LRR 2007

Letter from the Editor

“I am determined to spread the word — as well as the poetry, fiction, artwork and all forms of creativity — across campus and beyond Storrs.”

These were some of the first words I spoke as Editor-in-Chief, my heroic creed fit for a superhero with the power to reverse imaginative and artistic injustice. Now I realize my indestructible suit still awaits me. Nonetheless, the fate of young writers and their words, as well as the hues of artistic dreamers, remain in capable hands. With or without my cape and tights, my mission remains the same: to revive the creative genius burrowed below the cattle-laden pastures and isolated dormitories of UConn.

Howard Junker, editor of the literary journal ZYZZYVA, states on the journal’s website that “Nobody grows up wanting to be an editor. A writer, yes, even in this unliterate age, but the servant of a writer, never.” Junker humorously admits the rarity of his passion for the servant role, claiming he wanted to be an editor by ten. His experience makes me reflect on mine. When I was ten, my mother found me lost in a bin of Lego pieces with blisters on my fingers, obsessively pushing pieces together. Being an editor remained low on my scale of goals while I finished my miniature replicas of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the White House.

Yet now that my passion for plastic architecture has waned, I find myself as Editor-in-Chief for the Long River Review, embracing Howard Junker’s definition of the editor’s role. These pages you are about to turn will prove the hard work, determination, and overall service we the editors have had the pleasure of sharing with the community here at the University of Connecticut. I realize that my heroic creed to rescue creative potential is a worthy one, but I cannot fulfill this goal alone. In fact, it is the readers, writers, artists, and other editors who continue to save me from a world of grayscale images and weak similes.

I surely shout Encore! And Enjoy!

Jaclyn Allard

Prize Winners

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

For the best group of poems by a graduate or undergraduate
Spring, Far From Home” by Susan Letcher, First Prize
Coco Chanel in Paris: 1940” by Jessica Rosa, Second Prize
Picking Apples” by J. Trent Nutting, “Along the Cinque Terre” by Matthew Harding, 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
A Candle for Gram” by Adam Merten, Poetry
The Movie-Goers — Vietnamese Rain” by Stephen Bendel, 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
Spent” by Sarah Zolan, First Prize
The Whispering of Mice” by Timothy Bleasdale, Second Prize
The Guilty Party (excerpt)” by Dave Hanley, Third Prize

The Aetna Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction Award

Given by the Aetna Chair in Writing to support excellence in undergraduate creative nonfiction
Murder” by Michael Benedetto, “Losing Grip” by Alena Dillon, First Place Tie

The Long River Graduate Writing Award

For the best piece of writing in any genre by a graduate
Gnosis” by Sean Forbes

The Long River Art Award

Teagan Smith, Art

The Gloriana Gill Art Awards

Daniel Ballestros, Drawing
Michael Stenta, Photography


  • Editor in Chief
    Jaclyn Allard
  • Faculty Advisor
    V. Penelope Pelizzon
  • Managing Editor
    Nathan Harold
  • Public Relations Manager
    Rashid Grier
  • Poetry Editor
    Olivia Von Kohorn
  • Poetry Panel
    Jaclyn Allard
    James Davis
    Cleo Rahmy
    Noam Ron
    Erica Salcuni
  • Fiction Editor
    Alexander Slater
  • Fiction Panel
    Michael Benedetto
    April Mahoney
    Matthew Sebben
    Gideon Young
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor
    Michael Pontacoloni
  • Creative Nonfiction Panel
    Brendan Galvin
    Rashid Grier
    Nathan Harold
    Justin May
  • Copy Editor
    Erica Salcuni
  • Art Director
    Edvin Yegir
  • Art & Design Editor
    Krystine Conde
  • Designers
    Dan Chen
    Jacqueline Nelson
    Chansavanh Phanthalangsy

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