the rivers of it, abridged

New York City skyline at night


A Wild Surmise: This Fall's collection includes work by Cynthia Atkins, Emily Axelrod, Patricia Brody, Tina Chan, Philip Dacey, Evan Eisman, Cheryl J. Fish, Davidson Garrett, Karl D. Gluck, Joanne Grumet, Charlie Guzman, Shelley Hainer, Patrick Henry, Caroline Holme, Pamela A. Kavanaugh, Elena Kondracki, Dean Kostos, Richard Levine, John McKernan, Michael Morical, Ellen Peckham, Bertha Rogers, Carol Schoen, Jared Smith, Melinda Thomsen, Jim Tolan, George Wallace, Barry Wallenstein, Scott Ward, Thom Ward, Bruce Weber, Martin Willitts, Jr, and Amelia B. Winkler



Allen C. Fischer


Big City, Little:

Karl D. Gluck, Pardon Our Dust



Rob Bronstein, The Shop at the End of the Rainbow

Susan Tepper, Real Eyes

Roger Hitts, Rock Dude



Bertha Rogers' Heart Turned Back, reviewed by Melinda Thomsen

Lynn McGee on Pascal Petit's What the Water Gave Me, Poems After Frida Kahlo

Brant Lyon on Elizabeth Harrington's The Quick and the Dead

Tina Barr on Michele Wolf's Immersion

Patricia Carragon's URBAN HAIKU AND MORE: Haiku, Senruy, Hay(Na)Ku and other Unrhymed Tercet Poetry, reviewed by George Wallace

Christopher Locke, End of American Magic, reviewed by Rachel Bennett

Chocolate Waters, The Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands, reviewed by Linda Lerner

Brant Lyon's You Are White Inside, reviewed by Larissa Shmailo



Richard Levine, Zuccotti Journal: Search and Witness

Valery Oisteanu, Letter from Europe



Robin Puskas, Factory Made for You, and You, and You

Patrick Henry, Heavy Baggage Bound Eastwards



New Additions:

Philip Miller, The Ghost of Every Day

Thom Ward, Etcetera's Mistress, Accents Publishing, 2011

Michael T. Young, Living in the Counterpoint, Finishing Line Press, 2012

Melinda Thomsen, Field Rations, Finishing Line Press, 2011



Timbila: Remembering the Future



Friday, April 13th, 7:00 pm

James Ragan, Christopher Merrill, Nathalie Handel and Meena Alexander
Theresa Lang Community & Student Center
Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street/ 2nd floor
The New School, NYC
FREE Admission


Saturday, April 14th, 1:00 pm

BigCityLit Reading
Flàvia Rocha and James Ragan
The Bloomingdale branch of The New York Public Library
150 West 100th Street b/t Amsterdam & Columbus
Host: Nick Johnson
Free Admission


Tract 187 Culture Clatch

Reading and musical event series
Features & open mike
Host: Ronnie Norpel
Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Ave.
@ 106th St. (B/C/#1 to 103)
Price: FREE! Happy Hour til 8!
When: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays Live stream starts at 7:00 pm


Sunday Best Reading Series

Performances by fiction writers, poets, dramatists, memoir writers and spoken-word composers
The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens
Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd Street, New York, NY
Sunday Best Curator, Patrizia Eakins, 212-923-7800, x1342


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Print Series:

All Print Series Suspended



For the present, all Contests suspended.


Contributing Editors:

Martin Mitchell, Barry Wallenstein, James Ragan, Patrick Henry (UK), Diana Manister, Margo Berdeshevsky, George Wallace, Larissa Shmailo, Brant Lyon, Melinda Thomsen