the rivers of it, abridged

New York City skyline at night


Acts of Shift: This Fall’s collection includes work by Kate Bernadette Benedict, Marion Brown, Gregory Crosby, Kristina Marie Darling, George Dickerson, Richard Garcia, Patrick Henry, R. Nemo Hill, Jill Hoffman, Gerry LaFemina, Richard Levine, Keith Melton, Philip Miller, Michael Morical, Frank Murphy, Jane Ormerod, Ellen Peckham, John Marcus Powell, Sarah Sarai, Larissa Shmailo, Hilary Sideris, Anna Soo-Hoo, Melinda Thomsen, Angelo Verga, George Wallace, Barry Wallenstein, Thom Ward and Martin Willits, Jr.



Twelve Anglo-Saxon Riddle Poems translated and illustrated by Bertha Rogers


Big City, Little:

The Invitation, Robert Klein Engler



A Plague Year, a chapter from an unpublished novel by Mark Nickels



Another extract, The Amazon Queen, from Patrick Henry's autobiography, A Life Ad-Lib



A Dream Deferred: Activism and the Arts, by Gary Corseri



On Film: Roman de gare, reviewed by Martin Mitchell

Philip Miller on Lorna Knowles Blake's Permanent Address

Karen Volkman's Nomina, reviewed by Kristina Marie Darling

Larissa Shmailo's A Cure for Suicide, reviewed by Brant Lyon

JoAnne McFarland on Brant Lyon & Friends



New Additions:

The Darkness Above, Donald Lev

Three from Finishing Line Press:

Patricia Brody American Desire, Michael Morical Sharing Solitaire, Hilary Sideris The Orange Juice is Over



Music and Spoken Word:

Neal Haiduck: Montreal Meets New York



Monday, November 24, 2008 6:00 PM

BigCityLit Reading
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
b/t Bleecker & West 4th)
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Featuring poets from the Fall 2008 issue, including Bertha Rogers, Marion Brown,
Gregory Crosby, George Dickerson, R. Nemo Hill, Richard Levine, Philip Miller,
Frank Murphy, Jane Ormerod, Ellen Peckham, John Marcus Powell, Sarah Sarai,
Larissa Shmailo, Hilary Sideris, Melinda Thomsen and Barry Wallenstein

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Print Series:

All Print Series Suspended



For the present, all Contests suspended.


Masthead Notes:

As we say good-bye to those no longer with us, we are pleased to announce new contributing editors Martin Mitchell, George Wallace and Barry Wallenstein; regular contributor Allen C. Fischer; and Associate Editor Elena Kondracki.


Contributing Editors:

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