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A Slant of Light
Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley
A Slant of Light
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Laurence Carr - Editor
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt - Editor
Codhill Press
Codhill Press
Price: $20.00 
Paperback - 180 pages
Release Date: August 2013
ISBN10: 1-930337-73-6
ISBN13: 978-1-930337-73-2


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FINALIST - 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Women’s Issues category

FINALIST - 2014 International Book Award in the Fiction: Women's Literature/Chick Lit category, presented by American Book Fest

2014 da Vinci Eye, presented by the Hopewell Publications

FINALIST - 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Award in the Anthology category

Award-Winner in the Fiction: Anthologies category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News

A collection of contemporary prose and poetry by women writers from New York’s Hudson Valley.

This volume celebrates the contemporary prose and poetry of more than a hundred women from New York’s Hudson Valley. Drawing on writers from the eastern border of New York State to the foothills of the Catskills, and along the length of the Hudson River from Westchester to Albany, editors Laurence Carr and Jan Zlotnik Schmidt bring together a wide variety of female voices that evocatively address issues that touch not only women, but also every reader who desires insight into the human experience.

A Slant of Light is divided into five sections, each addressing a theme of women’s lives. The book begins with “Mythos”: representations and revisions of myths of women. The second section, “Body and Gender,” explores visions of the body, gender socialization, and women’s roles. The third section, “Identity,” presents works that examine both how women see themselves and how others see them. The fourth section brings together works presenting women in a variety of roles, such as parent, child, partner, and lover. The last, “Woman in the World,” collects works that meditate on our collective fate in a global world.

What distinguishes this volume is the diversity of women’s perspectives in terms of age, ethnicity, cultural background, and subject matter. The book brings together voices both lyrical and edgy, and challenges readers to think deeply about our changing lives in the twenty-first century.

“Carr and Schmidt’s generous anthology offers an astonishing diversity of female voices.” — Chronogram

Laurence Carr teaches creative and dramatic writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of Pancake Hollow Primer: A Hudson Valley Story and The Wytheport Tales, the coeditor (with Joann Deiudicibus, Penny Freel, and Rachel Rigolino) of WaterWrites: A Hudson River Anthology in Celebration of the Hudson 400, and the editor of Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, all published by Codhill Press. A SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at New Paltz, Jan Zlotnik Schmidt teaches courses in composition, autobiography, creative writing, American literature, women’s literature, and Holocaust studies. Her books include two volumes of poetry, We Speak in Tongues and She Had This Memory. She is the editor of Women/Writing/Teaching, also published by SUNY Press, and the coauthor (with Carley Rees Bogarad and Lynne Crockett) of Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction.

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Table of Contents



Wind Innuedno
Margo Stever

reviving Coyote
Claire Hero

Jo Pitkin

Sylvia Barnard

Joan I. Siegel

Barbara Louise Ungar

Andromeda at Midlife
Ann Cefola

An Explanation to My Husband
for Christa McAuliffe
Lisa Fleck Dondiego

Madonna Bomb
Celia Bland

Virgin of Guadeloupe
Nadine May Lewis

The Angelus, As Mary Heard It
Rhoda Shary

Kappa Waugh

The Voice
Laura Russo

Who Is My Muse?
Lee Gould

Green Tara As Protector
From The Eight Fears
Janet Hamill

Edie’s Mikveh
Edie Abrams

Wet Exit
Sarah Wyman


Bird of Paradise
Suzanne Cleary

Letters from Riverside
A Slant of Light
Carole Bell Ford

Coming Home to Hallelujah
Carol Yuen Bean

Self-Acceptance: A Hard-Fought Battle
Nava Atlas

Saturday Morning: Meditations on the Soup
Karen Michel

Three Haikus
Priscilla Lignori

Interpretation: Three Versions
Mimi Moriarty

Thieves, An Oral Nightmare
Roberta Gould

A Meager Diet of Horizon
Natalie Safir

Laid Off Summer
Carol Graser

I Check Their Leaves, I Water Their Roots
Phyllis R. Freeman

“Misuse Can Result in Fire or Death by Electrical Shock”
Alison Koffler

The Susan Situation
Lynne Crockett

Waking at Night
Amelia B. Winkler

What I Save
Catharine Clarke

Duck Pond in Tuckahoe
Adrienne Hernadez

Rachael Z. Ikins

Egypt Beach, Massachusetts
Pauline Uchmanowicz

Untitle Photo
Morgan Gwenwalk

Gender and the Body

Hudson, NY—1960
Tana Miller

Alyssa Fane

Devil’s Paintbrush Mountain
Georganna Millman

The Apples of Discord
Carol Goodman

The Mice, The Barn, and The Red Scare
Abigail Nadell Robin

Nothing Is Cool
Maryann Hotvedt

Smoking Gun
Mala Hoffman

Carolyn Quimby

Trey Attaching Sensation to the Figure in Memory
Karen Neuberg

In in the Women’s Locker Room

Waiting Room for a Mammogram
Alice Feeley

Naming the Scar
Judith Prest

Mentally Awaiting Menopause
Teresa Marta Costa

What You Will Believe
Irene O’Garden

Dead Shot for Venus Ramsey, Miss America 1944
Barbara Adams

Penny Freel

Seminole Hard Rock
Sari Grandstaff

the woman who buys her own diamonds
Judith Kerman

Housewife Sheds Her Skin Like a Snake
Judith Saunders

Portrait of a Woman with Windex
Ann Lauinger

Change Color
Marion Menna

A Wife for the Twenty-First Century (Newly Defined)
Raphael Kosek

Days of Our Breakfast
Brittany Ambrosio

Sandra Sturtz Hauss

Waiting at the Ritz
Jo Salas

On Some Days Her Monotonous Life Was Made Confusing and Frightening by Her Thoughts
Karen Schoemer

Zelda Speaks
Victoria Sullivan

Beauty, Money, Luck, Etc for Beginners
Anne Gorrick


Lost Gardens
Karen Rippenstein

Red Flowers
Dinah Dietrich

My Mother Wants Lambchops, Steaks, Lobster, Roast Beef
Lyn Lifshin

Back to School
Kate Hymes

Navigating with Mother
Laura Jan Shore

My Father and the Floating House: at An Exhibition of Chagall’s Paintings at the Thyssen Bornamisza
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt

My Father, 1928
Mary Makofske

How to Put a Fish to Bed
Rebecca Schumejda

Blue Baby
Colleen Geraghty

When Granny Made My Lunch
Bobbi Katz

Joann Deiudicibus

Geechee Daughter
Brenda Connor-Bey

Wednesdays with Miss Wolfstein
Gretchen Primack

A Reminiscence Based on Photos in Different Places in Deference to James Agee and Walker Evans
Mary Fakler

Learning to Read
Rachel Rigolino

On the Nature of Desire
Donna Spector

The Fifty-Pound Canary
Betty Anny Enos neé Damms

The Clay Goose
Anne Richey

Modern Love: Till Death Do Us Part
Eva Tenuto

Sahara Affair
Allison B. Friedman

To the Unnamed One
Lorna Tychostup

The Arm
Iris Litt

TheBurial—Sarah, an excerpt “Union”
Jacqueline Renee Ahl

Tom’s Funeral
Cheryl Rice

An Uneventful Life
Linda Melick

Ilse’s Sleep
Nancy Willard

Claire McGuire

I Said Coffee
Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Josepha Gutelius

By All In Me That Curdled Not in Acid Times
Christine Boyka Kluge

Self in the World

So Much World
Ledlie LaChance

Paper Thin
Marilyn Reynolds

Returning to Earth (or Rediscovering Neruda)
Susan Jefts

Snow Bunting
Susan Rogers

Between Now and Never
Meredith Trede

The Valley of the Kings
Heather Hewett

Surprisingly Wild
Ruth D. Handel

Reminder in the Midst of Traffic
Janice P. Egry

Azure Aubade
Pamela Hart

Turtle Commute
Caroline Wolfe

The Swimming Hole
Laura Shaine Cunningham

Part of Life
Micky Shorr

Kateri Kosek

Thursday’s Child
Ethel Wesdorp

Holes He Digs
Teresa Sutton

every day is 9/11
Trina Porte

i am another yourself
Deborah Poe

Draft Me a Space in Your Harbor
Adrianna Delgado

Sleeping Buddha
Sarah Gardner

The Powder Tower
Michelle Woods

How to Make Your Mother Laugh
Lucia Cherciu

Crushed in Poughkeepsie Time
Lea Graham


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