Review 2010 Offers Vivid Portraits of Local Characters
and Places; Copies Available at Public Libraries
Windsor, N.J. - An examination of life's moments both big
and small are captured in the 2010 issue of The Kelsey
Review, an arts journal published annually by Mercer
County Community College. This year's issue features submissions
by 17 writers, artists and photographers who live or work
in Mercer County. Copies are now available at all branches
of the county's public libraries, and in public areas of MCCC's
West Windsor and James Kerney campuses.
According to MCCC Associate Professor of English Ed Carmien,
who co-edits the Review with Associate Professor of English
Holly-Katherine Johnson, the myriad voices of county residents
have never been richer. Said Carmien, "The Review is
developing its voice as a journal of regional expression."
He notes that numerous pieces are set within the county's
borders, including Princeton and Trenton. One non-fiction
piece is an excerpt from a soon-to-be-published book on the
history of the Institute for Advanced Study.
English faculty members Holly-Katherine Johnson
and Ed Carmien are co-editors of Kelsey Review.
editorial team also includes poetry editors Luray Gross, a "Poet
in the Schools" for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and
Ellen Jacko, an English teacher at Allentown High School. Fiction
editor is Dr. Robbie Clipper Sethi, an English professor at Rider
University, novelist, poet and short story writer.
notes that the works of fiction are wonderfully varied. One story
draws pictures of eccentric Princeton characters as they grapple
with a mix-up between art and trash; another focuses on the marital
stresses of a couple from China; and a third depicts the rhythms
of an African-American family and community. The secret world of
a fiction writer is revealed in yet another vivid piece. Poetry
is also well-represented, with several poems reflecting on the natural
world and others that touch on romance and heartbreak.
Writing contributors include Ellen Foos of Princeton, Gail Caspar
of Hightstown, Beverly Mach Geller of Hightstown; Helen Gorstein
of Princeton, Janet Kirk of Princeton, Betty Lies of Princeton,
Doughtry Long of Trenton, Beth Morgan of Lawrenceville, Joe Preneta
of Lawrenceville, T.M. Rago of Trenton, Doris Spears of Trenton,
D.E. Steward of Princeton, Yongming Wang of Princeton, Mark David
Wilkie of Hamilton Square, and Peter Wood of Lawrenceville. The
visual arts are represented with a cover photo and other photos
by Chris Szakolczai of Princeton and drawings by illustrator Anne
Karetnikov of Plainsboro.
the annual Pushcart Prize competition, the editors nominated Janet
Kirk for The Reclamation of Woodhenge; Helen
Gorenstein for Architecture of Roxbury; Betty Lies for
Assault (or It); Peter Wood for Swallow;
and D. E. Steward for Decinber. Pushcart winners will
be announced in Winter, 2011.
Carmien invites county residents to pick up their copies soon. "These
pages are the county's pages, they are your pages, they are our
pages," he notes in his introduction.
Kelsey Review is now on Facebook. The editors invite the community
to add their comments about the material in the journal and the
arts in general.
Funding for The 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.
The deadline for submissions for the 2010 edition is May 15, 2011.
For more information, email Kelsey.firstname.lastname@example.org
or click here.
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