Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crab Creek Review @ Northwest Bookfest 2011 (Oct.1 & 2)

Crab Creek Review will have an exhibitor's table at Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland, WA on October 1st and 2nd. Drop by and chat with us--we'll have our current issue available for purchase as well as back issues at a reduced price, submission information (we accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction), subscription information, and we're happy to answer any questions about writing and submitting your work.

Crab Creek Review's own Kelli Russell Agodon, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Susan Rich, and good friend and CCR contributor, Elizabeth Austen, will read at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Northwest Women's Voices, Poetry) in the Peter Kirk Community Center Multipurpose Room.

At 12 p.m. on Sunday, Seattle's Jack Straw Writers (Susan Rich, Curator) will give a reading, featuring Robert Lamirande, Larissa Min, Ann Teplick, Nora Wendl, and Maritess Zurbano (Kirkland Teen Union Building).

Northwest Bookfest has a full schedule of fantastic readings and writing workshops. For more information visit:

Northwest Bookfest 2011
October 1st and 2nd, 10am – 6pm
Peter Kirk Park, 202 Third Street, Kirkland, WA
Over fifty author panels, hundreds of authors, writing and publishing workshops, family programs and more!
(suggested $5 donation/$10 per family)

Northwest Bookfest is an amazing opportunity for networking and learning more about writing/publishing. See you there!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Enter Crab Creek Review's 2011 Fiction Contest (Sept. 15 - Dec. 15)

Crab Creek Review's Annual Fiction Contest is now open for submissions!
  • Original, previously unpublished fiction up to 3,000 words, double spaced
  • Entry fee: $10
  • Postmark deadline is Dec. 15, 2011
  • Winner will receive $150 and publication in Crab Creek Review
  • All contest submissions will be considered for publication
  • Check back on our website in January 2012 for contest results
Please visit our Contest page for complete guidelines.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Crab Creek Review's 2011 Poetry Contest--The Results!

Thank you to all of the poets who entered Crab Creek Review's 2011 Poetry Contest and special thanks to our wonderful judge, Dorianne Laux and to our poetry editor, Lana Hechtman Ayers.


"Widowing" by Laura E. Davis. Dorianne Laux writes, "This poem reminds me of a Ruth Stone poem, both in its subject, and in the simple, precise details that reveal worlds.The irony of "That happy nighttime" the contortion of sadness in "her body a backward question mark", the anti-romantic "stump of a man". I admire the way the poem leaps into a vision of the difficulties of not only writing of grief, but into what could be a definition of grief itself: "curled strings" "bitter taste of an empty hearth", "the foggy hunger of widowing". This poem finishes with a sound image, one that can almost be heard, the subtle, and exquisitely lonely sound of a whiskey glass being lifted and then set back down. Lovely poem."

Honorable Mentions:

"The Contours of the Lake Lost to Cloud" by Jill Osier "is made from careful listening, and such a wonderful unexpected ending." ~Dorianne Laux

"Boundaries" by Claire Zoghb "is a poem that allows the reader access to a large political argument through a domestic and quite personal exchange." ~Dorianne Laux

"Seeing You" by Maya Jewell Zeller "is a visual treat. I loved those 'vertebrae a mouth stacked on a mouth'." ~Dorianne Laux


"Gretel Remembers" by Brent Calderwood
"Fairy Tale" by Rebecca Foust
"Someday My Stomach Will Be a Museum" by Jill Osier
"Love: Sun::" by Ben Purkert
"Relative Identity" by Cindy Steward Rinier
"Elegy/Elk River" by Michael Schmeltzer
"Tautology" by Michael Schmeltzer
"Departure" by John Willson
"Divorce on Mars" by Francine Witte

Congratulations to Laura E. Davis and to all of the Honorable Mentions and Finalists! Look for all of these poems in Crab Creek Review 2012 v. I.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Crab Creek Review is a Media Sponsor for the Seattle Arts & Lectures 2011/2012 Poetry Series

Crab Creek Review is a Media Sponsor for the Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series (2011-2012). We encourage our Seattle area subscribers and contributors to support SAL’s mission of presenting programs that further the arts and invite cultural dialogue. To learn more about SAL and to purchase tickets to the Poetry Series and other events, please visit their website: If you attend the Poetry Series, please stop by the Crab Creek Review table, browse our current issue, and chat with us. We have subscription and submission information available, as well as back issues for sale at a reduced price.

The 2011-2012 SAL Poetry Series:

Oct. 5th: Dorianne Laux

Nov. 6th: Peter Cole, Bill Porter, and Nikolai Popov

Dec. 8th: Terrance Hayes

Feb. 9th: Albert Goldbarth

Mar. 15th: Louise Gluck

Apr. 4th: Troy Jollimore and John Koethe

May 15th: Matthew and Michael Dickman

Hope to see you there!