Newtown Literary issue #11 Launch Reading


A standing-room only crowd filled Kew and Willow, Queens's newest independent bookstore, for Newtown Literary's 11th issue launch reading.

The Readers

Six contributors read from their work in the current issue.

Alina Shen

from her poem, "lemon as heard by a granddaughter"

"...When life gives you lemons, you don't have to take them home. You

don't have to put them in your tea. You don't have to crush their

segments—bladders of juice and oil—in your kitchen or saturate

their juices in sugar. You don't have to do anything with the

lemons, why do you ask?"

Basia Winograd

from her short story, "Civil War in the Closet"

"...the other four young men she'd brought around represented, according to Lilka's calculations, five continents, and somewhere between seven and nine nations. They were all sweet boys, and all highly improbable, with wild conceptual careers, alarming communist leanings, and unkempt hair. One of them had shown her pictures of his 'office': a hammock on the beach. And of this the young man had been proud!"