Exhale and sit down to the biggest helping of mashed vocabularies and imagery salad. With pasta on the side. With a starry dessert. But only after we’ve tweezed the stones from your palms and washed off the trail grit. This issue of River River washed our faces in hope, with remarkable writing and photography contributed by thoughtful and impressive folks working in schools, prisons, water management, long-term care facilities. We, the editors, overwhelmed by the submissions sent to us this winter, happily present you with a taste of the particular, blazing, drenched moment. With so much inspiration, you might catch your breath.
As an independent journal and community arts non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we are grateful for the support of many people. Our thanks especially to Ken Herndon and David e. Bell for web design and support. Thanks to our friends at Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space, CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Manhattanville College, Seranam Literary Arts, Patisserie Didier Dumas, and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce for co-hosting literary events and writing salons. Much gratitude to ArtsWestchester and the New York State Council for the Arts, which awarded grant funding of our 2018 readings series. Thanks to all the writers and artists who sent us submissions for this issue; we appreciated the opportunity to see your work. Huge thanks to our board of directors and recent donors for your contributions to the literary arts. And to our members, for whom all this inspiration flows.