you may also submit online. Notes from the Field 2010

Posted by: flywayjournal | October 2, 2010

Pho Recipe and Stealing Buddha’s Dinner

John, Brenna, Gen, and Liz just finished reading the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner for a class called “Fake Plastic Trees” taught by Dean Bakapolous and we thought that since it’s getting cooler here in Iowa (the first frost warning of the season is tonight!) that a soup recipe would be an appropriate pairing. Unfortunately Pho is generally made with beef–and three of us are vegetarians. There are faux Pho recipes out there–but we can’t have all our recipes be vegetarian/vegan (well, Liz thinks we could, but never mind her). Pho is mentioned often in Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and so here’s a Food Network recipe for Pho:

Pho (Vietnamese Beef & Rice-Noodle Soup), Recipe adapted from Nguyen Thi Thai Moreland by Shelly Doyle

16 cups of broth

For the broth:

  • 4 pounds Oxtails; cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces and trimmed of fat
  • 3-inch piece of ginger, unpeeled
  • 1 large onion, halved and unpeeled
  • 1/3 cup nuoc mam (fish sauce)
  • 8 whole star anise
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 bay leaves

For the garnish:

  • 1 pound 1/4-inch rice noodles
  • 2 bunches scallions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil, approximately, whole fresh plants (minus roots) if possible
  • 1 1/2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 3 large limes, cut into wedges and seeds removed
  • Red chile paste or sliced fresh hot chilies (optional)
  • 3/4 pounds filet mignon, trimmed of fat and sliced very thin

Put the oxtails into a large stockpot and add enough water to cover the bones by 4 inches (about 2 gallons). Bring to a full boil and then lower the heat to a rapid simmer. Skim the scum that rises to the surface.

Meanwhile put the ginger and onion halves on a baking sheet and char them under the broiler until lightly blackened, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn them over halfway through cooking. When cool enough to handle, rinse the onion and ginger under running water, using a knife to scrape away some of the charred surface. Cut the ginger into 3 pieces and toss it and the onion halves into the simmering broth, along with 1 tablespoon salt and the fish sauce.

Put the star anise, cloves, and cinnamon stick in a small skillet and toast them on top of a stove burner over medium heat. Turn the spices a couple of times until they’re slightly darkened (3 to 4 minutes) and until you smell their aroma. Put the toasted spices and fennel seeds in a small square of double thick cheesecloth and tie the bundle with a long piece of kitchen twine. Add the spice bundle and the bay leaves to the broth, tying the end of the twine to the pot handle for easy retrieval.

Let the broth simmer, uncovered, skimming occasionally. After 4 hours, remove the spice bundle, onion, bay leaves and ginger from the pot and discard. Remove the oxtails from the pot and set aside. Let the broth continue to simmer. When the meat is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones. Set the meat aside and return the bones to the broth. Continue simmering, uncovered, until the broth is rich and flavorful, about 1 hour. Taste the broth and add more salt or fish sauce as needed.

Meanwhile, soak the rice noodles in cold water for at least 20 minutes. Arrange the sliced scallions, cilantro, parsley, basil, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and chiles on a platter in separate piles.

 Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the drained rice noodles. Give the noodles a quick stir and cook until tender but firm, about 1 minute. Rice noodles can quickly become gummy, so don’t let them overcook. Drain the noodles. Warm 6 large bowls by rinsing them with hot water and divide the noodles among the bowls.

 Just before serving, return the broth to a full boil. Arrange the slices of raw filet and pieces of cooked oxtail meat over the noodles in each bowl. Carefully ladle the boiling broth over all; the raw beef should be submerged in the broth. Serve immediately, along with the platters of garnish.

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