The 2009 issue of The Westchester Review, a literary magazine whose editors and writers include many Larchmont and Mamaroneck residents, was given an enthusiastic launch on Sunday afternoon, April 19, at an event hosted by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library at the Larchmont Temple. Over 225 people showed up to meet the publisher, editors and authors and to hear excerpts from the new volume.
Local authors David Hellerstein, Catherine Hiller, Missy Egan Wey, Blythe Hamer, Lisa Argrette Ahmad, Ze’ev Aviezer, Bill Scher, Galit Seliktar, Stephen Kling, as well as contributing editors Ruth Obernbreit and Amy Ralston Seife read from their fiction, poetry, memoir and graphic narrative.
The eleven readers presented pieces filled with humor, emotion, irony and compelling personal experience, which provided a representative sampling of the range of creative work in the current issue. Blythe Hamer had the audience convulsed with laughter describing a frustrating encounter with a supermarket scanner in her story, “Sometimes I Forget.” In Lisa Argrette Ahmad’s piece, “Hair,” a new hairstyle assumed surprising cultural resonance.
The gathering also heard from the publisher, JoAnn Terdiman, and met with other members of the editorial staff, including four from Larchmont: Lesleigh Forsyth, Randi Kaplan, Ms. Obernbreit and Ms. Seife.
After the Rain
by Boria Sax
Suddenly, the flicker
Or iridescent wings–
Two dragonflies in an embrace,
Now a single creature,
Rising, circling, hovering,
Above a pond.
This is the culmination of their lives,
Which soon will end. But is the nuptial,
So synchronized and so precise,
Too perfect to be love?
(From Westchester Review, Volume 3, 2009)
With its third issue, The Westchester Review continues to explore county-wide talent, this year culling from hundreds of submissions to present 44 pieces, widely varied in approach and tone. The editors have already begun reading submissions for next year’s issue, and they encourage anyone who lives, works or studies in Westchester County to submit previously unpublished prose or poetry. Submission guidelines are provided on the Review’s website (www.westchesterreview.com).
The 2009 issue of The Westchester Review is available at Futterman’s Stationery Store and at Anderson’s Book Shop.