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Paul Wellstone:
Lost, 10/25/02

Dana Gioia
nominated to
head NEA—

Jack Foley comments

Invade Iraq
Tell Bush at

News on rebuilding
Lower Manhattan

Aug '02:  Cuba

July Newsstand

Granted June 2002






  Bright Hill Center opened 9/21.
Treadwell, (Del. Co.) NY
"Door No. 2" © 2001 Big City Lit

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
He who has no house now, will not be building one.
—R.M. Rilke ("Herbst" / Fall)

Live Performances/Recording Sessions/Radio Broadcasts

Watch for the print version release of
Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2001.

Mon Sept. 30  A 30-minute excerpt from "Degree 365:  Change and Reclamation —Year One of 9/11," DAT-recorded Sept. 14 at the Museum of the City of New York, aired on WNYE 91.5 FM. Cassette copies available.

Fri-Sun Oct. 11-13 Columbus Day Weekend retreat with workshops, forums (Michael Graves on Joyce) in North Greene and SW Albany Counties. Two hours from GW Bridge, 1/2 hour from Albany. Pick-up possible from Poughkeepsie (MetroNorth), Kingston (Greyhound) or Hudson (Amtrak). Registration by 10/4, payment by 10/7 ($75 all, $30/night).

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

Colors; Erotica; Dramatic Monologue (poetry: e.g. "My Last Dutchess"); Epigrams; Self-Portrait; Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Hunting and Predation; Smoking; Infanticide; Music; Japan; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone); Surrealism; Monsters/Monstrosity (also images); Timepieces; Kites; Suicide.
Consult Submissions for guidelines,Masthead for editorial policy, also Bridge City Lit and Big City, Little pages.
Query first on articles over 750 words.

The magazine's Spring poetry/fiction contest brought a far-fetched response.
Here, after some delay, are the RESULTS. A sampling appears in this issue.

In This Issue:  October 2002

Trade Publishers:
Bookshelf presents Chapter I of Stephanie Dickinson's Half Girl.

This month we feature sample poems from the magazine's Spring chapbook contest by Ryan Van Cleave, Baruch November, Stan Friedman, Susan Case, Martin Galvin, Richard Levine, Peter Aaron, Anne Blonstein, alongside the winning individual poem by J. Morris, while offering comments on our choices in an Editors' Preface.

Fiction/Short Prose:

Daniel Maguire's deft, humorous "Martin Leahy's Toys" was selected for Special Mention in the magazine's Spring fiction contest. Another Special Mention went to Ben Roberts of Ogden, VT for "Mortifiction of the Flesh."


Residency, a Day Book
by Kimberly Burwick
"The last colony I was at…" A woman catches the false note in her own voice and says, "Jesus," then under her breath, her name.
On the Strength of Reeds:  Washington Irving's Christopher Columbus
by Maureen Holm (from Oct '01)
The conventional praise for Columbus . . . mutes his vow to commit his anticipated fortune to the recovery of the holy sepulcher from the 'infidels' in Jerusalem. In short, Columbus was a religious zealot—and one notable for his fervor even as King Ferdinand directed the Spanish Inquisition from Cordoba.

The Fulcrum:  Tim Scannell on PDA's (Public Displays of Autobiography)
Yes, I know that each life has its Rosebud thrown into the fire at the end. Yet that sociological guesstimate and judgment is so genuinely inane, so flip, that I ignore any and all such societal pronouncements altogether.

Ten Mile Meadow Project: A Conservatory of Land and Language (with photos)


by Tim Scannell

Joshua Bodwell's Are You Just Getting Up?
Lori Jakiela'sThe Regulars
Michael Kriesel's Matter Ballet

Series on Series:
The Women Poets at Barnard Series
by Saskia Hamilton
By presenting the work of writers with varied voices and styles, we hope to broaden and challenge our audience's visions of poetry's range and effects. In addition to readings, Women Poets at Barnard publishes a book by a woman poet.

Free Expression:

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

Legal Forum:

From Gravy Train to 24-Mule Team Borax:  Excessive Tax Breaks to U.S. Exporters Provoke Retaliatory European Trade Tariffs [pending]

 First Chapters
Stephanie Dickinson's novel, Half Girl, pulls you under at once, and when you come up for air, you are astounded to be in the same room where you began. Each sentence is a surprise—a trip in the mind of a sharply sensual and adventurous girl who is leaving home and immediately finding danger in cold, lonely places. You read in fear of what might happen to her, but also with a blind faith in her hopeful determination.—Meredith Sue Willis

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 on back-order.
We are preparing Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2001.

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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