Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Gettysburg Review Online.
Well, spring is here, and the amount of pollen in the air is truly shocking…almost frightening. Each day my car sports a new yellow-green coat of the stuff, bluntly reminding me of all the particulate matter that we breathe, and putting me in mind of the subpar but provocative M. Night Shyamalan film, The Happening. Is Nature out to get us? Well, the allergy sufferers among us, anyway. I may take to wearing a mask. Despite the pollen storm, early May is the finest time to be living in a ramshackle orchard house in Upper Adams County, because this is when the apple blossoms—which produce the most divine fragrance next to that of the hyacinth—scent the air, causing me to double up on my Clarinex and Flonase and keep the windows open, pollen be damned.
Some news that hopefully won’t cause sneezing is that the Summer 2015 issue is out and available, which our subscribers (thank you) know by now, having already received their copies. I have been holding off on posting its release here and at the various social media outlets because we have been furiously working on the first digital offering of the Gettysburg Review, and we wanted to make a grand announcement that it was ready and available for purchase…but we are not quite there yet. Very soon, though. When we are there, the Review will be available in three formats: ePDF, which replicates the print version, ePub, and Mobipocket. The latter two are “reflowable” formats for use on e-readers (ePub) and Kindle devices (Mobipocket). Check back here or at our Online Shop for updates on digital editions. Those of you who are print loyal, as I am, don’t worry: we will still and always be primarily a print publication.
The Summer 2015 issue itself is fresh and lovely and positively blooming with captivating paintings by Benjamin Thomas, poetry by Linda Pastan, Alice Friman, Jean Nordhaus, Nick Lantz, and Michelle Boisseau, among others, fiction by Janice Obuchowski, Tasha LeClair, Norma Marder, Askold Melnyczuk, and Mary Rechner, and nonfiction by Mary Clearman Blew, Robert Brunk, Lynda Sexson, and Jodie Noel Vinson, along with Floyd Collins’s review of new poetry collections by Andrew Hudgins, David Baker, W. S. Merwin, and Charles Wright. To pick up a copy or subscribe, head over to our Online Shop.
In other big news, two essays and a short story from volume twenty-six have been selected for reprinting in The Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses. Join us in congratulating Sarah Vallance (“Constance Bailey in the Year of Monica Lewinsky,” Winter 2014), Catherine Jagoe, (“A Ring of Bells,” Summer 2014), and Edward McPherson (“Telref,” Spring 2014) for being so richly and justly honored.
That’s it for now. We always like to hear from our readers, so please let us know what you think of the latest issue. If you are a user of social media, say hello and like us on Facebook. As always, thanks for your support, and keep reading.
Richly deserved congratulations to longtime Gettysburg Review contributor Leslie Pietrzyk, who has won the very prestigious 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for her collection of short stories This Angel on My Chest, which will be published in the fall of 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.