A journal for poetry, criticism, reviews, stories & essays published since 1998 by Ricardo and Isabel Nirenberg.
Offcourse gratefully acknowledges the server support provided by The University at Albany.
We have re-indexed our early issues: Index 1998-2002
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.
Anna Akhmatova, by Sarah White.
(The spider is the wicked Andrei Zhdanov, who had her expelled from the Writers' Union.)
Our congratulations to David Nirenberg on the recent publication of "Anti-Judaism, The Western Tradition" (Norton 2013, ISBN 978-0-393-05824-6.)
His essay "From Nabuchadnezzar to Negroponte: Three Millennia of Millennialism" appeared in Issue #5, Fall 1999.
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 #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
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:
Wave Mechanics: A love story, by Ricardo Nirenberg.
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.
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.
- From the Editor: Inescapable Torture?
- Three Poems by Janet Buck.
- Concise Poems, by Davis Wayne Davis.
- Two Poems, by Michael Kinnaird.
- "Baroque Dreams", by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "In Netanya", a poem by Elisha Porat.
- "Chicago Wages", a poem by Mark Prudowsky.
- "Spring Street", a story by Harvey Sutlive.
"Painting Tacoma", a novel by Michael J. Vaughn, reviewed by Melissa Byles.
Issue #19. Winter 2004.
Issue #18. Fall 2003.
- Three Poems by Jeffrey C. Alfier.
- Two Poems by Stuart Airlie.
- Two Poems by Janet Buck.
- Two Prose Poems by Martin Burke.
- Seven Poems by Rebecca Lou Kiernan.
- Two Poems by Michael Kinnaird.
- Two Poems by Andrew Madigan.
- The Coin Box, a story by Harvey Sutlive.
- Three Poems by Mariko Sumikura. Translated from the Japanese by Michael Finkenthal in collaboration with the poet.
- "Christening the Dancer" by John Amen. Reviewed by Robert W. Greene.
Issue #17. Summer 2003.
- Two Poems by Carlos Barbarito.
- Three Poems by Ken Denberg.
- Two Poems by Richard Fein.
- "The Stalker," a story by Eugene Garber.
- "Interim," a story by Michael Kinnaird.
- Two Poems by Michael Kinnaird.
- Two Poems by Kelly Malone.
- "One Brushed Past," a poem by Sheila Murphy.
- "My Turn to Dream," a story by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "In the Shadows," a story by Debi Orton.
- Two Poems by Elisha Porat.
- "Pick-up-Charlie to Astronaut," a story by Tom Sheehan.
- "Back Formation," a story by Harvey Sutlive.
- " Tickets to a Closing Play. " by Janet Buck. Reviewed by Robert W. Greene.
Issue #16. March 2003.
- Three Poems, by Janet Buck.
- Two Poems, by Catherine Daly.
- Two Poems, by Thomas Fink.
- Two Poems, by Apryl Fox.
- Three Poems, by John Horvath Jr.
- "Elsewhere", a poem by Ward Kelley.
- Two Poems and Artwork, by Stephen Mead.
- Three Poems, by Martin Mitchell.
- Two Poems, by Sheila Murphy.
- "Strides We Make Sometimes," a story by Harvey Sutlive.
- "To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting," reviewed by Judy Kramer.
Issue #15. November 2002.
- Three Poems, by Janet Buck.
- Three Poems, by Joachim Frank.
- "Failing Words," a poem by Philip Hyams.
- Three Poems, by Rebecca Lu Kiernan.
- Three Poems, by J. B. Mulligan.
- "Big Stick," a story by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "Ghost Town," a story by S. Scott Simpson.
- "Watching from the Warehouse," a story by Harvey Sutlive.
- Two Poems, by Michael J. Vaughn.
- "Dancing through Russia's Cultural History," a review article by Margaret Black.
Issue #14. Summer 2002.
- "The Battle of the Falkland Islands," a poem by Stuart Airlie.
- "Yolki Blues," a poem by Janet Buck.
- Four Prose Poems, by Joel Chace.
- Two Poems, by Alison Daniel.
- "Manny the Cleaner," a short story by Timothy Kaiser.
- "Whispering along the Dead Sea," a short story by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan.
- "On the Eighteenth Anniversary of your Imminent Destruction," a poem by Michael Kinnaird.
- Two Poems, by Walter McDonald.
- "Dada in Albany, NY," by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- Book Reviews: "Discovering Diane Schoemperlen," by Margaret Black.
Issue #13. Spring 2002.
- Three Poems by Jack Cannon.
- Two Poems by Ken Denberg.
- "Loki and Death," by Eugene Garber.
- "Bush, bin Ladin and Taja," by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan.
- Three Poems by Rebecca Lu Kiernan.
- "The Cartoon Vandals," a poem by Martin Rutley.
- Three Poems by Ellen Reed.
- Two Poems by R.L. Swihart.
- "These Dreaming Houses," a poem by John Sweet.
- "Arsonist," a poem by Jacqueline Vanzyl.
- Book Reviews: "All in One Breath: Selected Poems" by Harry C. Staley, reviewed by Robert W. Greene.
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.
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.