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Reetika Vazirani
(1962 - 7/16/03)

Jun '03 'Strands
of the Hammock'
Cedar Bridge by Romancing the Woods

May '03 'A-Maying'
Lower Manhattan
(Patrick Henry)

Apr '03 'Music'
Turkish Siege of Vienna (Geffels)

Mar '03 'Departures'
Crusaders Enter Constantinople (Delacroix)

News on rebuilding
Lower Manhattan

Catskill Mtn Found'n

Nov '02:  Hunting&Predation

Aug '02:  Cuba

July Newsstand

Granted June 2002





Handcrafted cedar chair by Romancing the Woods of Woodstock, NY.

Live Performances/Recording Sessions/Radio Broadcasts

Watch for the print version release of
Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2002.

Sat. June 14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/20  Big City Lit and The Author's Watermark of Medusa present What Regional Writers Eat, a rural series on regional writing (with regional food and music) at historic Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville (SW Albany Co.). Free series. Events start at 6:30 p.m.

6/14 — The Empire State, with poet, essayist, and BOA Editions editor Thom Ward plus pie-baking contest and NY cheeseboard.
7/12 — Appalachia, with novelist Meredith Sue Willis (Oradell at Sea). Music: Danny Lama on country blues harp and guitar.
8/9 — The Southwest, with Rebecca Seiferle, winner of the 2002 Western States Award and editor of The Drunken Boat.
9/20 — San Francisco, with George Wallace, novelist of Down Dream Road and poet of Swimming Through Water (and Kerouac scholar). Music:  special appearance by jazz composer-pianist Paul Winston. Maureen Holm (on Weldon Kees).

Mon., March 22, 2004
 Lyric Recovery Festival™ 2004 at Carnegie's Weill Hall
Biannual event. Submissions to be postmarked September. 1, 2003 -January 15, 2004. Top prize:  $1000. Semifinalists to be selected by a three-judge panel in public reading at Poets House on February 21 (4-7 p.m.). Finalists selected at the Hall. The 2002 anthology, Rain of One Ocean, is available from Headwaters Press.

Call for submissions:
(Note: List is not restrictive nor preclusive of other themes.)

Dramatic Monologue (poetry: e.g. "My Last Dutchess"); Epigrams; Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Japan; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone); Surrealism; Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick'; Intermediating Surfaces:  the Sk(in) Between; Hands and Gloves; How the Other Half:  Rich vs. Poor; Wells; Degree 365:  Year Two of 9/11; Windmills; and Small Town Wherewithal
(Bolding indicates features which are scheduled to appear very soon.)

Consult Submissions for guidelines, Masthead for editorial policy, also Bridge City Lit and Big City, Little pages.
Please query first on articles over 750 words.

2003 Contest deadline extended to August 15. See details.

"The Fourth of July" — Artists:  Dakota (age 7) and Paul Hindman

In This Issue:  July/August 2003
N e w s s t a n d

Trade Publishers:
Bookshelf presents Chapter One of Stan Friedman's novel, God's Gift to Women.

In this issue, we combine 'Self-Portrait' and 'Monsters' in the summer feature, with work from nearly twenty contributors, including Susan Terris, Charles Pierre, and Maureen Tolman Flannery. Our hand-picked Twelve 12 page features work by Denver Butson, Margo Berdeshevsky, and Christopher A. Miller. The cumulative Big City, Little page adds "Beggared by Getting There," Andrew Glaze's satirically dutiful salute to the 'Serene Monster of the torch and book' in New York Harbor.

Fiction/Short Prose:

Excerpted here, Meredith Sue Willis's Marco's Monster was named one of Instructor Magazine's best books. Andru Matthews contributes "Frankenstein, or the Modern Patrimony." Thaddeus Rutkowski's Roughhouse is also excerpted here. A Bildungsroman of a kind, the novel offers a self-portrait in snapshots and lets the reader sort out the monsters. Appearing in Short Prose is Rutkowski's "What's in the Name," an amusing resolution of a bicultural quandary. Holly Woodward's "Monstrocity" affirms that every city gets the monster it deserves.

 First Chapters
Stan Friedman's novel, God's Gift to Women (Chapter One)
A road is a clock laid over the land, a mechanism of ramps and lanes and accidents. Speed into Distance, our surest measure of Time. It is the day before Easter, 1976.

Highly Recommended—Notebook:  "Social Hygiene"
by editor Lewis H. Lapham in this month's Harper's
When the New York City law against smoking in restaurants and bars took effect on March 30, I expected the friends of the risk-free environment to rest content with the triumph of their intolerance. The assumption was misplaced.

Rother Rough on Carlson over Olson [in Contemporary Poetry Review]

The Winners and Losers of Fascism
It Can't Happen Here… Can It?
by Pete Dolack (Part Two of a two-part article.)

As the River Turns:  The Middleburgh Main Street Project

Bright Hill, Bright Future in Delaware Co.:  The NYSCA Challenge

National Arts Club:  Members Seek to Put Gramercy House in Order

Suffolk Co. Names George Wallace Its First Poet Laureate:   Newsday


Getting It Right
The Spoken Word Revolution (Eds. Mark Eleveld, Marc Smith)
by Robert Klein Engler
What are the qualities of a gentleman? After much debate, all agreed:  A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't. What is a poet? Someone who can perform her poems,….

Andrew Glaze's Remembering Thunder
by Gabrielle LeMay

Amy Meckler's What All the Sleeping Is For


On Becoming and Not Becoming a Poet:  A Conversation with Phyllis Koestenbaum
by Cate Gable (Part Two of Two Parts)
Yes, writing a very beautiful poem that perhaps ought not to be is an impulse that I can fight because it's not that entrenched in me. In "Young Armless Man in the Barbeque Restaurant," I found a way out.

Series/Event Reviews:

Under Their Spell: The Poets' Grimm launched at Teachers & Writers (06/17)

Other Arts:  Theatre
Dark Delights of the Complete Meal:   LAByrinth Theatre Company Offers Our Lady of 121st Street
by Paul Camillus
Pinky Pinky, a slow-thinking little guy, is played by Adrian Martinez with such veracity that I actually looked in my program to see whether he might be on loan from some assisted-living home.

Free Expression:
'Verse Says I Could Not Choose My Body's Drama' (Reetika Vazirani, 1962-July 16, 2003)

Legal Forum:

6 Words for 16:  Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

Print Series:

With thanks for all of your orders by email query, we now offer a convenient listing and order form. You may still inquire about any Headwaters Print Series or monograph you don't see listed here by writing to us. Query Monographs of work appearing in the popular Jun '01 Vietnam issue are now available again.
We are preparing Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2002.


(The editors invite for publication well-written letters or speakeasy pieces on any topic of concern or interest to the magazine's readers. See Letters Page for length, language, and other details.)

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Sarah Lawrence mfa Collection
Poetry (56 pp) or Prose (64 pp) $10 each (full color)

Distance from the Tree
poems on fathers (64 pp $10) (full color)
Dana Gioia, Alice Notley, D. Nurkse, James Ragan, Ron Price et al.

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