Posted by: flywayjournal | October 2, 2010

Announcing Theme for Spring 2011 Issue (March 31, 2011 deadline)

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment is pleased to announce the theme for the Spring 2011 issue: Forgotten Places. For this issue, we’re looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry dealing with marginalized environments. To marginalize is to relegate to an outer or lower edge, to label with decreased importance. So then, what’s a marginalized environment? We’re not telling you. It’s up to you to convince us through your writing. We’ve heard arguments for: the Rustbelt, the Everglades, abandoned fairgrounds, inner city playgrounds, war-torn towns, and much more! Be creative. Remember forgotten places—and write about them. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are submitting to this theme issue by using either “Forgotten Places” or “Marginalized Environments” somewhere in the cover letter. Deadline: March 31, 2011.

Posted by: flywayjournal | September 28, 2010

The Book Thief & Split Pea Soup

We’re playing around with the way we run this blog. We’re hoping to keep more of you reading it, more often. So our current thought is this: We will read a book and then post a recipe that comes directly from the book. Liz really wanted to do “Open a can of Coke” when she read The Road by Cormac McCarthy (yes, she was just getting around to it), but she got out-voted.

Recently, Gen, Liz, and our former poetry editor, Annie, have been reading The Book Thief for a Teaching English Literature class–and one of the primary foodstuffs in this book is an apparently vile split pea soup that the protagonist’s stepmother makes and forces people to eat. No one can keep this down–which we think is terribly unfair to split pea soup. It really can be pretty good. There are standard green split pea soups, ones made from red lentils, etc. This recipe, which originally comes from Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
2 cups dried split green peas, picked over and rinsed
5 cups water
juice of 1/2 lemon (reserve the zest)

a few pinches of smoked paprika
more olive oil to drizzle

Add olive oil to a big pot over med-high heat. Stir in onions and salt and cook until the onions soften, just a minute or two. Add the split peas and water. Bring to a boil, dial down the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the peas are cooked through (but still a touch al dente). Using a large cup or mug ladle half of the soup into a bowl and set aside. Using a hand blender (or regular blender) puree the soup that is still remaining in the pot. Stir the reserved (still chunky) soup back into the puree – you should have a soup that is nicely textured. If you need to thin the soup out with more water (or stock) do so a bit at a time. Stir in the lemon juice and taste. If the soup needs more salt, add more a bit at a time until the flavor of the soup really pops.

Ladle into bowls or cups, and serve each drizzled with olive oil and topped with a good pinch of smoked paprika and a touch of lemon zest.

Serves 4 to 6

Posted by: flywayjournal | September 27, 2010

The Best American Essays 2010

We’d like to congratulate Kimberly L. Rogers (a former author in Flyway) for her “Notable” mention in the Best American Essays of 2010. Follow this link:

If you follow this sort of stuff, the book is due out October 5th.

Posted by: flywayjournal | August 24, 2010

Flyway Featured in Fiction Writers Review

Flyway was mentioned in a recent essay on the new “Nature” nature journals. Check it out!

Posted by: flywayjournal | April 11, 2010

Chapbook Winner and Runner-Up Chosen

There was some tough competition in the chapbook contest–but we’ve finally picked our winner and runner-up. We’ll post more information about that in the next couple of days, after the winner and runner-up are both notified. To everyone who submitted, but was not chosen, we are glad we had the chance to read your work. If you provided a SASE, we plan to provide at least a little personal feedback.

Thank you to everyone who gave us the opportunity to read your work!

Posted by: flywayjournal | April 8, 2010

Flyway @ AWP

For all of you in Denver this week, come stop by our table at the AWP Conference Bookfair. We have issues for sale (including the new one, hot off the press) as well as t-shirts and other goodies! Hope to see you there.

Posted by: flywayjournal | April 2, 2010

The New Issue is Here!

The new issue of Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment (12.3) arrived yesterday afternoon. Contributors, you will receive your copies in the next few weeks. If you want to order additional copies (or you want to order a copy in general), please visit our main website:

We will have our new issues at AWP as well and we look forward to meeting you! So, please stop by our table, see sample issues, and enter the chance to win a poster signed by Terry Tempest Williams, Rick Bass, and Patricia Smith!

Posted by: flywayjournal | March 27, 2010

Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Contest

We’ve started reading entries to the Hazel Lipa environmental Chapbook contest and it looks like we’ve got some good stuff in the mix. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We hope to have a winner picked in the next few weeks–but please bear with us. We’re all doing this as a labor of love. If you included a SASE with your entry, we will make sure to send you the contest results, as well as a little feedback about your entry, if you are not chosen as the winner. Remember, there are a LOT of good entries we’re considering–so even if you don’t win, we want to see your work again.

I want to say thanks again for supporting us. Without people like you, we couldn’t make it. We recently watched one of our literary magazine friends close their doors due to a lack of subscriptions and cash.

Posted by: flywayjournal | March 12, 2010

Hysteria and Historical Fiction

Authors like hysteria. It makes for a good conflict. Historical hysteria against (think of any racist term you want to interject) makes for even better writing–because now we get to think we’re better than that. And of course, this is not the limits of hysteria. We’re also afraid (which can so often lead to hysteria) of diseases, disasters, and those who aren’t like us. This can be racial, species, or demographic specifc–just to name a few.

I’ve been reading recently–plenty of your submissions, but also two books for fun. I recently finished 13 Moons by Charles Frazier (yes, I’m just getting around to it), which is better than Cold Mountain–at least in my opinion. The writing is tighter and the speaker alternates between an unreliable young adult narrator and the older version of that narrator. Of course, the narrator is really always older and telling what he remembers. Does this make him more unreliable? I think so! Anyway, Frazier manages to discuss the Trail of Tears without didacticism and provides all the key features of a best-seller: violence, romance, and hero goes on a journey. I’m summarizing a lot but I enjoyed the book.

But that was an overdose in history. To compensate, I’ve moved to (more modern history) Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston. I should just state here I love infectious diseases. The Hot Zone introduced me to Richard Preston–a science writer and a creative nonfiction writer–and I’ve since read most of his books. Earlier this year, I read The Wild Trees. You should read that too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Panic in Level 4 begins with an introduction to creative nonfiction and how Preston moves through his process of creative nonfiction fact gathering and writing. Each chapter in the book stems from articles he wrote, mostly for The New Yorker and other such magazines. Give it a read. I don’t love every chapter–but I feel like I’m learning…and that the learning is fun!


Posted by: flywayjournal | March 12, 2010

Issue 12.3 – Update

Hi everyone,

I know many of you are eagerly awaiting the latest issue of Flyway. As you know, we got it to the printer a bit later than we might have liked–but it’s there now and we hope to have it back in time for AWP (meaning, we hope to have it back in early April). The printer says there will be about a 3-week turn around–but I know from experience that this is the average. This issue contains winners from two contests: Notes from the Field (creative prose about the environment) and Home Voices (open only to members of the Iowa State creative writing graduate program). We also feature two artists (artists’ work is solicited; we do not accept unsolicited artwork).

On another note, we need more of you to inkle! That’s what we call it (thanks to the suggestion of a long-time contributor) when you respond to one of our Monthly Inklings. The month is already (almost) halfway over! Remember, the winning Inklings will be feature here!

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