RUNDELANIA publishes “A Phone Call to Manhattan”

RUNDELANIA publishes “A Phone Call to Manhattan”

Rundel Library [Photo: David Kramer]

Rundel Library [Photo: David Kramer]

For several years now, Andrew Coyle, Literature Librarian at the Central Branch of the Rochester Public Library, NY has managed RUNDELANIA the digital literary journal of the Arts and Literature Division at the RPL:

The journal is dedicated to the publication of original poetry and prose by the patrons of the library.  Works are submitted voluntarily without remuneration.  Works included in the journal are not to be used for commercial gain by third parties; copyright remains with the author.

We are taking submissions of original, previously unpublished poetry, short stories, and essays from Rochester Public Library patrons.  Please keep submissions to 4,000 words or less and attach material as a Word document.  Thank you.

Taking submissions for issue No. 6:  November 2019

deadline: October 21st

Send submissions in Word format to Andrew Coyle:

[email protected]
Subject line:  submission

The first print edition of selections from past issues will be out June, 2019.  Copies will be available for purchase in the library bookstore.

In the May issue, Andrew kindly published “A Phone Call to Manhattan.”


David Kramer is a published author, poet and journalist.  He is a professor of English at Keuka College and runs the online magazine, Talker of the Town.


Literary and artistic impressions at Rundel

Boxes upon boxes of Rochester newspaper history

A periodical lover’s dream at the Rundel Memorial Building

Art of the Book and Nighan’s “The Accordion Book of Short Stories” in Harold Hacker Hall

Not letting the Vietnam War be forgotten at the Vietnam Learning Center with Central librarian Steve Nash

Kitty Jospé provides noon nourishment for the mind at Rundel.

Providing hope for the homeless in the back alcove of Rundel Library

On a Cal Ripken signed 1989 glove, prized possessions, and the Rundel Library

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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