River River Writers Circle is a nonprofit, local arts organization, encouraging a thriving poetry and storytelling community.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

River River

Welcome to River River, a literary journal from the heart of the Hudson Valley. We publish poetry, short prose, photography and translations twice a year.

Current Issue

Winter 2021 – Issue 12


Spring 2020 – Issue 11

November 2019 – Issue 10

June 2019 – Issue 9

December 2018 – Issue 8

Spring 2018 – Issue 7

Fall 2017 – Issue 6

Spring 2017 – Issue 5

Fall 2016 – Issue 4

Spring 2016 – Issue 3

Fall 2015 – Issue 2

Winter / Spring 2015 – Issue 1

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Join our mission to encourage a thriving poetry and storytelling community.  Your donation here supports the journal, our free writing groups, open mic, and other events. Thank you!

Sign up for our email newsletter here.

Littoral, a podcast

Become a patron of our literary podcast, Littoral. Join any tier on Patreon.com for early access to every episode in the series, ad-free. Your support goes directly to development of this audio (and eventually video) project. Click the button below to learn more about subscription levels and perks for supporting local literary arts!

Become a Patron!


#1: Mango – Interview with Rockland Poets’ Bryan Roessel

#2: Pawpaw – Sigrid Nunez and Lori Soderlind in conversation, from our 2019 readings series

#3: Tomato – Interview with poet Nick Norwood, director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. Readings from his new book, Eagle and Phenix, along with conversation about McCullers’ legacy and plans in Nyack. Poetic craft topics include family portraits and elegies, poetry of place, and work with scientists.

#4: Apple – Here comes the river-song itself! This episode features conversation and music from Richard Maldonado, singer-songwriter and regular performer at our local farmers’ markets. Interviewed by Anupama at the historic Nyack Boat Club.

#5: Blood orange – Interview and fiction reading by salon regular Maureen Amaturo. In conversation with River River editor Donna Lee Miele, she offers bold and practical advice for the “business side” of the creative process.

#6: Clementine – Conversation with River River poetry editor Ghada Khalil.

#7: PineappleRiver River poetry editor A. Anupama talks with local writer-artist-activist Bill Batson about creative process.

We will post some episodes on SoundCloud as well. Check them out here:


Many thanks to these donors for supporting our community writing salons and local literary events. Your generosity inspires literature as a thriving force for renewal and engagement in our communities and our world.


Lorraine Ash

David E. Bell

Eve Fischer

Siwsan Gimprich

Lisa Giuiliano

Sarah E Gordon

Alexandra Hanson-Harding

Elizabeth A. Hobson

Joshua Atesh Litle

Donna L. Miele & Ken Herndon

Madalasa & Juan Mobili

New York State Council on the Arts

Sharon Paster

Julie Goldberg Springer

Steve Swank

Jennifer A. Wortham

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

Lori Soderlind

Ghada Khalil

Karen Clark