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We are thrilled to present the Ocean State Review and Barrow Street at AWP this year.  A small correction on this week’s announcements: You can find us at booth #709 in the book fair.

Stop by and browse our current and past OSR issues.  Look over the many poetry titles published by Barrow Street.  Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Josie Sigler Recieves Literature Fellowship from NEA


 We are pleased to announce that Josie Sigler, one of our advising URI faculty for The Ocean State Review, has been awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that Josie Sigler has been selected to receive a FY 2014 $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose (fiction). The creative writing fellowship is one of only 38 awarded nationwide.  Sigler is the author of living must bury (poems, Fence Books, 2010) and The Galaxie and Other Rides (stories, Livingston Press, 2012).

Sigler was awarded the fellowship based on the manuscript submitted in the application and reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. She will use her time as a fellow to work on her forthcoming novel, which has also been funded by URI’s Center for the Humanities, the Provost Faculty Development Fund, and the Beaupre Hope & Heritage Fund.

“This is a formidable group of both emerging and well-established writers,” said NEA Acting Director of Literature Amy Stolls. “They demonstrate an impressive range of styles and subject matter. We are proud to recommend each of them for an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.”

“This amazingly generous fellowship comes at the perfect time as I complete research for my upcoming novel,” Sigler said. “I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected.”

AWP: the Ocean State Review Goes to Seattle

The staff of the Ocean State Review will be in Seattle, WA this year!  We will be representing our fine literary journal from the University of Rhode Island, now soon to be publishing our fourth annual issue.  We will be at the 2014 annual conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs from Wednesday, February 26th to Saturday, March 1st.  Join us to talk about our last issue and our upcoming one for 2014.  Also, you can purchase a 2013 issue at our booth.  You might consider the Ocean State Review for teaching or personal use.

While you’re visiting us at AWP, check out the many other events and presentations available:

More details to come…

Pushcart Prize nominations

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve nominated the following for the Pushcart Prize: William Olsen – “I Stop and Look Back Awhile”

Patricia Smith – “To Get Me to Jump”

Joel Long – “Amy Winehouse”

Cole Swensen – “Four Landscapes”

Natanya Ann Pulley – “Animal Kingdom”

Barrie Jean Borich & Laura E. Migliorino – “What the Water Said”


For those who have yet to read this fantastic issue, please find it for purchase here:

Tiphanie Yanique’s work in OSR 2013

This issue of the OSR includes a story by Tiphanie Yanique, author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony.  Yanique has been named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” writers to watch, and has been awarded a Rona Jaffe and the BOCAS Prize for Fiction. We’re so excited to have her work in our pages, and to have had her at the Ocean State Summer Writers Conference last summer, as a workshop leader.

“What most people on the island did not know was that it was not Edie Pearl’s ghost that sang every night from the windows.  Anyone who really knew Edie, which wasn’t anyone who was still alive, would know that there was nothing of the ghost in her.  She did always wear white, that’s true.  But she’d done all her haunting when she was alive.

In the Bronx, Hanz was lying down in the bed he paid two hundred a month for.  It was a bed he shared only twice a month, on the first of the month with a knowledgeable woman he paid twenty-five dollars for, and then on the fifteenth of the month with a woman he didn’t pay for with money at all….”

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