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Leanne E. Smith's poems "Wallweed" and "Diagramming Sentences With the Coked-Up Captain" were published in the inaugural issue of the Tomfoolery Review, "a student run online literary journal dedicated to humor".

Batya Weinbaum's film review of Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009), directed by Larry Weinstein and produced by Rhomberg Media, appears in Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 6.2. The docu-drama tells the story of two young Jewish children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia and the terrible events they endured. Based on the non-fiction book Hana's Suitcase (2002) by Karen Levine, which has been translated into 40 languages, the film traces the lives of George and Hana Brady [pcitured here] in the 1930s and 40s on their journey to Auschwitz. Inside Hana's Suitcase also tells the present-day story of "The Small Wings", a group of Japanese school children, and how their teacher, Fumiko Ishioka, helped them to solve the mystery of Hana Brady, whose name was painted on an old battered suitcase Ishioka solicited in order to teach young people about the Holocaust. Also, Weinbaum's novel What More Could a Ghost Ask has been excerpted in the same issue. According to Weinbaum: "This 1000 page novel concerns the First Gulf War in Israel in which a relative of the narrator jumps out of a  seventeenth story window of the Tel Aviv Sheraton into a drained swimming pool and experiences the war on her way through the Bardo, raising issues about the lost soul of the American Jew suffering from assimilation."  According to their website: "Women in Judaism is an academic, refereed journal published exclusively on the Internet, and devoted to scholarly debate on gender-related issues in Judaism. The ultimate aim of the journal is to promote the reconceptualization of the study of Judaism, by acknowledging and incorporating the roles played by women, and by encouraging the development of alternative research paradigms. Cross-methodological and interdisciplinary, the journal does not promote a fixed ideology, and welcomes a variety of approaches." In addition, Batya Weinbaum's poem "The Train Riders" was accepted for the Hessler Street Anthology (2010) an outgrowth of the Hessler Street Poetry Fair in Cleveland, OH.

Anna Froula's co-edited collection (with Jeff Birkenstein of St. Martin's University, and Karen Randell of Southampton Solent University, UK) Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture, and the "War on Terror"  has been reissued in hard copy by Continuum Press.  According to the publisher: "This is a collection of analyses that focuses on popular culture as a profound discursive site of anxiety and discussion about 9/11 and demystifies the day's events. September 11th, 2001 remains a focal point of American consciousness, a site demanding ongoing excavation, a site at which to mark before and after 'everything' changed. In ways both real and intangible the entire sequence of events of that day continues to resonate in an endlessly proliferating aftermath of meanings that have changed and continue to change. Presenting a collection of analyses by an international body of scholars that examines America's recent history, this book focuses on popular culture as a profound discursive site of anxiety and discussion about 9/11 and demystifies the day's events in order to contextualize them into a historically grounded series of narratives that recognizes the complex relations of a globalized world."

Dean Tuck's  short story/flash fiction piece titled "Cacophony" has been published by the online journal elimae. According to the website: "elimae, pronounced el-ee-may, and standing for electronic literary magazine, was founded by Deron Bauman in 1996 and has published essays, fiction, interviews, poetry and reviews. At the end of 2004, Bauman departed to concentrate on other responsibilities, and the editorship was assumed by Cooper Renner."

Tom Herron's article "Native Irish Property and Propriety in the Faunus episode and 'Colin Clouts Come Home Againe'" appears in the collection Celebrating Mutabilitie: Essays on Edmund Spenser's "Mutabilitie Cantos" edited by Jane Grogan for Manchester University Press (UK). According to Herron: "The essay delves into local Irish particulars in Spenser's Ovidian digression, the 'Faunus' episode, set among the rivers of the north Cork and south Limerick countryside, which features a peeping-faun who angers the goddess Diana (an allegorized Queen Elizabeth) in her bath.  The collection commemorates the 400th anniversary of the publication (1609) of the 'Mutabilitie Cantos', which comprise the fragmentary seventh book of The Faerie Queene."
  
 
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