PDF Version of El Portal Spring 2015 Available!

The spring 2015 issue of El Portal is now available as a PDF!

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Last Day for El Portal Submissions!

Today is the last day for submissions to El Portal‘s fall issue. Write West and send it our way! We will accept submissions until 11:59:59 p.m. If you have something you want to submit, send it to the editor at el.portal@enmu.edu. Please visit our official Guidelines  and Terms of Submission pages for official rules. Questions concerning El Portal submissions should be sent to the editor at el.portal@enmu.edu.

ENMU Writers’ Retreat 2015 (Portugal)

ENMU Writers’ Retreat and DISQUIET International are pleased to announce this year’s Lisbon writing workshops. They will take place June 28 to July 10, 2015. Please join us and many of the finest North American and Portuguese writers in Portugal this summer.

2015 Faculty include Mary Gaitskill, Eileen Myles, Sally Ashton, Elaine Avila, Jordan Bass (executive editor, McSweeney’s), David Caplan, Alexander Chee, Erica Dawson, Arthur Flowers, John Frey, Noy Holland, Mikhail Iossel, Leslie Jamison, Cyriaco Lopes, Catherine Tice (associate publisher, The New York Review of Books), Stephanie Timm, Terri Witek. Portuguese writers include Teolinda Gersão, José Luís Peixoto, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Patrícia Portela, Patrícia Reis, Gonçalo M. Tavares, and many more TBA.

THE PROGRAM

The 2015 program will include core workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir & nonfiction, and playwriting, with afternoon workshops on a variety of subjects, including experimental poetry and Portuguese culture. There will also be literary walks, day trips, craft talks with leading editors, manuscript consultations, and readings with North American and Portuguese writers, in one of the world’s most unforgettable cities.

DISQUIET is currently accepting program applications. Apply now to secure your spot for 2015.


For more information on the program and how to apply, see our website at http://www.disquietinternational.org or contact disquietinternational@gmail.com for a spot on our mailing list.

Or you can go to http://www.enmuwritersretreat.com.

SCHOLARSHIP

Ruidoso Casino and Racetrack is offering a $500 stipend to an ENMU Writers’ Retreat applicant. Please send ten pages of prose or three poems to stefan.kiesbye@enmu.edu to qualify. Deadline is April 15, 2015.

El Portal Seeking Submissions for Fall 2015 Issue

El Portal is currently seeking submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. The deadline for Fall 2015 submissions is 31 March 2015. If you have any questions about submitting to El Portal, please feel free to drop us a line at el.portal@enmu.edu. For submission guidelines and official rules, please visit our official Guidelines and Terms of Submission pages for more information. Also, be sure to check out this month’s web feature by Jenni Baros.

ENMU Writers’ Retreat (Lisboa, Portugal)

To all those who’d like to attend our Writers’ Retreat in Lisbon, Portugal. Starting now, we’ll be accepting submissions for the Ruidoso Casino and Racetrack stipend in the amount of $500. Please send ten pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction), or three poems to ENMU Writers’ Retreat, Station 19, 1500 S. Ave K, Portales, NM 88130. The deadline is April 15, 2015. All applicants to the retreat qualify.

Write West. Send it our way.

We want stories and poems about West. West is a bullet-riddled ’85 Grand Marquis, a gleaming spaceship hovering over Roswell, a cowboy paying for latte with his Amex-card, an alien wondering where in the world to get the golden iPhone. West is where it hurts, West is the rattlesnake you didn’t hear, the dust storm sanding your car, the champagne underneath the Hollywood sign, the checkout line of a grocery store that doesn’t carry mandarin-orange segments in fruit juice, green-chile and cheese burritos from the 24-hour gas station. West is when there’s no West left. West is where you always wanted to be.

Guidelines*:

  • Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)
  • Short Stories (up to 4,000 words)
  • Creative Nonfiction (up to 4,000 words)
  • Poetry (3-5 poems)
  • Art & Photography (Black & White only; 300 dpi JPEG)

Send submissions to El.Portal@enmu.edu

Deadline: March 31, 2015

View El Portal‘s Terms of Submission page for official rules concerning submissions.

*Please submit all written work in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats. With the exception of poetry and art/photography, please limit entries to one story or essay. Prizes will be awarded to ENMU students only. Prizes awarded only in Short Story, Poetry, and Art/Photography categories. When entering a submission, please include a 20-50 word biography to be printed alongside your piece in the event that it is accepted for publication.

El Portal is seeking submissions

We want stories and poems about West. West is a bullet-riddled ’85 Grand Marquis, a gleaming spaceship hovering over Roswell, a cowboy paying for latte with his Amex-card, an alien wondering where in the world to get the golden iPhone. West is where it hurts, West is the rattlesnake you didn’t hear, the dust storm sanding your car, the champagne underneath the Hollywood sign, the checkout line of a grocery store that doesn’t carry mandarin-orange segments in fruit juice, green-chili and cheese burritos from the 24-hour gas station. West is when there’s no West left. West is where you always wanted to be.

Write West. Send it our way.

 

Guidelines*:

Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)

Short Stories (up to 4,000 words)

Creative Nonfiction (up to 4,000 words)

Poetry (3-5 poems)

Art & Photography (Black & White only; 300 dpi JPEG)

 

Send submissions to El.Portal@enmu.edu

Deadline: March 31, 2015

View El Portal‘s Terms of Submission page for official rules concerning submissions.

 

*Please submit all written work in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats. With the exception of poetry and art/photography, please limit entries to one story or essay. Prizes will be awarded to ENMU students only. Prizes awarded only in Short Story, Poetry, and Art/Photography categories. When entering a submission, please include a 20-50 word biography to be printed alongside your piece in the event that it is accepted for publication.

O’Donnell Lecture (Thursday, 29 January)

This year’s Jack Williamson Endowed Chair will be giving a lecture on 29 January. This lecture will be held in JWLA 112 at 2p. We welcome and encourage all to attend.

For more information on Jim O’Donnell and his writing, please visit O’Donnell’s personal website.

If you have any questions concerning Jim O’Donnell’s lecture, please feel free to contact ENMU’s Department of Languages and Literature.

Jim O’Donnell Lecture (Thursday, 29 January)

This year’s Jack Williamson Endowed Chair will be giving a lecture on 29 January (Thursday). This lecture will be held in JWLA 112 at 2p. We welcome and encourage all to attend.

For more information on Jim O’Donnell and his writing, please visit O’Donnell’s personal website.

If you have any questions concerning Jim O’Donnell’s lecture, please feel free to contact ENMU’s Department of Languages and Literature.

Portugal

According to the CIA World Factbook, Portugal is slightly smaller in size than Indiana. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized drug possession, which precipitated in fewer drug crimes and even fewer drug abuse cases amongst Portugal’s youth. Portugal was one of the world’s leading maritime powers during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. During the early years of the Common Era, Romans bought Portuguese urine as a mouthwash for their dental hygiene. No one knows why the Romans preferred Portuguese urine for their mouthwash, though. The population of Portugal hovers around 10.8 million (2014), making Portugal’s population larger than Georgia but smaller than Ohio. Portuguese has around 230-240 million native speakers worldwide.

What else can we say about Portugal? Hmmmm… That’s right! How could we forget? Portugal also happens to be the location of this year’s Writers’ Retreat. More specifically, ENMU will be going to Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal this summer from 28 June to 10 July. Check out our official webpage for the Writers’ Retreat. Be sure to swing by Disquiet International’s website as well.

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Jack Williamson Endowed Chair Reading and Lecture

Please welcome this year’s Jack Williamson Endowed Chair to campus. Jim O’Donnell is an acclaimed travel writer and photographer. He is a former field archaeologist and conservation specialist. His work has appeared in National Geographic Maps, New Mexico Magazine, Vrai Magazine, Boots-n-All, Perceptive Travel, Taos News, Destinations Travel, Water Matters!, The Ambler, Arrival, Public News Service, Travelati, Itevia, Mesa Green Guide, Taos Green Guide. He is the author of “Notes for the Aurora Society: 1500 Miles on Foot Across Finland”, and “Rise and Go: 200 Images from Around the World” and is currently working on his first novel.

We will hosting two major events while he is in Portales:

Reading on Friday, the 23rd at 2pm in JWLA 112 (our nice, new lecture hall)

Lecture on Thursday the 29th at 2pm in JWLA 112