About this edition
Welcome to Trolley, the online journal of the NYS Writers Institute.
For the fifth edition of our Trolley journal, we asked writers, poets, photographers, and artists to share creative expressions produced during this time of pandemic when there is so much uncertainty and sadness across the globe.
We were overwhelmed with submissions. Contributions came from across New York and the New England states. We also received a submission from London.
One writer predicted that an anthology specific to COVID and quarantine "sounds like it will be a suicidally depressing read." On the contrary, I find these poems, essays, stories, and artwork to be reaffirming. Our collective creative soul shines a light in these dark times.
Special thanks to Rob Brill, Teresa Buckley, Jennifer Kowalski, Mark Koplik, and Jack Rightmyer for their tireless help reading and editing the submissions.
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Trolley online journal
- Editor: Paul Grondahl
- Executive Editor: William Kennedy
- Managing Editor / Web editor: Michael Huber
The name Trolley was selected as an homage to William Kennedy's 1984 collection of his journalism, Riding the Yellow Trolley Car.
A web magazine of essay, opinion, literature, culture, and politics, published by the New York State Writers Institute based at the University at Albany.
Trolley began with an idea from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and NYS Writers Institute founder William Kennedy, who envisioned an online literary journal published free of charge in which each issue's words and images related to a single theme.
Kennedy shared his idea with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl, who decided the inaugural issue theme would converge on the issues of truth, fake news, and journalism. See Trolley Fall 2017.