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The Wilderness House Literary Review is a publication devoted to excellence in literature and the arts.
TheWHLReview is published online quarterly with a best of annual print edition.
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Assistant Fiction Editors Emily Pineau
Book Reviews Editor
Poet in Residence
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Welcome to the 44st issue (Volume 11, no 4) of the Wilderness House Literary Review. WHLR is a result of the collaboration between a group of poets and writers who call themselves the Bagel Bards (who keep publishing their anthologies).
The stories, articles, poems and examples of art have
been presented as PDF files. This is a format that
allows for a much cleaner presentation than would otherwise be available on
the web. If you don’t have an Adobe Reader (used to read a PDF file) on your
computer you can download one from the Adobe website. These files are large and we hope you will be patient when downloading
then, however we think the beauty of the words deserves a beautiful presentation.
Our ISSN number is 2156-0153.
Let us know what you think in our Letters to the Editor.
Table of Contents
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A wonderful collection of essays came in over the transom this Summer. Our essays range from a war memoir to a dissertation on writing letters by hand and lots more.
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Our fiction editor loves Anton Chekhov and despairs the notion that there are no latter day Chekhov's submitting works for her consideration. This is not to say that the work she receives isn’t excellent … it’s just not Chekhov. To that end WHLReview announces a new prize for fiction to be called “the Chekhov Prize.” A Google search reveals several other Chekhov prizes with cash. Alas we’re not offering cash. We will look for a bearded bobble-head doll. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the Chekhov Prize logo available. Just click on Chekhov's head.
We are thrilled to have Tim Gager back at the helm of our fiction section while Prima takes a well deserved break. Tim also has a new novel out. See the review below.
Every once in a while we publish "experimental" works. Here is one:
W<J>P Newnham - X-MAS IN PENANG!
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Our poetry editor, not wanting to be outdone by our fiction editor is pleased to announce the Gertrude Stein "rose" prize for creativity in poetry. Anyone published in Volume 3 (and beyond) is eligible. We don't have any idea what the prize will consist of - a T-shirt for sure. Perhaps we can find a Plaster of Paris bust of Julius Caesar, put a rose in its mouth and decorate it to look like Gertrude Stein. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the our rose prize logo available. Just click on Gerturde's head.
While we're at it. Our poetry editor, Teicha, also has a new book out. See the review below for that too. As usual we have a remarkable lineup of poets, so enjoy.
The widget server that once provided a smooth scrolling region for our reviews has gone the way of the Dodo and no replacement has been found so we'll just have to point you to The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
We are a bit incestuous this issue. Julia Carlson, our first fiction editor, reviews Teisha Dawn Twomey's new book of poetry. Teisha is our current poetry editor. Tim Gager, who returns as fiction editor (he replaced Julia Carlson) has a new book out that we've reviewed. Not to be outdone Dennis Daly both reviews a book and has his own book reviewed. We didn't do this on purpose, honest, it just came out that way.
WHLReview is brought to you by:
Dosha, flight of the Russian Gypsies
As we said when we started this is a joint production of Wilderness House Literary Retreat and the “bagel bards”. The “Bagel Bards” have just published their nineth anthology. You may purchase them here: