We’re taking a poll, and would love your participation.

Simply email us (at the address below), giving the name of a story, article, or book that influenced your life, that had a profound impact on yourself in some way, caused you to cry, to write a long-lost family member, phone your best friend and say “You have got to read this!” The only catch: It must be literary. Winning Chess Moves and 30-Minute Meals will unfortunately be cast aside.

Why should you bother doing this? Think of it as a service to fellow readers. We'll publish a list of suggestions we receive in our next issue, and won't disclose your name or email address. Who knows? Maybe you'll be turned on to something you enjoy just as well. You never know.

We thought we would break the ice here and mention one of our favorite stories. In fact, the paragraph you are now reading was originally drafted to talk about it, but upon contacting the author (whom we did not know - Google can be quite the friend at times) and asking for a quick review and approval, she graciously allowed us a reprint. And so, instead of simply a synopsis, we are happy to give you "Finishing First," by Sue Dormanen, which was published in the Summer 1998 issue of Lynx Eye.

You'll find more than just this one story under the spotlight in our Summer 2003 issue. We’ve interviewed the newly appointed Executive Editor of Other Voices, Gina Frangello, and in addition to asking about the journal and literary writing and publishing, we’ve also asked her and the staff of OV to cite some favorite stories that have appeared in their pages over the years.

The title alone discloses the character with the problem in Thomas Brennan's "Silent Martha," but if you don't read the story you'll be missing a beautiful piece of hope and affection for a loved one.

Is it poetry or just extremely short fiction? Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz thinks the latter with her "Four Extremely Short Stories," having a common thread that is left for you to discover.

The protagonist in Linda Boroff's "Doctors" is a freshman at Berkeley in the Vietnam war era. Combine this with several college friends and lovers, anti-war protests and addictions, and we have a potentially combustible mixture that she and the doctors she works for try to sort out.

In another story set in California, James Francis' "Dry Run" gives us a nameless jogger and many of the things she comes across on her typical day, some of which are within her controlling grasp, some of which are not.

We would like to thank our contributors and all those who took time to send us their work or feedback. Our First Anniversary Issue will be released on September 15.

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

editor@summersetreview.org


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