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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Submission Period for Winter 2020 Issue Now Open

Calling all submissions! The reading period for the next issue of the Little Patuxent Review opens today and runs through October 24. Writers interested in submitting their work should follow our submission guidelines.

We look forward to reading your work! Thank you for supporting LPR.

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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Meet Our Contributors: Q&A with Ellery Beck

IMG_9902Ellery Beck is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Salisbury University. She was one of the winners of the 2019 AWP Portland Review flash contest. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Potomac ReviewArkana, Thin Air Magazine, The Broadkill Review, and The Susquehanna Review.

Ellery’s poem “Jack Rabbit Trading Post” appears in LPR’s Summer 2019 issue. She read this and selected other poems at our June issue launch.

We’re grateful to Ellery for sitting down to answer a few questions.

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Meet the Neighbors: Q&A with Julia Tagliere of the MoCo Underground Reading Series

Julia headshot 3 sizedJulia Tagliere is a Maryland author and the founder of the MoCo Underground Reading Series. MoCo Underground showcases writers ages 16 and up sharing their original fiction, nonfiction, or poetry at a quarterly series of free public readings held at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Each event features six to eight readers, reading for five to eight minutes each. MoCo Underground is open to both published and not-yet-published writers and especially encourages student writers to submit. For more information and details on how to submit, please visit https://justscribbling.com/mocounderground/. That’s also where you can find more about Julia and her writing. Continue reading

Concerning Craft: Ode to the World Before Climate Change

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Washington, D.C., and uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Paper Darts, Rogue Agent, Wordgathering, and more. Marlena is the communications coordinator for the LGBTQ Writers Caucus and is on the planning committee for OutWrite. Find her at marlenachertock.com or @mchertock.

Marlena’s poem “Ode to the Eastern Shore” appeared in LPR’s Winter 2019 issue. She read this and two more poems at our January issue launch (video below).

Marlena’s guest post is part of our regular “Concerning Craft” series.

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Issue Launch Starts Summer on a Literary Note

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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.