A Letter from the Editor: “Next not now”

From Anna Zarra Aldrich The theme for this year’s Long River Review was “next, not now.” Throughout the course of this semester we discovered the various meanings of “next” and found that each of our definitions differed slightly, which is part of the beauty of working with a large editorial staff.  For me, next was… More A Letter from the Editor: “Next not now”

Teenage Nostalgia Plus Free Time Equals Writing Prompts

TLDR you can make a writing prompt out of anything By Natalie Baliker After several weeks at home, stuck staring at the walls as if they’re going to change any time soon, I’m desperate for distraction. But at the same time, I’m incapable of sitting down and channelling that energy into my writing. Instead of… More Teenage Nostalgia Plus Free Time Equals Writing Prompts

POV: You’re the Last Person in the World to Read Harry Potter

By Jennie Fetzer Picture this, it’s the early 2000s, and if you’re a millennial or *cusp* Gen-Zer, you’re probably about to get off the bus from school, drink a Capri-Sun juice pouch, and read the Harry Potter series for the third (no, fourth) time through.  A strange reality hit me the other day as I… More POV: You’re the Last Person in the World to Read Harry Potter

Walking in Wallace Stevens’s Footsteps

By Danny Mitola If there’s one thing I’ve noticed that’s different during self-isolation, it’s the amount of people walking, biking, and running on my street. There have certainly been people in the past whose daily routines included these activities, but I’ve noticed many new faces. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, really. With… More Walking in Wallace Stevens’s Footsteps

Why I now have all the free time to write, yet I don’t do it

By Ryan Amato Staying home all day, avoiding contact with others, having less obligations than usual: This is the writer’s dream. Or, at least, it should be. For some reason, the idea of sitting down to write something just hasn’t crossed my mind, despite having nothing but free time to write. Instead of finishing that… More Why I now have all the free time to write, yet I don’t do it

Writing in Quarantine

A novice’s guide to finding the strength and motivation to actually get stuff done By Lauren Ablondi-Olivo If you’re anything like me, writing is hard enough as it is without a literal, global pandemic going on around us (creepily similar to the dystopian futures you read about in Station’s Eleven, or Life as We Knew… More Writing in Quarantine

Art Prevails in Quarantine, Even in the Smallest Acts

By Brenna Sarantides The day that UConn closed campus and moved to online classes, I told myself I would have a lot to show for all my free time. I’d read a few books a week. I’d finally start writing the novel I’ve been story-boarding. I’d finish a large canvas painting as a housewarming gift… More Art Prevails in Quarantine, Even in the Smallest Acts