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The Wilderness House Literary Review is a publication devoted to excellence in literature and the arts.
TheWHLReview is published online quarterly with a best of annual print edition.
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Welcome to the 36th issue (Volume 9, no 4) of the Wilderness House Literary Review. WHLR is a result of the collaboration between a group of poets and writers who call themselves the Bagel Bards (who keep publishing their anthologies).
The stories, articles, poems and examples of art have
been presented as PDF files. This is a format that
allows for a much cleaner presentation than would otherwise be available on
the web. If you don’t have an Adobe Reader (used to read a PDF file) on your
computer you can download one from the Adobe website. These files are large and we hope you will be patient when downloading
then, however we think the beauty of the words deserves a beautiful presentation.
Our ISSN number is 2156-0153.
Let us know what you think in our Letters to the Editor.
Table of Contents
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A wonderful collection of essays came in over the transom this Fall. We have Cherry Cecilia's description of Chinese cosmetic fashion in The Modern Terracotta Army and Liz Gilmore Williams touching tribute to her sister in The Last Time. I could mention all the other essays but that would take some of the fun away from reading them.
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Our fiction editor loves Anton Chekhov and despairs the notion that there are no latter day Chekhov's submitting works for her consideration. This is not to say that the work she receives isn’t excellent … it’s just not Chekhov. To that end WHLReview announces a new prize for fiction to be called “the Chekhov Prize.” A Google search reveals several other Chekhov prizes with cash. Alas we’re not offering cash. We will look for a bearded bobble-head doll. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the Chekhov Prize logo available. Just click on Chekhov's head.
For your reading pleasure we offer an outstanding collection of short stories by:
Our poetry editor, not wanting to be outdone by our fiction editor is pleased to announce the Gertrude Stein "rose" prize for creativity in poetry. Anyone published in Volume 3 (and beyond) is eligible. We don't have any idea what the prize will consist of - a T-shirt for sure. Perhaps we can find a Plaster of Paris bust of Julius Caesar, put a rose in its mouth and decorate it to look like Gertrude Stein. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the our rose prize logo available. Just click on Gerturde's head.
We have a remarkable lineup of poets, so enjoy.
The widget server that once provided a smooth scrolling region for our reviews has gone the way of the Dodo and no replacement has been found so we'll just have to point you to The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
The Bagel Bards have been active again. Three bards have released new books in the past few months: Molly Lynn Watt, Timothy Gager and David P. Miller have all published works since our last issue. Yes, it's indulgent when we review books by our own ... but someone has to do it.
WHLReview is brought to you by:
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As we said when we started this is a joint production of Wilderness House Literary Retreat and the “bagel bards”. The “Bagel Bards” have just published their nineth anthology. You may purchase them here: