Web Exclusive #3 Is Here!

We’re pleased to announce that our third Web Exclusive is now available. To describe essayist Lauren Johnson’s style would be to cheat the reader of the quirky and delightful surprises within. Let’s just say it takes place in Stockton with imagery such as “pregnant women double-fisting pickles and brownies into their mouths” and “frozen-booger cold.” […]

WHAT’S YOUR EXIT? Featured in “Inside Jersey” Magazine

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Web Exclusive #2 Now Available!

We are pleased to present our second Web Exclusive here at the official What’s Your Exit? online companion: two poems by Ray Brown, a proud and formidable New Jersey writer whose work captivates readers by regaling them with poignant–but never unnecessarily gilded–stories via a comforting, familiar voice ripe with wisdom. For more of his work, […]

What's Your Exit? Cover Art Revealed!

Cover design by David Barringer. Cover photography by Lauren Vallese.

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WHAT'S YOUR EXIT?'s first Web Exclusive Is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that our first web-exclusive work is now available for your reading pleasure.

Richard Goffman’s short story The Thickening is the perfect inaugural piece for our online anthology companion. Set in the Great Northwest (of New Jersey, that is), Goffman’s prose is as tranquil and sharp as the mountainous terrain that serves […]

Robert Pinsky on Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has a new column up at Slate about kvetching poets:

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

The Yiddish verb for complaining, kvetch—literally to squeeze or to crush—has an onomatopoetic quality to my ear. All of those consonant sounds, squashed into a single syllable, surrounding the explosive grunt of the short […]

Maureen Egen Writers’ Exchange Award

Attention New Jersey (resident) writers! Here’s an excellent, no entry-fee contest through Poets & Writers.


Video: Junot Diaz on why N.J. makes for good writing

At a recent visit to Bergen Community College, Junot Diaz talked to The Star-Ledger’s Brian Donohue about the role New Jersey plays in his writing:

Ledger Live: Author Junot Diaz's New Jersey

Official author list for WHAT’S YOUR EXIT?

Susanne Antonetta
Alicia A. Beale
Jason Biggs
Laura Boss
Susan Briante
Darin Ciccotelli
Jackie Corley
Dave Della Fera
Louise DeSalvo
Mary DiLucia
Lorraine Doran
Denise Gess
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Edvige Giunta
Josh Goldfaden
Stuart Greenhouse
John Hennessy
Mark Hillringhouse
James Hoch
Erica Kaufman
Lee Klein
Jeffrey Ethan Lee
J. Robert Lennon
Paul Lisicky
Timothy Liu
Farid Matuk
Joyce Carol Oates
Alicia Ostriker
Tom Perrotta
Robert Pinsky
Dominic Preziosi
James Richardson
Michael Aaron Rockland
Susan Fox Rogers
Dan Rosenberg
Sandy Solomon
Donna Steiner
Gerald Stern
Jackson Taylor
JC Todd
Ed Valentine
Joe Vallese
Timmy Waldron
BJ Ward
Joe Weil
Sung J. […]

In Memory of Denise Gess 1952-2009

Denise Gess, one of our wonderful WHAT’S YOUR EXIT? contributors, has passed away. We wish her loved ones our deepest condolences on behalf of the Word Riot Press family during this sad and difficult time.