Wilderness House Literary Review # 6/3


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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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The WHLReview is published online quarterly with a best of annual print edition. 


Volume 4 coming soon. Really.

Deadlines are as follows

March 1 – Spring

June 1 – Summer

September 1 – Autumn

December 1 – Winter

The annual edition will be published in October.

To contact an editor simply click on a name below. To submit work to us please see "Submissions" below:

Editor & Publisher

    Steve Glines 

Poetry Editor

   Irene Koronas

Fiction Editor

  Susan Tepper

Nonfiction Editor

   Steve Glines

Book Reviews Editor

   Doug Holder

Arts Editor/Curator

  Bridget Galway

Poet in Residence

  Tomas O’Leary


Please read this section before submitting work.

Please include some form of identification in the work itself.

All submissions must be in electronic form. Our preference is an MS Word file uploaded through the form below.

We don't pay so you retain all copyrights. If we publish your work online we may include it in our print annual.

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

Short 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

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Welcome to the twenty third issue (Volume 6, no 3) 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 have just published their latest anthology).

he 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. The files are large and we hope you will be patient when downloading but we think the beauty of the words deserves a beautiful presentation.

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Finally, the copyrights are owned by their respective authors whose opinions are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of our sponsors or partners.

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Here in our small corner of New England when we think mountains we think of the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. These mountains are old, ground down by millions of years of ice, rain and vegetation. The coastal plain is narrow here, just a few miles in most places.  Contrast this with the high plains and Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada, where flat is flatter and vertical is an adequate description of the topology.

Calgary Alberta is known for two things: cows and oil. The high plains to the east were, for millions of years, the bottom of a massive shallow ocean. Beneath the sod lies thousands of feet of sedimentary rock trapping more gas and oil than has ever been pumped out of North America to date. To the west lies the sudden start of the Canadian Rocky Mountains which rise almost unannounced from the high prairie. The collision of the Pacific tectonic plate with the AmThankserican plate has yielded some very dramatic results.

Our trip to Calgary was made possible by Vicky Glines and Dave Macneil. Dave is a petroleum engineer whose world wide travels in pursuit of energy have left him with more airline miles than he can possibly use.

Enjoy this tour of the Canadian Rockies and the prairie of Alberta Canada.

Search the house


Anthony Majahad: I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony at one of the Bagel Bard’s get together every Saturday at Au Bon Pan in Davis Square Somerville. Anthony and I hit it off right away. I told him I was an artist that writes a poem from time to time. He told me he was a writer, photographer, and that he enjoyed creating art.



Our fiction editor loves Anton Chekhov and despairs the notion that there are no latter day Chekhovs submitting works for her consideration. This is not to say that the work he 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:


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 (some more than once), enjoy:

Alice Weiss and Alice Weiss
Barbara Bialick
Bridget Galway
Catherine Lee
Chris Crittenden
Claudia Serea
D.C. Lynn
Diane Webster
Ekwerema duUchenna
Gary Metras and Gary Metras
Helen Peterson
Hila Karmi
Jeffrey DeLotto
Jessie Carty
John Abbott
Michael Sullivan
Nancy Morgan-Boucher
Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Santosh Alex
Tim Suermondt
Tom Sheehan
Wayne-Daniel Berard
Zvi A. Sesling



Come back often. We post up to ten new reviews every week.

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 fifth anthology. You may purchase them here:

Bagels with the Bards #5 Bagels with the Bards #6

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