the rivers of it, abridged

New York City skyline at night


Living Off Balance: This Spring's collection, guest-edited by Martin Mitchell, includes work by Robin Becker, Mary Legato Brownell, Gretl Claggett, Tony Connor, Margot Farrington, Gerald Fleming, Lesleigh Forsyth, David M. Katz, Gerry LaFemina, Kim Lasky, Lynn McGee, Philip Miller, Robert Minhinnick, Mary Noonan, Chris O'Carroll, Charles Pierre, Lisa Rhoades, M. A. Schaffner, Maurice Riordan, Neil Rollinson, David Romtvedt, Wendy Sloan, Matthew Sweeney, Gordon Walmsley and Gary J. Whitehead


Twelve (selected by Martin Mitchell):

Robin Becker & M.A. Schaffner


Big City, Little:

Patrick Henry, Song on Awaking



Poet-to-Poet episodes are now on YouTube: Robert Dunn interviewing X. J. Kennedy



Ryan C. Christiansen, The Blower

Ann Bogle, Gerade rechts zum Volkszimmer

Mitch Levenberg, The Game Farm



Katie Phillips' Driving Montana, Alone, reviewed by Lynn McGee

Sarah White on Paul Oppenheimer's In Times of Danger

Estha Weiner's Transfiguration Begins at Home, reviewed by Susana H. Case

Fran Castan's Venice: City That Paints Itself, reviewed by Bonnie Walker

George Wallace on Veronica Golos' Vocabulary of Silence



William Matthews: A Well Spoken, Worldly and Ironic Gentleman by Melinda Thomsen

Robert Klein Engler, Shirts of Flame: Poetry in the Space Age



Bright Containers, by Quitman Marshall, from his unpublished collection of essays, Swampspirit.

Jared Smith, Seeking a Transrational Contemporary Postmoderism



New Additions:

Immersion, Michele Wolf

No Back Door, Mervyn Taylor


The music of Duo Fortuna:



Jeffrey Foucault: Horse Latitudes



Saturday, June 4th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

BigCityLit Reading
Contributors to the 2011 Spring Issue
Host: Guest-Editor Martin Mitchell
The Bloomingdale branch
of the NYPL
150 West 100th Street
(b/t Amsterdam & Columbus)
Free admission

Featuring work by Mary Legato Brownell, Gretl Claggett, Margot Farrington,
Lesleigh Forsyth, David M. Katz, Gerry LaFemina, Lynn McGee, Charles Pierre,
M.A. Schaffner and Wendy Sloan


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


Saturday, October 29th, 2011, 6:00 pm

Philip Miller Tribute
Cornelia Street Café
Host: Patricia Brody
29 Cornelia Street
b/t Bleecker & West 4th
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)


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Print Series:

All Print Series Suspended



For the present, all Contests suspended.


Masthead Notes:

We welcome Melinda Thomsen as a Contributing Editor of the magazine.


Contributing Editors:

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