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November 16, 2010


Really beautiful, Anna. Thanks for writing it. He had such a great laugh.

Thank you for this, Anna.

Thanks, Anna. What a kind and loving remembrance.

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. Thanks, Anna.

Anna, this is beautiful--your words, the links to others' words, and Steve's own words via his poems.

Thank you, Anna.

I am so saddened to learn about Steve's death. He was a lovely man.

Steve Orlen was my first poetry prof. and turned
me on to a life long pursuit of the muse....He
was a passionate and inspirational man

Steve was a gentle, soulful, caring man. What more can one aspire to be? Once he said to me: "You can have all the energy and dedication in the world, but if you don't have talent, then there is no point in trying to be a writer." It seems an obvious point I guess, but somehow it always stayed with me. Steve truly had "it" and a lot more.

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  • Isak is a space to celebrate tales and truth in the curious, joyful way embodied by the writer for which it is named. The name "Isak," after all, means "laughter," as she was fond of pointing out.

    By tales, I mean fiction (especially short fiction), as well as other literary and artistic narratives. By truth, I mean the world in which we live. I especially have my eye on creative social justice.

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