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About The Fall 1997 Edition

Welcome to our Fall edition of The Fairfield Review. Though late in the season, it is one in which we've explored exciting new directions. As always, we are pleased to present a variety of new writers from our area and beyond. Our "newest" venture is the Book Review, and the inclusion of a few pieces from a new anthology by poets who work together on-line, via the Internet, that is being published this coming year. We were honored to be asked to review this issue in its galley stages and were so impressed we asked permission to publish some of our favorites (see this issue's Featured Poems).

To continue our mission of introducing new writers, we have two new student authors as well as other individuals. As in the last issue, we encourage more of you to follow suit and send us the best of your poetry, short stories and essays via the World Wide Web.

During your first pass, you may want to read through our review of A Year on the Avenue, by Two Dog Press, and then browse through some of the pieces we've excerpted. Next, you may want to see the students' pieces: Kate Stone's A Teddy Bear Named Groovy, about the agony of adolescense, and George Philips' Winter, an engaging image of the season.

Topics for this issue range around the compass, from the lament of a mother (Shiva) to thoughts of the Holocaust (eyes of smoke) and Viet Nam (Names). Our returning poets have ventured off into new areas of exploration and experimentation. Finally, we have a piece of fiction from the recent UK Transatlantic Critique Club literary competition, which we think you'll find intriguing.

You can find a complete list of this issue's writings in the table of contents and information about contributors in About the Authors.

Please send us your comments and suggestions. When you visit our site, please fill out our Guest Book or drop us a note via email. Also encourage your fellow readers and writers to visit The Fairfield Review and submit their writing for consideration in our Winter issue. We continue to encourage submissions from students and new writers. Look for our new students' section, which we are going to start (thanks to the high-school students participation in Stamford's monthly readings at Border's Bookshop) in the Winter edition.

Though we've missed the drama of Autumn's colors, falling leaves, and scary pumpkins, we wish you a happy season of creative pursuit (as well as shopping, either before or after the holidays). And we'll leave you with words of encouragement from Emily Dickinson, as we work through the darkest days of the year here in New England:
"Either the Darkness alters--
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight--
and Life steps almost straight."

Janet Granger
Ed Happ

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