While sweltering nighttimes dissolved into days of riverside chill, our summer issue slid into fall, and, as these things do, burst into flaming color. In these pages, we invite you to join in burning evening votives in memory of summer’s fêtes, howling at reddened super-moons, and playing your vinyls until morning shoehorns light back into the sky. River River’s writers and photographers have packed all that fire into this literary spirit-lantern of an issue.
Save the date to meet the writers and editors at our annual reading and holiday party on Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Highlighting the event will be a reading and book signing by special guest poet, Nicholas Samaras, who is a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and author of a new poetry collection, American Psalm, World Psalm.
We are thrilled to announce that River River is now an incorporated nonprofit organization, ready to offer more support and camaraderie to our lower Hudson Valley writing community. From our very informal, at-the-cafe-for-lunch-style writing group, to our revision-intensive workshop, the River River community keeps growing. I’m seeing writers from some distance, finding their way to our river village to write, read, and listen. Then they stay for beers and hang out. It’s a beautiful thing.
As an independent journal, we are grateful for the support of many people. Our thanks especially to David e Bell for web design and organizational support. Thanks to Cuppa Pulp Writers Space, Art Café Nyack, Seranam Literary Arts, Nyack YMCA, and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, for co-hosting literary events and writing groups. Thanks to all the writers who sent us submissions for this issue; we appreciated the opportunity to read your work. And thanks to you, the reader, for whom all this love pours. Enjoy!
Verona by George Guida
Liner Notes on Leaving a Lover by Mary Caldwell-Kane
Potatoes, Rice and Mother by Katherine Flannery Dering
The Soles of Feet Speak True by Rajiv Raghavan
The Midnight Migration by Susan Moorhead
Cicada Moon by Susan Moorhead
Five Noir Senses by Mark J. Mitchell
Modern Astrology by Celeste Rose Wood
Notes on the photography in this issue.