Wilderness House Literary Review # 11/1


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The Wilderness House Literary Review is a publication devoted to excellence in literature and the arts.

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Editor & Publisher

    Steve Glines 


  John Hanson Mitchell

Poetry Editor

  Teisha Twomey

Fiction Editor

  Prema Bangera

Assistant Fiction Editors

  Emily Pineau

  Tim Gager

Nonfiction Editor

   Steve Glines

Book Reviews Editor

   Doug Holder

Arts Editor/Curator

  Pam Rosenblatt

Poet in Residence

  Tomas O’Leary


Deadlines are as follows
March 1 – Spring
June 1 – Summer
September 1 – Autumn
December 1 – Winter

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Poetry may be submitted in any length. Please don't submit 100 poems and ask us to pick 3.

Fiction may be submitted in three formats:

  1. very short stories less than 500 words in length

  2. short stories less than 1000 words in length

  3. Short stories that don’t fit the above should be less than 3000 words.

We also accept longer forms of fiction occasionally.

Non-Fiction is just that so lets see some interesting footnotes. Non-fiction should be short, (a lot) less than 5000 words

Book Reviews should be positive unless the author is a well-known blowhard. Our mission is to encourage literature not discourage it..

Any form of art may be submitted with the constraint that it must be something that can be published in 2 dimensions. It’s hard to publish sculpture but illustrations together with some intelligent prose count.

Published works are welcome with proper attribution.

Please submit all works electronically. Click here to submit to Wilderness House Literary Review



Welcome to the 41st issue (Volume 11, no 1) 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.

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Here at Wilderness House Literary Review we begin our eleventh year. I know we promised a HUGE party to celebrate our ten full years of publishing but, let's face it, we're lousy party planners. If we get anything together we'll announce it on our little used mailing list. See the upper left hand corner of this page for our mailing list. We'll also announce something on Facebook.

We have some changes to announce. After ten years Irene Koronas is stepping down as our poetry editor. In her place will be Teisha Dawn Twomey. Teisha is our rock star. If she wasn't a good poet and editor she'd be a model. Look at that face.

We're sorry we're late getting this issue to “press” but we've had some challenges. Our primary computer (the one with a huge disk and super large screen) died. Fortunately we had backups of almost everything but it slowed us down quite a bit. At the high point in our production cycle one of our editors spent some time in the hospital.

Better late then never. The same thing can be said for Spring. The crocuses are up, the forsythia is in bloom and it's snowing. It snowed yesterday too. It's spring, I want to plant tomatoes but I have to remind myself, not yet.

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A wonderful collection of essays came in over the transom this Spring. Our essays range from the story of a 50th year high school reunion to a eulogy for Lulu the Dog and lots more.

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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

  • Bullies in Love
    poems by Jendi Reiter; photography by Toni Pepe
    Little Red Tree Publishing, 2015
    7 x 0.3 x 10 inches paperback, 120 pp.
    Review by Carol Smallwood
  • Ibbetson Street #38
    Somerville, Mass.: Ibbetson Street Press, 2015.
    $10 ISBN 978-1-329-66814-0
    Reviewed by David P. Miller
  • The Work of the Body
    Poems by Jill Kelly Koren
    (Dos Madres Press, 2015
    Review by Denise Provost
  • Manual
    By Richard Berengarten
    Shearsman Books
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    ISBN: 978-1-84861-321-6 78 Pages
    Review by Dennis Daly
  • The Caretaker’s Lament
    Poetry by Elisabeth Weiss
    Finishing Line Press
    Georgetown, Kentucky
    ISBN: 978-1-62229-971-3
    30 Pages $14.49
    Review by Dennis Daly
  • The King Of Hearts.
    By Richard Jones.
    Adastra Press, 2015.
    46 pages. $25.00.
    Review by Eric Greinke
  • Of Bugs and Love: Review and no spiders were harmed poems
    by Steve Tomasko
    © 2015. 48 pages/ $12
    Red Bird Chapbooks
    1055 Agate St.
    St. Paul, MN 55117
    Review by Karla Huston
  • Missing Persons
    by John Surowiecki
    Farmington, ME: Encircle Publications, 2015
    ISBN -13 978-1-893035-30-0
    ISBN -10: 1-89303530-1 23 p $12.95
    Reviewed by Susan LaFortune


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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:

Bagels with the Bards #5Bagels with the Bards #6Bagels with the Bards #7 Bagels with the Bards #8
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