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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,
www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. 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
Deb Cooperman, 666 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-924-1808,
www.debcooperman.com. 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
Jean Anderson and John Baldwin, monthly reading at Barnes & Noble
MarketFair, Monday, August 9, 8 p.m., followed by open read.
Symmes Drive, Manalapan, 973-625-9512, www.gshw.net. Monthly meetings.
609-689-1089, www.groundsforsculpture.org. Poets’ Invitational: Poets,
writers, and musicians can register to participate, Saturday, August
21, 2 p.m.
Jewish Center, 11 Cornell Avenue, 732-249-4894,
www.jewishgen.org/jhcj. Jewish Women Writers.
Writing courses and certificates.
at Glen Arbor, Bridgewater, 908-722-1632, www.nowa.org.
Campus, New Brunswick, 732-932-8482, www.njfilmfest.com. Films and
Broadway, Long Branch, 732-229-3166, www.njrep.org. Script-in-Hand
Play Series. Monday, August 9, 8 p.m.
Jamesburg, 856-767-7188, www.geocities.com/SoHo/Gallery/7019. Monthly
609-275-2897, Writers group on last Mondays, refreshments and reading,
August 30, 6:30 p.m.
609-924-9529, www.princeton.lib.nj.us. Writers Talking Series.
Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. Also, writing groups for adults and
Road, Yardley, 215-493-1796. E-mail: Princetonfilmaca@aol.com.
Writers, artists, musicians, actors, and singers meet the first
Thursday of every month. Bring work to share.
08619. Robin Levinson, president. 609-584-9330; fax, 609-584-9330,
www.pwawriters.org. Formerly the Mercer County Writers’ Collective,
comprised of those who make their living using words. Online directory
and speakers bureau.
www.studiozen.org. Workshops in song writing and creative writing.
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
Doylestown, 215-348-1663, www.WritersRoom.net. 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.
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
Fr. Gabe Zeis, T.O.R.
Saint Francis University
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