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Yes, we're back. After a hiatus of several years (we published continuously from 1997-2009), Gowanus's suspension from publication was more a consequence of its success than of anything else. Third World writers no longer needed venues like Gowanus as they became more and more accepted by the top journals in the First World. Many of the writers who published their first stories in Gowanus have gone on to enjoy full-fledged literary careers. We remain in touch with some of them.
We don't set much count by literary awards, but it is nevertheless notable that most years Gowanus authors were noted in the honors lists of the Million Writers Contest sponsored by StorySouth. In some of our leaner years we may indeed have only published a handful of stories and yet garnered one or more honorable mentions in that award each year, the standout being Anjana Basu's "Black Tongue," which almost won top prize that year.
The present Gowanus is a different sort of literary animal. It's primarily devoted to giving attention to neglected books, whether they are twenty or two hundred years old. Our reviewers are encouraged to be generous with their reviews of these works, to stretch out and give their subject a full treatment. There is so much to say about a book, a good book, and even more so a book that has a deep past. We'll leave the vetting of the current bestsellers to others and concentrate on books that should be read, not just current ones that are being read, deservedly or not.
We sincerely hope you endorse this new Gowanus and let us know if you do. We encourage discussion, lively discussion. We see it as a continuation of what the reviewer her/himself has written. Let the review be but the prelude, however well done it may be. And, finally, of course we hope you enjoy what you read here and are stimulated to read the books reviewed. That's what the New Gowanus is all about.
And, don't forget, all issues of the original Gowanus are still available for you to read. Just go to our archives page and click on an individual issue.
-T. J. Hubschman