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Letters to My Children by [Bittner, Russell]
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Why here?  Why  now?Firstly, because the second of my children--my girl--just turned eighteenand thereby earned the right to her letters.(The first of my children--my boy--did the same not quite three years agoand received his nineteen letters (eighteen birthday letters plus one letter writtenon his day of birth) on hiseighteenth birthday.  She starts collegein the fall; he returns to college for his senior year at the same time.  They're both responsible for paying their ownway through.  As you no doubt know, thisain't no easy task for parents, much less for young adults.  They agreed to the publication of theseotherwise private letters as a possible way to pay their room, board andtuition and thereby step out into the world without having to outrun anavalanche of incendiary debt.  Only timewill tell whether our collective wishes can be met.

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

Writer's Bio:
Russell currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. 

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 ("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

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  • File Size: 2735 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GFY3XQ
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