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Here I am reading The Great Gatsby Anthology in front of the majestic and venerable Bedford Oak. This emblem of our village (Bedford, New York) is estimated to be more than 500 years old. This incredible white oak stands with a girth of more than 23 feet, with a spread of branches that goes out to some 130 feet. Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t capture the whole of it. This tree was growing when Native Americans populated the area, it stood strong through local events in the Revolutionary War, and most certainly was thriving when Fitzgerald was penning The Great Gatsby in the early 1920s.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, and teacher. In April 2015, he took part in Found Poetry Review’s PoMoSco project. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in Blue Heron Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, West Trade Review, Calliope Magazine, The Bookends Review, Deep Water Literary Journal,, The Legendary, Xanadu, and Think Journal. His first collection, Small Consolationswas published in July 2015 by The Aldrich Press. A chapbook entitled Memory Marries Desire will be available from Finishing Line Press in fall 2015. He contributed his poem about Nick Carraway, “I am not even faintly like a rose,” to The Great Gatsby Anthology.


AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: This is Confucius, not the man with the red shirt and glasses, but the eroded one in the back. The man with the red shirt and glasses is the poet Shahé Mankerian whose poem “Hallowed Books” appears in that golden anthology about Gatsby. The photograph is taken at California State University, Los Angeles. The quote on the statue reads: “Among truly educated persons there is no discrimination.” In a strange way, the quote reminds me of the exchange between Jordan and Tom.

“…I said I’d been making a small investigation of his past.”

“And you found he was an Oxford man,” said Jordan helpfully.

“An Oxford man!” He was incredulous. “Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit.”

“Nevertheless he’s an Oxford man.”

“Oxford, New Mexico,” snorted Tom contemptuously, “or something like that.”

“Listen, Tom. If you’re such a snob, why did you invite him to lunch?” demanded Jordan crossly.

“Daisy invited him; she knew him before we were married – God knows where!”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shahé Mankerian‘s manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at four prestigious competitions: the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the 2013 Bibby First Book Competition, the Quercus Review Press, Fall Poetry Book Award (2013), and the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Shahé serves as the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School in Pasadena and co-directs the Los Angeles Writing Project. He has been honored with the Los Angeles Music Center’s BRAVO Award, which recognizes teachers for innovation and excellence in arts education.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Poet David M. Katz with his copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology in New York City’s Riverside Park, lush and green in the summertime, about two blocks from his home, and a few hours by train from Gatsby’s terrain.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David M. Katz‘s poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Criterion, The Paris Review, PN Review, The Raintown Review, Alabama Literary Review, and Southwest Review. “The Last Page,” his poem featured in The Great Gatsby Anthology, also appears in his most recent book, Stanzas on Oz, Poems 2011-2014. That book also includes a lengthier poem, “Scott’s Last Tape,” which concerns Fitzgerald’s death. His other books of poems are Claims of Home, Poems 1984-2010, and The Warrior in the Forest. As a financial journalist as well as a poet, Katz has long savored Fitzgerald’s ability in Gatsby of being able to catch the economic zeitgeist of the 1920s.

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PHOTO: Poet Laurie Kolp with her copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology before the Battleship Texas (LaPorte, Texas). Laurie contributed her poem “Tea with a Tiger” to the collection. The Great Gatsby was her mother’s favorite book of all time, and will always hold a special place in Laurie’s heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laurie Kolp serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers, and each month gathers with local members of the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals worldwide, including the 2015 Poet’s Market, Scissors & Spackle, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, and Pirene’s Fountain. Laurie’s full-length poetry collection, Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), is available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Her chapbook, Hello it’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press) is now available for preorder here, and is set for publication October 2015. Visit her at her website, on Facebook, and Twitter.

voss PHOTO: Poet Rachel Voss with her copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology in Astoria Park (Queens, New York) overlooking the East River/Triboro and Hell Gate bridges (not quite the Valley of Ashes and the Queensboro Bridge that Fitzgerald wrote about in The Great Gatsby — but not far).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Voss is a high school English teacher and lives in Queens, New York. She graduated with a degree in creative writing and literature from SUNY Purchase College. Her work has appeared in Hanging Loose Magazine, WORK, Blast Furnace, The New Verse News, Newtown Literary, and Unsplendid, among others. She contributed her poem “Villanelle on a line from The Great Gatsby” to The Great Gatsby Anthology.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Still life with The Great Gatsby Anthology in the home of Catfish McDaris (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2015).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris’s most infamous chapbook is Prying with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. During the past 25 years, he’s done over 20 chapbooks. An aging New Mexican living near Milwaukee, he has four walls, a ceiling, heat, food, a wife, a daughter, two cats, a typing machine, and a mailbox. His novel Naked Serial Killers in Volkswagens is forthcoming from Weekly Weird Monthly. His archives are held at Marquette University Archives (Catfish McDaris Collection).


PHOTO: Jennifer Finstrom reading The Great Gatsby Anthology while enjoying a view of Lake Michigan in her Chicago neighborhood, Edgewater. Jennifer contributed her poem “Almost Sonnet Written While Thinking About First Love, Greek Mythology, and The Great Gatsby” to the collection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Finstrom teaches in the First-Year Writing Program, tutors in writing, and facilitates a writing group, Writers Guild, at DePaul University. She has been the poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine since October 2005, and recent publications include Escape Into LifeNEATMidwestern Gothic, and YEW Journal, among others. She also has work forthcoming in the Silver Birch Press Alice in Wonderland Anthology

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A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. In the photograph, he is opening The Great Gatsby Anthology on his iPad Kindlle app in a jungle near his home on Java. “Jack” (as he is known to his friends) has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry. Snakes and Angels, a collection of his adaptations of classic Indonesian folk tales, won the 2009 Cervena Barva Press fiction chapbook contest; No Bones to Carry, a volume of his poetry, earned the 2007 New Sins Press Editors’ Choice Award. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry.

PHOTO: James Penha reading the Kindle version of THE GREAT GATSBY ANTHOLOGY in Tangerang on Java in Indonesia. James contributed his poem “Nick Carraway Out in Three” to the collection.

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The month of June marks the 4th anniversary of Silver Birch Press — and the 3rd anniversary of our blog. Our first post on June 24, 2012 featured F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby — so it seems fitting to celebrate these milestones with our latest release: The Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry and prose inspired by The Great Gatsby. This is a unique collection of material that has NOT appeared on our blog. 

We issued a call for submissions on March 15, 2014 and received submissions of poetry and prose from people around the world. Over a year in the making, the collection features writing from 80 established and up-and-coming authors :

Katie Aliferis
E. Kristin Anderson
M. Ivana Trevisani Bach
Johannes S.H. Bjerg
Julie E. Bloemeke
Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Ed Bremson
Tanya Bryan
Ana Maria Caballero
Sam Cha
Jan Chronister
Maryann Corbett
Anthony Costello
Tasha Cotter
Helen Dallas
Tracy Davidson
Susan de Sola
Andrea Janelle Dickens
Michelle Donfrio
Jennifer Finstrom
Ashley Ford
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Shivapriya Ganapathy
Marielle Gauthier
Trina Gaynon
Gary Glauber
Douglas Goetsch
Lois Marie Harrod
Senna Heyatawin
Joanie Hieger Fritz Zosike
Shawn P. Hosking
Veronica Hosking
Mathias Jansson
Jen Cullerton Johnson
David M. Katz
Becca Klaver
Laurie Kolp
Linda Kraus
Jean L. Kreiling
Kathryn Kulpa
David W. Landrum
Samantha LeVan
Stefanie Lipsey
Caolan Madden
Shahé Mankerian
Marjorie Manwaring
John McCarthy
Catfish McDaris
George McKim
Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Christina Murphy
Leslie Nichols
Lewis Oakwood
Alysson B. Parker
Martha Patterson
James Penha,
David S. Pointer,
Christina M. Rau
Suzanne Rawlinson
Patrick T. Reardon
Marybeth Rua-Larsen
Shloka Shankar
Sheikha A.
Edward W.L. Smith
Matthew Oldham Smith
Sherry Steiner
Christine Stroud
Marianne Titiriga
Sally Toner
Lee Upton
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn
Melanie Villines
Rachel Voss
Alan Walowitz
Amy Schreibman Walter
Susannah White
Lin Whitehouse
Neal Whitman
Scott Wiggerman
Matthew Wilson
Theodora Ziolkowski

The Great Gatsby Anthology is available in paperback at — with a Kindle version coming soon.

gatsby cover June 2015 On March 15, 2014, Silver Birch Press issued a call for submissions for poetry and prose inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby — with a plan to issue the collection in April 2015 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the novel’s publication. We intend to issue the book soon (but have to push our release date a bit due to factors beyond our control). Thanks to the authors from around the world who contributed their work to the collection. We’ll keep you posted on the spring release date. Stay tuned — and thanks for your patience.

Cover art by Erté