Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Summerset Review Editor Joseph Levens Discusses Online Literary Journals, February 20

Chestertown, MD, February 1, 2006 — Washington College's Sophie Kerr Lecture Series presents "Online Literary Journals," a lecture by Joseph Levens, editor of The Summerset Review, Monday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room of the Miller Library. The event is free and open to the public.

What are online literary journals? How do they compare to literary journals in print? What is the status and future of the literary online community? As editor of The Summerset Review,an online quarterly journal of literary fiction and essays, Levens will share his expertise and answer these questions and many more about the often-elusive world of literary life on the web.

A recipient of grants from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), The Summerset Review was launched in 2002 to showcase contemporary short fiction and essays.

Levens lives in Smithtown, New York, and teaches fiction and essay writing at Hofstra University. In addition to his work with The Summerset Review, he has published his own fiction in Other Voices, AGNI, Swink, New Orleans Review, and other literary journals.

The reading is sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, which works to carry on the legacy of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich Washington College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most "ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor" and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications.

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