The Summerset Review participated in the annual Literary Magazine Magathon held by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) in New York City the weekend of June 4-5. We were one of about fifteen journals who gave readings at the New York Public Library, to promote literary writing and provide a taste of what each of these literary publications was like. Other readers included AGNI, Fence, Other Voices, Confrontation, and Inkwell. We also participated in the annual book fair in Soho, our third year of doing this. The small, used book shop—The Housing Works—was more crowded than ever, for the duration of the day, and all proceeds went to good causes. A thank-you goes out to those who stopped by our table to learn more about us.


Our Lit Pick of the Quarter is a double shot this time, back-to-back stories we read in Vol. 71 No. 1 of New Letters. Robert Day's "The Skull Hunter" and "The Story I'm Pitching" are whimsical rides of fun. The issue includes an insightful interview with the author. This excerpt is from "The Skull Hunter" -

"Her husband was a trapper who also worked cattle for the Codys. He's still alive even after he shot himself, but he can't make it on his own anymore, so he's in Cottonwood at the home for cripples. I'm the one who saved him. I think maybe Sally shot him. I can sort of see it. Sally's a little fucked. The bullet went through his neck. He's a lot older than she is, and some people say he never was her husband. I found him by one of his traps. He was out, but he wasn't bleeding as bad as you'd think. I put him in my canoe and took him down to the Two Sleep Bridge. Tom Bitters came by just about then, and we laid out Sally's husband in the back of the truck and drove him into Cottonwood where they said he wasn't dead. I hadn't been with Sally before he got shot, but I was afterward. That night, if you want to know."

Incidentally, when New Letters heard our nice words—we're inclined to send happy feedback now and then to literary magazines—they passed them on to the author, who consequently invited us to see a play adapted from "The Story I'm Pitching," held in April at Montgomery College in Silver Springs, Maryland. We went, and enjoyed it very much. Our thanks goes out to Robert Day and the play's director, Perry Schwartz, as well as Michael Malone, whose lunch and hospitality we regrettably missed. Robert told us a little about his characters in these stories: "Those guys are a bit nuts, I think." Well, they could be nuts, but they are a delight to experience, whether on the page or on the stage.


For this, our Summer issue, we think the cover graphic entitled "Carnival," sums it up fairly well. See if you can make the connection.

Here, you will find a college student with an admirable goal: to write a story a day. We're running two of B. J. Hollars' pieces, both light and amusing, weaving a blurry boundary between what's possible and what's not. The graphic accompanying these stories is from a wonderful collection of black light paintings by Maxi Hellweger.

There's a young girl—a third-grader to be exact—who suddenly becomes very busy by the time we reach the end of Catherine B. Hamilton's short essay, "Infidelity," touching on a variation of the subject some of us experience many years after elementary school.

When was the last time you read a literary journal and saw fiction written by a high-school student? We're happy to run a short story by Mariel Boyarsky, a graduating senior, who gives us "Soldiers," a story of desperation and struggle, one that we hope will stir further successes of this young and talented writer.

You'll also find here a retired school teacher who took it upon himself to finally send out work for consideration in literary journals. He selected us for a first try. We loved "Junkyard Dog," which takes us on a journey of self-recovery, and so you see it in this issue: Michael J. Cunningham's first submission ever.

The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
S. Malkah Cohen – Assistant 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 editor@summersetreview.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

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