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OffCourse Literary Journal

A journal for poetry, criticism, reviews, stories & essays published since 1998 by Ricardo and Isabel Nirenberg.
Please contact us at offcourse@albany.edu.   Click here for contributor guidelines.
Offcourse gratefully acknowledges the server support provided by The University at Albany.


All Issues from July 1998 to June 2016


We have re-indexed our early issues: Index 1998-2002


Issue #65, June 2016.

needlepoint by Janet Buck
Needlepoint by Janet Buck


Issue #64, March 2016


Issue #63, December 2015


Issue #62, September 2015

Medulla Review Publishing just published Chris Crittenden's newest poetry collection, Escape from the Orchard of Wheels.
Rebecca Foust's Paradise Drive has just been published by http://www.press53.com.


Issue #61, June 2015


Issue #60, March 2015.

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From the editors:

100 is a decimal landmark, fit to make our hundredth issue the occasion for celebrating; that, however, should happen about ten years from now, and we may not be here to enjoy it. So we have settled on 60, a number no less distinguished, since it was the basis for numeration in Old Babylonian (1,800-1,600 B.C.) mathematical and astronomical tablets, and it still survives in our circumference of 360 degrees, each degree containing 60 minutes and each minute 60 seconds, and similarly with our hours.  We celebrate, then, this sixtieth issue of Offcourse by openly rejoicing in the talents and the variety of our contributors, both those who, having long lost their bearings, have accompanied us on and off, and those who are newcomers.  We rejoice, too, at our growing presence in the Web.  We never imagined, back in 1998, that it would be so much fun.


Issue #59, December 2014.


Issue #58, September 2014

art by Nicolas Sedano Acosta
Art by Nicolás Sedano Acosta

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Issue #57, June 2014

Philo, art by Ruben Grau 2014
Philo, by Rubén Grau 2012.

Rubén Grau's images appeared in Offcourse  #39, Fall 2009.
See more at his website "Poesía Visual Argentina"

 


Issue #56, Spring 2014

Congratulations!


Issue #55, December 2013. Happy Holidays!

Anna Akhmatova, art by Sarah White 2013

Anna Akhmatova, by Sarah White. (The spider is the wicked Andrei Zhdanov, who had Akhmatova expelled from the Writers' Union.)


Issue #54, September 2013


Issue #53, Summer 2013


We announce with great sadness the sudden death of our contributor, Israeli writer Elisha Porat, the 1996 winner of Israel's Prime Minister's Prize for Literature. He was buried on the eve of Passover at his kibbutz Ein Hahoresh.


Jorge Majfud's new book, CRISIS, was published in 2012 by Baile del Sol, Tenerife.


Issue #52, March 2013

anti judaism book cover Congratulations to David Nirenberg on the recent publication of "Anti-Judaism, The Western Tradition" (Norton 2013, ISBN 978-0-393-05824-6.) Nirenberg's essay "From Nabuchadnezzar to Negroponte:  Three Millennia of Millennialism" appeared in Issue #5, Fall 1999.


Issue #51, December 2012.


Issue #50, September 2012


Issue #49, June 2012


Issue #48, March 2012


Issue #47, November 2011


Issue #46, Summer 2011


Issue #45, March 2011

Congratulations to our contributor Tess Almendarez Lojacono! Her new novel, MILAGROS, has just appeared from Laughing Cactus Press, ISBN 978-0-9826243-4-0.
See the book at http://silverboomerbooks.com/draft/9780982624340-Perfect_Milagros.pdf


Issue #44, December 2010


Issue #43, Fall 2010


Issue #42, Summer 2010


Issue #41, Spring 2010


Issue #40, December 2009


Issue #39, Fall 2009


Issue #38, Summer 2009


Issue #37, Spring 2009


Issue #36, January 2009


Issue #35, Fall 2008

The 2008 Elections


Issue #34, Summer 2008
Tenth Anniversary Issue


Issue #33, Spring 2008

 

Issue #32, December 2007

Happy holidays to all with new fiction from Offcourse authors:

Both from Blaurock Press, Kitchener, Ontario (Canada)

 


Issue #31, September 2007


Issue #30, Spring 2007


Issue #29, Winter 2007


Issue #28, Fall 2006


Issue #27, July 2006


Issue #26, March 2006

 

Issue #25, December 2005


Issue #24, Fall 2005


Issue #23,  Spring 2005


Issue #22,  Winter 2005


Issue #21.  Fall 2004


William Katz 1924-2004

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: http://www.albany.edu/sisp/people/faculty/katz_memories.htm.

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


Issue #19. Winter 2004


Issue #18.  Fall 2003


Issue #17.  Summer 2003


Issue #16.  March 2003


Issue #15.  November 2002


Issue #14.  Summer 2002


Issue #13.  Spring 2002



Issue #12.  Winter 2002

  • "Love and Violence in a Gray Place," a poem by Stuart Airlie.
  • Three Poems, by Jeffrey C. Alfier.
  • "Love Should Play Fortissimo," a poem by Janet Buck.
  • Six Poems by Richard Fein.
  • "Infused by Mortal Eyes," a poem by Ward Kelley.
  • "Dying Man," a short story by Nasrullah Khan.
  • Three Poems by Alec Kowalczyk.
  • "November 19th Starting Out," a poem by Sheila Murphy.
  • "The High Glass Wall," a short story by Elisha Porat.
  • Book Reviews: "The Eyre Affair: A Novel," by Jasper Fforde and "Polar," by T. R.Pearson, reviewed by Margaret Black and "Roscoe," by William Kennedy, reviewed by I. L.Nirenberg.

  • Issue #11.  Fall 2001



    Issue #10.  Summer 2001


    Issue #9.  April 2001

    Contributors to this issue.


    Issue #8.  December 2000

    New Publications by Offcourse contributors

    Contributors to this issue


    Issue #7.  Summer 2000

    Contributors to this issue


    Issue #6.  Winter/Spring 2000

    This issue, guest-edited by Jenny Dowling, whose work you have seen in previous issues, showcases The Writers Studio, a remarkably successful school of creative writing located in Manhattan.  As a part of their apprenticeship, students at The Writers Studio do the following exercise:  given a text, either poetry or prose, by an established writer; they must then produce their own text, imitating certain (formal) features of the model.  We present a number of those exercises, and hope you will find, as we did, that they afford a glimpse into the original act of writing, as well as a pleasurable read.
    You will also find a description of the Studio's activities and methods, a presentation of The Writers Studio by Jenny and a recent dialogue between the poet Philip Schultz, its founder and director, and Ricardo Nirenberg.

     


    Issue #5.  Fall 1999

     

    Contributors to this issue


    Issue #4.  Summer 1999

    Contributors to this issue

    The editors recommend Eugene Mirabelli's most recent novel, "The Language Nobody Speaks" (Spring Harbor Press). Elegant, melancholy and salacious, it's the delicious fruit of a lifelong research into prose and sex.


    Issue # 3.  Spring 1999

    Contributors to this Issue


    Issue # 2.  Fall/Winter 1998


    Issue # 1.  Summer 1998


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