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Trolley, December 2021 

Welcome to Trolley, the online journal of the NYS Writers Institute.

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

For this edition, our sixth, 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.  


Will COVID be history by the time we launch our next Trolley in 2022? We’ll wait and see.

Want to write for the next Trolley?

We accept unsolicited submissions (non-fiction, fiction, poetry) related to the changing theme of each issue. 

No payment is offered for work published in Trolley, which is published online-only and offered free of charge. Published work remains the property of the author. 


We send updates on submission guidelines to our NYS Writers Institute mailing list. Please sign up at

 Thank you, Michael Huber, NYS Writers Institute

 A web magazine of essay, opinion, literature, culture, and politics, published by the New York State Writers Institute based at the University at Albany.

- Editor: Paul Grondahl

- Executive Editor: William Kennedy

- Managing Editor: Michael Huber

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