LPR – Love Speaking UP

In a week when national tragedies seem impossibly many, Little Patuxent Review board member Truth Thomas released the following statement on behalf of LPR’s board and staff.

On a somber day when we learn of Toni Morrison’s passing, and after a spree of recent mass shootings in the United States, Morrison’s words on the subject of “art for art’s sake” seem most fitting to restate. Morrison once described such art as “BS”—and I agree.

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Save the Date: LPR’s Annual Reading is Sept. 7

Join Little Patuxent Review (LPR) published authors and editors for our annual reading of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction at The Writer’s Center on Saturday, September 7 from 2:00–4:00 PM. The Writer’s Center is located at 4508 Walsh Street in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Issue Launch Starts Summer on a Literary Note


On June 2, contributors, staff, and friends gathered at Oliver’s Carriage House in Columbia, Maryland, to celebrate the release of the Summer 2019 issue of the Little Patuxent Review.

LPR Editor Steven Leyva welcomed the audience on the beautiful Sunday afternoon, saying, “Thank you so much for coming out for literature and for art and for the celebration of those things and what it does in our lives.”

Steven also acknowledged the hard work that went into creating this issue, which is a collection of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. This issue’s contributors range from experienced authors to a first-year college student, and several contributors were on hand to read their work.

Two of the readers were entrants in the Enoch Pratt Poetry Contest, which LPR staff judged again this year. Baltimore native Jalynn Harris read her winning poem “Phillis Wheatley Questions the Quarter,” a meditation from the perspective of the first published black African poet in the United States. Finalist Tom Large read his poem “October,” among others.

Other readers included Karolina Wilk, Ellery Beck, Lisa Poff, Jenny Binckes Lee, Benjamin Inks, and Mirande Bissell. Videos of all the contributors reading their work are available on LPR’s YouTube channel.

The launch was a wonderful reminder of the talent and hard work that goes into every piece in the issue, and of the power of literature to inspire awe in all of us. As Steven reminded everyone, “That’s what great literature does—it gives us this great framing, this great presentation, this great package to encounter the sacred, to put us in a state of awe.”

Experience it for yourself by ordering a copy of the Summer 2019 issue.

LPR available at Books With A Past in Historic Savage Mill

Back issues of the LPR are now available at “Books with a Past” in Historic Savage Mill: 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763. Store hours and other information are available at this link.

Back issues are also available for order at this link or by clicking the journal covers on the right-hand sidebar.

Thank you for reading and supporting LPR!

Summer 2019 Issue Launch on Sunday, June 2 in Columbia


Little Patuxent Review is launching its Summer 2019 issue on Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Oliver’s Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD.

This issue is stunning mix of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. The launch event reading will include many of the writers published in the issue and a chance to mingle and meet them, as well as the editors and staff of LPR, at the reception afterwards.

Issues are available for pre-order at this link.

Our readers will include:

  • Tom Large
  • Jalynn Hariss
  • Karolina Wilk
  • Ellery Beck
  • Jenny Binckes Lee
  • Benjamin Inks
  • Mirande Bissell
  • Lisa Poff

LPR Fundraiser Friday, April 5 at Columbia Arts Center

Join us at a fundraiser for Little Patuxent Review at 7:00 p.m on Friday April 5, at the Columbia Arts Center (Long Reach village center) and enjoy Akimbo. You can click here for tickets or pay at the door.

Akimbo, an Improv Comedy Team, is a group of performers from Baltimore, Maryland who met through their various work at the Baltimore Improv Group. Akimbo performs the old school improv format known as the Harold and seeks to intrigue audiences as much as make them laugh. Every performance is entirely improvised using only a single word of suggestion from the audience, combined with that strange, sweet phenomenon we call improv group mind. You’ll laugh, you’ll ponder, and laugh some more!

Statement of Sorrow and Support of All Humanity

Truth Thomas is a board member of the Little Patuxent Review, and his words below express the feelings of the magazine’s board and staff.


On Friday, March 15, 2019, at least 49 people, including young children, were murdered by a white supremacist who targeted Muslims at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Almost the same number of individuals were injured in this horrific terrorist attack.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden described it as “one of New Zealand’s “darkest days.” She is profoundly correct in her assessment. What is also correct to say is that the far-right violence currently on the rise in the world is intensely energized by the white supremacist rhetoric of the President of the United States.

Sadly, Brenton Tarrant, the man who has been charged with murder in the New Zealand mosque shootings, praised Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” In that respect, one of New Zealand’s darkest days is also one of the darkest days in our nation.

In light of this, the editors of Cherry Castle Publishing are compelled by the troubling tenor of our times to make it plain: Their blood is our blood. We are the siren-surrounded mosques in New Zealand. We are the police-taped Bible study at “Mother Emanuel” in Charleston, and we are the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh weeping over the dead.

And so, unhesitatingly, we stand in prayer and bold solidarity with the Christchurch community as it grapples with the aftermath of this unprecedented right-wing violence. Moreover, we stand in harmonious agreement with all souls who celebrate the beauty, diversity, and human dignity of all people, wherever they reside in the world.

-Truth Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, Cherry Castle Publishing