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There’s a new Woolf zine in town. And it’s apparently called Woolf Zine.

A tweet brought the publication to Blogging Woolf’s attention and drove me to its website. There I learned that the publication “aims to inspire new thinking around Virginia Woolf, through bringing together academic, creative and non-traditional responses to her work and life.”

The zine is looking for illustrations, articles, arguments, creative work, narratives, poems, questions, queries, collages, short essays, stories, case studies, fan fiction and more to fill its first issue, due to be published Dec. 1.

The zine will be hand printed and distributed to universities across the UK and America. Those who contribute will also get a free download link so they can print one at home.

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Killing the Angel is a new literary journal, “a literary experiment inspired by Virginia Woolf.” The journal is the love child of its founder, publisher and editor, Jessica Rosevear, who describes herself as “a high school English teacher in New Jersey obsessed with writing and studying Virginia Woolf, promoting creativity, and selling Shakespeare to today’s youth.”

Jessica has proudly given birth to the inaugural issue of Killing the Angel, a satisfying composite of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction. I’m happy to add that my own personal essay is among the contents. “My Space” is not about social networking; rather, in homage to A Room of One’s Own, it’s a search for my own literal and metaphorical room and an overview of fictional treatments of the theme by Alice Munro, Doris Lessing and others. I was delighted to find such a perfect home for this piece in Killing the Angel.

I should add that this is a print journal, and everyone knows what a bold undertaking that is in today’s economic and reading climate, when most new publications are Web-only and even established literary journals are promoting Web content, some of them shifting entirely from print to online. I know I’m not the only one who likes to hold printed materials in my hands, to fondle their covers and feel their silky pages between my fingers, so I’m hoping that this new addition is supported within the Woolfian community. Jessica informs me that Killing the Angel is on sale at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, but for the rest of us, it’s available for purchase online at http://killingtheangelmagazine.wordpress.com/.

Please join me in kudos to Jessica. And New Yorkers please note: there will be a launch party on Dec. 18, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth St.

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For the 18th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Pat Colliers is seeking papers for a panel that looks at ways of bringing the insights and methodologies of recent work in early 20th century periodical studies to bear on the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

The conference, with the theme “Woolf Editing/Editing Woolf,” will be held June 19–22, 2008, at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

According to Colliers, possibilities for the periodicals panel include papers on the following topics:

  • Woolf’s contributions to periodicals as an essayist, short story writer, or reviewer
  • Woolf’s interventions in contemporary debates about journalism and the public sphere
  • reviews of Woolf and her circle as evidence of “reception.”

“In any case,” Colliers writes, “papers should engage with periodicals as texts in themselves that bring their own problematics of interpretation and methodology, not primarily as “contexts” or neutral containers of content.”

Send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Patrick Collier at pccollier@bsu.edu by Jan. 5, 2008.

This news, posted on the MLA listserv, was sent out to the VW Listserv from Helen Southworth.

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