From the Back Cover
But we're not nowlooking for a hand-out--or with any of our six hands held out for any kind of charity. I started this project the evening of myson's birth--on November 25, 1991--and started with a plan. I don't remember the weather or temperature. I remember only a Pentel Rolling Writer ™ and a blank piece of paper. As both mother and son slept comfortably inthe Women's Lying-in Hospital on Amsterdam Avenue just across from the ColumbiaUniversity campus, I lay--or rather sat--comfortably at home in Astoria,Queens. All was right with theworld--except for those preemies lying in crack-induced agony in incubators theattending nurse, Gladys Quick, had so wisely (because tragic-comically) givenme a tour of before I left the hospital.
I never forgot them--andI never forgot Gladys. We've been intouch every year since then at Christmas:she from her Harlem residence; I, from wherever the four winds might'veblown me. My son and I will see Gladysfor the first time after almost twenty-one years in the next couple of weeks,and she'll be the first recipient of these letters: a gift of pen and pulp to her in return for theindelible visual memory she once gave me.
About the Author
Russell's prose publications have appeared over the years in journals/magazines at: The International Journal of Erotica; The Edgar Literary Magazine; Beyond Centauri; Snow Monkey; Swill Magazine; SEINundWERDEN; Skive Magazine; The Whortleberry Press; ABCTales; The Picayune Literary Magazine; Blue Crow Magazine; and Snow Monkey.
His prose as also appeared on-line at: 3AM; Pindeldyboz; Satin Slippers; DeadMule; Ink-Mag; GirlsWithInsurance; UndergroundVoices; HackWriters; BlueFood; ALongStoryShort; SouthernHum; DeadDrunkDublin; 10,000 Monkeys; Yankeepot-roast; SkiveMagazine; Quintessence; writeThis; SwillMag; SuffolkPunch; MannequinEnvy LauraHird; Per Contra; ThievesJargon; UndergroundVoices; SUSS: Another Literary Journal; Cezanne'sCarrot; Sliptongue; RedPeter; TheSquirrelCage; FarawayJournal; VerbSap; TheRose&Thorn; 3rdActs; CliteratureJournal; TheCerisePress; EclecticFlash; DonovanHall; Dogmatika; DanseMacabre; SuffolkPunch; Writers'BlocMag; and ISMsPress.
Russell's poetry publications have appeared in print journals/magazines and on-line, but this publication is not really about poetry. Well, maybe just a little.
Over the course of four years (2/09 - 02/13), Russell conducted monthly interviews of notable Anglo-American poets at ALongStoryShort.net ("A Poet's Corner"). He is a former Philosophy major/Russian minor and was awarded a B.A. in 1984 from Columbia University in NYC. He acquired, over the course of a decade, additional certificates of study from, among others: L'Université de Fribourg (CH); Die Universität Wien (Vienna, A); and L'Università per Stranieri di Perugia (I).
His photography has also appeared both on-line and in various journals.
He can most easily be reached at RRBrklyn@aol.com.