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Volume 6 /Summer 2011


The first collection of poems from The Aroostook Review's editor-in-chief, Geraldine Cannon Becker. Published by Plain View Press, Austin, Texas, 2008.

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"In Glad Wilderness Geraldine Cannon has woven an Appalachian tapestry of voices and images that are somehow at once clear as a swimming hole and as suggestive as an impressionist painting: "His skin develops Braille as he breathes me in." Her mode is not formal until the end of the series where she has written three triolets, of all things, that are three of the best triolets I have ever read. Completely unexpected, and perfectly delightful."
Lewis Turco, Poet/Scholar, author of The Book of Forms, 3rd ed. (University Press of New England, 2000)

The Appalachian Writer's Association
The Appalachian Writer's Association, devoted to the preservation of Appalachian heritage, encourages writers from Appalachia to explore their website and consider becoming an active member:

Beloit Poetry Journal
The Beloit Poetry Journal is a member of the publishing cooperative Alice James Books and complements the BFA program in creative writing at the University of Maine in Farmington in contributing to the region's literary culture. BPJ now sponsors readings and workshops and offer internships so that other writers young and old can participate in the process of producing the magazine and building community through the arts.

The Institute for Cultural Change
The Institute for Cultural Change seeks to promote individual, ecological, and cultural evolution through the development of educational models that foster curiosity, imagination, personal reflection, and cross-cultural dialogue.

International Women's Writing Guild
The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement in the publishing world, as well as in circles where lifelong learning and personal transformation are valued for their own sake. The Guild nurtures and supports holistic thinking by recognizing the logic of the heart--the ability to perceive the subtle interconnections between people, events and emotions- alongside conventional logic.

Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is a private nonprofit organization, Maine's affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It promotes strong communities and informed citizens by providing Mainers with opportunities to explore the power and pleasure of ideas.

Maine Literature Daily
Maine Literature Daily posts Maine literary events and news for writers, organizations and publishers.

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
The MWPA's mission is to enrich the cultural life of Maine by supporting writers and the literary arts. Our hope is that the MWPA website will offer instructive and useful information for writers, aspiring writers, publishers, and readers throughout the state of Maine.

Moon Pie Press
Moon Pie Press is a small Maine press started in 2003 which publishes quality poetry chapbooks. As of 2008, nineteen poems from Moon Pie Press authors have been chosen by Garrison Keillor to read on The Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio.

The Pedestal Magazine
The Pedestal Magazine, with John Amen as Editor in chief, has been giving authors and critics a place to sound their voices, and has been reaching a growing audience since its debut five years ago. With an outstandingly established fine reputation, The Pedestal Magazine's current issue is online now for your enjoyment at

The Salt Coast Sages
A group of Downeast Maine poets who began as a poetry class in the Sunrise Senior College, an education program for learners over fifty at the University of Maine at Machias. The named themselves Sages just for fun; they are too smart to pretend wisdom.

Transformational Language Arts
Transformative Language Arts is an emerging field, profession, and calling focused on changing the world through our words. Transformative Language Artists draw on creative writing, storytelling, singing, performance and more for community building, social change, ecological and spiritual activism, as well as personal and collective healing.

Writing Outlets
For more information on quality outlets for your work, and contests you might enter, check out; this impressive resource was voted: "One of the '101 Best Web Sites for Writers'" by Writer's Digest in 2005.

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The Troika Technique: How to Quiet the Body, Relax the Mind, and Talk Sense by Dr. John R. Locke, late Director of Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. (414 kb download)
This is a PDF formatted copy of Dr. John R. Locke's unpublished treatise. The work is primarily a self-help manual (comprised, in part, of Eastern thought, General Semantics, and plain common sense), and it also contains nearly two dozen original poems. Dr. Locke, the former head of the Comparative Literature Department, taught at the University of Arkansas from 1967 until his untimely death in 2000. His former students, friends, and colleagues offer this work to the public to allow others to share in the wisdom he dispensed for over three decades.