UConn Creative Writing Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of UConn’s English Department Creative Writing Awards! Keep an eye out for some of these pieces in the upcoming 20th anniversary edition of Long River Review this spring. The Edward R. and Frances Schreiber Collins Literary Prizes Prose Winner: Breanna Patterson, for “The Times” Honorable Mention: Stephanie Koo, for “Where… More UConn Creative Writing Contest Winners!

A Poetry Sancocho

By: Gabriela García Sánchez

Sancocho is a stew from Puerto Rico—there are variations of this stew throughout the Caribbean—that dates back to when the Spaniards originally brought African slaves to the island. Since that time, it has been passed down from generation to generation before landing on my table. The integrity of this recipe has been kept intact over all… More A Poetry Sancocho By: Gabriela García Sánchez

English Major and Pre-Med: Reconciling Medicine and Literature through Stories

By: Stephanie Koo

It’s a normal day at the hospital. I, a valued member of the Emergency Department translational research team, approach a patient to enroll them in one of our studies (read: extremely socially awkward girl, wearing scrubs too big for her, bothers sick and crying kids and their sleep-deprived parents, to ask them questions about the… More English Major and Pre-Med: Reconciling Medicine and Literature through Stories By: Stephanie Koo

10 Books to Get You through Midterm Season

By: Autumn Magro

Let’s face it: midterms are pretty horrible and come out of nowhere like a badly written side-character. I am what many Internet bibliophiles refer to as a mood reader, so when I have three exams on a Thursday and my car won’t start, I’ll find it difficult to enjoy Raskolnikov’s downfall in Crime & Punishment.… More 10 Books to Get You through Midterm Season By: Autumn Magro

10 Examples of Why Rappers are among the Best Writers of the 21st Century

By: Sten Spinella

Last year, one of my blog posts for the Long River Review claimed that hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar is America’s leading public intellectual. In sports journalism terms, that would be called an “electric” or “hot” take. Continuing in that direction this year, I’d like to posit a deeply held conviction of mine: rappers are some… More 10 Examples of Why Rappers are among the Best Writers of the 21st Century By: Sten Spinella

The Sputter: The Monster Under Every Writer’s Bed (and how you can fight it)

By: Amanda McCarthy

It is nine-thirty on a Monday night. Usually, you’re not a last-minute-poet. But tonight, your midnight deadline is drowning under pages and pages of beginning lines that, at this point, sound more like the humming of a garbage disposal than poetry. You do really well under pressure, so generally this shouldn’t be that big of… More The Sputter: The Monster Under Every Writer’s Bed (and how you can fight it) By: Amanda McCarthy

Becoming the Writer That I’ve Always Been

By: Julia Alexander

Ever since I could read and write, I have been infatuated with storytelling. I remember the desk in my childhood bedroom overflowing with half-filled notebooks and the scraps of torn out pages. My handwriting, barely legible to anyone but myself, was scrawled across papers that were stalked high like mountains. My older sister, always vigilant,… More Becoming the Writer That I’ve Always Been By: Julia Alexander