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

Necco by Mel Goldberg

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After earning an advanced degree in literature, Mel Goldberg taught literature and writing in California, Illinois, Arizona. He was fortunate to be selected as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to teach for one year at Stanground College in Cambridgeshire, England. He studied Irish poetry at Cambridge in evenings and weekends.

Mel has been fascinated by cockroaches since he learned they have remained unchanged since prehistoric times and are almost impervious to nuclear radiation.

After Mel’s second marriage ended in divorce, he moved to Sedona, Arizona, for its idyllic setting and to complete writing a novel. There he taught writing at Yavapai College and met his life partner, professional artist Bev Kephart. When people who had sold their $100,000 homes for over a million dollars began moving to Sedona, Mel and Bev decided it was time to leave. Others didn’t understand why they wanted to keep unlit streets, brilliant night skies, and high desert living rather than turn Sedona into another Disneyland.

Mel and Bev bought a small motor home and traveled throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico for seven years, working at RV parks for their space and a little extra money. After visiting Ajijic, Mexico, they chose to settle there and become part of a small ex-pat artist and writing community. In addition, living costs are much lower than in the United States.

Mel has published two novels and a book of short detective stories, all of which are available on Amazon Kindle.  The short stories and recent novel all feature Mel’s detective, Aaron Guerevich, and his fiancée, forensic scientist Ann Berendt.

Mel’s writing has been published online and in print in The United Kingdom, The United States, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. H books are available on Amazon Kindle.

Catch a Killer, Save the World (2013)

A Cold Killing (2010)

Choices (2003)

 

Painting of Mel by Bev Kephart.

Painting of Mel by Bev Kephart.

Mel in Cojumatlán on one of many trips in Mexico.

Mel in Cojumatlán on one of many trips in Mexico.

My Aunt, On Going Blind by Ed Doerr

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Striving to disprove those who insist that “Those who can’t do, teach,” Ed is both a teacher and writer.  He continues to flout expectation by being happily married to his amazing wife while living in the wildly misunderstood state of New Jersey.
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Ed’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in One Teen Story, Water/Stone Review, Hippocampus Magazine, The Tishman Review, Funny in Five Hundred, and West Texas Literary Review, among others.  You can follow him on Twitter (@AuthorEdDoerr) and Facebook (AuthorEdDoerr) or visit his website (http://eddoerr.com).

Dark Vision by d. r. sanchez

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d.r.sanchez, aka Debra R. Sanchez, has moved over thirty times…so far. She earned her B.A. in communications and writing from Westminster College. She and her husband have three adult children, four grandchildren, a cat and a dog.

She leads and attends various writing groups in the Pittsburgh area and also hosts writing retreats. Her writing has won awards at writers conferences in various genres, including children’s stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Several of her plays and monologues have been produced and published. Her other works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.

She is easily distracted by swirling leaves, melting snowflakes and floating clouds. If you happen to see her staring at a tree silhouette for more than a minute, feel free to interrupt her gaze so that she can continue on her way. Someday, Debbie hopes to just write, make denim quilts, and not have to work. Visit her blog at www.dbrsanchez-distractions.blogspot.com. 

For more information, visit her webpage: www.DebraRSanchez.com 

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and Twitter: @DebraRSanchez

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On A Sundae 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 onlinefrom 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/

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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

Jack serving in Viet Nam.

Things by Marian Kaplun Shapiro

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Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988),  a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and  two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). A Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often embeds the  topics of peace and violence by addressing one within the context of the other. A resident of Lexington, she is a five-time Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.

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The author.

Sunset with Eiffel tower by Irwin.

Eiffel tower from hotel window.

Marian, Rue Cler, 2014.

Marian, Rue Cler, 2014.

Library garden poetry reading, Rangeley, Maine.

Library garden poetry reading, Rangeley, Maine.

Delivery by Ken Poyner

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Ken’s collections of short fiction – “Constant Animals” and “Avenging Cartography” – and his latest collections of poetry – “Victims of a Failed Civics” and “The Book of Robot” – can be obtained from Barking Moose Press.  He serves as bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs. Being married to one of the world’s premiere 105 lbs. class and 97 lbs. class female powerlifters leads to all sorts of intriguing places. We are perhaps the world’s strangest couple.  www.kpoyner.com.

Crossings by Grant Clauser

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Grant Clauser is a prematurely grumpy tech writer and sometimes trout bum from Pennsylvania. He’s the author of two books, Necessary Myths and The Trouble with Rivers, and has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. He blogs inconsistently at www.uniambic.com and can be found on twitter @uniambic

A Pulsating Heart of Ice by Sean Prentiss

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Sean Prentiss is the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. Finding Abbey won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography. But easily the biggest thing Prentiss won from writing this memoir is finding a place called home. He and his family now live, after working and living in sixteen states, on a small often-frozen lake in northern Vermont that they skate on from December through March. Prentiss is also the co-author of the environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology, and the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology.

Having Consulted a Thesaurus by Bethany Reid

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Bethany Reid‘s most recent book is Sparrow, which won the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize. Recent publications include EIL, Clementine Unbound, Silver Birch, and Cheat River Review. She blogs at bethanyareid.com and lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and daughters, also three cats, a barking dog, and two fish.