Kokopelli by Bartholomew Barker

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Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry readers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. He has been eating for more than fifty years and drinking wine only slightly fewer. Born in Ohio, fed beef raised by his grandfather, he attended Northwestern University near Chicago with stuffed pizza before working in Connecticut for nearly twenty years where he developed very expensive tastes. He finally moved to Hillsborough with many nearby vineyards and makes money as a computer programmer to fund his appetites, poetry foremost among them. He has just published a chapbook of food poems, Milkshakes and Chilidogs.

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Ancestral Memories by Roy Dorman

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Roy Dorman is retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Benefits Office and has been a voracious reader for over 60 years.  At the prompting of an old high school friend, himself a retired English teacher, Roy is now a voracious writer.  He has had flash fiction and poetry published in Black Petals, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, The Flash Fiction Press, Yellow Mama, Theme of Absence, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, Mulberry Fork Review, Cease Cows, One Sentence Poems, and a number of other online and print journals. Roy is currently the submissions editor at Yahara Prairie Lights, which gives him the opportunity of sometimes accepting his own work.

father’s day by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a former Carlinville, Illinois, native.  She lost her gallbladder in 2001 and cheated death twice in 2013 when her pancreas unexpectedly jumped ship.  Over 440 pieces of her work appear or are forthcoming in 155 print and electronic publications.  Her flash fiction “Roses and Peppermint Candy” won the 2014 Winter Short Story Contest in The Holiday Café.  Her poem “corsage” won the 2014 Black Diamond Award for Excellence of Craft in The Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest.  Her nonfiction “Big Love” was nominated for 2016 Best of Net by Red Fez literary journal—but enough bragging, nobody likes a bragger.

For a signed copy of her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us:  http://edgarallanpoet.com/This_Same_Small_Town.html

Her magazine-type blog updated at her erratic discretion: http://wlc- wlcblog.blogspot.com/

Twitter: Wanda MorrowClevenger@WandaMorrowClevenger

She expects her first full-length poetry book to release in September of 2017.

Talent contest, 1973.

To Picnic Under Pink Clouds by Jacqueline Jules

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Jacqueline Jules is a school librarian who left public education when the testing environment became ridiculous. As a reader, she devours every genre—biography, poetry, essays, science fiction, mystery, etc. As a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre, either.  Her work has been published in over 100 journals and she is the author of 40 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics. She is also the author of three poetry books, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications), and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Visit www.jacquelinejules.com

In the Office of Vital Statistics by Julie Wenglinski

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Julie Wenglinski is a poet and flash fiction author. She has been published in Masque & Spectacle, Star 82 Review, Nonbinary Review, Peacock Journal, The Inflectionist Review, The Ella @100 Anthology and in Puff Puff Prose, Poetry and a Play. She grew up in St. Louis and moved to Titusville, FL in 1964 because her father worked on the space program. She could see the giant Vehicle Assembly Building across the river from her high school. She married late in life, loves to garden and is now retired in Richmond, VA after having paid her debt to society by working 30 years in IT.

 

Water Strider by Sally Zakariya

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Sally Zakariya has been writing all her life—articles, fiction, poetry, random notes and lists. She lives with her husband and two cats in Northern Virginia, where she studies poetry and Spanish and writes at an antique desk looking out at telephone wires and maple trees. Her poems have appeared in 60-some print and online journals. She is the author, most recently, of When You Escape (Five Oaks Press, 2016), Insectomania (2013), and Arithmetic and other verses (2011), and the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table (2015). Zakariya blogs at www.butdoesitrhyme.com.

Mama Talks to Herself by J. S. Absher

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J.S. Absher has been a missionary, offset printer, teller, janitor, records manager, editor, and consultant, sold mutual funds, and surveyed scrub timberland.

Absher’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Tar River PoetryNorth Carolina Literary Review, Dialogue, The Southern Poetry Anthology, VII: North Carolina, and The Well-Versed Reader. His most recent book, Mouth Work, won the 2015 Lena Shull Book Contest sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society and was published by St. Andrews University Press in 2016. (It is available on Amazon.) His poems were featured in a recent issue of Visions International and have won various prizes sponsored by the NC Poetry Society, Kakalak, and elsewhere.

Absher has published two chapbooks, Night Weather (Cynosura Press, 2010; e-book, 2016), and The Burial of Anyce Shepherd (Main Street Rag Publications, 2006). The members of his two poetry critique groups, the Poet Fools and the Black Socks, have made significant contributions to his development as a poet. He is a Visiting Professor at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, VA, and lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, Patti Martin-Absher.

Mother Ocean by Dianne K. Olsen

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Dianne K. Olsen is a freelance writer, poet and garden consultant living in the northwest Berkshires with her husband, Tom, and their cat, Spotty. She wrote “The Valley Gardener” column for the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal for four years in the early 2000s.  Now retired from a fifteen-year career as a horticulture and environmental educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Putnam County, NY, she is a volunteer teacher for teens, middle-school and elementary-school children as they plant vegetable gardens for a local food pantry.

My Grandmother Always Said Swans Were Bad Luck by Katherine DiBella Seluja

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Although she is not the winner of the Southwest Chile Cook-off, Katherine DiBella Seluja is the winner of the Southwest Poetry Award. She is a poet and a nurse practitioner who prefers her writing to be just as well oxygenated as her patients. Themes of illness and healing are found in many of her poems and prose pieces. A second generation Italian, issues of immigration also greatly influence Katherine’s writing. Her poem, “Letter to my suegra from Artesia, New Mexico” won Honorable Mention in the 2016 Santa Ana River Review contest, judged by US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.  Her poetic response to the Syrian refugee crisis was published by Broadsided Press.  Katherine’s work has appeared in American Journal of Nursing, bosque, Crab Creek Review, Iron Horse Review and Literary Orphans, among others. Her first collection, Gather the Night, focuses on issues of mental illness and is forthcoming from UNM Press in 2018. Katherine is currently working on a collaborative response to the 2016 presidential election.

Postoyanstvo pamyati (The Persistence of Memory) by Jeff Fearnside

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Jeff Fearnside is author of the short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, and Other Stories of Flight (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the New Rivers Press MVP Award and the Permafrost Book Prize in FictionSet in the contrasting American Midwest and West and linked thematically by the recurring idea of flight in its various definitions and senses, it has been called “rich in so many ways: in its deep explorations of diverse lives and experiences; in its immersion in place, which often becomes a character itself…” (Small Press Picks).
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Fearnside’s writing has long focused on nature and place. He has visited more than 40 U.S. states, bicycled with a companion across England and Wales, later cycled solo nearly 1,100 miles around Scotland, and traveled along the Silk Road from Turkey to China. He lived in Central Asia for four years, first as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and then as manager of a fellowship program in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan that sends professionals from former Soviet states in Eurasia to study at the graduate level in the United States.
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Breaking News by Jacqueline Jules

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Jacqueline Jules is a school librarian who left public education when the testing environment became ridiculous. As a reader, she devours every genre—biography, poetry, essays, science fiction, mystery, etc. As a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre, either.  Her work has been published in over 100 journals and she is the author of 40 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics. She is also the author of three poetry books, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications), and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Visit www.jacquelinejules.com

Thirst by J. S. Absher

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J.S. Absher has been a missionary, offset printer, teller, janitor, records manager, editor, and consultant, sold mutual funds, and surveyed scrub timberland.

Absher’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Tar River PoetryNorth Carolina Literary Review, Dialogue, The Southern Poetry Anthology, VII: North Carolina, and The Well-Versed Reader. His most recent book, Mouth Work, won the 2015 Lena Shull Book Contest sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society and was published by St. Andrews University Press in 2016. (It is available on Amazon.) His poems were featured in a recent issue of Visions International and have won various prizes sponsored by the NC Poetry Society, Kakalak, and elsewhere.

Absher has published two chapbooks, Night Weather (Cynosura Press, 2010; e-book, 2016), and The Burial of Anyce Shepherd (Main Street Rag Publications, 2006). The members of his two poetry critique groups, the Poet Fools and the Black Socks, have made significant contributions to his development as a poet. He is a Visiting Professor at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, VA, and lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, Patti Martin-Absher.

Bill and the Moon by Oonah V Joslin and W. Jack Savage

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Oonah Joslin is poetry editor at The Linnet’s Wings. She writes poetry and micro-fiction. Her book “Three Pounds of Cells” ISBN: 13: 978-1535486491 is available online from Linnet’s Wings Press and you can see and hear Oonah read in this National Trust video. The first part of her novella A Genie in a Jam is serialised at Bewildering Stories. You can follow Oonah on Facebook or at Parallel Oonahverse https://oovj.wordpress.com/

Author and poet Oonah V Joslin

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W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books, including his latest…Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). Nearly fifty of Jack’s stories and over four hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife, Kathy, live in Monrovia, California.

Artist Jack Savage

Jack serving in Viet Nam

Fashion Statement by Carl “Papa” Palmer

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Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, VA now lives in University Place, WA.  He is retired military, retired FAA and now just plain retired without wristwatch or alarm clock. Carl, president of The Tacoma Writers Club and long time Franciscan Hospice volunteer, is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee.

MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever

American Spirit by Epiphany Ferrell

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Epiphany Ferrell writes most of her fiction at Resurrection Mule Farm, named for a mule who was the sole survivor of a lightning strike that killed a farmer and the other mule while they were plowing a field. Her stories appear in several online and in-print journals including the Potomac, Ghost Parachute, Cooper Street, Prairie Wolf Press Review, DarkFire, Unnerving Magazine, Corvus Review and other places. She is an editor at Flash Fiction Magazine and Mojave River Review. Previous writing gigs include crime and courts beat at a regional newspaper, and staff writer and columnist for a trio of dog magazines.

Staples by William Gilmer

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William Gilmer is a writer and poet living in Metro-Detroit with his lovingly acquired family, obligatory cat, and odd curios. He spends his free time navigating the literary underworld a story and a beer at a time. Forthcoming or recently available in Lovecraftiana, Sick Lit, Moonsick Magazine, The Sunlight Press, and with any luck the wonderful publication you’re reading now. Follow him @willwritethings.

Smoking Cigars by Kristin Bryant Rajan

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Kristin Bryant Rajan is a writer, mother, friend, teacher, gardener, reader, spin instructor, runner, swimmer, cyclist, meditator, yogi, cook, coffee in the morning/wine in the evening drinker, hiker, humorist, thrift shopper, activist, pet squeezer, knitter, listener, athlete, napper, coupon clipper, beach bum, mountain lover, early riser, nature lover, seeker, dreamer, poet enjoying her days in Atlanta, GA. She is a 2016 Pushcart and “Best of the Net” nominee. Her works can be found in: Watershed Review, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Apeiron Review, Parks and Points, The Explicator, Postcard Poems and Prose, and the anthologies Moon Days: Creative Writings about Menstruation and Just a Little More Time: 56 Authors on Love and Loss. She finds writing to be an extension of her daily meditation practice, opening her awareness to the wonders of each day.

http://www.csuchico.edu/watershed/2015-fall/nonfiction/rajan-kristin.shtml

http://www.parksandpoints.com/poetry2017/road-trip-indiana-dunes

http://www.parksandpoints.com/poetry2017/night-hike

Note Left On The Cafe Table by Katherine DiBella Seluja

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Although she is not the winner of the Southwest Chile Cook-off, Katherine DiBella Seluja is the winner of the Southwest Poetry Award. She is a poet and a nurse practitioner who prefers her writing to be just as well oxygenated as her patients. Themes of illness and healing are found in many of her poems and prose pieces. A second generation Italian, issues of immigration also greatly influence Katherine’s writing. Her poem, “Letter to my suegra from Artesia, New Mexico” won Honorable Mention in the 2016 Santa Ana River Review contest, judged by US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.  Her poetic response to the Syrian refugee crisis was published by Broadsided Press.  Katherine’s work has appeared in American Journal of Nursing, bosque, Crab Creek Review, Iron Horse Review and Literary Orphans, among others. Her first collection, Gather the Night, focuses on issues of mental illness and is forthcoming from UNM Press in 2018. Katherine is currently working on a collaborative response to the 2016 presidential election.

Brother by Dona McCormack

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Coda please get off the keyboard, I need to type….oh, hello. I’m delighted to tell you a little about Dona McCormack, the author of this piece. Dona is an autistic writer living in Florida with her husband and three… Coda, not on the mouse, please. I can’t move it under your furry little butt… And her three CATS who help her with every composition. Her work has recently been accepted for publication in Nebo Literary Journal and now of course, Postcard Poems and Prose, a lovely little home, perfect for her flash fiction …ouch! Coda! Claws! Buddy, you have claws!… Dona currently pursues her Masters in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University…Coda, you pain in my…okay, you win. I’m finished with this bio anyway.

Organising Chaos by Oonah V Joslin and W. Jack Savage

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Oonah Joslin is poetry editor at The Linnet’s Wings. She writes poetry and micro-fiction. Her book “Three Pounds of Cells” ISBN: 13: 978-1535486491 is available online from Linnet’s Wings Press, and you can see and hear Oonah read in this National Trust video. The first part of her novella A Genie in a Jam is serialised at Bewildering Stories.
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You can follow Oonah on Facebook or at Parallel Oonahverse https://oovj.wordpress.com/
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W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books, including his latest…Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). Nearly fifty of Jack’s stories and over four hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife, Kathy, live in Monrovia, California.

Artist Jack Savage

Author/artist W. Jack Savage

Jack serving in Viet Nam