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Winter 2014: Prose

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What drives us to write? What’s at the heart? What’s the guiding question? Why this piece? Why now? These questions help us think about and shape our writing. Writers have something to say and a drive to say it. We want to work it out on the page and share it in a big way, bigger than conversation over coffee.

The five beautiful writers in our winter journal all have something core to speak. Each piece touches on fear and the yummy way we break through fear: love. In “Like Water and Stones” a young girl learns to trust herself, to love herself. “Messages” is all heart, showing us how one family loved their sister/daughter/aunt, how they found comfort and connection in their grief. In “Pie” we see the deep root between a sister and brother, a life long knowing that this family chord doesn’t waver. “Confinement” reflects on what can go so sideways when a family disconnects and how a young woman’s life was moved by what she observed, how she was determined to make her own choices, set her own course. In “Fear Jars” one woman captures her fears, her fear spectrum also revealing her loves.

It’s been an honor to be part of working with our five writers. I bow deeply to each of them for the courage to write their truths, to let us hear their voices.

With gratitude,

Anne Gudger
Guest Prose Co-Editor

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        After the Ice Storm
 by Linda Strever

        Waiting for a Diagnosis by Linda Strever

        Anticipation by Penelope Scambly Schott

        How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend by Diane Averill

        Current Conditions by Carol Ellis

        For a Hot Shot by Susan DeFreitas

        Focal Distance by Jenna Thompson

        Bridge by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

        Motherhood by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Nice Girl Regrets by Pattie Palmer Baker

        Lost Child Lullabye by Tiah Lindner Rephael

        To Inhabit the Body by Willa Schneberg

        Love Letter by Annie Lightheart


        Like Water and Stones by B.E. Scully

        Messages by Mary Mandeville

        Fear Jars by Jessica Zisa

        Pie by Susan Lehman

        Confinement by Valerie Wagner


        Where the Buffalo and Unicorn Once Roamed by Katie Todd

        Midwestern Dreamin' by Katie Todd

        Monday's Child by Sarah Fagan

        Sweet Tea by Sarah Fagan

        The Daydream by Kendall Madden

        Beatrice by Kendall Madden


        Chinese Mangos by Sophia Mautz

        The Bridge by Kate LeBlanc

        Ephemeral by Jillian Briglia

        The River by Sheila Panyam

        Compost by Sophia Mautz