"Hotel Amerika is a unique and beautiful literary magazine. I feel privileged to have had my work included in it. From the photographic art of its covers to its large and unusual format, it stands out from other literary magazines. In content, it cuts across genres and dares to concentrate on particular and adventurous literary forms such as the aphorism. It is a one of a kind publication that deserves support, a class act worthy of a college that concentrates on the arts." -- Elaine Terranova


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Privashing: A Primer

Privashing: A Primer

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in On Publishing | No Comments

By Joseph Harrington. . . . the pretentious, universal gesture of the book . . . – Walter Benjamin, One-Way Street “Thank you for the opportunity to review your manuscript. We received over 500 submissions for the 2 books we publish annually. There were many outstanding works among them, and the decision was extremely difficult. […]

An Exhilarant Attentiveness (1)

An Exhilarant Attentiveness (1)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in On Poetry | No Comments

By Cynthia Hogue. Moments when I am most exhilarated by poetry are moments when the poem is most alert, awake to the material, and the beautiful materiality, of which it is composed. It is fully present to what it’s discovering in—and transmitting from—an ineffable source, call it the ground of the poem. Attentiveness, as Rusty […]

Many Rooms, Many Voices

Many Rooms, Many Voices

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Announcements | No Comments

Staying in a motel can be pretty exciting. Sometimes, as we all know, it can be too exciting. Our Motel is a bit Brigadoonish, appearing and reappearing in different guises, except that we expect it will be a little grittier, at least from time to time. It’s not that the towels won’t be clean, it’s […]


Lisa Samuels

Lisa Samuels teaches Creative Writing, Literature and Theory at The University of Auckland. Born in Boston, she has also lived in the Middle East and Europe. She has a PhD from the University of Virginia and has published seven poetry collections and a recording of Tomorrowland with soundscapes (2012). Her most recent books are Anti M (creative nonfiction, 2013) and  Wild Dialectics (poetry, 2012).  Some of her works are available online via the Electronic Poetry Center > (read more) and at PennSound > (read more).

Lisa’s  first work with Hotel Amerika was published in Volume 3:1, in the Fall of 2004.  Her latest was in Volume 10:1 in the Fall of 2011; these latest works are highlighted below.

Historical Girl


The Garden of Love



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