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Read the new edition of our Trolley journal

The new issue of the NYS Writers Institute’s Trolley journal is now online, with essays, poems and flash fiction from more than 70 contributors, including more than two dozen UAlbany alumni, faculty and retired faculty.


For this sixth edition of Trolley, we asked writers and poets to share how COVID-19 changed them. How have they adapted, coped, fallen apart, or grown. In their words, how will they remember the pandemic.

When we put out the call for submissions last spring, there was some concern this theme wouldn't age well, that we'd be well past the pandemic and our lives would be back to some sort of normal by now.

Sadly, despite the heroic work of scientists and the wide availability of vaccines -- something seemingly miraculous a year ago -- we are still far, far from normal.

With that in mind, we offer Trolley: Life During COVID, Year Two.


About Trolley:

Trolley began with an idea from our 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.

He shared his idea with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl, who decided the 2017 inaugural issue's theme would converge on the issues of truth, fake news, and journalism.


The second edition of Trolley, published Winter 2018, and our Spring 2019 edition followed up on our popular annual Albany Book Festival events. For the Fall 2019 edition, we asked readers to share their impressions of recent Writer Institute events. The Summer 2020 edition, featured works by writers, poets, photographers, and artists sharing their creative expressions produced during the early months of the pandemic.


We sincerely hope the pandemic is history by the time we launch our next Trolley in 2022.