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'Southampton Review' Honoring David Rakoff to Debut Monday in Manhattan

Stony Brook Manhattan will host the launch party for the spring edition of Stony Brook Southampton's literary and arts journal.

For the release of the 2013 spring edition of The Southampton Review, a literary and art journal by Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program, a reception is planned Monday at the college's sister campus in Manhattan.

The new edition will be a special issue honoring the late David Rakoff, a humorist and essayist who succumbed to cancer in August 2012 at the age of 47. Rakoff was a faculty member at Stony Brook Southampton since 2005, according to a statement from the MFA program.

In a publisher's note by Associate Provost Robert Reeves, the spring edition announces Stony Brook Southampton's plans for a new venue in the campus' Chancellors Hall, named the David Rakoff Studio Theatre.

Reeves shares his memories of Rakoff, as does Southampton Review Editor-in-Chief Lou Ann Walker and Roger Rosenblatt, Patricia Marx, Ruth Rakoff, Laura Baudo. and Daniel Menaker.

The edition also pays tribute to the late Dave Engeldrum, an MFA graduate who went on to teach writing and publish his fiction and poetry, according to the MFA program.

Of Rakoff's many writings, The Southampton Review will include two of his essays, a workshop assignment, a poem and an adapted screenplay based on Anders Thomas Jensen’s “The New Tenants,” plus images gifts he crafted.

Other highlight contributions include short stories by Patricia S.Follert, Ali Simpson, Christopher Byrd and Joshua Pasternak and poetry by Gerard Beirne, Lisa Bellamy and Alexandra Scholldorf. Walker also singles out Konstantin Soukhovetski’s “Thoroughly Modern Wagner," in the edition's memoirs and essays section. The edition also excerpts Daniel Okrent and Peter Gethers' “Old Jews Telling Jokes.”

Artists Sadie J. Valeri, Jim Gemake, Stephen Hartman and Vincent Brandi, photographer Meryl Spiegel and cartoonists Gahan Wilson and Jules Feiffer also contributed to the spring edition.

The launch reception will begin at 8 p.m. Monday at Stony Brook Manhattan, located on on the third floor of 101-113 East 27th St.

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