Month: November 2014

2015 Long River Review Editorial Board

Congratulations to the newly-appointed editorial board of the 2015 Long River Review! Please watch for an upcoming call for submissions and other ways for student writers and artists to get involved with the magazine.

Long River Review Editors, 2015

Editor in Chief: Lauren Silverio; Managing Editor: Mick Powell; Poetry Editor: Josh Couvares;
Fiction Editor: Shay Hearn; Creative Nonfiction Editor: Marissa Stanton; Translations Editor: Caitlyn Durfee;
Interviews Editor: Nikki Barnhart; Blog Editor: Katie Loughrey; Social Media Coordinator: Maggie Manu;
Social Media Coordinator: Sofia Filan
Editorial staff: Erin Frawley, Katherine Tibedo, Kerrylee Pelkey, Kaitlyn Ernst, Mike Stankiewicz, Tania Rivera,
Theresa Kurzawa, Emily Chiarelli, Stephanie Koo

AWP Intro Journals Project

The AWP Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Program directors are invited to nominate students works, which are selected for publication in participating literary journals, including Artful Dodge, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and Tampa Review. As a member program, the University of Connecticut is eligible to nominate one work of nonfiction, one work of short fiction, and three poems.

Fiction: Kristina Reardon for “Built on Sand”

Poetry: Miller Oberman for “Who People Are”; Matthew Ryan Shelton for “Interregnum”; Michelle Izydorczak for “english daddy with calabash pipe”

Anya Ulinich Presented Her Graphic Novel


Wednesday, November 19, 6pm at the UConn Co-op (Storrs Center)


Russian-American writer/artist Anya Ulinich presented her graphic novel,  Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, which was published this summer.


Anya Ulinich grew up in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to Arizona when she was seventeen. She holds an MFA in visual arts from the University of California, Davis. Her first novel, Petropolis, was published in 2007, and has since been translated into ten languages.. Ulinich’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zoetrope: All-Story, n+1, and PEN America Journal. She has taught writing at NYU and Gotham Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her two daughters. The reading will be followed by an informal conversation about art, fiction writing, and Russian literature.




Joel Kaye: The History of Ideas, c. 1250-1375

Humanities Institute: Friday, 5 December, 12:30

Joel Kaye of Barnard College will present “The History of Ideas, c. 1250-1375, through the Lens of the History of Balance.” The discussion will center on Kaye’s new book, A History of Balance, c.1250-1375: The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and Its Impact on Thought. We are excited about bringing a prominent scholar of the history of ideas who is eager to engage a broader audience beyond his own field. So that we can hold a seminar-style discussion, we ask the audience to read the Introduction to his book, if possible. For more information, please contact Fiona Somerset,

Coffee and cookies will be served, and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by History, Philosophy, UCHI, and English.

Creative Sustenance Poetry Reading

Denise Abercrombie and Jon Andersen spoke and read their poetry to a packed house–standing room only–on November 11 at the UConn Co-op Bookstore. This benefit event raised nearly $500 for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic.
Denise Abercrombie teaches creative writing, theater, and American literature and serves as English department head at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. She has also taught Creative Writing and Expressive Writing in Performance at the University of Connecticut and Quinebaug Valley Community College. Her writing has appeared in Minnesota Review, Fireweed, Connecticut Review, Phoebe: Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Theory and Aesthetics, Writing on the Edge, and other journals. She was a featured reader at the 49th International Poetry Festival in Belgrade (2012) and Smederevo’s Poetry Autumn (2014). Denise performs and occasionally directs original and existing works with Stage Left Ensemble in small theaters, cafes, and prisons.
Jon Andersen is the author of Stomp and Sing (Curbstone/ Northwestern University Press 2005) and The Burden Note (Smederevo 2014), a bilingual (English/ Serbo-Croatian) collection of poems. He is also the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books 2008). His poems have appeared in English Journal, Freshwater, Rattle, The Progressive, and other journals. He has been a featured reader in the Ledbury and Southwell Poetry Festivals in the United Kingdom, the 49th International Poetry Festival in Belgrade, and Smederevo’s Poetry Autumn in 2014. Andersen is an Associate Professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic.