ost of the work that goes into an issue of The Summerset Review happens in a small room of a two-story house on Long Island, in New York. Some people call the room a study, but those who use it most refer to it affectionately as The Lab.

Labs are places where, for example, mad scientists have been known to enliven formidable monsters, where cool gadgets are invented, assembled, tested, and demonstrated. Although we won't answer to names like Victor Frankenstein or Q, we like to think the product of our lab is worthwhile and a benefit to the literary community.

On the other side of the lab's windows - for much of the time our Spring 2003 issue was being created - were temperatures of ten to twenty degrees Fahrenheit. Our friends in the northern reaches might say 'big deal' here, but to us it was indeed a big deal, causing grumbles at the very thought of leaving the house to walk the dog or retrieve the mail.

We welcome spring with this issue, and offer you some wonderful writing, and more. We've interviewed M.M.M. Hayes, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of StoryQuarterly, asking her questions about literary publishing, online and print mediums, commercial magazines as well as the little zines, even to explain the three Ms in her name. We believe everyone will find encouraging news in her candid and insightful answers.

A blind man perched upon a rickety chair plays the flamenco guitar. So begins Sarah Maria Gonzales' story "Flamenco," where beautiful people in a beautiful place try to hold on to something both right and wrong.

A seven-year-old girl with a scheming older brother are the characters in Eric Bosse's "Slavery," a short short that will surely cause some of us to reassess the doorways into certain rooms of the house.

In "Mirror Image," Janice J. Heiss shares with us the tale of an enduring body-sculpting student and the instructor she was determined to understand.

You'll see various reactions of men to the same request of the same woman in Pia Wilson's "Dressed in Your Dreams," a story that visits relationships and happiness, what works with a black-beaded wraparound made in Taiwan, and what doesn't.

We are happy to report that Edison McDaniels is releasing a novel this year entitled The Burden, published through Medium Rare Books. Chapter Eight of the book originally appeared in our Fall 2002 issue as "The Crucible."

Also on the good news list, Regina Phelps, whose story "Hydrangea" was included in our Fall 2002 issue, has entered into an arrangement with a New York City agent for the publishing of a novel based on this story, with a working title, Hydrangea's Journal.

We would like to thank our contributors and all those who took time to send us their work or feedback. Our Summer 2003 issue, celebrating our first complete year of publishing on the Internet, will be released on June 15.

Joseph Levens, Editor
Amy Leigh Owen, Associate Editor
S. Malkah Cohen, Associate Editor


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