As I write this post, it’s been a year since the pandemic began—a year of loss, challenges, and much New England ingenuity to persevere. Thank you, Elaine, Linda, and Leslie for sharing your work while we wait out the storm.
I’m pleased to announce new work in New England Memories in which three writers eloquently guide us—to the shore of the multi-natured sea, or through ripening orchards, or to blueberry fields—as they share their memories and reflections.
Berith Aargh Hogan shares her story of family, loss, and solace in her lyrical essay “They, Me & the Sea.”
Elaine Reardon’s poem “Nan” invites us into family traditions across cultures, and the gifts they bring.
I know this is a challenging summer for all of us as we cope the best we can during the COVID-19 pandemic. So I’m especially grateful to Berith, Theresa, and Elaine for the time and creative energy they gave to share their work with New England Memories.
We hope you enjoy reading their work. And we hope it brings you inspiration during these daunting days.
We also published a humorous memoir essay by first-time contributor Jesseca P. Timmons, titled “Agatha” about two sisters, four turkeys, and one “sonofabitch” dog named Louis.
To begin 2020, we’re featuring a memoir essay titled “Gertrude’s Gifts” by Jennifer E. Tirrell. This lovely essay about family and belonging is Jennifer’s first contribution to New England Memories.
I would love to see more submissions in essay form about childhood memories, similar to Jesseca’s and Jennifer’s essays. What favorite memory of a family member, childhood friend, or pet could you share with New England Memories?
My grateful thanks to our latest contributors for sharing their work with New England Memories.
Now in its fourth year, New England Memories has a new publication process and features.
As of 2019, I’ll be publishing accepted work on a rolling basis. That is, rather than publishing a collection of work by 5 to 7 individuals in a seasonal issue, I’ll be posting individuals’ work as it is received, reviewed, and accepted. (The original 8 issues of New England Memories are still available from the Read Past Issues page.)
The Home page of this site now features the titles of the most recently published work with links to their respective pages.
From the navigation menu, you can also browse published work by genre (that is, creative nonfiction, poetry, photography, and artwork), as well as by contributor.
I hope readers and contributors will find these new features helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Welcome to the Spring 2018 Issue of New England Memories, which is dedicated to the memory of Nori Odoi. Nori was a gifted writer, poet, and contributor to past issues of this magazine. I will miss her creative spirit and friendship.
The writing and photography in this issue take us from the spring thaw at rivers and lakes to a first taste of the ripening summer. Many thanks to the generous contributors who share their work here: Parker Towle, Rodger Martin, Yvona Fast, Gina Di Cicco Marino, Theresa Hickey, Carl Mabbs-Zeno, and Sherry Jennings. And thank you also to Bob Meagher for his proofreading skills.
We hope you enjoy this issue! We would love to hear from you on this post’s page in the comments section.
Welcome to the Fall 2017 Issue of New England Memories. After a hiatus during the spring and summer of this year, the magazine is back with prose, poetry, and photography to celebrate the autumn season. Thank you to Ann B. Day for sharing both her beautiful writing and photography in this issue and to J.C. Elkin, Rodger Martin, and Irma Haggerty for sharing their wonderful writing.
We hope you enjoy reading their work as you prepare for another holiday season of making memories. We would love to hear from you on this post’s page in the comments section.
Why the hiatus? Yes, the editor (moi) took time off to enjoy the warmer weather, gardening, photography, and trips to Vermont and Maine.
In addition, New England Memories is changing from a quarterly magazine to a biannual magazine (spring and fall) to provide more time between issues for submissions. We’ll see you again in the spring of 2018!
Welcome to the Winter 2017 Issue of New England Memories. The month of March has come in like a lion, with a forecast for night-time temperatures in the single digits this weekend in New Hampshire. It is indeed still winter!
Many thanks to the talented writers who contributed to this wintry issue: Parker Towle, Mary Elizabeth McClellan, Ann B. Day, and Nori Odoi. They share their stories of driving over icy mountains, leaving the driving to someone else, trekking to the barn in sub-zero temperatures, and walking—sometimes hip deep—in snow. And thank you to Martha Andrews Donovan who shares the magic of the Maine seascape in her striking photographs.
We hope you enjoy this issue and would love to hear from you on this post’s page in the comments section.
Welcome to the Fall 2016 Issue of New England Memories as we say good-bye to November. We aptly begin with Parker Towle’s poem, “Remembrance” in which he portrays a family’s gathering on Thanksgiving, as it has gathered for generations. In her essay “Rocks and Roots,” Janet Banks takes us up a frightening, yet life-affirming mountainside in New Hampshire in late October.
The vivid colors and textures of this season are captured by David Thomas in his photographs of the Gloucester, Massachusetts seacoast. And in “Mast Year,” abundant acorns remind poet Deborah Murphy of a box of buttons from her childhood.
I encourage you to read Tom Sheehan’s essay “Talk from the Back of Tim’s Barn” aloud. Not only will you hear the sights, sounds, and stories of an aging Maine barn, you will also hear the music of Tom Sheehan’s words.
We end this issue with Tom Sacramona’s two haiku about Concord, Massachusetts, in which he conveys so much with so few words.
Thank you to these talented contributors for sharing their work with New England Memories. We hope you enjoy this issue and would love to hear from you on this post’s page in the comments section.