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Issue #85, June 2021
- “Ignis fatuus” and “On Hillbilly Heroin”, poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "Gentile Kaddish" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "At Camp" and other poems by John Grey
- "Hydrogen", a poem by Daniel Y. Harris
- "NOV", a poem by Irene Koronas
- "Lenten", "Class Photo", and "Census", poems by Miriam Kotzin
- "The Pipe his Father Couldn't Fix", a story by John P. Kristofco
- "Presence" and other poems by Judy Kronenfeld
- "America the Dutiful" and "Musings", poems by Martin H. Levinson
- "Rise and Fall", a story by Alfred Marks
- "Life is Killing my Ass (named after Balaam's by the way)", and more by John Marvin
- "The Other Cheek", a story by Ricardo L. Nirenberg
- Poems by Simon Perchik
- "Zamyatin" and other poems by Fred Pollack
- "Language Police" and "Go, Cubs!", poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- Three Poems by William Rector
- "It is never so simple" and three other poems by Claire Scott
- "Indelible", "Another Easter", and "Ewes", poems by Don E. Thompson
- "The Nurses Call Me", and two other poems by Kelley White
- "Nook" and "The Sphinx", poems, and a painting by Sarah White
- "Oasis" and other poems by Mark Young
- R. Nirenberg reviews "A Portable Chaos", a novel by E.M. Schorb, and "The Thirteenth Studebaker", a collection of short stories by Robert Wexelblatt.
- Joel Chace, whose new book fata morgana has just appeared from Unlikely Books.
- Joachim Frank:
three of his annotated photographs have been published in Hole in the Head Review, and
"The Miracle" —short nonfiction— has been accepted by The Door is a Jar for their Sept 21, 2021 issue.
Daniel Y. Harris for The Misprision of Agon Hack, Volume IV, The Posthuman Series, just published by BLAZEVox.
- Irene Koronas for lithic cornea, Volume V, The Grammaton Series, just out from BLAZEVox.
- .Ellaraine Lockie: her poem "Pretense", published in Offcourse #84, won first prize in a poetry contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.
- Diane Louie, on her book Fractal Shores, winner of the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize.
Issue #84, March 2021
- "I Never Saw Horizons Until Now" and two other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "The Man Who Has Something To Say" and two more poems by Jonathan Bracker
- Three Poems by Sarah Carleton
- "The Notice", a short story by Joachim Frank
- "Flüchtgepäck" and "Ein Weißes Tuch aus Leinen", poems by Ute von Funcke with English translations
- "A Priori" and four other poems by Lou Gallo
- "Copperhead in Leaves" and "Wrong World", two poems by John Grey
- Two Poems by Ellaraine Lockie
- "The Broom" and "Knock on Wood", poems by Peter Mladinic
- "The Meatball Hero", a story by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Then I could sleep", an essay by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Candor", a poem by Andy Oram
- New Poems by Louis Phillips
- "Running for God" and other poems by Claire Scott
- "Muhammad Ali and Me" and "Senescence", prose poems by Ian C. Smith
- "Three Days Before Spring" and "Late Spring", two poems by J.R. Solonche
- "Strawberry Sorbet", a story by Michael Tilley
- "A Song for Helen Keller", an essay by Dennis Vannatta
- "Hsi-wei and the Great Wall", a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "On Copying a Rembrandt Drawing", a poem by Sarah White
"A PLACE SO DEEP INSIDE AMERICA IT CAN’T BE SEEN—". Poems by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, Volume 5.
Reviewed by Rose Mary Boehm.
- John P. Kristofco on the publication of his short story collection, The Alex Chronicles, The Orchard Street Press, OH, 2020, orchpress.com. Several of the stories have appeared in these pages.
- Robert Wexelblatt, on THE THIRTEENTH STUDEBAKER, ISBN: 978-1-60964-379-9, a collection of stories soon to appear from BlazeVox Books.
Issue #83, December 2020
- "Bartering your Soul for Salvation" and other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "Time's Wonders" and other poems by Philip Fried
- "Shrieking Girl", a poem by Lou Gallo
- "What's Left" and other poems by Ian Ganassi
- "Fog and Glare" and "After, and Before", poems by Judy Kronenfeld
- Four Poems by James Miller
- "Louis Nirenberg in a Dream", by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Old Flames", a story by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Poems by Simon Perchik
- "Some of the World is the World", a poem by Louis Phillips
- "Road Ends", a story by Richard Risemberg
- "Sipping Grief" and other poems by Claire Scott
- "Searching Away" and "Another Portrait", poems by Tim Suermondt
- "Triptych: Ninety Versts", poems by R.L. Swihart
- "Work Makes Freedom", a story by Dennis Vannatta
- Louis Phillips, whose 4: 4 stories, 4 plays, 4 poems, has been published by World Audience and is available at Amazon. com as a paperback or e-book. His new collection of poems, Sunlight Falling to the Lake, is also available from World Audience Inc.
- Richard Merelman, on his new poetry collection, A Door Opens, published from Fireweed Press, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Charles Rammelkamp, whose new chapbook, Mortal Coil, can be obtained from Claire Songbird Press, https://www.claresongbirdspub.com/featured-authors/charles-rammelkamp/
- E.M. Schorb, for Transit: Tales of Mystery, History, and Crime (Hill House, NY, 2020), with an introduction by Pat Mullan. Available from Amazon.
- J.R. Solonche, for Guide to the Perplexed (Serving House Books) and The Moon is the Capital of the World (David Robert Books/Word Tech Communications), both books coming out in 2020.
Issue #82, September 2020
We mourn the loss of Stuart Friebert, whose poems, stories, and translations have enriched these pages since 2014. Here is Ute von Funcke's memorial, "Meeting Stuart, a Personal Tribute to Stuart Friebert", and a list of Friebert's contributions to Offcourse.
- Three Poems from "Broken Glosa", by Stephen Bett
- "Vagrant Noon" and other poems by Mark DuCharme
- "Spiritual Pork Chops" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "Is It Possible that It Doesn't End in Death" and other poems by John Grey
- "Superstar Haircut", a story by Aditya Johri
- "Marshall", a story by Steve Legomsky
- "The Great Flood Myths: from a School Play to the Pandemic", by Jiayi Liao
- "Paul Valéry and Some of His Contemptors", by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Kvelling", "Romance", and "Disapproval", poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- "The Urn", a poem by E.M. Schorb
- "Hammer and Nails" and "Missing", by Claire Scott
- "First Novels in Drawers" and other poems by Steven M. Smith
- "Dylan Blues" and other poems by Travis Stephens
- "Hsi-Wei and the Murders in Licheng", a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "A Beetle's Tale", a story by Fred D. White
- "Three Sonnets", by Sarah White
- A review of Joachim Frank's novel Aan Zee, by Suresh Somnath Raval.
More information about Aan Zee here.
- A review of Sarah White's Iridescent Guest, by J.R. Solonche
Issue #81, June 2020
Charles Rammelkamp whose Catastroika was published in May: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/catastroika-by-charles-rammelkamp-available-for-pre-order/, and to Sarah White whose Iridescent Guest appeared in April: https://issuu.com/deerbrookeditions/docs/iridescent_guest_preview
Issue #80, March 2020
"The Viking from Brooklyn": remembering Stan Johannesen.
- Six Prose Poems by John Amen
- "A Form of Destruction" and other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "The Hapsburg Lip" and other poems by Stuart Friebert
- "The Planck Limit of Desire" and other work by Lou Gallo
- Poems from The Misprision of Agon Hack, by Daniel Y. Harris
- "Artocarpus" and "butea", poems by Irene Koronas
- "Four-Poster Bed" and other poems by Richard Merelman
- "The Sin Against the Human Spirit", an essay by Ricardo L. Nirenberg
- "Access", a poem by Fred Pollack
- Three Poems by Claire Scott
- "Instructor", a poem by Lois Greene Stone
- "Prime Mover", a poem by Daniel Sundahl
- "Baby on Board" and other poems by Richard Weaver
"Hsi-wei in the Gardens of Shun", a story
by Robert Wexelblatt
- "I, Who Never Learned to Long" and "Once, the Troubadour", poems by Sarah White
Joachim Frank's novel Aan Zee is now available at The Book Loft, in Great Barrington, MA. Please visit https://www.thebookloft.com/product/aan-zee
- E.M. Schorb on his illustrated collection of light verse, Muddling Through, Hillhouse, NY, 2019
- Fred Skolnik on his novel The Nightmare (written as Fred Russell) published by Moonshine Cove Publishing, 2019. The book is available from Amazon.
Issue #79, December 2019
- Joachim Frank on his novel Aan Zee being published by University Press of the South. Read the background story here.
- Daniel Gallick, whose Love on Blue Waves is now available from Amazon.
- Charles Rammelkamp, whose new chapbook, Mortal Coil, is forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing. A full-length collection, Catastroika, is also forthcoming from Apprentice House.
- E.M. Schorb, on winning the 8th Annual Beverly Hills Books Award with his novel R&R: a sex comedy, published by Hill House, NY.
- J. R. Solonche, who has The Porch Poems (Deerbrook Editions), Enjoy Yourself (Serving House Books), The Time of Your Life (Adelaide Books), and For All I Know (Kelsay Books) all coming out in 2020. To Say the Least (Dos Madres Press) appeared in 2019.
- Robert Wexelblatt, on Girl Asleep and other Poems, published by Cyberwit.net in 2019, and on Intuition of the News, his new collection of short stories, published by Adelaide Books in 2019.