OffCourse Literary Journal


A journal for poetry, criticism, reviews, stories & essays.

  Editor: Ricardo Nirenberg
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Offcourse gratefully acknowledges the support provided by TheUniversity at Albany, State University of New York.

Index for Issues #21 through #16, March 2003.
Please click here for Issues #1, Summer '98, through #15, Winter 2003.

Issue #21.  Fall 2004.


William Katz

Associate Editor William Katz died last September. Bill was a well-known specialist in reference librarianship, a compiler of poetry anthologies and a historian of the book. As a professor at the University at Albany he had a widespread influence: if you ask at the reference desk of any library in this country, chances are you'll find, right there, a student and an admirer of Bill. Some of his students have sent their fond and often awed memories of Bill to the following URL:

Bill Katz was the ideal reference librarian, interested in everything. He was the most likely person from Albany to run into, by a happy chance, at a museum or at a concert hall in New York. After his retirement from the university, he spent with his wife Linda five months each year in London; there he would attend as many conferences and concerts as possible and see every play. Much of the remaining time he spent at the British Library reading room, and for those occasions when he had to wait at a dentist office or take public transportation, he would tear off twenty or thirty pages from the Penguin translation of Don Quixote, or from some cheap edition of Stendhal, and keep them in his pocket. That was his idea of the good life, and I remember him saying how happy and grateful he felt for having been able to have it. For he didn't come from wealth: he had to work hard to get there. He had fought as a G.I. in Europe in WWII, an experience about which he talked very rarely, had gone to school on the G.I. Bill, and then worked as a journalist in the West Coast. I will resist my inclination to say something even a touch sentimental about Bill, for he would have sneered at it.


Founding Associate Editor Robert W. Greene has left the journal. All of us at Offcourse wish him great success in his future endeavors and thank him for his many vital contributions during the past six years.

Issue #20.  Summer 2004.

"Painting Tacoma", a novel by Michael J. Vaughn, reviewed by Melissa Byles.

Issue #19. Winter 2004.

Issue #18.  Fall 2003.

Issue #17.  Summer 2003.

Issue #16.  March 2003.

Past Issues: Summer 1998 through November 2002.

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