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About Trolley

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.

William Kennedy's "Riding the Yellow Trolley Car"

The name Trolley was selected as an homage to William Kennedy's 1984 collection of his journalism, Riding the Yellow Trolley Car.

The second edition of Trolley, published Winter 2018, and our Spring 2019 edition followed up on our popular Albany Book Festival celebrating books, writers, and readers.

For the Fall 2019 edition, we asked readers to share their impressions of recent Visiting Writer events, including the 2019 Albany Book Festival held in September at the University at Albany. The Summer 2020 edition, featured works by writers, poets, photographers, and artists sharing their creative expressions produced during the early months of the pandemic. 

Any comments or thoughts about Trolley, please let us know. Thank you for reading.

Michael Huber

NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

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