I didn’t stick around to watch the Hudson-River-diving, “penguin plunge” participants at the park down the street from my house last weekend. While a singer on a trailer stage covered Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic,” I stared around and wondered, who jumps into this icy-cold river in March? Only a few brave (and perhaps slightly unwise) people, with divers and firetrucks and helicopters and paramedics standing by, obviously. But more to the point of our spring issue of River River, who lets the river jump into them? Only a few love-wounded (wise) people, writing stories and poems populated by riverside travelers and natives, runaways and rebels, dreamers and doers. I’m so pleased to present our new issue: an invigorating dip in the literary currents.
The poetry and prose here cover a wide swath of experience, age, and place. Our editors selected work from many contributors who are our fellow locals in the Hudson Valley, as well as new writing from overseas. Photography and translations submissions grew with this reading period, and we are so proud to bring you these beautiful and well-crafted pieces. No spoilers in this intro—just plunge in and enjoy!
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 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 to our new members for lifting this new non-profit arts organization into its mission.
Notes on the photography in this issue.