Columbia Maryland, the planned community founded by James Rouse, celebrated its 40th birthday in June of 2007. In honor of that milestone, The Little Patuxent Review, a bi-annual arts anthology published submissions of poetry, prose and history for its second issue themed "Columbia at 40." Release events were held at Oliver’s Carriage House in Columbia Maryland home of the Kittamaqundi Community Church and at the Glenwood Recreational Center Maryland as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts.
Contributors to the literary magazine, such as Barbara Kellner of the Columbia Archives and Padraic Kennedy former head of Howard Research and Development along with other long time Columbia residents, held a conversation about the dream of Columbia-where citizens of any color could be neighbors and eventually friends, while in the rest of the country racism and segregation prevailed. Guest poets reading included Clarinda Harriss, Ernie Wormwood, Salimah Perkins and Ryan Wilson .
• Essays by Michael Chabon, Pat Kennedy, Sherman Howell, Jean W. Toomer, Barbara Russell, Murray Simon, Mike Clark, Joetta Cramm, Barbara Kellner, Linda Joy Burke, Diane Brown and Katie George.
• Art by Wes Yamaka and the collaborative paintings of Trudy Babchak and Liz Henzey, along with an interview of Mr. Yamaka by Linda Joy Burke and a profile of Ms. Babchak and Ms. Henzey by Susan Thornton Hobby along with work by Michael Bracco and a profile by LPR Editor Michael Clark.
• Poetry by Clarinda Harriss, Norah Burns, Ralph Treitel, Ernie Wormwood and Patricia Jakovich VanAmburg,Salimah Perkins, Sara Markiewcz.
All material should be typed. Prose submissions no longer than 3000 words, poetry no more than 5 poems. There are no style restrictions on poetry. Anecdotes limited to 250 words should reflect the impact of Columbia on the writer and illustrate some meaning for the reader. Seniors are invited to submit essays no longer than 1000 words on “elder wisdom.” What do you want to pass on to the younger generations?
Visual Artists are invited to submit up to 6 images for consideration. Images can be submitted via email (see information below) or snail mail on disk, and should be in jpeg format no larger than 300 DPI. Please put the name of your work on file attachment.
Submissions from current and former residents of Columbia and those touched by their experience of Columbia are encouraged to submit. Please include a short bio, and your contact information on a cover letter with your submission.
Please send submissions by October 1, 2007 as an email attachment with the words The Little Patuxent Review submission in the subject line to:firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail, c/o Little Patuxent Review, 6012 Jamina Downs, Columbia, MD 21045. Submissions sent by snail mail will need to submit work on disk or via email if accepted for publication. Please include an SASE for return of your manuscript if you are sending it by snail mail. Published authors will receive one copy of the Review in payment.
About The Little Patuxent Review
The Little Patuxent Review originally existed in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and featured work by emerging and established writers from the Howard County Maryland region. Recent attendees of a Howard County Poetry and Literary Society event, “Speaking of Healing,” were inspired to meet and discuss launching an arts publication reminiscent of the original The Little Patuxent Review. That meeting evolved into a full-fledged plan to establish the resurrected magazine. This publication is a 501c3 literary arts organization.
The Mission of the The Little Patuxent Review is to promote the tradition of written and visual arts by creating a spirited magazine that reflects and draws upon the creativity and diversity within Howard County and the region.