Introduction

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 CollegeSeranam 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.

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All best,

A. Anupama


Prose
Memento
Sydney Brooman
Bearing Witness
Jeffrey DeVries
A History of Us in Debt
Bryn GRibben
Bridge 9340
J. Jacqueline McLean
A User’s Guide to Undead Neighbors
Joe Baumann
Professionalism
Kevin Kearney
Trash Day
Darcy Casey

Poetry
Blame the boy
Michael Zinkowski
of course this brick
stephanie roberts
east
J Anthony
Big Mac
Dov Weinman
Balloons
Haylee Chavanne
Lake Louella
Shreya Pabbaraju
Cycling by Brandywine Creek
Jane Miller
Illusions
Jacqueline Jules
Dobře
Naomi Scoville
Tics
Dennis Goza
Vermouth Pleasure
Richard King Perkins II
Of Kind
Peter Mannello
Freedom
Slavica Turinski-Lazić
The Rack
Yania Padilla Sierra
Clearance
Timothy Geiger
Automatic Knitting
AR Dugan
Pasta
Nina Knueven