Wilderness House Literary Review # 11/2


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Littleton MA 01460

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.

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



Welcome to the 42st issue (Volume 11, no 2) 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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Wilderness House Literary Review is slightly more than ten years old. Our Spring issue should have commemorated that astounding feat but we were a bit too harried to do much about it. Now, however, I can announce that we're going to have a party to celebrate ten years of publishing some of the best stories, poetry and art we can find. Our event will be at the Out of the Blue Too gallery in Cambridge's Central Square, on September 24th 2016 from 2pm till 5pm. Sign up for out mailing list (top left) and we'll remind you.

We estimate that we've published ~1,000 poets, ~200 essayists and an equal number of short story writers. I'm sure there is someone out there that has the actual count. It would be fun to have everyone show up in Central Square this September. That would make the literary world stand up and take notice. (Oh how we love clichés)

We're looking for interns: We are always looking for readers for our submissions. We are also looking for an intern to become our assistant art director. They will help get our magazine out on time. While we don't need our interns to be local to central Massachusetts, it would certainly be a lot more fun (for all concerned) if they were.

Helpful online essay tools for students of all academic levels.

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Reporting by Pam Rosenblatt

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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 special festure, a submission from out Poet-in-Residence (We confess he isn't actually "in residence"), Tomas O'Leary.

We also 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

  • Works on Paper
    by Jennifer Barber
    published by Word Works
    Winner of the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize
    review by Alice Weiss
  • Amaranth
    by Robert Carr
    published by Indolent Books
    review by Alice Weiss
  • Bleak Splendor
    Poems by George Held
    Muddy River Books
    Brookline, MA
    ISBN: 978-1-329-65042-8
    31 Pages, $12.00
    review by Dennis Daly
  • Straight James/ Gay James
    Poems by James Franco
    Hansen Publishing Group, LLC
    East Brunswick, NJ
    ISBN: 978-1-60182-262-8
    58 Pages, $12.00
    review by Dennis Daly
  • Unspeakable Things
    By Kathleen Spivack
    ( Knopf 2016)
    review by Doug Holder
  • Logos
    by Gil Fagiani
    Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2015.
    Paper, 168 pages; $20
    review by George Held


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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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