Area Authors Featured in New Anthology – What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye

Four Capital Region writers are among the contributors to the newly released anthology of personal essays and poetry, What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises).

Jeanne Finley of Albany, Linda G. Kaplan of Guilderland, Tina Lincer of Loudonville, and Elaine Garrett of Troy, each contributed an essay to the collection, which examines both traditional and evolving rituals and practices of mourning in the 21st century. Additionally, the anthology is co-edited by former area resident Kenneth Salzmann, a longtime senior staff member at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, who also contributed two poems to the volume.

What Remains was released on November 2 and is available from area booksellers and online retailers.

Who are the writers in What Remains?

They’re acclaimed veterans of the literary world and, in a few cases, first-time authors. They’re accomplished writers and poets with compelling stories to share. They live in Indonesia and in Ireland, France, Canada, and Mexico. Hawaii and the Capital Region, and nearly everywhere in between. Collectively, they have written dozens of books, their work has been featured in dozens of anthologies, won numerous awards, earned them prestigious fellowships, been heard on The Writer’s Almanac, and populated the pages of hundreds of newspapers, literary journals, and magazines, including: The New York Times and the Daily News; The SUN; Poetry; Paris Review; TriQuarterly; Salon Magazine; Rattle; Women’s Studies Quarterly; The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library; The Harvard Advocate; Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press); Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost (The University of Iowa Press); Inside HigherEd; Calyx; Writer’s Digest; and many, many more.

Capital Region Contributors

Jeanne Finley is a photographer, writer, and editor in Albany, New York. Her poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction have been published in literary magazines and journals, and her photographs have been exhibited in galleries and other venues in and around the Capital District. She is also a community activist for social justice. Her photography website is

Elaine Garrett is a K-12 science outreach coordinator in Upstate New York. This is her first anthology contribution. She holds a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts, and an MA in Museum Education.

Linda G. Kaplan is happily retired from NYS Service as a Legal Affairs Specialist.  She began writing as a way to express her pain in watching her father’s descent into Parkinson’s Disease when he lost his mobility and speech.  She attended the summer workshops held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY offered by the International Women’s Writing Guild and joined a local offshoot called WomanWords organized by Marilyn Day.  She has read her poetry at the Caffe Lena and various local venues and recorded one of her essays that was broadcast on NPR.  She also became a potter and enjoys playing with clay.  Linda is happily married and lives in Guilderland, NY.

Tina Lincer, a native of Queens, N.Y., is a writer and painter. Her essays and op-eds have appeared in The New York Daily News, Albany Times UnionThe Sun, Writer’s Digest and, as well as on public radio. Her essays also are featured in numerous anthologies, including Words on Ice (Key Porter Books) and Living Apart Together (FriesenPress). She lives in upstate New York and is at work on a memoir and a novel.

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