Incredible hypocrisy at the Harvard Crimson

So the Harvard Crimson broke the big news that sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan (unintentionally?) plagiarized work by Megan McCafferty. It’s true that this is commercial publishing and a half-million dollar advance was involved. But why did the Harvard Crimson kill a storyimplicating *star* poet/professors, Jorie Graham and Peter Sacks in a fraudulent contest in which Graham awarded a prize to Sacks?

He is  not    only  her  colleague, but  equally  disturbing,  also her husband. The  judge (Graham)’s    name  was  kept  secret until foetry.com obtained open   records from the University of Georgia Press, the contest sponsor.

Is it only acceptable for the Crimson to go after their students who succeed too early? Shady professors are off limits? Graham has awarded prizes to students, friends, and lovers in various poetry contests with fees collected from entrants in amounts estimated at more than $100,000. Graham also told one foetry.com member that “most manuscripts are thrown out unread.”

When the Boston Globe wrote about the Graham story, she wrote to the paper denying she selected her husband’s book and they printed both her   letter and a    retraction. Foetry.com      then obtained an additional set of    records that    showed     Graham’s complicity.

Clearly Jorie Graham thinks she controls the media. Perhaps it’s because   she was once the daughter-in-law of Katherine Graham, former   head of the     Washington    Post, or    maybe it’s because Graham’s father, Bill  Pepper, was in charge of the Newsweek Rome bureau.

Incidently, the reporter at the Crimson working on the Graham/Sacks story was Lulu Zhou. The one who reported on this plagiarism is named David Zhou. Hypocrisy. It’s all in the family.

Holmezilla Strikes Again

Reptilian brains often trigger a strike first response in the puny forearms: Knock the tops off of buildings, topple the electrical towers, fight Mothra’s larvae.

Many of you already knew that Boise State’s Janet Holmes just can’t get much right. But only two of you correctly guessed a surprise victim in her careless (and libelous) attempts to “out” foetry’s administrator.

And now the truth is out: Janet Holmes once speculated that Jeffrey Levine, editor of Tupelo Press, was the person behind Foetry.com. Strangely enough, Janet was Tupelo’s first contest judge. And Janet’s hubby, Al Greenberg, was published by Tupelo in 2003 under circumstances — according to Janet — that would trouble foetry members. So why did Holmes think that Levine was behind Foetry?

I have no answer, but Holmezilla is a person who snickers at the sexual harassment of students by professors, her Sawtooth contest winner’s lovelife, and poems about Foetry.com, among other things. Maybe it’s time for Janet to retire to Monster Island. We must save POETRY!