Announcing the Release of FOOTNOTE #1: A Literary Journal of History

It has been a long time in gestation, but Footnote, a new literary journal with a unique focus is now here, and I am pleased to say that I am a featured writer in its inaugural issue, which includes ten pieces of my poetry, creative nonfiction, and documentary journalism. Over the coming days and weeks, I will be showcasing excerpts from my work in the journal. In the meantime, here is what its publisher, Alternating Current Press, an endlessly enterprising, two-decade old small press has to say about it.

Within our pages, you will find contemporary outlooks on history right alongside little-known public domain works that feel as fresh and vibrant as if they were written today. Here, the old meets the new in an explosive way that has never before seen the page, and we welcome you to discover fascinating history from a personal, non-scholarly literary approach.


You’ll meet the Romanovs, Serbian poet Vojislav Ilić, Dr. Zhivago, Stephen Crane, Geronimo, Lord Strathcona, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. You’ll learn of the misprint in Herman Melville’s obituary, the constellations in the Southern Planisphere mapped out by Nicolas de La Caille, what ​words ​might have been exchanged between William Wordsworth and Thomas Carlyle, how Laura Cereta thrived on insomnia, and who’s buried in the cemeteries at Père-Lachaise and Montparnasse. Our first Featured Writer, A. Jay. Adler—an interviewee for a junior fellowship at Harvard Society of Fellows, Vermont Studio Center grant recipient, and Maui Writers Conference Screenwriting Competition prize winner—will take you through Jewish life on the Lower East Side, Van Gogh’s mental asylum, Route 66, and the bordello rooms of Old-West Tombstone. Our second Featured Writer, Jesseca Cornelson—a Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve and a Sundress Academy for the Arts’ Firefly Farms resident writer—will take you through the Tablet of Daughters, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s journals of the South, and a history of her home state of Alabama’s unfortunate past with racial lynchings. Their work is showcased next to two of our Pushcart Prize nominees and the first, second, and third places, and nine notable-mention finalists, for our 2015 Charter Oak Award for Best Historical. From the Wild West to the Holocaust to Lincoln’s exhumation to the folk music of the sixties to the lost city of Atlantis, you’ll discover entire past worlds between these covers and meet a cast of characters colorful enough to color every page.


The paperback, PDF, and DRM-Free Digital Package are available now from Alternating Current (links below), and will be available through distributors within the week. If you’d prefer to buy Footnote 1 on Amazon Kindle, you can find it here.

Footnote 1

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photographs
Published by Alternating Current
5½” x 8½”
Perfect-bound Trade Paperback
Cream Paper
222 Pages
PDF, Mobi, ePUB Digital Formats
ISBN-13: 978-0692479223
ISBN-10: 0692479228
First Edition: August 2015
Cover Artwork by Terry Fan


FEATURING: • A. Jay Adler • Phillip Larrea
• Diana Andrasi • Brian Le Lay
• Leah Angstman • Lyn Lifshin
• L. S. Bassen • Vachel Lindsay
• Sean Brendan-Brown • Helen Losse
• R. Joseph Capet • J. H. McKenzie
• Thomas Carlyle • Herman Melville
• Alan Catlin • Heather K. Michon
• Samuel T. Coleridge • Edna St. Vincent Millay
• Christina Elaine Collins • James O’Brien
• Jesseca Cornelson • Robert L. Penick
• Stephen Crane • Pearl Pirie
• Ralph Waldo Emerson • David S. Pointer
• Gary Every • Sappho
• Terry Fan • Claudia Serea
• Robert Frost • William Shakespeare
• Ed Hamilton • Kirby Anne Snell
• Anthony G. Herles • Alex Stolis
• A. E. Housman • Catherine Warfield
• Vojislav Ilić • Donovan White
• Angie Jeffreys Schomp • Laura Elizabeth Woollett
• Luther Jett • William Wordsworth
• Miodrag Kojadinović • Elizabeth Zuckerman
• Nicolas de La Caille


Paperback $10.99

PDF $3.99

Complete DRM-Free Digital Package $5.99

PDF, Mobi, ePUB, & jacket art

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