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May '03 'A-Maying'
Lower Manhattan
(P. 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





Millbrook, NY. Bridge (55 ft.) hand-crafted in cedar by Romancing the Woods of Woodstock.

And, as the year�/ Grows lush in juicy stalks, I'll smoothly steer
� My little boat, for many quiet hours,�/ With streams that deepen freshly into bowers.…
But let a portion of ethereal dew�/ Fall on my head, and presently unmew�
My soul; that I may dare, in wayfaring,�/ To stammer where old Chaucer used to sing.�

(Keats, Endymion)

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 in February. 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;
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 31. See details.

In This Issue:  June 2003

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

'Between Strands of the Hammock' is this month's feature, with work from twenty-five contributors, including Joan Fiset, Amy Meckler, and Jim Whelden, that breathes in the spaces thought empty. Our hand-picked Twelve 12 page features work by Maureen Flannery, Desmond Croan, Patrick Henry and Martin Willits, Jr.. The cumulative Big City, Little page (NYC) adds "Fulton Street, 3:00 a.m." by Anthony Bernini.

Fiction/Short Prose:

In Stephanie Hammer's "Cockeresque," the wages of sin are metamorphosis.

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.

Travail:  the Word of a Job in Paris
by Patrick Henry
Had I swallowed that recipe? They would be after it more than ever now.…We would outsmart these fancy French chefs and bakers and stage cavaliers—a counter-attack by the English. The war of the cakes was hotting up.

Highly Recommended—Notebook:  The Demonstration Effect
by Lewis H. Lapham in this month's Harper's

Sydney:  Bohemia Down Under
by Barbara Foster
Especially in Newtown, Kings Cross and Paddington, high rises are outnumbered by small, idiosyncratic residences so close together that neighborliness is mandatory.

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,….


On Becoming and Not Becoming a Poet:  A Conversation with Phyllis Koestenbaum
(author of Doris Day and Kitschy Melodies
by Cate Gable (Part One of Two Parts)

Series on Series:
Clearwater Festival at Croton Point

Series/Event Reviews:

Zero Knowledge and Irreversible Fire:   Heliotrope, Vol. 3, at Poets House (05/13)

Other Arts:  Mixed

by Ann Cefola

Free Expression:
Breaking the Fast Food Chain: Upper West Side Neighborhood United in Self-Determination

Legal Forum:

Thomas Hobbes on George W. Bush's Special Calling by a War-Monger God  [pending]

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.

Degrees of Apprenticeship:
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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