Wilderness House Literary Review # 8/2


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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 

Poetry Editor

   Irene Koronas

Fiction Editor

  Prema Bangera

Nonfiction Editor

   Steve Glines

Book Reviews Editor

   Doug Holder

Arts Editor/Curator

  Pam Rosenblatt

Poet in Residence

  Tomas O’Leary


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  1. very short stories less than 500 words in length

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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

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Welcome to the thirtieth issue (Volume 8, 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 have just published their another anthology).

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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Table of Contents


Go west young man!

"Go West, young man" was advice from American author Horace Greeley just after the American Civil War to young men seeking their fortune, seeking the American Dream.  It was fashionable then to believe in America's Manifest Destiny which, at the time, dictated that American settlers should expand across the continent. America's Manifest Destiny would come to mean the mastery of any challenge and the conquering of any frontier. It was America's Manifest Destiny to send men to the moon and conquer the "new frontier" of space. ... more, but not what you expect

Search the house


Reporting by Pam Rosenblatt



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 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, enjoy.


Regrettably we can no longer provide a free window onto our review blog,
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. If you'd like to see dozens of new
book reviews posted every week please go HERE.

We would like to highlight two new books by our friends in the Bagel Bard crowd, Tim Gager and Krikor Der Hohannesian:

  • Antisocial Network
    By Timothy Gager
    Redneck Press
    Revere, MA
    By way of Mosherville, PA
    39 Pages
    Review by Dennis Daly
  • Refuge in the Shadows
    By Krikor Der Hohannesian
    Cevena Barva Press
    Somerville, Massachusetts
    [email protected]press.com
    44 Pages
    Review by Dennis Daly
  • Beautybeast
    by Adina Dabija
    translated by Claudia Serea
    Port Alworth, AK: North Shore Press, 2012
    ISBN: 978-0-9794365-5-0
    Reviewed by David P. Miller
  • The Tragedy of Fidel Castro
    Joao Cerqueira
    River Grove books
    ISBN 978-1-938416-16-3
    2013 $14.95
    Reviewed by Irene Koronas
  • Still Life in Ditch
    by Fausto Paravidino
    translated by Ilaria Papini
    ISBN: 978-1-934909-36-2
    published by Hanging Loose Press
    231 Wyckoff Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11217
    will be available for $18 this September
    Review by Michael Todd Steffen
    By Rob Siegel
    Bentley Publishers
    ISBN 978-083761720-6
    410 pages
    Review by Tom Miller
  • A Theory of Lipstick
    by Karla Huston
    Main Street Rag Publishing Company
    Charlotte NC
    Copyright © 2013 by Karla Huston
    ISBN: 978-1-59948-407-5
    Softbound, 73 pages. $14
    Review by Zvi A. Sesling


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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 eighth 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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