Literary journal Saranac Review celebrates 10th year

— In 2004, four writers had a vision to start a local publication for a variety of writers, a publication which reached its 10th anniversary mark this year.

“I was one of them [the founders] and the others were colleagues and friends: Michael Carrino, Linda Young and David Kovacs,” said Dr. Jose Torres of SUNY Plattsburgh, editor of the Saranac Review. “They have moved on, but their hard work and dedication helped jumpstart SR.”

SR is an annual literary journal with a mission to, according to its website, dissolve “boundaries of all kinds, seeking to publish a diverse array of emerging and established writers from Canada and the United States.”

The journal publishes in both digital and print formats, publishing works in the categories of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, along with subgenres of autobiography and memoir, cross-genre, flash-fiction, historical, political, prose poetry, narrative nonfiction and literary nonfiction.

For their 10th issue, the literary journal is being put together by a variety of editors such as William David Powel, art director, Elizabeth Cohen, poetry editor, and Kate Moses, fiction editor, with numerous associate poetry and fiction editors, assistants and a business consultant.

“It promises to be a unique issue,” Torres said. “It’s a special-box edition with beautiful artwork and fantastic writers.

“We’re a bit behind schedule, [but] we hope to crank it up a little in the next few months to hit our fall deadline.”

The 10th issue is currently accepting works until May 15 and will be released in print either in late September or early October, containing a variety of writers from both the United States and Canada.

“Over a period of five years, I solicited Canadians whose work I respected to submit poems to the journal in order to include the voices of poets across the border,” said Carol Lipszyc, associate poetry editor for SR. “The partnership supported by the college’s Canadian Studies program gave the journal a somewhat distinctive quality.”

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