December 16th, 2013
Hey Normals! We're closed for regular submissions but our 2014 Normal Prize Contest has just kicked off and is open for your submissions. $20 gets you a year subscription plus a chance to win publication and $1000. Our judges are Ander Monson (nonfiction), Roxane Gay (fiction), and Eduardo Corral (poetry). Submit early. Submit often. Be Normal.
ISSUE #11 OUT NOW!
December 4th, 2013
We're all kinds of excited about our latest issue. It features fiction by George Singleton, an essay by Lia Purpura, essays on film and music by our regular columnists Phillip Lopate and Joe Bonomo, the winners of our Normal Prize, and much much more. You can pick up a digital copy over in our library or you could always subscribe.
November 4th, 2013
Normal Associate Poetry Editor Stacey Balkun asks award-winning poet Jamaal May five questions on the role of poetry in social change, the process of constructing a collection of poems, and more. When asked of the potential of poetry to save the world, May responds, "Poetry, along with every other art, is a tool for teaching and expanding empathy. Violence and injustice cannot endure empathy." Read the full interview here.
September 1st, 2013
Calling all Normals! We just opened for submissions, and we're looking for your mind-bending forays into the worlds of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Be sure to take a look at our submission guidelines, get real familiar with our magazine, and submit. Happy writing!
A NORMAL INTERVIEW WITH BEN MILLER
July 8th, 2013
Ben Miller was kind enough to talk with Normal Editorial Assistant J.J. Anselmi about his recent book River Bend Chronicle (Lookout 2013). Miller talks about the Junkification of essays, prose sound, and lyrical maximalism, while shedding light on what makes his writing tick. Read the interview here.
IN HICKEY’S HAVANA – BEN MILLER
July 3rd, 2013
The Normal School offices are still abuzz about Ben Miller's recent book The River Bend Chronicles. The excitement lingers so strongly that we decided to roll out a chapter of the book that was originally published in The Normal School in 2009. Have a read about the junkification of boyhood, Muhammad Ali, and an old smoker named Mr. Hickey. Enjoy it here. Keep an eye out for a Normal interview with Ben Miller himself in the next few days.