Celebrate the eighth issue of Rundelania

Celebrate the eighth issue of Rundelania

Perched near the Genesee River across from the Rundel Memorial Building, the Spanish-American War Memorial Eagle reads Rundelania. [Photo: David Kramer 10/31/20, see The 118th Otis Day, June 15th, and the War Memorial Eagle]

Today we celebrate the eighth issue of RUNDELANIA the digital literary journal of the Arts and Literature Division; part of the Central Branch of the Rochester Public Library.

Contributors include poets, creative writers, cartoonists, artists, photographers, journalists, educators and students, librarians and patrons, and a retired attorney and a retired scientist.

RUNDELANIA‘s editor Andrew Coyle, Literature and Arts Librarian at the Central Branch, kindly used my essay When Washington Square Park felt like Tiananmen Square. (See articles on Rundel Library at end.)

(left) THE SHADOWS WILL BE BEHIND YOU IF YOU WALK INTO THE LIGHT, inscription on the outside wall of the Rundel Memorial Building [Photo: David Kramer from RUNDELANIA publishes “A Phone Call to Manhattan”]; (right) David Kramer with the 2019 print edition of RUNDELANIA  [Photo: Ron Freitag, library staff from Behold. The first print edition of Rundelania.]

I caught up with Andrew who provided an overview of the first four years of the journal:

The idea of Rundelania came from talking with library patrons who wanted to publish their poetry and short stories.  Some of them had already been published or were on their way to publishing in magazines or with national publishers, but most were just beginning to search for publication.  Library management has been very supportive from the beginning.

Things are online now. We do not need to pay printing costs. We use WordPress. WordPress is inexpensive, fun to do and helps promote our local writers.

This is the fourth year; it comes out twice a year. We have recurring writers but there are always new contributors as well.  And we are grateful to local writers like yourself that have promoted the journal and the library over the years.

Cover image: The Rooks Have Come Home. Alexei Savrasov, Russia, 1871; oil on canvas. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. From Rundelania, no.8 November 2020

Stories have won selection in national publications after premiering on our site — that is gratifying.  In this issue, one of the poets is an Academy of American Poets Award recipient, originally from Rochester, and we are grateful for his contribution. Published authors next to new authors, young and old, that is kind of what we have, a big mix. Some of the authors have been published by major publishing houses but have been gracious to contribute original pieces.  We always want more and more quality submissions but we are really kind of an art brut outfit at heart.  We like the underdog, we like that we are publishing you first. You don’t need a degree or special pedigree, different writing is welcomed, and strange writing, writing that is a little outsider is sometimes the best.

In the future, we want the online layout to improve as well and may look for a digital book style format in the future, where you are able to virtually turn the page etc. and with more involved graphics.  But simple is good too.  The big thing is to be consistent, to be there twice a year for the authors, to keep it going and let it take on a life of its own.



The RPL is staying close with “Central Casting” and Rundenalia publishes “The New Yorker is publishing my poem!”

Rundelania publishes “Providence, Summer, 1989,” “The Thirty Year Prophecy,” and “A Period of Mutually Agreed Upon Reflection”

Behold. The first print edition of Rundelania.

Kitty Jospé provides noon nourishment for the mind at Rundel.

A periodical lover’s dream at the Rundel Memorial Building


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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