Mark Twain’s “The Gilded Age, A Tale of To-Day” – New memories from an old book

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1895 edition of The Gilded Age, A Tale of To-Day

AT YEAR’S END, I can’t help but feel some sense of introspection. This year, I opened an 1895 edition of The Gilded Age, A Tale of To-Day, by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. It was Twain’s novel about the turn of the century. The book was a gift to me from my father, who passed away in 1996.

When the book was published, the term “Gilded Age” became synonymous with graft, materialism, and corruption in public life. The plot opens as a poor Tennessee family, the Hawkins family, dreams of affluence by selling 75,000 acres of worthless Appalachian land acquired by their patriarch, Silas Hawkins. Truth, lies, and exaggeration color aspirations shaped by want, greed, and deceit. Mark Twain’s wonderfully sarcastic wit and his gift for description present an era of uncanny resemblance to the politics of today. The subtitle, containing the words “To-Day,” remains as current as human behavior’s lack of change.

In the 1950’s, my father bought some of the Cumberland mountain land once owned by Mark Twain, and I remember our family visits to that region. I remember the Obed River, where the “gold” glistening along the stream in the afternoon sun was actually iron-stained rock from abandoned coal mines.

Having recently read two wonderful memoirs, Hillbilly Elegy (by J.D. Vance) and The Glass Castle (by Jeannette Walls), along with a fine historic book, Night Comes to the Cumberlands (by Harry Caudill), Twain’s description of the rugged East Tennessee hills comes alive with relevance.

More important to me, I can now see how reading The Gilded Age directly affected my father’s views of public service as well as providing for his family. I’ll be writing more about this. But, for now, I’ll enjoy turning the brittle pages, carefully, of this 1895 edition by Mark Twain…savoring his descriptions of the age…with relevance today.

First page, Chapter I, The Gilded Age, original illustrated edition – click on image to enlarge

 

 

Delmarva Review’s 10th Edition features 40 writers – New Submissions period is open

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I am pleased to publish “Delmarva Review” announcements on my blog, as chairman of the editorial board and executive editor.  All of us are proud of its continued progress over 10 years to publish outstanding literary work. – Wilson Wyatt

Delmarva Review announced publication of its tenth annual literary journal presenting original poetry, short stories and nonfiction from 40 authors in 18 states. The Review welcomes submissions from all writers.

“The tenth anniversary issue touches on the themes of change and hope,” said Emily Rich, editor of the tenth edition. “Amidst the uncertainties of life, people grasp for what is eternal in the human condition.”

The 2017 first place winner of Chesapeake Voices Prose Contest is featured in this edition. The short story, “The Future is Not For Sale,” by Jeremy Griffin, of South Carolina, was hailed by contest judge Laura Oliver, of Maryland, as “sophisticated with especially strong characterization.”

Editors selected 41 new poems, 11 short stories, five nonfiction essays, and five book reviews for the tenth edition.

Since its first year, the journal has printed the original literary work of over 280 authors. Some are newly discovered. In all, they have come from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 other countries. About half are from the Delmarva and Chesapeake region. Fifty-three works have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and some have received notable mentions in anthologies and critical journals.

Delmarva Review is published by the Delmarva Review Literary Fund (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit), supported by individual contributions and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The submission period for the 2018 issue is open now through March 31, 2018. Submission guidelines are posted on the website www.delmarvareview.com.

The journal produces print and electronic editions. Both are available worldwide via Amazon.com and other online booksellers. It is downloadable in a digital format for tablets, computers, smart phones, and other reading devices. Two-year subscriptions are available at a discount through the website. 

Delmarva Review’s New Cover – 10th Anniversary

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Photographer Calvin “Cal” Jackson’s color image “Recycle” was selected for the tenth anniversary cover of the Delmarva Review, to be published on November 1.

Photograph “Recycle” by Cal Jackson – Click on photo for full size image

Cal Jackson’s cover image “Recycle” shows shucked oyster shells, in rustic old bushels, to spread on bay oyster beds, providing a solid hold for oyster larvae and a future crop of oysters. The photographer, from Easton, MD exhibits at galleries and shows in Baltimore, Easton, Cambridge and Chestertown, MD, as well as Brooklyn, New York. He’s a retired accountant and former audit manager for information technology with the U.S. Army.

The Delmarva Review is a nonprofit literary journal publishing compelling new poetry, fiction and nonfiction from writers within the region and beyond. It celebrates its 10th anniversary edition in November. The Review is supported by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, individual contributions, and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The next submission period for literary work and cover art is from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, for the eleventh edition. See the website for information, at www.delmarvareview.com.

Delmarva Review Reading . . . the voices behind the words

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At The Writer’s Center, one of the premier writing centers in the United States, six authors were invited to a public “reading” honoring The Delmarva Review’s eighth edition. Reading from their prose and poetry to a full house, on January 31, the authors expressed the feelings and emotions behind their writing. It was a transference of inspiration only possible by a live performance. . . a delightful event. The writers include:

Poet Sue Ellen Thompson reads from her celebrated book They, as the featured poet in The Delmarva Review, Volume 8.

Poet Sue Ellen Thompson, of Oxford, MD, reads from her celebrated book They, about acceptance, discovery and raising a transgender child. Ms. Thompson’s interview by poetry editor Anne Colwell is the cover feature in The Delmarva Review, Volume 8.     Click on the photo for a larger view

Anne Colwell, Poetry Editor of The Delmarva Review, introduces the poetry in the review and interviews Sue Ellen Thompson, the featured writer.

Anne Colwell, Poetry Editor of The Delmarva Review, introduces the Review’s poetry and interviews Sue Ellen Thompson, the featured writer. Ms. Colwell is an award-winning poet and English professor at University of Delaware.     Click on the photo for larger view

Poet Arden Levine, from Brooklyn, NY, reads from her poetry in the Review as well as a selection of her latest poems.

Poet Arden Levine, from Brooklyn, NY, reads from her poetry in the Review as well as a selection of her latest poems.     Click on the photo for larger view

Poet Wendy Mitman Clarke, of Maryland, reads her Pushcart Prize nominated poem "The Kiss," and other poems in the review.

Poet Wendy Mitman Clarke, of Maryland, reads her Pushcart Prize nominated poem “The Kiss,” and other poems in the Review. They are her first published poems.     Click on the photo for a larger view

Essayist Sheila Walker reads from her essay "Pacific America is so African," her first literary essay outside of academic journals. She is a cultural anthropologist from Washington, D.C.

Nonfiction author Sheila Walker reads from her essay “Pacific America is so African,” her first literary essay published outside of academic journals. She is a cultural anthropologist from Washington, D.C.     Click on the photo for a larger view

Novelist Neal Gillen reads from his memoir, "Northwest to Huguenot," in The Delmarva Review. Mr. Gillen is from Potomac, Maryland.

Novelist Neal Gillen reads from his memoir, “Northwest to Huguenot,” in The Delmarva Review. Mr. Gillen is from Potomac, Maryland.     Click on the photo for a larger view

The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Maryland, honored The Delmarva Review as a literary journal in the region that produces both print and electronic issues available worldwide (via Amazon.com and other major booksellers online). The current edition, Volume 8, contains the selected literary work of thirty-five authors from 12 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Over its eight-year history the Review has published new work from 216 authors in twenty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries. It is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association to promote the literary arts.

Submissions: The Review welcomes new poetry, short fiction and nonfiction submissions, in English, from all writers regardless of residence. While submissions are competitive, each is read by more than one editor. The current submission period is open through March 31, 2016, for Volume 9. Please see the website for more information and Submission Guidelines: DelmarvaReview.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Radio Delmarva – Writers Edition celebrates “The Delmarva Review” and “How to Publish”

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Taping at WSDL 90.7 public radio celebrating the 8th edition of The Delmarva Review

Taping at WSDL 90.7 studio celebrating the 8th edition of The Delmarva Review – (left to right) poet Wendy Mitman Clarke, host and fiction editor Harold O. Wilson, nonfiction editor George Merrill, and author Jamie Brown

Tune in at 9 a.m., Friday (Nov. 27) to Delmarva Public Radio WSDL 90.7, or listen to the podcast link on their website, after the broadcast:  http: //delmarvapublicradio.net/programs/delmarva-today-wsdl

A special one-hour Writers Edition on Delmarva Public Radio features two subjects: first, a celebration of the 8th issue of The Delmarva Review, a highly regarded literary journal. Host Harold Wilson interviews Wendy Mitman Clarke, on poetry, George Merrill, on essays, Jamie Brown, on fiction, and executive editor Wilson Wyatt about the new issue featuring 35 authors. The Review’s submissions period is open now to March 31, 2016. All authors of literary work are welcome, regardless of residence. Submissions are competitive (see the website http://www.delmarvareview.com).

Part 2 of the broadcast gives writers “how-to” information and tips on “publishing your own book.” Harold Wilson moderates the discussion with authors Neal Gillen (an authority on print-on-demand publishing), Bill Gourgey, managing editor of The Delmarva Review, and Wilson Wyatt, the Review’s executive editor. All have published books using the latest print-on-demand and digital technology.

Taping "How to Publish Your Book" at Delmarva Public Radio

Taping “How to Publish Your Book” at Delmarva Public Radio – (left to right) author Neal Gillen, radio host and author Harold O. Wilson, Bill Gourgey, author and managing editor of The Delmarva Review, and Wilson Wyatt, author and executive editor of the Review.

Delmarva Review publishes 8th edition . . . opens new submissions period for all writers

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Volume 8 - Evocative Prose and Poetry

The Delmarva Review, Volume 8 – Evocative Prose and Poetry 2015

The Delmarva Review announced publication of its eighth annual literary journal presenting compelling new prose and poetry from thirty-five writers in 12 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

“From the large number of submissions this year, we selected stories, essays, and poetry addressing a diversity of human themes, each one exploring the author’s unique voice and vision,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor.

The journal opens with a conversation between poetry editor Anne Colwell and poet Sue Ellen Thompson about Ms. Thompson’s celebrated book, They. Her poetry stirs deep human emotions while presenting family and generational issues of acceptance over raising a transgender child. The cover photograph by Portuguese photographer Jorge Pereira Rudolfoelias, illustrates the timely subject.

Other human themes addressed by the stories, essays, and poetry in this edition relate to individualism, birth, loss, death, grief, healing, and discovering one’s sense of place in a larger world.

Published by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association (ESWA), the nonprofit Delmarva Review has published original work of 216 writers over an eight-year history. They have come from twenty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries. The Review opened to all writers, regardless of residence, in 2007, in order to discover and publish outstanding new literary work.

The Review’s published work has earned thirty-seven nominations for a Pushcart Prize, as well as notable mentions in Best American Essays and critical journals.

For writers: the submissions period for new poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction is open now through March 31, 2016, to be considered for the ninth annual edition. Selection is competitive. All submissions are made from the website’s Guidelines page at www.delmarvareview.com.

The Review’s print edition is available worldwide via Amazon.com and other online booksellers. It is also downloadable in a digital edition at Kindle for tablets, computers, smart phones, and other reading devices.

Publication is supported by private contributions, sales, and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, in Maryland.

Our Volunteers: The Delmarva Review is nonprofit and produced entirely by volunteers from the tri-state writing community. In addition to Wyatt, of St. Michaels, MD, and Colwell, of Milford, DE, the editorial board and advisors include managing editor Bill Gourgey, of St. Michaels and D.C., poetry reader Stacey Pounsberry, of DE, fiction co-editors Harold O. Wilson, of Chester, MD, and Cheril Thomas, of Easton, nonfiction co-editors George Merrill, of St. Michaels, and Cheryl Somers Aubin, of Vienna, VA, financial advisor Denise Clemons, of Lewes, DE, editorial advisors Gerald Sweeney, of Trappe, MD, and Emily Rich, of Arlington, VA and Secretary, MD, copyeditor Jodie Littleton, of Chestertown, and proofreader Charlene Marcum, of Easton. The cover designer was Laura Ambler, of Easton.

Additional information about the Review and the authors, is available on the website: www.delmarvareview.com.

You can get a copy now at:

The Delmarva Review, Volume 8

Reminder to Writers – Submissions to The Delmarva Review

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Covers -The Delmarva Review, a literary journal

Covers -The Delmarva Review, a literary journal    Click on photo for larger image

Only two weeks left for writers to submit their best poetry and prose to The Delmarva Review.  Website: www.delmarvareview.com. February 28 is the deadline for poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction submissions.

Over its seven-year history, The Delmarva Review has published outstanding new literary work by 168 authors from 27 states, the District of Columbia, and nine foreign countries. The printed journal has included 200 poems, 43 short stories, 24 essays, and 27 book reviews. Thirty-six authors earned nominations for a Pushcart Prize and other awards, including recognition in “The Best American Essays.”

Published in print and electronic editions by the Eastern Shore Writers Education Foundation (www.easternshorewriters.org), the Review is available to readers worldwide via all major online booksellers (Amazon.com,BarnesandKnoble.com, Apple, etc.). All writers are welcome. Selection is competitive.

Take advantage of the opportunity to be considered for publication…by Feb. 28

Pushcart Nominations announced by The Delmarva Review – 2014

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The Delmarva Review, vol. 7, cover

The Delmarva Review, vol. 7, cover photo by Roger Camp     Click on image for larger view

It’s that special time of year for all of us as editors.  With pleasure, The Delmarva Review has nominated six authors for a Pushcart Prize for exceptional poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing.

Poetry nominations were: “Devil on an Elevator,” by Charlie Clark, of Austin, Texas, “For the Readers of Graves,” by Adam McGee, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and “Morning Paper,” by John Palen, of Urbana, Illinois.

“Widow Fantasies,” a personal essay by Randon Billings Noble, of Washington, D.C., was nominated for nonfiction.

Short story nominations included “The Mythology of the Wife,” by August Evans, of Seattle, Washington, and “Robot on a Park Bench,” by Brandon Getz, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited that our authors have the opportunity for a Pushcart Prize,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor of the Review. “Discovery of new literary writing and recognition of the authors are essential to our purpose.”

The Delmarva Review, published annually by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, in Easton, Maryland, is open to all writers.  Over a thousand authors submitted writing for the 2014 edition.  During a seven-year history, 60 percent of its published authors have come from the tri-state Delmarva region.  In all, the writers are from 27 states, Washington, D.C., and nine foreign countries.

The Review’s nominations were selected from 40 authors of poems, stories, and essays in its seventh annual edition.  Pushcart editors will make a selection from all nominations to publish in the 2015 anthology, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XL.

For Writers, the 2015 Submissions Period is Open

The new submissions period for The Delmarva Review is open now through February 28, 2015.  A submission link is posted on the “guidelines” page of the website www.delmarvareview.com.

The Review is carried by the following regional bookstores: the News Center, in Easton, MD, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, MD, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, MD.

Both print and digital editions can be purchased from all major online booksellers, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Apple. The worldwide availability of the Review greatly expands the potential readership of an author’s work.

The Eastern Shore Writers Association’s website is http://www.easternshorewriters.org. The organization also holds the annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference (February 28), website http://www.baytoocean.com.

 

Public Radio Delmarva features the new “Delmarva Review”

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Recording in the WSDL studio, Delmarva Public Radio, are(l to r) George Merrill, Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, Wilson Wyatt, with show host Harold   Wilson

Recording in the WSDL 90.7 studio, Delmarva Public Radio, are(l to r) nonfiction editor George Merrill, poet Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, executive editor Wilson Wyatt, with show host Harold Wilson, fiction editor      Click on image for larger view

“Delmarva Today – Writer’s Edition” highlighted the new issue of The Delmarva Review, a literary journal, in a one-hour radio show, which included interviews and a dramatic reading by actors of one of the short stories in the Review.

Poet Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll read from her poetry and was interviewed by program host Harold Wilson. Also interviewed were nonfiction editor George Merrill and executive editor Wilson Wyatt. The literary journal, published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, printed an expanded edition of poetry, short stories and essays. It is available in print and e-book editions at major online booksellers, like Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, and others. It is also carried by regional book stores, the News Center, in Easton, and Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford.

RADIO BROADCAST link:  http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delmarva-today-writers-edition-17

AMAZON link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPP6BZ4

Delmarva Review Welcomes New Submissions for 8th Issue

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The Delmarva Review, vol. 7, cover

The Delmarva Review, Volume 7 – Cover photograph by Roger Camp     Click on image for larger view

The Delmarva Review announced the opening of its submissions period for the eighth annual issue, for publication in 2015. Writers can submit poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction from November 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

The Review selects new literary prose and poetry for publication in print and electronic editions. All writers are welcome. Submissions are competitive.

The literary journal encourages great story telling, engaging essays, and moving poetry, all exhibiting skillful expression. Editors only read electronic submissions from the Submission Guide page on the website: www.delmarvareview.com.

The 2014 edition, just published, features the work of 40 contributors from 14 states, the District of Columbia, and one foreign country.

“Over a thousand authors submitted writing for the current issue,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor. “We selected stories and poetry addressing a diversity of human themes, each exploring the author’s unique voice, style, and command of craft. The cover photograph, ‘Dolls, Provincetown, MA,’ by Roger Camp, teases our imaginations with the potential for discovery.”

The Delmarva Review has earned national recognition among over 3,000 published literary journals nationwide. Open to all writers, about 60 percent of the published authors have come from the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic region.

Over the Review’s history, the work of 30 authors has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The last issue’s featured essay, “Writing My Way Home,” by Ron Capps, was honored on the “Notable” list in the anthology, Best American Essays 2014.

The Delmarva Review is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association Education Fund (ESWA), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, to discover compelling new literary work and to inspire others to pursue excellence in writing.

In addition to Wyatt, the editorial board includes: Anne Colwell, poetry editor, Harold Wilson and Amy Abrams, fiction editors, George Merrill and Cheryl Somers Aubin, nonfiction editors, Cheril Thomas, submissions administrator, Bill Gourgey, publishing advisor, Melanie Rigney and Gerald Sweeney, editorial advisors, Jeanne Pinault, copy editor, Charlene Marcum, proofreading, and Laura Ambler, design and layout editor. All volunteer their time and talent to produce the Review.

The current issue, volume 7, is available worldwide in print and eBook editions from online booksellers, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, and others. It can be purchased from regional bookstores, including: The News Center, in Easton, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

For additional information, see the website www.delmarvareview.com, or contact the publication at: The Delmarva Review, P.O. Box 544, St. Michaels, MD 21663, or email: editor@delmarvareview.com.

More information and to order, here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPP6BZ4