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Bryant Literary Review
The Bryant Literary Review is an international journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction housed in the English and Cultural Studies Department at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Since our first issue in 2000, we have published original and thought-provoking creative work from a wide array of established authors and emerging voices. We see our purpose to be the cultivation of an active and growing connection between the Bryant University campus community and the larger literary culture.

Current Volume: Volume 22 (2021) Emerging Student Voices

Editors' Note


Welcome to the 22nd edition of the Bryant Literary Review! This very special edition of the BLR features emerging voices from across the globe. All the poems and short stories you will find here are from undergraduate and graduate students, each carefully selected by our editing team. The poems that the poetry editors and I chose speak to the importance of finding time for yourself and what this generation imagines as possibilities for the future. They speak to the realities and struggles of right now, but they also show the fascinating ways in which people are finding peace. You will find yourself on the beach looking out on a calming ocean, under a night sky filled with beaming stars, or on the subway surrounded by infinite possibilities for love. My hope is that the poems and stories in this edition of the BLR encourage you to watch out for those special little moments, stand up for something big, and if nothing else, take a moment to breathe in some fresh air. This was my second, and final, year working on the BLR, and not an experience I will soon forget. I want to express how grateful I am to dr. drea brown, without whom I would have never been introduced to the wonderful world of the BLR; Nilsa Laine, my fellow student poetry editor; Professor Thomas Roach, the fiction and creative nonfiction editor; and Aidan Quilty and Megan Polun, the student fiction and creative nonfiction editors. The BLR editing staff would like to thank Becca Chandler for designing and laying out the issue; Aidan Powers for creating the cover art; Sam Simas, the Bryant librarian responsible for helping us launch the first ever digital edition of the BLR; and the Programming Council for Inclusive Excellence, which awarded us mini-grants to make this issue possible. I would also like to extend a thank you and congratulations to all the amazing authors in this year’s BLR. Finally, thank you to our new and returning readers who make it possible for us to come back every year.

Nichole Page,
Bryant University Class of 2021

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note

Contributors

Fiction

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Minutiae 973.1
Lila Bovenzi

 

sex dream
Lillian Grace

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I Am Not a Home
Kiley McAleer

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Swimming Lessons
Rebecca Mear

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La Escucho
Leah Ryan

Poetry

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On the Rocks
Michael Grassetti

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My Responsibility to Live
Michael Grassetti

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Flashes
Lila Bovenzi

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countless stars
McKenna Themm

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Youth
El J. Reyes

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The New Historian
Nilsa Laine

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Rites
Sanjana Aiyar

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Not a Goodbye
Sanjana Aiyar

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Rx#: Sea
Mikaela Gresty

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Full
Caleb Lewis

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Unlike Mike
Caleb Lewis

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winter
Claudia Rosado

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headed inbound
Claudia Rosado

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On the Rocks
Jen Mazlymian

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mono no aware
w.w. harris

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Submersion
Meg Peters

Editors

Editor and Fiction Editor
Thomas Roach
Poetry Editor
drea brown
Associate Editor
Lucie Koretsky
Student Fiction Editors
Megan Polun, Aidan Quilty
Student Poetry Editor
Nilsa Laine, Nichole Page

Additional Information

Design and Layout
Rebecca Chandler, studio@beccachandler.com
Cover Art
“Direction of Light” by Aidan Powers