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Footnote #1: A Literary Journal of History

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Footnote #1: A Literary Journal of History
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Foot•note (fŏŏt’nōt') n. 1. A note placed at the bottom of a page of a book or manuscript that comments on or cites a reference for a designated part of the text. 2. Something related to but of lesser importance than a larger work or occurrence. 3. A kickass literary journal of history-themed work that will make you rethink how you view history.



The inaugural issue of our annual literary publication contains works of poetry, maps, photographs, fiction, essays, articles, and nonfiction by various authors about various historical topics. Within these pages, you will find contemporary outlooks on history right alongside little-known public domain works that feel as fresh and as vibrant (and as scary) as if they were written today. Here, the old meets the new, and you’ll discover fascinating history from a personal, nonscholarly literary approach.

Within these covers fantastically drawn by artist Terry Fan, you’ll meet the Romanovs, Serbian poet Vojislav Ilić, Dr. Zhivago, Stephen Crane, Geronimo, Lord Strathcona, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. You’ll learn of the misprint in Herman Melville’s obituary, the constellations in the Southern Planisphere mapped out by Nicolas de La Caille, what might have been exchanged between William Wordsworth and Thomas Carlyle, how Laura Cereta thrived on insomnia, and who’s buried in the cemeteries at Père-Lachaise and Montparnasse.

Our first Featured Writer, A. Jay. Adler—an interviewee for a junior fellowship at Harvard Society of Fellows, Vermont Studio Center grant recipient, and Maui Writers Conference Screenwriting Competition prize winner—will take you through Jewish life on the Lower East Side, Van Gogh’s mental asylum, Route 66, and the bordello rooms of Old-West Tombstone. Our second Featured Writer, Jesseca Cornelson—a Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve and a Sundress Academy for the Arts’ Firefly Farms resident artist—will take you through the Tablet of Daughters, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s journals of the South, and a history of her home state of Alabama’s unfortunate past with racial lynchings.

Their work is showcased next to three of our Pushcart Prize nominees and the first, second, and third places, and nine notable mention finalists for our 2015 Charter Oak Award for Best Historical. From the Wild West to the Holocaust to Lincoln’s exhumation to the folk music of the sixties to the lost city of Atlantis, you’ll discover entire past worlds between these covers and meet a cast of characters colorful enough to color every page.

Content warnings: coming soon

2015 Charter Oak Award Winners for Best Historical

1st Place: “My Father Tells Us about Leaving Vilnius” by Lyn Lifshin
2nd Place: “The Romanov Family Portrait” by Christina Elaine Collins
3rd Place: “Eva” by Elizabeth Laura Woollett

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About Footnote #2

• Historical Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photographs
• Published by Alternating Current Press
• 5½” x 8½” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 222 Pages
• Also available in PDF, Mobi, ePUB Digital Formats
• Print ISBN-13: 978-0692479223
• Print ISBN-10: 0692479228
• Digital ASIN: B013RTUN7K
• Digital eISBN: 1230000735308
• First Edition: August 11, 2015
• Cover Artwork by Terry Fan
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Authors in Footnote #1

• A. Jay Adler
• Diana Andrasi
• Leah Angstman
• L. S. Bassen
• Sean Brendan-Brown
• R. Joseph Capet
• Thomas Carlyle
• Alan Catlin
• Samuel T. Coleridge
• Christina Elaine Collins
• Jesseca Cornelson
• Stephen Crane
• Ralph Waldo Emerson
• Gary Every
• Terry Fan
• Robert Frost
• Ed Hamilton
• Anthony G. Herles
• A. E. Housman
• Vojislav Ilić
• Angie Jeffreys Schomp
• Luther Jett
• Miodrag Kojadinović
• Nicolas de La Caille
• Phillip Larrea
• Brian Le Lay
• Lyn Lifshin
• Vachel Lindsay
• Helen Losse
• J. H. McKenzie
• Herman Melville
• Heather K. Michon
• Edna St. Vincent Millay
• James O’Brien
• Robert L. Penick
• Pearl Pirie
• David S. Pointer
• Sappho
• Claudia Serea
• William Shakespeare
• Kirby Anne Snell
• Alex Stolis
• Catherine Warfield
• Donovan White
• Laura Elizabeth Woollett
• William Wordsworth
• Elizabeth Zuckerman







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