Letter from the Editor
This year I decided to do something new with the Long River Review.
First, I thought it might be nice to deliver the journal in a nice tin box, like the Terminator 2 Extreme Edition DVD. This was shot down due to funding problems. Then I thought we might deliver the journal via robotic man-servants. This was shot down because such robots do not exist. Then I proposed to sing the journal to individual readers, charging $3 per visitation. This was shot down on several levels. So, I decided that the journal was good as it was. This was not shot down.
But I still had questions. What is the Long River Review? What is a journal? Is there some Platonic ideal of “journal”? I don’t know. I’d ask Plato but séances are decidedly un-editorial.
The LRR is a pile of wood. This wood is very thin and covered in small black symbols. I had initially wanted to put out a blank, write-your-own journal. This was also shot down, so the small symbols remained. The small symbols are made of very thin layers of ink, which is made from squid fluids (at least in my head). These fluids are arranged in such a way as to give you messages.
The chemical structure of the whole thing looks something like this:
Now, none of what I just said is important. What is important, though, is what those little black symbols make you see, hear, think, smell, taste, and feel. They will take you through the world, feed you a pot of soup, and turn you into a dog.
It turns out the word “journal” is much like the word “church.” It is not only an object, but a collection of people, ideas, heart, and hard work.
I hope you’ll excuse the lack of a collector’s tin.
The Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize
For the best group of poems by a graduate or undergraduate
“Letter for Your Leaving” by Jaclyn Sheltry, First Prize
“The Apparatus” by Meghan Dahn, Second Prize
“To Live and Stay” by Megan McHugh, “Actuary of the Phantasmagorical” by Jason Mozzicatto, Third Place Tie
The Edward R. and Frances Schreiber Collins Literary Prize
Given by David and Emily Collins for the best poem and best prose work by an undergraduate
“Five Times” by Christopher Venter, Poetry
“Preacher Jones and Swade, the Little Gambling Man” by Austin Samsel, Prose
The Jennie Hackman Memorial Award for Short Fiction
Awarded in Memory of Jacob and Jennie Hackman for the best work of short fiction by an undergradate
“Preacher Jones and Swade, the Little Gambling Man” by Austin Samsel, First Prize
“Grief” by Jennifer Cuccaro, Second Prize
“Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent” by Alexander Slater, Third Prize
The Aetna Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction Award
The Long River Graduate Writing Award
For the best piece of writing in any genre by a graduate
“A Stalker’s Utterance: My Scrapbook of John Turturro” by Aaron Sanders
The Long River Art Award
Elanie Blais, Art
Daniel Collins, Photography
The Gloriana Gill Art Awards
Dylan Riordan, Photography
Allison Valentine, Painting
- Editor in Chief
- Faculty Advisor
- Managing Editor
- Public Relations Managers
- Poetry Editor
Jacob Peter Overdurff
- Poetry Panel
Matthew J. Sebben
Erica M. Spencer
- Fiction Editor
- Fiction Panel
E. Martin Heffter
- Creative Nonfiction Editor
- Creative Nonfiction Panel
- Copy Editor
- Art Director