The Westchester Review Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

It seems like just yesterday that I was telling you all about The Westchester Review, Westchester County's newest literary journal. This month, the journal put out its fifth issue. Happy anniversary, Westchester Review!

"We are very proud of the diversity of literary talent and interests that it represents," says Lesleigh Forsyth, a member of the Review's editorial board.

As well they should be. This installment's contributors include a Pushcart Prize nominee; a writer who's appeared in both the New York Times and Glamour; an artists who's represented in the collection at MoMA; an arts and entertainment editor from the Scarsdale Inquirer; a doctor who's also been published in the antithesis of a literary journal, the New England Journal of Medicine; and someone who's a bookbinder as well as a writer.

The content of the journal is also pretty varied, containing a story in "abecedarian" form (where each sentence begins with the succeeding letter of the alphabet), poems published posthumously after the poet's widower found a stack of unpublished poetry, and even a Q&A with poet Billy Collins.

You can check the Westchester Review's website for more information on where to find a copy. Hopefully, it'll also be available on Amazon soon, like the others.

But for our money, the best way to hear some of these stories is at one of the readings the Review has scheduled. The first takes place next Sunday, August 7, at 4:30 pm at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center. It's part of the Center's "small press celebration," with other readers from Inkwell, Toadlily, and the Center's Slapering Hol Press.

After that, there are three more readings scheduled:

Sunday, September 18, 4 pm
Larchmont Public Library

Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm
White Plains Public Library

Saturday, November 5, 2 pm
Warner Library in Tarrytown

Check them out and get jealous about how talented your neighbors are.

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Articles Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester Magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.

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