Jun 062017
 

Pyriform Press invites you to take the Nerve Lantern Challenge: Round Robin Hood

This time the Challenge is about collaboration and metamorphosis in the spirit of Exquisite Corpse—with a special emphasis on environmental, social justice, and civil rights activism.

Step One: Submit up to five unpublished poems (10-50 lines each, or 200-500 words if a prose poem) for consideration. Also submit one polyvocal performance text that showcases your best writing for performance. It will not be published in Nerve Lantern but will serve as an example of what you can write and will affect whether one of your poems is accepted. Special consideration will be given to poems that in some way express environmental, social justice, or civil rights activism—e.g. to protest social injustice, call for change to help others or our planet, illuminate personal experience of injustice or oppression, celebrate diversity, etc., as long as the poem does not promote violence or cruelty. Complexity and innovation in form/language are welcome. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017.

Step Two: If one of your poems is accepted, your poem will be given to another participant in the Challenge to transform into a poets theater piece. You will receive a poem from a different participant. Write a new poets theater piece, inspired by the poem you received and incorporating as many phrases from the poem as you can thoughtfully collage. The poets theater piece must be for more than one voice, the best writing you can muster, and 1-5 pages long. Special kudos for retaining and reinforcing any activist theme. Complexity and innovation in form/language are welcome. Submission Deadline: February 1, 2018 (but the sooner the better).

Step Three: If your performance text is in good order, it will be given to another participant in the Challenge to be performed. You will receive a poets theater piece from a different participant. Get your friends together and perform this piece in a public space (indoors or outdoors). You can add costumes, props, music, movement, etc. to the piece as long as your intent is to honor the text. Have a friend video this performance. The video can be low-tech, as on a smart phone, but feel free to edit the video if you think that’s wise. How to submit the video will be discussed at the time. Special congratulations for harnessing any activist theme in the performance—via how you manifest the text, where you perform it, and which audience you reach. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018 (but the sooner the better).

Step Four: As long as the editor finds them acceptable, all winning poems, poets theater pieces, and videos of performances will be published on the Pyriform Press website as an online issue of Nerve Lantern. In further appreciation, the editor will give each participant one free copy chosen from available past issues of Nerve Lantern.

Email your submission of poems and an example performance text (Word doc or pdf; include your name, email address, mailing address, bio, and a brief statement of interest) to Ellen Redbird. Find her email link here: www.pyriformpress.com/contact/

Notes: Poetry judges are yet to be determined. The Challenge will only go ahead if we can find at least three participants.

For more info about Nerve Lantern, visit www.pyriformpress.com/nervelantern/

Please share this call for submissions. In the spirit of Robin Hood: The more the merrier!


 

Jul 162016
 

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature invites submissions of visual art for inclusion inside a special digital issue that pays tribute to Yoko Ono.

We are most excited to receive work that reflects an awareness or influence of Yoko Ono’s extensive work.

Images should be jpeg or tiff and at least 300dpi resolution. Color, grayscale, or black-and-white is fine. Five images maximum.

Please send your work with a brief introduction of yourself, your art, and your interest in this issue, along with any questions, to Ellen Redbird at: info at pyriformpress dot com

Learn more about Nerve Lantern at www.pyriformpress.com

Deadline: August 20, 2016

 

Jun 272016
 

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Nerve Lantern is accepting submissions for issue 10.

Especially of interest:
Poets theater texts
Experimental plays in which poetry is key
Texts particularly performative on the page
Interviews of performance writers
Reviews of poets theater shows
Statements of performance writing poetics
Essays on performance writing

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Maximum 10 pages. Please include a message with a brief introduction of yourself and your interest in Nerve Lantern.

Email submissions and queries to Ellen Redbird: info at pyriformpress dot com

More info: www.pyriformpress.com

Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms, including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage, published by Pyriform Press and edited by Ellen Redbird.

May 292015
 

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Through which O of Yoko Ono will YOU spring?

No need to mimic her when you can let elements of her performance art crackle in your mind and take you to new places within your Own performance writing.

What will be the Ono Origin of your Originality?
Will you take a lingual chance Operation?
GO with the flOOOOw-uxus?
What is your anti-art of the Ordinary?
Where is the Onus of your activism? Open spaces of your Outrage?
What polyvocal Ocean pours Out of the quietest haiku moments?

The editors of this supplemental digital issue of Nerve Lantern are looking for innovative performance texts—poets theater, page-as-stage, instructional poetry, etc.—that are inspired by elements and concepts from Yoko Ono’s performance writings, visuals, and music and that develop those elements/concepts via inventive form and forum.

Editors Joel Allegretti and Jay Besemer are excited to see what you come up with!

Submit a maximum of 10 pages as an attachment (Doc or PDF) to NLsup1@nullhotmail.com.

Deadline: October 31, 2015

Visit www.pyriformpress.com for more info about Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature.

May 132015
 

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, is preparing a supplemental digital issue that will pay tribute to Yoko Ono, with guest editors Joel Allegretti and Jay Besemer.

The editors are seeking performance texts that interpret and respond to Ono’s Fluxus art, instruction pieces, and ideas.

Submit a maximum of 10 pages as an attachment (Doc or PDF) to NLsup1@nullhotmail.com.

The deadline is October 31, 2015.

Visit www.pyriformpress.com for information about Nerve Lantern.

Mar 102014
 

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature

is accepting submissions for Issue 8!

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Nerve Lantern is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms, including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage, published by Pyriform Press and edited by Ellen Redbird.

Polyvocality: encouraged. Verbalized mise en scene: a multidimensional catalyst. Language materiality: let it animate the page, the person. Form: take it places the way travel changes your inner shape.

Look around: swans are waking up. Don’t have all the answers?: no need to shun the quest. Protest: urgent. And: interviews with performance writers, critical texts about performance literature and poetics, reviews of innovative language-centered performances. Etc!

Guidelines
www.pyriformpress.com

Email queries and submissions to
info at pyriformpress dot com

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/NerveLantern

Oct 152013
 

Ellen Redbird, editor of the literary journal Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, is looking for an original visual artwork to showcase on the cover of issue 7. She is looking for art that in some way references performance (even very abstractly), especially the performance of language.

Deadline: November 18, 2013

Please submit via email:

(1) a brief cover letter with your name, email address, and mailing address and

(2) up to 10 jpeg images of artwork via email attachment OR a link to an online portfolio of artwork images that you wish to submit

Email to: info at pyriformpress dot com

Ellen will judge your submission based on resonance with the thematic content of issue 7 and the mysterious overall aesthetic spirit of Nerve Lantern.

In case it helps you choose or create artwork to submit, here are some thematic prompts from issue 7 to play with: incantation, interruption, eucalyptus, bluebells, opera, poison oak, “a machine listens electric,” on the ceiling, gender morphing, performative portraits, “our language gets in the way of the truth,” maps, immigration denied, “walks straight and diaphanous into this grand heroic playlet.” However, your work does not have to reference these elements.

If your work is accepted, you will receive a free copy of the printed journal when it is released early next year.

For more info about Nerve Lantern, visit: www.pyriformpress.com

May 312013
 

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature issue 7

Call for Submissions!

30 Days until the July 1st Deadline

Nerve Lantern is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, published by Pyriform Press and edited by Ellen Redbird. Past contributors include: Anne Waldman, Carla Harryman, Kevin Killian, kari edwards, Michelle Ellsworth, Michael Basinski, Camille Roy, Akilah Oliver, Bhanu Kapil, Jena Osman, and Sawako Nakayasu.

Submission Guidelines: www.pyriformpress.com

Ellen Redbird looks forward to reading your texts!

Apr 042013
 

Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature is seeking interviews for future issues of the journal, including the forthcoming issue 7.

Deadline for issue 7: July 1, 2013

General submission guidelines:
www.pyriformpress.com

A few options:

(1) Interview a performance writer about performance writing and related topics.

(2) If you are a performance writer, co-conduct a two-way interview/conversation with another performance writer about your different views on writing for performance, performing a text, and related topics.

(3) Interview someone about performance writing or some other topic. Turn this interview into a performance piece. Write mise en scene into the text, e.g. set, props, movement, location, sound/music, visual effects, audience participation, choruses, etc. Whether meant to be performed on stage, in the street, in film, or only in the imagination, make your mise en scene something that vivifies, complicates, unravels, makes strange/absurd, or opens up the ideas and language in the interview/conversation. Please be sure the interviewee approves of your turning the interview into a performance piece, or you can collaborate on shaping it together.

(4) Make it a multi-person interview/conversation. Be as illuminating or confusing as you like, but make it related to performance literature.

(5) Write a fictional interview. Make it performative or about performance.

Feeling inspired, for better or worse, editor Ellen Redbird, wrote a quick example of an imagined interview with a performance writer, including a bit of mise en scene. You can read it at your own risk here:
www.pyriformpress.com/interview-example/