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About The Summer-Fall 1999 Edition

Welcome, friends, to the Summer-Fall issue of The Fairfield Review. We have discovered, as we work through our third year of this magazine, that to bring you the best in new writing, we will uphold our recent 'tradition' of biannual issues. We will continue to search for the freshest, most exciting work by beginning and new authors, publishing only the best for our loyal readers. Once again, we thank you for your patience, and encourage new visitors and enthusiasts to visit the riches of our back issues, which is now an impressive library of fine poetry and short story works.

This issue explores a range of thoughts and themes. Just in time for Labor Day, John Jenning's story of a working girl spoke to us in The Seamstress's Tale. To continue in this joyful vein, be sure to catch the wonderful rhythm in Richard Fewell's South Carolina Girl; he's a wonderful local writer whose work graced our pages in the Winter 1999 Edition. James David Ballard eloquently sums up a lifetime of love and joy in his haiku, Child. And be sure not to miss the enchanting, juicy descriptions in Cristina Querrer's Mango Man, as well as our other tropical island, Kilauea, by David Meuel.

Elation does not come without it's more somber counterparts, and we were touched by the dichotomies as they were portrayed by talents such as Ruth Dombrow in Returning, and Chris Gage's humor in buried alive (once again). We were touched by the feelings evoked by Cristina Querrer's Espiritu and intrigued by the meanings in Richard Fewell's Slave Graves in Manhattan. For more wonderful imagery read Chris Gage's a party of mourners, and then be sure to not to leave without letting David Meuel share his thoughts on The Woman at Work. Finally, for the classic of this edition, we chose Walt Whitman's A Noiseless Patient Spider, who perhaps reminded us a little bit of ourselves.

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. Please continue to send us your work and encourage other writers to venture forth with their poetry and short stories. We continue to look for work from "new" authors of all ages.

We enjoy the rain of summer's end, having gasped through this long, hot summer, and feel like the children, excited about the new year to come. So we, too, stand at the threshold of the new millennium. Please look for our next edition in the year 2000. Until then, best wishes for life's prosperous bounty this fall; may your angels carry you into the new year with grace and joy.

Edward Granger-Happ
Janet Granger-Happ

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