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Congratulations, Robert Giron

October 23, 2014

Many congratulations go to Robert Giron for being selected as one of the Heroes Latinos LGBTQ  as part of the Latino GLBT History Project.  According to their write up, 

He was born in Nebraska but describes himself “as a Transplanted Texan who lives in Arlington, Virginia.” Robert is a professor of English, creative writing and literature at Montgomery College, Takoma Park , Maryland. He’s the author of seven books of poetry and his poetry and fiction have appeared in The Texas Anthology, The World Haiku Review, Puerto del Sol, The Great lawn, Art Forum, Austin Writer, Chrysalis, Amphora Review, Goodbye Dove, Slouching Towards Consensus, and Arlington Artsletter, among other publications. He founded the Ventura Valdez Poetry Contest at Montgomery College for students who write in English and Spanish.

Additionally, on Saturday, October 25, Robert will be part of the “Indie Editor Roundtable”  at the Poets and Writers Live event at the Library of Congress at 1:30 p.m. He has been featured with several other editors in the magazine this month in the article “Let’s Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and Their Publishing Partners.”

Congratulations, Robert.

Under the Weather. . .

October 21, 2014

But back on Thursday with photos and news and more. . .



The Party: First Peek

October 9, 2014

PR celebrated issue 55’s publication with a celebration yesterday afternoon.  While the photography editors confer on selecting the best photos to publish next Tuesday, have a look at these few images to whet your interest. . .



Gifts for everyone!

Gifts for everyone!

Good writing deserves good food

Good writing deserves good food

A display of our work

A display of our work

Of A Party, A Chapbook, A Publication, A Win and A Festival

October 7, 2014

It’s another good news week at PR:

A Party:  Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be celebrating the publication of  issue#55. If you’re in the Montgomery County area, join us! We’ll be raising the sparkling cider from 4-5:30 p.m in the Campus Commons (Room 212) of the Macklin Tower on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College.   RSVP Om Rusten at

  A CSzlykcover2hapbook:  Marianne Szlyk has just published an e-chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia Looking Up at Trees of Heaven. Szlyk’s work is part of publisher A.J. Huffman’s series, Barometric Pressures: Kind of a Hurricane Press Author’s Series.

A Publication and a Contest Win: Sherri C. Woosley tells us that her story, “Fusion,” just came out in the  Apeiron Review, and “Very Happy and Very Productive” won 2nd place in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Contest.


2014 Indie Lit PosterAnd a Festival: This weekend, tech editor J. Howard will be rolling the official PR  suitcase towards Frostburg, Maryland, and the Indie Lit Festival.

Congratulations, Katherine Smith

October 2, 2014

We’ve got some great news to share with you this afternoon:  Potomac Review’s poetry editor, Katherine Smith, has recently been notified that The Missouri Review has accepted five of her recent poems.  To make the news even greater, her second book of poetry, Woman Alone on the Mountain, will soon be published by Iris Press.

Editor-in-Chief Julie Wakeman-Linn writes:

 “We at the Potomac Review are delighted when any of our writer friends meets with success, but I am even more thrilled for these recent successes of our marvelously talented and hard working poetry editor Katherine Smith. Katherine is also my dear friend, without whom I could not produce the Potomac Review. Congratulations, Katherine! We will host a party to launch her new book as soon as it arrives.”

PR is proud to have Katherine Smith as our poetry editor and wish her more success and acclaim as her book goes to press.



Catching Up

September 30, 2014

Various members of our staff have been busy with literary projects these past few weeks:

Tech Editor J. Howard spent time at the Furious Flower Conference of African-American Poetry at James Madison University.  As their web FuriousFlower2014_programpage explains, former Poet Laureate of the US, Rita Dove, was the conference’s honoree, and Lifetime Achievement Awards went to poets Toi Derricotte, Michael Harper, Yusef Komunyakaa, Marilyn Nelson, Ishmael Reed, and Quincy Troupe.  The conference, whose theme is “seeding the future of African American poetry,” occurs every ten years:  based on the volume of speakers, poets and audience, it would appear that this valuable gathering needs to happen more frequently.

MonkAssociate Editor Marianne Szlyk has begun another poetry contest on her poetry and jazz blog, the song is. This fall’s contests honor jazz pianist Thelonious Monk and composer Gene Clark.  Deadline for entries is December 30th.

Both Marianne and Robert Giron will be joining the general committee for A Splendid Wake in a few weeks.  Director J. Howard is excited to have them become part of the group and knows that their contributions will be fantastic.

Finally, our Editor-in-Chief, Julie Wakeman-Linn, has been interviewed by writer Jan Bowman, about the Potomac Review. Visit the blog and have a good read!

Dorothy and Family

September 23, 2014

When last we met, Dorothy was living the life as pet and occasional model for photographer Jody Shipka. A year later, we find Dorothy’s life enriched by kittens Clarence and Evelyn. In the picture below, the kittens confer with her about life, the universe and a good nap.

Clarence, Evelyn and Dorothy

Clarence, Evelyn and Dorothy


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