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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





Lower Manhattan, Patrick Henry

I stalk about her door
Like a strange soul upon the Stygian banks
Staying for waftage. O, be thou my Charon,
And give me swift transportance to these fields
Where I may wallow in the lily beds
Propos'd for the deserver!  . . .
I fear it much; and I do fear besides
That I shall lose distinction in my joys;
As doth a battle, when they charge on heaps
The enemy flying.

(Troilus and Cressida: III)

Live Performances/Recording Sessions/Radio Broadcasts

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

Sat. May 10 Catskill Mountain Foundation Bookfair (Hunter). Big City Lit and Headwaters Press return to the 2nd Annual with a wealth of new titles and with editors again ready to read and accept work on the spot.
Sun. May 18, Noon to 6 Second Annual Alternative Small Press Fair. Big City Lit and Headwaters Press will be displaying. The Old Stone House, J.J. Byrne Park, 3rd St & 5th Av, Park Slope. Go to web site or call (718) 832-2310 for details, (718) 768-3195 for directions only.
Mon. May 19, 7 p.m. Reading and recording session with feature contributors from this month and last. Bistro Ten 18 [cancelled]
June TBA Big City Lit Auditions:  On-the-spot acceptance of open reader work at Bowery Poetry Club (confirmation pending).
Sat. June 14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/20  Big City Lit and The Author's Watermark present What Regional Writers Eat, a rural series on regional writing at historic Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville (SW Albany Co.). With Thom Ward (Empire State) and *pie-baking contest!*, Meredith Sue Willis (Appalachia), Rebecca Seiferle (Southwest), George Wallace (San Francisco) with special appearances by composer Paul Winston (on jazz piano) and 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; Self-Portrait; Moving/Motion; Dust;
Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Japan; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone); Surrealism; Monsters/Monstrosity (also images); Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick';
Intermediating Surfaces:  the Sk(in) Between; Hands and Gloves; How the Other Half:  Rich vs. Poor
(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.

Spring 2003 Contest opens 3/21. See details.

In This Issue:  May 2003

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

After a long winter—and snow in mid-April—we've gone a-Maying upstate, leaving Robert Herrick's "Corinna"—and Troilus and Cressida—to explain. Our hand-picked Twelve 12 page features work by Rob Wright and Mary Leonard.

Fiction/Short Prose:

Odd-man-out boys seem an awful lot like us in Paul Hindman's "Casserole" and Daniel Maguire's "Jimmy Boom-Boom."

 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.

The True Meaning of Mother's Day—
Petri Liukkonen on Dead Epic Sons

The Human Scale:  Daniel Libeskind's Design
for the World Trade Center Site
by Christopher A. Miller

The Rise and Fall of Artists' SoHo:  Literature
by Richard Kostelanetz (excerpt from June release)

Newsday Suffolk Co. Names First Poet Laureate
(BCLit Regular Contributor George Wallace)


Beyond Noah, Beyond Laughter:
Enid Dame's Stone Shekhina
by Alyssa A. Lappen

'After Making [Poetry] We Hear Footsteps…'
The Grand Permission:  New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood
(Eds. Patricia Dienstfrey and Brenda Hillman)

Series on Series:
The new Critic's Voice Series moderated by Lewis Lapham at the 92 St Y
(4/1) I:  "On Genius" with guest, Harold Bloom
(5/12) II:  "The Function of Criticism" with guests John Leonard, Claudia Roth Pierpont, John Simon.
by David Yezzi

Series/Event Reviews:

'Paddling Companionably Ere All Have Flown Away':  The Cúirt International Festival of Literature at Galway Centre for the Arts (Ireland)
by Sharon Olinka

The People's Poetry Gathering (4/11-13)

Lucie Brock-Broido and C.D. Wright at Barnard (4/25)

Other Arts: Theatre
Four-Star 'Dubya Madness' Promoted to the West End (4/2)—
Reviews: Curtain Up | The Guardian | Kali Theatre | The Stage

Free Expression:
Wagging the Dogma in Baghdad:  Photo-Opp's with Toppled Props

May 1:  International Workers' Day   

Rummy Poetry:  The Opaque Tropes of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

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

Legal Forum:

Legislation to Create CIA "National Security Letter" Returned to Sender

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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