Black River Review 2018
Jefferson Community College
State University of New York
Watertown, New York
Dr. Christine Pristash, Editor in Chief
Lucinda Barbour, Art Editor
Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd, Music Editor
Brandon Maxam, Literary Editor
Dr. CJ Southworth, Literary Editor
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Passion animates the world. It causes students to work two jobs, late nights, and with almost no sleep. It motivates creative writers to submit and submit… and submit their work despite the anxiety and pain that it entails. It is what makes people call some of us nerds. Many of us wear our passions on our sleeves despite the world’s potential derision. In my case, passion what keeps me smiling every day I teach despite (metaphorical) piles of papers and long days.
Editing this year’s Black River Review was truly a joy because of the passion demonstrated by the writers, artists, and musicians who submitted to this year’s edition as well as that of my fellow editors. I have had the privilege to read a range of literary works this year that demonstrated passion in its best forms. Even those who did not make it in this year’s publication should be proud of their accomplishments. It is a risk to put your head and heart on the page.
In several of her novels, Jeanette Winterson repeats the same quote: “What you risk reveals what you value.” The best parts of life are fueled by our passions despite the risk involved. So, please keep creating – or enjoying the creations of others. Be willing to take the risk. Be passionate.
- Another Round 'Round the Block
- Water Under a Bridge
- A Moment of Truth
- Time to Let Go
- Pieces of the Past
- This Could Be Her Lucky Day
- Sam and Kate
- The Snickers Lady
- How to Replace a 4 Year Old's "Sick" (Dead) Fish Without Him Noticing
is a current student and formerly received an associate’s degree in Business Administration from JCC. He is the owner of The Stage Door and Stage Door Images and has photographed hundreds of events throughout the United States including World Cup Snowboarding, Motocross, and concerts.
grew up in the nomadic lifestyle of an Army Brat. Today she is a member of the New York Army National Guard, has been attending JCC for two years, and still lives in her parents’ basement. She has ambitions to someday take over the world and/or graduate.
is an adjunct English professor at SUNY Jefferson, works in the Tutoring Center, and is Director of Rhonda’s FooteWorks in downtown Watertown. Her greatest achievement is her daughter, Madison Draper, SUNY Jefferson class of 2017 and prospective Hartwick grad 2019.
is a sophomore student and is currently a liberal arts major at JCC. He is currently searching for a career to choose. However, wherever he goes he will continue with his passion for music.
The editors seek original submissions in the following categories:
Poetry: Up to 7 poems, not to exceed 50 lines each
Fiction: Up to 2 short stories, not to exceed 1500 words each
Non-Fiction: Up to 2 essays, not to exceed 1500 words each
Plays: Up to 2 one-act plays, not to exceed 1500 words each
Artwork: In the original medium, such as black ink or pencil drawing, computer graphics, b/w photographs, even if printed from color film.
Music: Composition 16 or more measures in length.
Only submissions from Jefferson Community College students (full or part time), faculty, staff, and alumni will be considered. Include name, address, and phone number on each submitted work, as well as a biographical note of 30 words or fewer. Cash awards for outstanding work by currently enrolled students will be awarded. All submissions become the property of the Black River Review. Submitted works will not be returned.
Email submissions, contact information, and bio to email@example.com
Or mail to
Jefferson Community College English Department
1220 Coffeen Street | Watertown, NY 13601
Attn: Black River Review
Deadline for Volume XXIX: February 15, 2019
Publication of the Black River Review is made possible by funding from the English Department. Funds for student awards for outstanding artwork and writing are provided by Jefferson Community College Faculty-Student Association.
Typing and layout for this volume of the Black River Review is done using Microsoft Word. Typing and prize notification by Jessica Jones. Printing by Mitchell’s Speedway Press, Oswego, NY. Digital photography and logo design by David Bowhall.
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(After first publication, all rights revert to authors, artists, and composers.)