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Bryant Literary Review

Current Volume: Volume 18 (2017)

Student Editors’ Welcome

ON the surface, the editorial process of this year’s Bryant Literary Review seems an odd thing. Between Finance courses and intramural soccer, an Economics major and a Communication major read dozens of short story submissions. Many might assume that the challenges of curating the perfect collection of poetry and fiction would be too great for Bryant students. What could a business student possibly know about quality literature?

As it turns out, we learned a thing or two about quality literature in the editorial process. The power of good writing is its accessibility and flexibility. The pliable nature of words allows for a multitude of meanings and opens up written creation to all people. If the purpose of literature is to convey a story, a meaning, a feeling, then good writing does not require an elite literary mind. Good writing requires a reader who is actively engaged in the work; it is a contract between reader and writer. As Student Editors, we immersed ourselves in the fiction submissions, and the work was a release. The stories were a welcome escape from the minutia of our daily lives. They allowed us to travel to different places and to experience different perspectives. We learned the writing’s true value is the proliferation of various worldviews, understandings, and emotions.

The 18th edition of the Bryant Literary Review would not have been possible without Professor Tom Roach, Professor Tom Chandler, and Lucie Koretsky. We are thankful to them for allowing us to be a part of the BLR community; for us, this collection feels like a family of writers and poets. We are blessed to have experienced stories and poems from across the globe in our small, cozy office together and are grateful to be sharing our joy with you.

Kelsey Gainor (Communication, 2017)
Liam Rice (Economics, 2017)

Student Fiction Editors

Title Page

Editors' Note

Contributors

Fiction

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Ride the Peter Pan
Allison Whittenberg

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A Place for Everything
John P. Kristofco

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A Fitting Memorial
Roger D. Hicks

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Bamboo
Kerry Jones

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Ruffles Feathers
Murzban F. Shroff

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One Survived
Shelley Joy

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Dresden
Robert Kostuck

Poetry

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Late
Chad Dickinson

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Sunny Side Up
Bryon Case

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Terminal Velocity
Charles Harper Webb

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Pigeons
Bibhu Padhi

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The Ice Man
Mitch LesCarbeau

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Lost at Sea
Mitch LesCarbeau

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Sister Wigberta
Thomas Dorsett

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The Fall
Peter Schmitt

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Goodbye, Apostrophe
Peter Schmitt

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Junkyard
Susan Boehm

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The Barber's Chair
Kevin Power

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And Another Thing
Ruth Holzer

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The Lion at Franklin Park
Kathleen Aponick

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Confession
Brian Daldorph

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Oui
Dennis Trudell

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Candle in the Wind
Sheryl L. Nelms

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Strolling in Guangzhou
Stephen C. Behrendt

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Water Stone
Matthew J. Spireng

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The Moon's Old Glory
David Dragone

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Let Wind
Timothy Clutter

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Iron Box
Emily Sheehan

Editors

Editor
Tom Chandler
Fiction & Managing Editor
Tom Roach
Associate Editors
Lucie Koretsky, Austen Farrell
Student Poetry Editor
Tim Laffin
Student Fiction Editors
Kelsey Gaynor, Liam Rice

Additional Information

Design and Layout
Chandler Design, studio@beccachandler.com
Cover Art
1328 wall mural, Siena, Italy