(March 5, 2012) - We do a lot of things in the dark: feel fear, make love, tell stories. We spend at least a third of our lives with the lights off, dreaming. In the dark, we imagine shadows and movement where there may be none, we picture stormy nights and power outages. We see amorphous shapes that we cannot identify, and the whole world goes colorless. Sometimes, we feel left out or lost, and though it may be the middle of the day, high noon, we say we are in the dark. Sometimes we don't even know the things we don't know, don't know that someone, somewhere, is thinking about how in the dark we are--unaware of unfaithful love, of eyes trained on us from a distance, of surprise parties being plotted. Darkness is also used to make things seem brighter. In painting, for instance, a brushstroke here brings out the color there, illuminating the illumination
Our theme for issue #51 of Hayden's Ferry Review is In the Dark. We want your stories and poems about darkness, about being and doing and feeling in the dark. Turn the lights off. Make shadow puppets on the wall. Leave something out. Tell us what happens when the screen goes black. Blindfold us and take us by the hand. Lock us in the trunks of cars. Take us to attics, basements, graveyards. Find a darkness that hasn't been found.
To submit, go to our Submishmash page here and mention "In the Dark" in the comments section. The deadline for this call is June 1, 2012. We look forward to reading your work!
More Praise from NewPages
(July 15, 2011) - We are once again thrilled about kind words from NewPages, this time about Hayden's Ferry Review #48. Reviewer Hazel Foster raved about the fiction of Robert Warwick, the poetry of Shayok Chowdhurry, and the photography of Robert Ballen. She also recommended the special section on Short Forms. Many thanks to the staff at NewPages.
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(Aug. 1, 2010) - We're thrilled about this glowing review of Hayden's Ferry Review #46 from NewPages, which called it "one big, bold, brilliant effort" and one of our "most exciting issues ever." Reviewer Sima Rabinowitz raved about our cover art, Halina Duraj's heartbreaking essay, our international section and the diversity of our contributors, among other things. Many thanks to the staff at NewPages; we're so glad this issue has struck a chord.
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(Jan. 11, 2010) - A poem by contributor Carolyne Wright appears in The Best American Poetry of 2009, ed. David Wagoner (guest editor) and David Lehman; and in the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010).
(Dec. 15, 2009) - Hayden's Ferry Review Issue #45 (Fall/Winter 2009-10) earned a "overwhelmingly positive" review from the online publication The Review Review. Issue #42, the last they reviewed, also earned high praise from the publication. The new review begins:
You would do well to judge the latest issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review by its cover. The front and back cover art, from Hong Hao’s photographic series “My Things,” was made “by using the scanned images of thousands of items from the artist’s everyday life.” It can take minutes for you actually to open the magazine, as the objects, “which appear almost as satellite-like representations,” continue to draw you in. Just when you think you’re finally ready to open the cover and start reading, what should fall out but a sturdy bookmark decorated with a detail from Hao’s very cover art. This is a class opening act that sets the bar high for content. Fortunately, Hayden’s Ferry Review is up to the challenge.
(Oct. 30, 2009) - Poet Jericho Brown is one of the ten winners of the 2009 Whiting Writers' Award, which honors writers of exceptional talent early in their careers with $50,000. Jericho's poetry book, Please, is his first, published by New Issues Poetry & Prose in 2008. His poem Track 3: (Back Down) Memory Lane appeared in HFR #41. Visit the HFR blog to read the poem.
(Oct. 7, 2009) - HFR contributor Urban Waite just sold his two novels, The Terror of Living and Dead if I Don't at auction in New York City to Little Brown. The story collection is next. The Terror of Living he wrote while on a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center about a drug deal gone horribly wrong on the Washington/Canada border, and in the aftermath, an ex-con trying to make a good life out of a bad past. There is even a guest appearance in the novel from Eddie Vasquez, the criminal friend in "Don't Look Away," the story that appeared in HFR #42, now anthologized in Best of the West. The second novel, set in Arizona around Maricopa County, is about a cartel hitman trying to repent, but ending up deeper and deeper in sin.
(Oct. 6, 2009) - The just-released 2009 edition of the Best of the West anthology is a collection of stories that, “…seem to tell us that the possibilities of the West are as expansive as the landscape.” HFR is pleased and honored to have two stories in this year's volume: Stephen Tuttle's "Amanuensis" and Urban Waite's "Don't Look Away," both from issue #42. Our fiction editor from that issue, Aimée Baker, also has a story included: "The Persistence of Memory," from Gulf Coast. They're joined by Joyce Carol Oates, Dagoberto Gilb, Annie Proulx and many more fantastic writers.
Hayden’s Ferry Review is looking for translations that pay close attention to cultural bodies, the way they identify themselves, interact, and maintain their distinctions. HFR’s international section wishes to explore these living arrangements as perceived by the inhabitant writer. Our intention is to provide a venue for writers who have not been recognized by the dominant literary communities; workers outside of tradition, or so deep in tradition that what they do no longer fits the literary mold.
As the international section means to respect the full dimensionalities of language—how cultures organize concepts into figures of sound, what those sounds are—there are also these elements:
An introduction by the author. Perhaps how an experience has been translated, how conditions have shaped the experience. Perhaps considering the linguistic or ethical complications of coordinating the languages, demonstrated by a specific passage of the work.
An audio component. The writer reading his or her work in the original language, accessible on HFR’s website.