TLR, The Literary Review, launches issue with Manhattan reading

The Literary Review, will hold a launch party for TLR: Big Blue Whale at Housing Works Bookstore Café in Manhattan on August 10 at 7 p.m. There, five contributors will read from their pieces in this issue.

Founded in 1957, The Literary Review is an international journal of contemporary writing published by Fairleigh Dickinson University. This current issue is the second of Volume 59.

The readers are Renée Ashley, Editor at Large, TLR; Tina Cane, poetry contributor; Craig Morgan Teicher, Poetry Editor, TLR; Justin Taylor, Fiction Editor, TLR; and Rachel Sherman, fiction contributor.

Ashley is the author of five previous volumes of poetry: Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize, University of Colorado—Boulder); Basic Heart(X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press); The Revisionist’s Dream; The Various Reasons of Light; and Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), as well as a novel, Someplace Like This, and two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings and The Verbs of Desiring. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland in Penn Station, Manhattan, NY. She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review. Ashley teaches in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in 1969 and grew up in the city’s East and West Village. She attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the University of Paris IX-Nanterre. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI, for which she works as a visiting poet, and is also an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Over the past twenty years, Tina has taught French, English, and creative writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Spinning Jenny, Tupelo Quarterly, Cargo, Two Serious Ladies, The Birmingham Review and The Good Men Project. Her work, The Fifth Thought, was published by Other Painters Press in 2008. Tina was the 2016 recipient for the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She lives outside of Providence, RI with her husband and their three children.

Teicher, Poetry Editor, TLR is the author of several books, including the forthcoming The Trembling Answers (BOA, April 2017) and We Begin in Gladness: Essays on Poetic Development (Graywolf, 2018). He is also the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz. He writes about books for The New York Times Book Review, The LA Times and NPR.

Taylor is the author of the story collections Flings and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and Bomb. He has taught at Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, and N.Y.U. Lately he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sherman, holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, The Offing, Conjunctions, Catapult and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, Living Room (2009) was called “...edgy, moving, smart, funny, and altogether human,” by author Dani Shapiro, and was commended for its “…perfect pacing…” by The New York Times Book Review. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, in addition to Fairleigh Dickinson, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops.

Housing Works Bookstore Café is located at 126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012 · 

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