Fiction and Memoir

yo“From the Finger Lakes; A Prose Anthology” was just published by Cayuga Lake Books in Ithaca, NY. It includes a memoir of Willard, the old state asylum for the mentally ill in Ovid, NY, by me, and excellent pieces by widely known and barely known writers. On sale at Buffalo Street Books and through the Cayuga Lake Books website.

Some of my favorite pieces – and I’m only just working my way through- are Kenneth McLane’s lookback at New York City; Franklin Crawford’s verbal snapshot of Ithaca Gun; Stephen Poleskie’s “The Hosta”; Paul Cody’s “The Last Next Time” and David Warren’s “The Last Marriage.”

Reading through this collection I begin to hear a regional voice. Is there such a thing, or is this the influence of our editor, Rhian Ellis? Do we share an aesthetic?

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