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After 25 Years of Poetry Publishing,

EXIT 13 Magazine Continues Its Odyssey


FANWOOD, NJ – “I wasn’t sure there’d be a second issue when I published the premier edition of EXIT 13 Magazine back in 1988,” said Tom Plante, editor of the annual poetry journal that is published in Fanwood. “But we’ve come a long way in 25 years and the road ahead is inviting.”

From its earliest days as a homespun magazine patched together on Plante’s kitchen table, EXIT 13 Magazine has focused on contemporary poetry that celebrates exploration, discovery and testament. The journeys of all the contributors produce poems with a geographic point of view.

The poets in the new issue re-live their experiences in all sorts of places while they focus on how we live. Some special locales in this 25th anniversary issue – the 19th issue overall – include the Jersey Turnpike, the Sandy Hook lighthouse, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and a cicada-littered driveway in Fanwood.

The 19th issue of EXIT 13 Magazine includes 46 poets and several photographers, including more than two dozen New Jerseyans. Among the Garden State poets are: Adele Kenny, Poet Laureate of Fanwood; Nancy Lubarsky of Cranford; Wendy Rosenberg of Westfield; Tony Gruenewald of Edison; Jacques Howard of Plainfield; Charles and Laine Johnson of Hillsborough; Linda Radice of North Plainfield; Wanda Praisner of Bedminster; Carole Stone of Verona; Siobhan Barry of West New York; Laura Boss of Guttenberg; Paul Sohar of Warren; Kathe Palka of Flemington; Nancy Scott of Lawrenceville; Hank Kalet of Kendall Park; Bob Rosenbloom of Bound Brook; Basil Rouskas of Long Valley; Gail Gerwin of Morristown; Sander Zulauf of Andover; Juditha Dowd of Stockton; Ken Ronkowitz of Cedar Grove; Louis Slee of Princeton; John Trause of Wood-Ridge; and Tom Plante of Fanwood.

Poets from beyond New Jersey include: A.D. Winans, Charles Plymell, Penelope Karageorge, Ed Galing, Kyle Laws, Ed Romond, Elizabeth Rivers, Ruth Moon Kempher, Nathan Whiting, John Grey, Paula Yup, Randy Fingland, Ellaraine Lockie, Gary Blankenburg, Ruth Holzer, and Charles Rammelkamp.

EXIT 13 Magazine features poets of all ages, writing styles and degrees of experience. The emphasis is on geography, travel, adventure and the fertile ground of the imagination. It’s a travelogue in poetry, a reflection of the world we see, and a chronicle of the people we meet along the way.

Editor Tom Plante named the magazine after the Elizabeth exit off the New Jersey Turnpike. He has assembled EXIT 13 Magazine in Fanwood since 1988, the year that he and his wife moved out of Elizabeth. The poetry journal features snapshots of Exit 13 road signs contributed by correspondents. Plante sends a copy of the magazine to each poet or photographer whose work is published.

EXIT 13 Magazine, #19, is available for $10 from EXIT 13 Magazine, Box 423, Fanwood, NJ 07023. For more information, email:, or visit Poetry submissions by email should be typed into the body of the email. EXIT 13 is included in library collections at Rutgers University, Somerset County Library, Brown University, the University at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the New York Public Library.


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