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MCCC’s Kelsey Review Is Ready to Read;
Copies Available Online, In Print, and at Local Libraries


1/25/18


Cover art, entitled "Man from the Thirties," is by Dave Olsen.

MCCC Assistant Professor of English Jacky Vogtman, center, is Kelsey Review’s editor. Long-time co-editors include Ellen Jacko, left, and Roberta Clipper. Not pictured: Luray Gross.

West Windsor, N.J. – Ready for a good read? Perhaps by someone who might live in your neighborhood? Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announces the publication of its 36th annual Kelsey Review, a literary arts journal that features writers who live and/or work in Mercer County.

With the help of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Kelsey Review has now returned to its print format, in addition to its availability online here. (For the past two years, it was exclusively online.)

Says editor Jacqueline Vogtman, a member of the MCCC English faculty, “The latest edition is an exciting mix of art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from 21 contributors, some who are familiar and some who are brand new. It is a pleasure to share the work of talented individuals who live and work in our area, one of the many ways MCCC adds to the cultural wealth of our community.”

Contributors include poets Vida Chu, Jeanine DeNitto, Lauren Fedorko, Lois Marie Harrod, Barbara Krasner of Bedminster, Lavinia Kumar, Lillian LaSalle, Wanda Praisner and Steve Smith. Fiction pieces are by Peter Brav, Nancy Demme, Ilene Dube, Marge Dwyer, Arlene Feldman, and John Langendoerfer. Nonfiction contributors include Edward Carmien, Judith Salcewicz, Allen Appel, D.E. Steward, and Vogtman herself.

The cover art, by Dave Olson, is an evocative drawing of a “Man from the Thirties” that is reminiscent of a Van Gogh sketch.

Vogtman points out a number of MCCC connections in this edition. LaSalle, a new contributor, shares a poem in memory of Maria Rodriguez, who was a beloved professor and EOF counselor at the college. Former Kelsey Review editor Edward Carmien reviews Pecking Order, a debut book of poetry by Nicole Homer, an MCCC professor and the editor of Aspirations, an MCCC literary journal featuring Mercer County high school students. Vogtman reviews Annabelle Kim’s debut novel, Tiger Pelt, which was published earlier this year. “Annabelle has been a frequent contributor to Kelsey Review, and her novel lives up to the promise she has shown in our pages,” Vogtman said.

The editorial board also includes fiction editor Roberta Clipper, professor of English at Rider University; poetry editor Luray Gross, a poet and storyteller who works as an artist in residence in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and poetry editor Ellen Jacko, a retired English teacher from Allentown High School.

Kelsey Review
welcomes new friends on its Facebook page.  The editors invite the community to “like” the page and add their comments about the material in the journal and the arts in general.

Funding for Kelsey Review has been made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council for the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Submissions for the next issue will be accepted through May 1 through an online submission system. The Review solicits contributions from those who live and/or work in the Mercer County area. For specific questions, email kelsey.review@mccc.edu.

Kelsey Review

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