Have you ever wondered why we’re called Superstition Review? Well, let me tell you the story!
For those of you who don’t know, SR is housed at Arizona State University (students play a big role in the curation of each issue). ASU has four campuses in the metro Phoenix area and SR is housed on the Polytechnic campus in Mesa. From the Polytechnic (or Poly, as we call it) campus, there is a wonderful view of the Superstition Mountains. Not only are these mountains stunning in and of themselves – and therefore worthy as a namesake – our founding editor, Patricia Colleen Murphy, also has a personal connection to these mountains. Since the mountains are beautifully showcased on the Poly campus and they hold a special place in Trish’s heart, the name Superstition Review was a natural choice.
Do you have other questions about SR? Let us know in the comments!
Today we are happy to announce the news of past contributor Robert Krut! Robert’s newest book titled The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All on Fire will be available for preorder soon, to be published this summer. The book was just awarded the Codhill Poetry Award by the Codhill Press. S[r]’s own founding editor, Patricia Colleen Murphy, said Robert’s poems are “filled not only with what is real but with what is possible.”
More information about Robert and his new book can be found here. One poem included in the book can be found in S[r]’s Issue 18, and four more in Issue 3.
Today we are thrilled to announce the news of Superstition Review’s founding editor Patricia Colleen Murphy. Patricia’s poetry collection titled Bully Love will be published April 1st, 2019 and is currently available for preorder. Bully Love is a journey of displacement and an education in human and natural relationships. The collection has previously won the 2019 Press 53 Award for poetry and is a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection.
Today we couldn’t be more excited to announce that Superstition Review’s founding editor, Patricia Colleen Murphy, has won the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry for her collection Bully Love. Bully Love was selected by Press 53 Poetry Series Editor Tom Lombardo from a field of more than 400 entries from forty-five states and the district of Columbia and will be published on April 1, 2019, as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection. Congratulations to our wonderful founding editor!
An interview with Patricia can be read in Issue 18 of Superstition Review.
Arizona State University recently unveiled their new Master of Arts program in Narrative Studies. During the 30 credit hour program, focus will be on story telling and narratives across multiple platforms including text, film, and other media. Material will span a range of cultures and time periods while looking at structure, rhetoric, aesthetic and more throughout this exciting interdisciplinary program.
The program is currently accepting students for Fall 2018 classes. ENG 446/520: Visual Narratives, which will be taught by Dr. Wendy Williams, is one example of the upcoming courses. In addition to Dr. Williams, the MA Narrative Studies programs features several other ASU faculty including Superstition Review’s Patricia Colleen Murphy.
The degree, offered through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (CISA) will be located on ASU’s Polytechnic Campus. Narrative Studies, MA is the official site to visit for requesting information, learning how and when to apply, or scheduling a visit. We recommend following the official Facebook page, MA Narrative Studies at Arizona State University, for further news and announcements.
Congratulations and thanks to ASU and the staff and faculty for this new program in Narrative studies.
Paradise Valley Community College is hosting a reading series this fall and featuring speakers in September, October, and November. The series is called “The Bridges Series” and focuses on making connections and forging paths.
We’re so proud to announce that Superstition Review’s founding editor, Patricia Colleen Murphy, is the first speaker in the series. She will be presenting in the Puma Press Room on Thursday, September 14 from 10:30am until 12:00pm. Murphy’s book, Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press, 2016) won the May Swenson Poetry Award, judged by Stephen Dunn. Hemming Flames also won the Milt Kessler Poetry Award in 2017. New Orleans Review also published a chapter from her memoir in progress as a chapbook. Murphy has been published in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and more. Visit her website here.
The series also features Hedy Habra on Thursday, October 19 from 10:30am to 12:00pm and Beth Cato on Thursday, November 16 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Both of these events will take place in the Puma Press Room.
Habra has authored two poetry collections, Under Brush Strokes and Tea in Heliopolis. Under Brushstrokes was a finalist for the USA Best Book Award and the International Poetry Book Award. Tea in Heliopolis was the winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award. Habra also authored a story collection, Flying Carpets, which won the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Habra is a six-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Visit her website here.
Cato is the author of The Clockwork Dagger, which was a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel, and The Clockwork Crown, which was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Finalist. She also authored a novella, “Wings of Sorrow and Bone,” which was a 2016 Nebula nominee. Visit her website here.
Cactus Well is an event promoting the local literary community in the greater Phoenix area. The panel, consisting of local poets, teachers, and series founders, will discuss the workings of the literary community in Phoenix.
The event will take place on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 3 p.m. on ASU Tempe’s campus in COOR L1-88.
Panel members include Spillers host Robert Hoekman Jr., Jake Friedman of Four Chambers Press, Spoken-Word Poet Megan Atencia, and Superstition Review’s own Patricia Colleen Murphy. The event will start with a short Q&A concerning literary citizenship, technology and literature, and how to create a successful journal, reading series, or event. There will be refreshments and networking opportunities after.
Greetings, true believers! We here at Superstition Review have an extra-special announcement: Our dear friends over at diode have released their 10th Anniversary Issue, replete with the profoundly excellent poetic stylings of more than a few past contributors to Superstition Review, including (but not limited to);
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Patricia Colleen Murphy
Do yourself the immense kindness of taking a lil’ poetry break with the 10th Anniversary issue of diode, and to the goodly gaggle over at diode, Superstition Review says congratulations! Here’s to a hundred more years of poetry.
Today we are pleased to feature author and founding editor of Superstition Review, Patricia Colleen Murphy as our Authors Talk series contributor. In an interview with Cass Murphy (previous interview editor and podcast blogger for Superstition Review), Patricia discusses her recent publication of her collection of poems in Hemming Flames.
She discusses the value of informing the audience of “both process and person” during poetry readings to help put the “poems in perspective.”
Although one review described her poems as “mean,” she expresses that her goal while writing this collection was “to be honest, to be true, and to be kind” even in the face of evidence that would prompt otherwise. We learn about the personal choices she made to create this brutally honest collection of poems in Hemming Flames.
Superstition Review will launch their 18th issue on Thursday, December 1, at 6 PM at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Since its founding in 2008 by Patricia Murphy, ASU’s online literary magazine has made it their goal to publish engaging and innovative works of fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, and art. They have published over 750 established and emerging authors from all over the world and are thrilled to announce the expansion of their family of contributors with their upcoming issue.
All staff members, contributors, members of the literary community, and friends and family are welcome to join Superstition Review in the celebration of the issue’s launch. Please view more details about this event on our Facebook event.