Todd Bartel

April 07, 2017

The Landscape Vernacular series is an ongoing body of work I began in the spring of 2011 that explores landscape, terminology and imagery. Culling from a small collection of dictionaries dating from the early 1800s to the present, these collages juxtapose definitions with period ephemera to explore ideas and attitudes about land and land use, while also addressing the history of landscape painting, American identity, and contemporary ecological issues. The austere look of the series emanates from self-imposed limitations with materials and a process to incorporate them: end pages, book engravings and maps, digital technology and puzzle piece collage. While I have an extensive library of paper books for making my collages, I also cull online archives for images and texts that can support the needs of any given work. Regarding digital technology, I am strict about not morphing, inventing or embellishing textual or visual information in the Landscape Vernacular collage series, but I sometimes edit and resize my found materials.


My AWP 2017 Experience

March 04, 2017

What made this trip truly special was something as simple as people-watching. A handful of times I just sat on the floor, off to the side, and watched writers, publishers, students, teachers, editors, and other professions come together to connect through their mutual love of storytelling. It doesn’t matter if you are a person of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a combination; you are part of a family based in words, based in narrative. Not once did I feel out of place during this conference. Even though I do not identify as a serious writer, sometimes I don’t even consider myself a writer at all, I do consider myself part of this family.



Inside SR: The Cell Phone That Would Not Stop Ringing During High Holy Day Services

October 17, 2016

This work appeared in SR Issue 11. To purchase issue 11, click here.

Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund and the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People. Her stories have appeared in magazines including The New YorkerZoetropeNarrativeGuernicaPloughsharesThe Harvard Review, and others. Visit her at

The rabbi told us to turn off our cell phones before he began the Rosh Hashanah services [...]


My Literary Spring Break

May 13, 2016

As a writer your senses are your greatest strengths. They fill your creative arsenal with all the elements needed to create a successful story. I didn’t think I was going to Miami to better my writing skills. In fact, I specifically chose the location in order to turn off my brain and take a break. I’m grateful that my subconscious need to write surfaced even during my vacation. The blurbs I recorded during my week in Miami one day will serve as the foundation of future characters and stories. This is a really exciting realization. No matter where you are in the world or what you are doing, the literary world is present if you are a writer. This gives to meaning to the phrase #writingislife


AWP 2016

May 13, 2016

We’ll see you again soon at AWP ‘17 in Washington D.C. where another round of our students will be in attendance experiencing AWP for the first time.


Meet the Staff: Michael Carrino

May 12, 2016

Michael Carrino, co-founder of the Saranac Review, will host an evening of poetry reading and book signing for his new work, Always Close, Forever Careless, on Thursday, May 19, 2016. The event starts at 7 p.m. at 30 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh. 

He has had five other books of poetry published: Some Rescues, Under This Combustible Sky, Café Sonata, Autumn's Return to the Maple Pavilion and By Available Light as well as individual poems in numerous journals and reviews.


Meet the Staff: Kate Moses

March 09, 2016

Kate Moses is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Arts Program at SUNY Plattsburgh and an Editor of the Saranac Review. She is the author of an internationally acclaimed novel, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, published in fifteen languages and twenty countries, and Cakewalk: A Memoir, and is the coeditor of two bestselling anthologies of essays on motherhood. Recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Janet Heidinger Kafka Award, a Prix des Lectrices de Elle, and an American Book Award, she has been a fellow at the Djerassi Foundation and the McDowell Colony. 


Meet the Staff: J.L. Torres

February 25, 2016

J.L. Torres, co-founder and Executive Editor of the Saranac Review, author of The Family Terrorist and Other Stories, the novel, The Accidental Native, and a poetry collection, Boricua Passport, has published stories and poems in numerous journals and magazines.  He is a Fulbright recipient, and he teaches US Literature, Latina/o Literature and creative writing at SUNY Plattsburgh. He will be a panelist at From the Inside: Writers of Color on Editing and Diversity at AWP Conference 2016.


Meet the Staff: Aimee Baker

February 19, 2016

The Fall 2015 student interns and part-time employees at SR had a chance to chat with Aimee Baker, visiting lecturer at SUNY Plattsburgh and Fiction Editor at the Saranac Review. She received her MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Southern ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewWitness, and Black Warrior Review. Her collection of poems, Doe, is a finalist for the 2015 St. Lawrence Book Award.


Pushcart Nominations!

December 11, 2015

The Pushcart Prize, published annually since 1976, is the most honored literary project in the US and six of our writers from Issue 11 have been nominated for it! 

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