Rail and “embrace / the slow-train rumble of the blood, nerves untwisting / like swing chains in the breeze.” Just in time, the sixth issue of River River tumbles, reborn a waterfall in which you might rinse off the residue of these past months’ news. Join in as “she imagines the world a root vegetable” and peel away the grime, the rough outer skin. Our editors shoveled and sifted for the most nourishing poetry and short prose that our submissions pile had to offer. So pack it in, and even if you end up running away from home on six quarters, you’ll find your way right back through the rapid stream of the heart.

As an independent journal and 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 CollegeArt Café Nyack, Seranam Literary Arts, JohnnyCakes Cafe, Patisserie Didier Dumas, ArtsWestchester, and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce for co-hosting literary events and writing salons. Much gratitude to the Arts Council of Rockland and the New York State Council for the Arts, which provided grant funding of our community writing project in 2017. 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.

Find us on Twitter and Instagram (@riverriverlit) and Facebook (River River Writers Circle). Thanks for reading!

All best,

A. Anupama

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Literary community brings together writers at all levels and across many different genres. When we started this project in March 2014, we could never have imagined the positive response, the amazing talent and energy that everyone brings to our events, and the steady growth of our membership.

River River Writers Circle is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to literary arts and community in the lower Hudson valley. Your donation is fully tax-deductible; thank you for supporting local writers!
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Make a donation today and choose your favorite thank-you gift. Check out the list of literary perks, including our logo-emblazoned black notebooks, copies of our forthcoming anthology, and editorial help for your manuscript. Thanks for your support!


Buy books—support local writers!

Thanks to everyone who came to our holiday reading with guest local poet Nicholas Samaras! You can still purchase copies of his latest book, American Psalm, World Psalm, at Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space. All proceeds from book sales will benefit River River. Order your copy here!

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River River would like to thank our sponsors, Seranam Literary Arts  and Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space.


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River River is a proud member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) .

Many thanks to our board of directors

A. Anupama

Donna Lee Miele

Ken Herndon

David e Bell

Rosemary Farrell

Julie Goldberg

Rebecca Watkins-Sloofman


About River River

River River Writers Circle serves the creative writing community of the lower Hudson Valley and beyond. Our mission is to support and encourage literary artists through free social events, weekly writers’ groups, open mic readings, and workshops, with opportunities to participate in River River Literary Journal. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York.

Our board of directors:

A. Anupama, president

Donna Miele, vice-president

Ken Herndon, treasurer

David e. Bell, secretary

Rosemary Farrell

Julie Goldberg

Rebecca Watkins-Sloofman