Winter 2014: Prose
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.
Guest Prose Co-Editor
Multi-faceted, poignant and inspiring. We’ve caught thirteen never-before-published poems by twelve master-class voices.
Five women share their talent and themselves in new, surprising and heartfelt ways.
Established craftswomen and aspiring visionaries add colorful richness to our most recent issue.
The lyrical language of five young poets will delight you.
Meet the authors and artists who make the Winter 2014 edition a rich, varied and engaging experience.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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