BREAKING NEWS/HEADS-UP GENEVA ~ Geopolitics of Oil in Fiction, an opportunity to meet Vahan Zanoyan, author of “The Sacred Sands”


Open class of “Global Energy Economy” course of Prof. Rouben Indjikian at Webster University Geneva, LLC Commons Room, 30 May 2017, 13:10-15:30
Register HERE

At its peak, crude oil represented half of the world’s energy consumption, and it remains the biggest internationally traded commodity. The petroleum industry has evolved under different price regimes, market organizations and power relations between the main producing and consuming countries and companies organizing the supply chains. While the geopolitics of petroleum in the twentieth century was determined by securing access to crude oil, currently it is perceived as a factor disrupting the supply of crude oil, especially from the Middle East, owning bulk of world petroleum reserves. So how important is the geopolitical economy of petroleum and what would be its role in the future energy landscape?

The evolution of oil industry and, in particular, geopolitics of Middle East oil, where fundamental truths are best depicted in a novel, will be presented by its author Vahan Zanoyan*, on a visit to Webster University. Vahan, will explain the complex relationships in the industry and how his vast personal experience as an adviser to oil companies, governments, investors and traders led him to write The Sacred Sands, “a gripping novel that takes the reader inside the Middle Eastern oil industry and regional geopolitics.”

The presentation will be followed by comments from John Gault, a prominent international expert in the oil industry, with an interactive discussion moderated by Rouben Indjikian.

This class is free and open to the public. Register HERE
Tuesday, May 30
Webster University Geneva, LLC Commons Room
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland


Well, those of us who won’t be in Geneva next week can always read the book. I can’t offer you a review at this point because I’ve only just read the “Look Inside” sample on Amazon. So far so good. These reviews are quoted by Amazon:

“the story is relentlessly paced and brimming with historical insight…this will undoubtedly be a feast for anyone who’s hungry for knowledge about the Middle East …  An exceptionally erudite…portrait of a key point in a region’s history.” Kirkus Reviews
“The scope of this novel is breathtaking… The Sacred Sands is very well written with an intriguing plot that will keep you hooked to the very end. What you will also gain from the book is a clear analysis of the problems in the Middle East, the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and the way that we in the West view the region, from the pen of someone who has a deep understanding of this area. Vahan Zanoyan is a consummate storyteller and has managed to present an incredibly complex subject in a clear, erudite, and most certainly entertaining way. I urge you to read this book – it is the most accomplished novel I have read this year and I can thoroughly recommend it.” Readers’ Favorite Reviews

SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calls for Submissions, Contests, Events and other News and Information

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

DRUNK BOAT, an international journal for the arts and literature, features the work of underrepresented artists and writers including minorities, women, queer, differently-abled and gender nonconforming. “Drunken Boat recognizes that aesthetics are not neutral, and that difference tends to be marginalized.” There is a $3 fee for submissions. The reading periods for poetry, fiction,nonfiction comics and translations are open from November 1 – March 1 and from June 1- September 1. Details HERE.

FORGE, An eclectic journal of modern story, culture, and art is a quarterly publication of fiction, poetry and visual art. The deadline for the October issue is 30 June. Details HERE.

GLASS: A Journal of Poetry will reopen for submissions in July 2018. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

METAPHOROSIS “is a magazine of science fiction and fantasy. We offer intelligent, beautifully written stories for adults.” This magazine publishes stories up to 10,000 words but the preferred length is 1,000 – 6,000. Pays $0.01 per word in advance of publication. Details HERE.

WIGLEAF‘s submission periods “are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December. So: the final weeks of August, September, October, November, January, February, March, and April.” Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the June 2017 issues (theme: Environmental Justice/Climate Change: Farming and Access to Water) should be in by June 10th latest.  Publication date is June 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions.

SOUTHERN HUMANITIES REVIEW will begin accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and essay submissions  in Fall 2017. There will be a $3 reading fee. Details HERE.


CONTESTS/AWARDS

Opportunities Knock

Second Light Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2017Deadline Tue 15th August JUDGE MYRA SCHNEIDER will read all entries. Myra Schneider’s latest and recent books are Persephone in Finsbury Park (SLP), The Door to Colour (Enitharmon); What Women Want (SLP); and the writing resource, Writing Your Self (with John Killick). Myra is a Poetry School and Second Light regular tutor. More at Myra Schneider website. £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems £150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)  £75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)
Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry  Winners offered a London reading.
Entry: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online.
**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (see About Second Light/Joining)
more: Rules & Entry direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop note: payment link in competition flyer ends ‘s l(el) 5’, not ‘s 1(one) 5‚. The results will be posted on the website by 30th September. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry, they will be available to read here.

SOUTHERN HUMANITIES REVIEW‘s submission period for the 2017 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York will close on June 1. Entry fee: $15. Naomi Shihab Nye is judge.  First-place winner award is $1,000, publication in SHR, and an invitation to travel to Auburn University to read at a poetry event Runners-up will receive $100. Further details HERE.


EVENTS

BOOKEXPO OF AMERICA runs from May 31 through June 2.  Good luck if you can sort through its busy cluttered site. Yikes! Details HERE.

U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL September 2, 2017,  9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Details HERE.

SACRAMENTO BLACK BOOK FAIR 2017 June 2-3 at the Historic Centre of Oak Park, 35th St. & Broadway, “celebrations African-American literature through panel discussions, book signings and talks with writers. In addition to books, vendors offer food and cultural gifts. There are also poetry readings, art displays and children’s activities. Readers get opportunities to meet, hear from and experience a large selection of acclaimed authors.” Details HERE.

ANN ARBOR BOOK FESTIVAL 2017 June 15-17 Details HERE.


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ABOUT THE POET BY DAY

the blanket of my love

THE BAX

2006 – MAY 17, 2017, 6:06 PM

Baxter died of kidney failure Wednesday evening.  I held him in my arms as he went painlessly, fearlessly and peacefully into that good night. If there is a literal heaven, then surely Bax passed through whatever doggie door there may be into that Eternity.

Much thanks to Muttville, Joe and Raphael for the gift of Bax. They saved him from premature death in a rescue that has a kill-policy. Muttville is an elder-dog rescue with a no-kill policy. They rock big time.

Much appreciation for Dr. Linda Hall of Peninsula Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Mateo for compassionate and professional care. We love her and recommend her without reservation.

We are fortunate to have Pet’s Rest Cemetary and Crematory available to us in this area. They also provided our family with gentle and respectful service when our feline family member, Gypsy Rose, died awhile back. Javier is kind.

Our love and appreciation for professional jazz singer and world-class friend, Candice Hawley, for getting us back and forth to Linda Hall and Pet’s Rest and other related appointments and errands. Before we went in for our last visit with Dr. Hall, Candice took Bax’s paw and sent him off with a prayerful good-bye.

And most of all our love to my son, Richard, and my beautiful daughter-in-law – writer, blogger and photographer –  Karen Fayeth –  for loving Bax so much and having my back in this as in everything. ♥

I hope to return to email and Facebook and to my regular posting schedule on WordPress this Sunday with Sunday Announcements. Meanwhile thank you for the kind and understanding comments (here and Facebook) and for the messages and emails.

Warmly,
Jamie


Tribute To A Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can’t be yours….
your golden voice is still.
But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I’ll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

– Anon

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Thanks to
Cindy Tailor for sending this cartoon. Sweet and it did make me smile. xo

dogs just don’t live as long as people do

“. . . owning a dog always ended with this sadness because dogs just don’t live as long as people do.”  John Grogan,  Marley and Me

I am sitting with Bax. His kidneys are failing. His time with us is about to end, so forgive me for the delays in posting. He needs my undivided attention and I need to say goodbye. I’ll be back soon with poetic responses to last week’s writing prompt and with this Wednesday’s Writing Prompt.

To be featured:
Renee Espiru
Paul Brookes
Sonja Benskin Mesher, RCA
Colin Blundel

Thank you for your patience.
Jamie