Trolley, Fall 2019
For our Fall 2019 edition, we asked readers to share their impressions of our fall Visiting Writer events, including the Albany Book Festival held in September at the University at Albany.
Featured writers include UAlbany students, community members, and adjunct professors, these essays carry forward Writers Institute founder William Kennedy's idea that Trolley be accessible, not academic.
We hope you enjoy the variety of perspectives and opinions shared in Trolley.
-- Michael Huber
NYS Writers Institute, November, 2019
The second annual Albany Book Festival drew more than 5,000 people to the University at Albany campus in September. (Patrick Dodson / UAlbany)
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
- Contributing Editors: Cassie Andrusz Ho-Ching and Edward Schwarzschild
“I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges
Though this interview took place in early 1995, you’ll find that the conversation touches upon many issues of current concern, from American politics, to Supreme Court justices, to quantum physics and the vicissitudes of memory.
"When I entered the UAlbany Campus Center there were sounds of bustling activity. Piles of books and purple tote bags were everywhere. The aroma of strong Starbucks coffee overwhelmed the other scents. People were chatting excitedly and planning their day using the detailed program which was available on- line and in print."
"When one thinks of a book festival, what comes to their mind is probably something like the Scholastic Book Fairs we had growing up; the most exciting day of elementary school, when a pop-up bookstore would appear for a day. We could buy any books we wanted, or at least that our lunch money allowed us to..."
"Simply put, there is no substitute for the feel of a book in your hands and reading the printed page. So when I learned the New York State Writers Institute would be hosting a Book Festival – their second, my first – it seemed the perfect opportunity to lead me back to a pastime I enjoyed several years before."
"The ones who suffer the most … are the children. Matthew Desmond's Evicted documents that housing insecurity manifests in food insecurity and poorer health for them. When children are moved from school to school their learning is disrupted along with their social networks. Gangs in poorer neighborhoods prey on children that become socially isolated because they move so much. Children are the most vulnerable to the problems of housing insecurity."