Despite some rather strange and sudden developments in our personal income sources this past quarter, we're happy to announce that starting in December we will be compensating writers appearing in The Summerset Review. We're thinking of calling the payment our Pizza-and-Wine Stipend, because that's about all you can do with twenty-five dollars, and we're sorry to say that if you can't be without the pepperoni and garlic knots, or the reserve stash the vintner hides in the back cellar, you'll have to fork up the difference.

We once won a seventy-five dollar gift certificate to a local restaurant. The bill came to $123.89 before tip. The drive home was spent wondering if we would have been better off not winning. Why are we telling you this? Just a friendly forewarning. And we're sure you'll agree that it's the thought that counts.

Last time, our Lit Pick of the Quarter highlighted two stories by the same author in the same issue of a literary magazine. This time, we've stumbled on two stories by the same author in different magazines. Christopher Coake is the author, and the pieces we enjoyed reading very much were in Five Points, Volume IX, No. 1, entitled "Solos," and in the Winter 2005 issue of Southern Review, entitled "A Single Awe." The author has recently released his debut collection, published by Harcourt under the title We're in Trouble. This short excerpt is from "Solos," the story of a mountain climber told from the perspective of his wife -

"I have always tried to tell myself that Jozef is an artist, that what he does makes the world bigger, the way a painting does."

We give you three essays written by women this time, coming off an issue several quarters ago where all the pieces were from male authors. Perhaps retribution has visited. Two of these essays are in the relocation theme, and so our cover graphic entitled "Baggage."

The country in "City of Refuge," an essay by Lisa Ohlen Harris, is Jordan, and in it we meet an Iraqi woman, a victim of circumstance now a refugee. Jillian Schedneck takes us to the U.K. in her essay, "Chelsea Girl," where we experience a bit of life in council flats—the quick fix to the housing problem after the Blitz. Sandi Sonnenfeld says, "You do it because you must, and therefore, you will, despite yourself... make your mark." She's "Searching for the Writing Life," an honest piece about what it is like out there. Tammy R. Kitchen's short short is over before you know it, leaving both you and the protagonist out in the "Cold." Last but not least is Michael Hartford's "I Might Not Miss You," a story of parallel lives and parallel perspectives, even in the way it is told.

It's been three full years now for The Summerset Review, and our hope is that thus far it's been as enjoyable for you—the reader—as it has been for us in putting it all together, quarter after quarter. Our thanks goes out to you and all those who submitted. We look forward to many more years of this, our great love.

The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
S. Malkah Cohen – Advisory Editor
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December. Founded in 2002, the journal is a nonprofit Internet magazine devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays. Member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

Theme graphics: "Baggage" Copyright © The Summerset Review 2005.