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Issue # 34 Spring 2016
Table of Contents
Editors for this Issue
Fiction: Jane Lazarre
Poetry: Roger Mitchell
Many thanks to Lynda Schor for
more than a decade of editing fiction for this publication.
Where Do They Go?
Written on the Body of Judson Jerome
Johannesburg's Garden City Clinic
On thinking of Wislawa Szymborsska
Me and The Girls
Rachmaninov’s Lone Trumpet
Water Lilies, Green Reflections
Thinking about Sex and Death, Deeply
The Owl of Minerva
Bentwood: A Romance
Have a Nice Tomorrow
The Magpie Sings Both Songs
Nancy Barnes is a cultural anthropologist whose work has ranged from private colleges and public high schools to teaching ethnographic research methods in prison, teaching swimming to teenagers in South Africa, and leading workshops in Myanmar. Now, she has begun to write stories. Her work has been published in Final Acts, (eds. Bauer-Maglin and Perry), Persimmon Tree, Tell Us a Story, and Evening Street Review. She is a native New Yorker who lives with her partner in Chelsea, the neighborhood where she grew up.
Mary Carroll-Hackett is the author of The Real Politics of Lipstick (Slipstream 2010), Animal Soul (Kattywompus Press 2013), If We Could Know Our Bones (A-Minor Press 2014), The Night I Heard Everything (FutureCycle Press 2015), and Trailer Park Oracle (Kelsey Books 2016).Another collection, A Little Blood, A Little Rain, is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press in 2016. She teaches at Longwood University, and with the MFA faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan. Mary is at work on a memoir.
Ruth Charney is a retired educator, author of numerous articles and the book Teaching Children to Care. Her story “The Old Bag” was recently published by Persimmon Tree. Her short essays, on subjects ranging from grandchildren adventures, to chicken rescues to a neighbor’s confederate flag, appear regularly in the Greenfield Recorder, the local newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband. This story in this issue of The Hamilton Stone Review is one chapter from a work in progress about two children growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in a Communist family in New York.
Jan Clausen is a poet, novelist, and memoirist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent book, the poetry hybrid Veiled Spill: A Sequence, was published by GenPop in 2014. A reissue of her 1999 memoir Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity is forthcoming from Seven Stories Press. Clausen teaches writing workshops at NYU and is on the faculty of the Goddard College MFA in Writing Program.
Darrell Epp’s poetry has appeared in dozens of magazines around the world including Rhino, Poetry Ireland, and Exile. He is the author of the poetry collections Imaginary Maps (2009) and After Hours (2016).
Roy Frisvold lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Poems of his have appeared in Alba, Clutching at Straws, Eratio Postmodern Poetry, elimae, Moria, and Hamilton Stone Review.
Abigail George briefly studied film and television production at the Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. Recently anthologised in Best "New" African Poets 2015 anthology, she writes for Modern Diplomacy, blogs with Goodreads, and contributed to a symposium that appeared on the "Ovi Magazine": Finland's English Online Magazine. Her poetry has been widely published (most recently appeared in Birds Piled Loosely, Literary Orphans, and Toad Suck Review). Her fiction was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was born into a family of educationalists in Port Elizabeth, educated there, Swaziland, and Johannesburg. She is the author of "Winter in Johannesburg", her first published collection of short stories. She works, lives, and is inspired by the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Allison Goldston has published entertainment articles and book reviews for a community newspaper in Washington state. She holds a degree in English literature. Her first published work of prose is forthcoming in the Spring issue of the Lindenwood Review. She lives in Montana with her two daughters.
Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the novels: The Things We Do To Make It Home, a NYTimes Notable and LATimes Best Fiction; and Stop Here, an Indie Pick. The section excerpted here is from her novel Every Body Has A Story.
A finalist for the 2015 National Poetry Series Award for his sonnet sequence Bel, Joseph Harms is the author of the novels Baal and Cant. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Boulevard, The Alaskan Quarterly Review, Red Ochre Press, Bad Idea, SPECS: A Journal of Art and Contemporary Literature, Mad Hatters’ Review, The American Dissident and, among others, Poetry Pacific. Get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Hettich's most recent book of poems, SYSTEMS OF VANISHING, won the 2013 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and was published in 2014. Other books include THE ANIMALS BEYOND US (New Rivers Press, 2011) and LIKE HAPPINESS (Anhinga Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in such journals as Orion, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East and Ploughshares, and he has collaborated extensively with visual artists and musicians. He lives in Miami where he teaches at Miami Dade College.
Halvard Johnson lives with his wife the painter and writer Lynda Schor in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. His 1979 poetry collection Winter Journey was recently republished by Spuyten Duyvil Books. Other recent collections are Junkyard Dog from Gradient Books (Finland) and Trapeze from Swirl Editions (Sweden).
Richard Jones is the author of seven books of poems from Copper Canyon Press, including Apropos of Nothing and The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning. His newest collection is King of Hearts (Adastra Press). Editor of the literary journal Poetry East and its many anthologies, including, Paris, Origins, and Bliss, he also edits the free worldwide poetry app, "The Poet's Almanac."
Jenna Kelly is a junior at Coe College, studying neuroscience and psychology with a creative writing minor. She works as an editor at her school's literary magazine, The Coe Review. She has poetry upcoming in Sleet Magazine.
Nearly 300 of Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in reviews, most recently in New World Writing, BlazeVox, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Fifth Wednesday, ArGiLo, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, and Pif. Turning Inside Out won the Black River Prize at Black Lawrence Press. Last fall, Finishing Line Press published The Way You Will Go. When I Fell, a fully illustrated novel, has just been released by Web-e-Books. She teaches developmental English at a community college in West Virginia.
Stephanie Porven is a student at Florida State University who writes best after the sun has set. She believes butterflies bring good luck and coffee is the elixir of life. Her work has appeared in Hypertrophic Literary and The Birds We Piled Loosely.
Charles Rafferty's tenth book of poetry is The Unleashable Dog (2014, Steel Toe Books). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.
Emily Ransdell’s poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Whitefish Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana and is a coordinator of the annual Manzanita PoetryFest on the North Oregon Coast.
Gary Schlesinger is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is on the faculty of the William Alanson White Institute where he teaches psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in both the Adult and Child programs. He has written and presented on a wide variety of psychoanalytic topics. This story, "Fuldstein’s Revenge," is an excerpt from his recently completed novel of the same name. He is currently working on a collection of short stories. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.
Barry Seiler has published four books of poetry, three of them by U of Akron Press. He lives in Roxbury, a small town in the Catskills, with his wife and cats.
Chumki Sharma is a poet, model, mother from Calcutta, India. She has been writing since a very young age but submitting for less than a year and her work has already been published in some leading journals across the world. She is twice a Pushcart nominee for 2016. Her debut manuscript "Running Away With The Garden" was published by the Blank Rune Press, Australia earlier this year. Some of her work can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ChumkiSharmaPoetry.
Richard Spilman is the author of In the Night Speaking and of a chapbook, Suspension. He lives with his wife and two grandsons in Hurricane, West Virginia.
Josephine Wright lives in New York and Connecticut but spent much of her childhood in Western Australia in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who also writes fiction and non-fiction and raises sheep. “The Magpie Sings Both Songs” is an excerpt from her novel in progress. The novel spans a time period from the 1940’s to the present and follows a married couple who leave England with their children to make a new life in Australia.