Going to NoirCon 2014? Here’s a preview…

Noir Nation No. 5 coming soon!


Soon… very soon… residents of Noir Nation shall see the full cover of Noir Nation No. 5. We are waiting on one or two more stories to come in, and editing the rest. Simultaneously, we are working on the book trailer. The script for that is done and the music selected, with a dark and driving Flamenco beat.

Copies of No. 5 will be included in the gifting bags to be distributed at the forthcoming Noircon in Philadelphia. So if you are going this year, be sure to pick up your complimentary copy.

Mark your calendars! Noircon is here!


The most important event of the crime fiction calendar is fast approaching!!

WHAT: NOIR CON 2014 – a biennial tribute to all things noir from literature to film to art and poetry, will take place from October 30 thru November 2, 2014.

WHERE: Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8TH Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19147

WHEN: October 29 – November 2, 2014

The program includes panels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, parties, movie showings, an awards banquet on the banks of the Delaware, Thursday evening at MOCA, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, and a Sunday visit to Philadelphia’s Port Richmond Books. Farley Books of New Hope will be on site at the Playhouse throughout the weekend , the official book seller for NOIRCON.

Among the featured guests are: Fuminori Nakamura of Tokyo, Japan, who will receive the David Goodis Award for excellence in writing. Nakamura has won many prizes for his novels including Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize . Three of his books have been translated into English, The Thief and Evil and the Mask, both published by Soho Press. Last Winter, We Parted will be published in time for NoirCon 2014. Tom Nolan, of the Wall Street Journal will do a one on one interview with this outstanding young writer on Saturday.

Bronwen Hruska, Soho Press, is being recognized as an outstanding publisher in the crime fiction with the Jay and Deen Kogan award, last given to Otto Penzler of Mysterious Books. She has led the way in translation publishing and opened many doors for women in the field.

Eddie Muller, called the Czar of Noir, will accept the Anne Friedberg Award for contribution to Noir Education and Preservation, as well as introduce a special showing of the film, The Prowler, (written by Dalton Trumbo and first released in 1951) at 1PM Thursday, October 30 at The International House A novelist from San Francisco, many of his books relate to and examine Film Noir.

Howard A. Rodman will present the Anne Friedberg Award to Eddie Muller as well as presentation on French author Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Scheduled panels include: The Black Dahlia, Jewish Noir, Existential Noir, The Politics of Noir, A Ross MacDonald Examination, Veering Off the Highway: How Springsteen’s Music Shapes Crime Fiction and Three Minutes of Terror, when every attending writer gets three minutes to share his work or ideas. Among the program participants are: Joseph Samuel Starnes, William Lashner, Joan Schenkar, Stuart Neville, Jean Cash, Jonathan Woods, Robert Polito, Vicki Hendricks, Steve Hodel, Carole Mallory, Sigrid Sarda, Buffy Hastings, Jeff Wong, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Nolan, Alan Gordon, Megan Abbott and keynote speaker, Eric Miles Williamson.

Dr. Louis Boxer and Deen Kogan, director of Society Hill Playhouse, co-chair NOIRCON 2014. For further information call 215-923-0210 or check the website: www.noircon.com

NoirCon 2012 proves its always dark

From Philly.com

Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer

Noir, the dark literary genre populated by desperate killers, depressive, guilt-ridden cops, and down-and-out losers, thrived in the 1940s and 1950s. James M. Cain, Jim Thompson, Mickey Spillane, and that greatest of all urban anthropologists, Philadelphia’s David Goodis, produced a mini-explosion of crime novels and movies.

Half a century later, noir still thrives, says critic, editor, publisher, and crime fiction bookstore owner Otto Penzler.

“There is more noir being written today than any time in history,” says Penzler, who will speak at Philadelphia NoirCon, a four-day celebration of noir in books, art, music, film, and TV, Thursday through Sunday at various Center City locations.

The biannual event will feature more than 30 writers, critics, and musicians, including Robert Polito, DJ Morbita, Megan Abbott, Robert Olen Butler, and Philadelphia singer and novelist Wesley Stace, who is known to music fans as John Wesley Harding.

In the past we’ve focused on literature and films,” says NoirCon founder Lou Boxer, 51, an anesthesiologist and bibliophile from Media. “This year we have expanded the program to include noir music, noir art.”

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NoirCon Sponsors First Noir Poetry Contest — Cash Prizes!!

What is Noir Poetry?

Poetry is (1) Poetry that makes reference to the subject matter, dialog or style of film noir or the hard-boiled detective genre, or, (2) Poetry that invokes stark urban landscapes and atmosphere, and which either alludes to crime and perilous attachments or else seems to bear dark knowledge of this territory, or (3) Poetry that tells the story of tortured souls—lovers, psychopaths, obsessives—driven down deadly paths, following desperate plans that are doomed to failure.

What to Submit

Your entry should be your own original work. You must be the poet of the submitted
work(s). Entries must be original and unpublished works (either in print or on-line). Submitted poems should concern the subject of Noir Poetry and not exceed 2000 words.

English Language

Poets of all nations may enter. However, the poems you submit should be in English. If you have written a poem in another language, you may translate your poem into English and submit the translation.

Prizes and Publication

First prize: $250
and a copy of the printed program with the winning poem to be read at the NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner on November 9th, 2012.

Second prize: $150
and a printed program.

There will also be eight Most Highly Commended Awards winners. They will receive a copy of the NoirCon 2012 printed program and official NoirCon buttons. The top 10 entries will be published in the NoirCon 2012 printed program. The judge of the winning poem will be Robert Polito, Professor of Writing at The New School, New York City, New York.

Entry Fee

The fee is $15 for 1 to 3 original, unpublished poems dealing with Noir. Entry fees
are not refundable. Entries will be accepted up until March 2, 2012 (postmark


March 2nd, 2012.
Your entry must be postmarked by this date.

How To Submit

Send poems to: NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest, c/o Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325. All entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2012. Omit author’s name on manuscript and include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and e-mail. Cash or checks (made out to Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325) should accompany poetry submission.

 Announcement of Winners

The winners of the first NoirCon Poetry contest will be announced the week of NoirCon 2012, November 8th, 2012. Entrants with valid email addresses will receive an email notification.


If your entry is selected for publication in the NoirCon printed program, you give NoirCon 2012 a nonexclusive license to publish your work in our publication. You may accept or decline this invitation as you choose. Your entry will not be published in print without your consent, and you retain all rights to your work.

Contact Information

NoirCon 2012 c/o Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA
19147-1325, (215) 923-0210.

noircon@gmail.com • Visit: www.noircon.info for NoirCon 2012 updates

(1) and (2) definition by The Los Angeles Poetry Festival “Noir Corridor”