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LIU Post Literary Magazine Celebrates 44th Year


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Confrontation Spring 2012Confrontation (, the literary journal of the English Department of LIU Post, continues a 44-year record of publication, releasing Issue Number 111, (Spring 2012 $12.00 isbn 978-0-913057-63-6) under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Jonna G Semeiks.

The issue contains 13 short stories, poems, three non-fiction essays and memoirs, 16 pages of poems and a number of reviews, including Martin Tucker's review of "Long Island Noir," by Kaylie Jones.

Additionally, the work of artist Dana Schutz is profiled by Semeiks in a 15-page center spread that includes eight full color reproductions. Schutz, described by the New York Times as "a reliable conjurer of wickedly grotesque creatures and absurd situations (whose work is) willed into existence by her vigorous and wildly colorful brush strokes," was recently commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to create its Ring Cycle posters.

Semeiks has been editor in chief since 2010, replacing long-time co-founder and editor Martin Tucker, who continues as executive director of Confrontation Publications. An associate professor of English with a doctorate from Rutgers, she is assisted by poetry editor Belinda Kremer and an editorial board that includes LIU Post professors and adjunct faculty, Tom Fahy, Michael Hartnett, Deborah Lutz, John Lutz, Dennis Pahl and Wendy Ryden.

Confrontation was founded in 1968 by Winthrop Palmer (1900-1908), who wrote poetry and plays, was an assistant professor of literature and fine arts at the Brookville campus. In 1974 Palmer became the first woman to serve as chairwoman of the board of trustees of Long Island University. She and her husband established the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at the LIU Post.

Since its inception, the publication has achieved a reputation for its distinctive balance of work by the known, the unknown and the great -- including Nobel prize winners John Steinbeck, Derek Walcott, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Joseph Brodsky, Nadine Gordimer, S.Y. Agnon; and Pulitzer and other prize winners W.H. Auden, Arthur Miller, Ned Rorem, Ed Bullins, Joyce Carol Oates, T.C. Boyle, and Lanford Wilson.

The magazine has also published the work of a 14-year-old talented writer, college students and writers beginning their career. Cynthia Ozick, Paul Theroux, Walter Abish, and Susan Vreeland all published work in the magazine before they achieved wider fame.

Confrontation continues to be open to work from established and emerging writers alike. Submissions are accepted Aug 16-May 16 (postmark).

For more information contact Confrontation, English Department, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548. Phone: 516-299-2963, email:

Posted 06/12/2012

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