To the Editor

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This article was prepared for the July 28, 2004

issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Between the Lines

Our thanks go to the more than 125 writers who submitted poetry and

short stories to the 8th annual U.S. 1 Fiction Issue. Every year we

reiterate, "This is not a contest," because we choose some stories and

poems because they go together or fit into a particular category, and

we have to leave some out for space considerations.

Surely, you say, the selections are less subjective at a more literary

publication, say, the New Yorker. No, if statistical research is to be

believed, New Yorker editors prefer "local" settings, and they match

story protagonists with their own sex and ethnicity – just as writers

like to use themselves as models for their own characters.

That hypothesis was the senior thesis topic for Katy Milkman, Class of

2004 at Princeton University, who concentrated in Operations Research

and Financial Engineering but also earned a certificate in American


When Milkman applied her statistical methods to short stories

published in the New Yorker from October, 1992, through September,

2001, she found that male editors typically chose stories where a male

character was supported by a female character. In particular, Bill

Buford had a 70 percent record of choosing male authors, compared to

Charles McGrath’s record of 57 percent.

We haven’t run the numbers for the past eight fiction issues of U.S. 1

– we will leave that to the readers – but suffice it to say that this

issue had two reader, one male and one female (see page 47).

Milkman also found that most characters in New Yorker fiction tend to

live in New York, and in this respect U.S. 1 is similar. Our editors

do have a bias toward fiction and poetry that takes place in


We invite all our contributors – and our readers – to the U.S. 1

Fiction Issue reception set for Thursday, August 12, 5 to 7 p.m., at

Barnes & Noble MarketFair. Note also that the next issue of U.S. 1 is

Wednesday, August 11. We are taking our annual mid-summer break.

We would also like to suggest that behind every successful writer may

be a good writing teacher or a supportive writing group. Many of our

authors are self taught, but others attribute their success to

writers’ groups or writing courses. Here is a list of opportunities:

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777, Writing courses offered.

Barnes & Noble, 869 Route 1 South, North Brunswick, 732-545-7966.

Writers Anonymous monthly meeting for experienced and beginning

writers led by Jack Cargill of Rutgers University. Free.

Barnes & Noble, Marketfair, 609-716-1570. Writers Exchange, a monthly

writers’ group facilitated by author Ed Leefeldt, Monday, August 2, 7

p.m. Free.

Deb Cooperman, 666 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-924-1808, Living Out Loud writing workshops designed to

encourage creative expression and help writers improve self-knowledge

(no experience necessary). Cooperman can also serve as a writing coach

for individuals.

Delaware Valley Poets, Box 6203, Lawrenceville 08648.

Jean Anderson and John Baldwin, monthly reading at Barnes & Noble

MarketFair, Monday, August 9, 8 p.m., followed by open read.


Garden State Horror Writers, Monmouth County Library,

Symmes Drive, Manalapan, 973-625-9512, Monthly meetings.

Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-689-1089, Poets’ Invitational: Poets,

writers, and musicians can register to participate, Saturday, August

21, 2 p.m.

Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey, Monroe Township

Jewish Center, 11 Cornell Avenue, 732-249-4894, Jewish Women Writers.

Mercer County College, 609-586-4800,

Writing courses and certificates.

Network of Writers and Artists, Friends Conference Center

at Glen Arbor, Bridgewater, 908-722-1632,

New Jersey Film Festival, Loree Hall 020, Douglass

Campus, New Brunswick, 732-932-8482, Films and


New Jersey Repertory Company, Lumia Theater, 179

Broadway, Long Branch, 732-229-3166, Script-in-Hand

Play Series. Monday, August 9, 8 p.m.

New Jersey Romance Writers, Holiday Inn, Exit 8-A,

Jamesburg, 856-767-7188, Monthly


Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road,

609-275-2897, Writers group on last Mondays, refreshments and reading,

August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street,

609-924-9529, Writers Talking Series.

Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. Also, writing groups for adults and


Princeton Screen Script Writers Circuit, 1603 Covington

Road, Yardley, 215-493-1796. E-mail:

Writers, artists, musicians, actors, and singers meet the first

Thursday of every month. Bring work to share.

Professional Writers Alliance, 10 Tally Road, Hamilton

08619. Robin Levinson, president. 609-584-9330; fax, 609-584-9330, Formerly the Mercer County Writers’ Collective,

comprised of those who make their living using words. Online directory

and speakers bureau.

Studio Zen, 57 Hamilton Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-7787, Workshops in song writing and creative writing.

U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Box 127, Kingston 08528-0127.

609-844-9736. Weekly meetings on Tuesdays, co-sponsor of the U.S. 1

Poets Invite series at Princeton Public Library, publisher of U.S. 1


The Writers Room of Bucks County, 4 West Oakland Avenue,

Doylestown, 215-348-1663, True Confessions Memoir

Boot Camp with Foster Winans presenting an intensive workshop.

Saturdays, July 31, August 7 and 14. 9 a.m. to noon. Register. $165.

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To the Editor

I was sitting in Mercer Airport last Saturday evening waiting for a

flight to Johnstown, PA, when I happened to glance at the July 21

issue of U.S. 1. There was the article by Richard K. Rein about

"Windfarms" in Pennsylvania. I was thrilled to read your observations

about the windfarms, as the community at Saint Francis University is

presently developing the same to serve the energy needs of the campus.

I appreciate the attention you bring to this very essential energy

alternative and look forward to reading more of your reflections in

U.S. 1.

Fr. Gabe Zeis, T.O.R.


Saint Francis University

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