The latest edition of TSR The Southampton Review, the literary and art journal published by the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program, will be launched at a gala evening on Friday, July 26, starting at 7:30 pm in the Avram Theater on the Shinnecock Hills campus.
The launch festivities will include an art exhibition and reception at 9 pm to mark the release of the first artist’s book brought out by TSR Editions and Scott Sandell’s Almost Beachfront Print Studio, Nunc et Semper by Joe Pintauro.
Reading from their work at the launch, which starts at 7:30 pm, will be two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and award-winning essayist, memoirist, novelist and playwright Roger Rosenblatt, both frequent contributors to The Southampton Review.
Collins, who regularly leads summer poetry workshops at Stony Brook Southampton, has two poems in the summer 2013 edition: “The Folded Note” and “The Last Thing You See.” Another Collins poem,“Foundling,” which first appeared in The Southampton Review (Vol VI, No 1), was selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2013.
Rosenblatt, who is a Distinguished Professor of Writing at the campus and teaches classes in Southampton and Manhattan, will be reading from his new memoir, The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood, coming out from HarperCollins in November. An excerpt appears in the summer 2013 TSR.
Loosely organized around a theme of “Why Memoir Matters,” this edition of TSR has the customary mix of established and emerging writers and artists. Included in the thematic mix are: an essay by Ursula Hegi, “Did This Really Happen to You?”; Arlene Alda’s memoir piece, “Before the Vaccine”; “Jitney Story” by Robert Reeves; Elena Gorokhova’s “A Good Run”; and Sally Sussman’s “Rocky Time.”
Fiction includes “Kosta” by Marian Thurm and “A Short, Short, Short Story” by Richard Panek. Among the pieces on craft are: “The Dethroning of the Dowager” by Susan Cheever; “There’s a Closet for That” by Terese Svoboda; Zachary Lazar’s “Prison Truths”; and “No Such Thing as Time” by Sven Birkerts, the director of the Bennington College Writing Seminars.
The summer 2013 edition of TSR also includes “An Interview with Maggie Scarf” by the editors and “An Interview with Eric Fischl” by Terrie Sultan, transcribed from the 2012 Southampton Arts Summer event in Avram Theater.
On the visual arts side, there is art by Cornelia Foss and an excerpt from “Barsha,” an artist’s book brought out by the library council of the Museum of Modern Art featuring text by Anita Desai and images by Ranjani Shettar. Also included is “La Serenissima” by Joe Pintauro, an excerpt with images from his artist’s book, Nunc et Semper, being brought out by the Almost Beachfront Digital Studio and Scott Sandell and TSR Editions and the subject of the exhibition and reception following the TSR launch.
Cartoons are always a part of TSR, and the latest edition includes a cartoon portfolio by Barry Blitt, a cartoon by Paul Noth, and two cartoons by Jules Feiffer.
In accordance with tradition, the cover image, Roz Chast’s “Rebirth of Venus,” is also the poster image for Southampton Arts Summer 2013.
Contributors to the latest edition of TSR will read from their work from 2 pm to 4 pm on Friday, July 26, in Duke Lecture Hall in the Chancellors Hall building.
The gala launch with readings by Roger Rosenblatt and Billy Collins starts at 7:30 pm in the Avram Theater in the Fine Arts building and the art exhibition and reception for Joe Pintauro begins at 9 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.stonybrook.edu/Avram.
For more information about TSR The Southampton Review, call (631) 632-5030 or email TheSouthamptonReview@stonybrook.edu.