Judith Arcana    Maggie Answers Aunt Sylvia’s Question   (Summer, 2007)

Rita Ariyoshi     The First Kiss  (Summer, 2018)

Julia Ballerini     Gloria  (Fall, 2012)

Carolyn Banks     How I Personally and Perhaps Finally Broke Bad, and Yes, the Names Have Been Changed Because I Am Not Exactly a Dolt  (Winter, 2018)

L.S. Bassen    Portrait of a Rotary Phone   (Spring, 2015)

Anne Batzer     The Woman Next Door  (Spring, 2013)

Gillian Bennett     Snow  (Winter, 2013)

Lois Bassen    Mrs. Dalloway Isn’t Shallow   (Summer, 2011)

Carol Bergman    The Bridge   (Winter, 2010)

Drema Hall Berkheimer    Gypsy Skirt   (Spring, 2010)

Liz Betz    To Love Andy   (Winter, 2015)

Rachel Biale    The Hungarians   (Spring, 2016)

Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton    Happiness Is… (Winter, 2019)

Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton    Sister Love (Summer, 2013)

Patricia Boomsma    Suspect (Summer, 2017)

Nancy Bourne    Memorial Mansion (Spring, 2014)

Nancy Bourne    Fading (Summer, 2018)

Mary J. Breen    A Criminal Menopause   (Summer, 2013)

Mary J. Breen    Finders Keepers   (Spring, 2017)

Julie Brickman    The Rampvan, the Skateboard and the Wheelchair   (Summer, 2017)

E.M. Broner    Life’s Adventures   (Spring, 2007)

Melinda Burns    English Garden   (Spring, 2019)

Renee Howard Cassese    Rose   (Summer, 2013)

Jean Cavrell    Early Bird Special   (Winter, 2007)

Ruth Charney    The Old Bag   (Summer, 2015)

Linda Chavez    The Vigil  (Fall, 2014)

Jennifer Clements    Contempt   (Fall, 2017)

Martie Collins    Relations and Friends   (Summer, 2013)

Melodie Corrigall    Helen   (Spring, 2017)

Judith Day    Royal Flush   (Spring, 2015)

Joan Diamond    The Long View   (Winter, 2011-2012)

Rochelle Distelheim    Comfort Me with Apples   (Summer, 2012)

Ann Doyle    A Tale of Two Lobsters  (Fall, 2013)

Jacqueline Doyle    Mary Most Contrary  (Fall, 2014)

Jacqueline Doyle    Charlotte’s Puzzle (Summer, 2018)

Tessa Dratt    Orphan   (Spring, 2010)

Susan Dworkin    The Powerhouse in Khuzestan   (Winter, 2007)

Kathleen Ford    Joan’s Counsel   (Winter, 2009)

Marilyn French    The Love Children   (Spring, 2007)

Ruth Gais    The Great Blue   (Fall, 2016)

Miriam Louise Gardener    The Night the Earth Shook   (Fall, 2010)

Roberta Hartling Gates    What Babysitters Do   (Fall, 2009)

Sharon Frame Gay    Seasons   (Summer, 2019)

Gail Fishman Gerwin    The Lost Child   (Spring, 2016)

Lakshmi Gill    Holy Fool   (Winter, 2014)

Gail Gilliland    Ramona the Starlet   (Summer, 2010)

Clynthia Burton Graham    Unlikely Arrow  (Fall, 2017)

Gilda Haber    The Man in the Mink Hat   (Summer, 2009)

Judith Haran Forbidden Elegy (Spring, 2019)

Nancy Smith Harris Jury Duty (Winter, 2017)

Lois Marie Harrod    No. 2 Pencil   (Spring, 2016)

Frances Hay    A Stake in the Future  (Summer, 2014)

Rolaine Hochstein    The Scam   (Fall, 2009)

Norah Holmgren    Sunrise Over Dolores Park   (Fall, 2009)

Faith Reyher Jackson    Window on Tomorrow   (Winter, 2008)

Gill James    Locker 13   (Summer, 2019)

Lorraine Jeffery   This Ain’t Nothin’   (Winter, 2016)

Teddy Jones    Spring Storms   (Spring, 2013)

Nell Joslin    The Wild Swans   (Winter, 2015)

Melanie Kaye / Kantrowitz    Walk on the Wild Side   (Fall, 2007)

Margaret Karmazin    Risk   (Winter, 2009)

Marilyn Ogus Katz    Witness to History   (Fall, 2016)

Sue Kesler   The Neighbors   (Winter, 2013)

Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer    The Ash Tree   (Fall, 2007)

Jane Lazarre    Inheritance   (Spring, 2007)

Carol J. Luther    Play Pretties   (Spring, 2019)

Roberta Albom Liebler    Reluctant Sanctuary   (Spring, 2014)

Mary Lewis    A Good Session   (Summer, 2014)

Catharine Lucas    Prize Day   (Summer, 2015)

Jan Maher    Turn, Turn, Turn   (Fall, 2010)

Vesna Main    Baking for Love   (Winter, 2016)

Karen Mandell    Repotting   (Spring, 2012)

Melody Mansfield    Fertilizer  (Fall, 2015)

Elizabeth Mapstone    Singing the Serpentine Blues   (Winter, 2013)

Toni Martin    Sara and Us   (Winter, 2013)

Jacqueline Masumian    The Rehearsal   (Summer, 2019)

Marion Menna    An Enormous Child   (Spring, 2009)

Charlotte G. Morgan    Prehistoric Heart   (Winter, 2018)

Hallie Moore     The Unemployed Nymph and The Glass Ceiling   (Fall, 2012)

Elizabeth Morris    Wrack Line   (Fall, 2008)

Joyce H. Munro     Be Jubilant My Feet   (Winter, 2018)

Kathryn Nasuti  Cabbage Roses (Winter, 2011-12)

Joan Newburger A Bad Day in the Promised Land (Winter, 2017)

Lesléa Newman Maidel (Spring, 2017)

Lalita Noronha    Indelible Lines   (Summer, 2010)

Katharine O’Flynn    When the Time Comes   (Summer, 2017)

Lucie Ogilvie    Damaged   (Fall, 2011)

Charlotte Painter    Rings   (Spring, 2008)

Rose Perlmutter    Pot Roast   (Summer, 2012)

Joyce Pfeiffer     Predator   (Fall, 2015)

Graziela Pimental    Aunt Rose   (Winter, 2015)

Rita Plush     Can We Talk?   (Fall, 2012)

Judie Rae     A Commitment to Change   (Spring, 2014)

Joy Rathgeb     The Proper Way to Prepare Conch   (Fall, 2013)

Martha Kilgore Rice    Furthermore, She Had Never Read Anais Nin  (Fall, 2012)

Susan Robbins    A Breath Away   (Spring, 2009)

MJ Roberts    Stick Figures   (Spring, 2013)

Sarah Rossiter    Where Will All Come Home  (Fall, 2013)

Martha Roth    Grandma Season   (Spring, 2008)

Sara Kay Rupnik    A Study of Light   (Spring, 2011)

Lenora Salvucci    Bless the Child   (Winter, 2012)

Betty J. Sayles    Self Defense   (Fall, 2013)

Carol Scott-Conner    A Life of Flames   (Fall, 2010)

Hollis Seamon    The Trojan Cat   (Spring, 2012)

Bonnie Sedgemore    Buying Love   (Summer, 2014)

Kathryn Shaver    The Armoire   (Summer, 2009)

Deborah Shouse    Beyond the Dunes   (Winter, 2010)

Barbara Smith    The Heir   (Summer, 2014)

Louise Smith    Heartsong’s Mother   (Fall, 2008)

Carol Solomon    Heartache  (Fall, 2014)

Julia Sommer    Clippings   (Winter, 2014)

Christine Stewart    A Good Tradition   (Winter, 2013)

Liz Strachan    Holding on with Love   (Fall, 2007)

Eleanor Swent    Crape Myrtle   (Fall, 2018)

Ann G. Thomas    Mrs. Brown   (Spring, 2011)

Ann Tracy    Quiet Girls, 1960   (Winter, 2016)

Lorain Urban Corpora Caelestia (Winter, 2017)

DeEtte Beghtol Waleed    On the Bridge   (Spring, 2014)

Diana L. Walters    The Way of the Sparrow   (Winter, 2019)

Lucy Warner    Drowning Kittens   (Spring, 2011)

Gail A. Webber    Never Waste A Good Hole   (Fall, 2015)

Brenda Webster    Blind Spots   (Summer, 2008)

Linda Garman Weimer    Shrub It   (Winter, 2016)

Margot Adler Welch    Now For The Rest   (Summer, 2011)

Linda A. White    On Strike   (Fall, 2016)

Meredith Sue Willis    Feral Grandmothers: Little Red’s   (Winter, 2014)

Avra Wing    The Anchored Wife   (Fall, 2018)

Irene Wittig    A Night at the Opera   (Summer, 2015)

Carol Wobig    What Choice Do We Have   (Winter, 2014)

J.L. Wynne    Shakespeare’s On It   (Fall, 2017)

Susan Yankowitz    Stuntwoman   (Winter, 2008)

Rona Yohalem    Dance With a Stranger   (Fall, 2011)

A Sketch

Susan Adam    Sins of Omission   (Fall, 2014)

Susan B. Apel    And I Cannot Bear to Think About the Books   (Fall, 2017)

Judith Arcana    Eva Has Cancer   (Fall, 2015)

Connie Bedgood    The Hummingbird and Sam   (Winter, 2018)

Bell Gale Chevigny    Sometimes Glad, Sometimes Sorry: Eighty-two-year Inventory   (Winter, 2019)

Patty Dann    Lord Byron on My Phone   (Summer, 2017)

Audrey Ferber    West Coast Swinger   (Spring, 2019)

Edith Lank    A Day in the Life   (Fall, 2016)

Carol Nadell In His Own Time (Summer, 2018)

Kathleen Rollins It Doesn’t Matter What You Say. Babies Just Like the Sound of Your Voice (Fall, 2018)

Moira Sauvage    The Summer Deck / La Terrasse   (Summer, 2014)

Mimi Schwartz    Fix-It Fantasy   (Winter, 2018)

Julia C. Spring River of Women (Winter, 2017)

Edna Troiano    The Secret in the Old Trunk   (Spring, 2016)

Ann Zimmerman Time Enough (Summer, 2018)


Susan Dworkin    Marty’s Version – A Monologue   (Fall, 2016)


E.M. Broner    The Dancers   (Winter, 2016)


Sally Hess    Descartes Appears, We Talk   (Winter, 2019)


Margot Adler      Why We Love Vampires   (Winter, 2013)

Paula Gunn Allen      The Perils of Being Paula   (Summer, 2007)

Sherry Ruth Anderson    A Secret I Should Be Keeping   (Summer, 2013)

Jane Ariel    Evelyn   (Winter, 2009)

Gail Arnoff    In Our Mother’s Closet   (Winter, 2016)

Barbarann Ayars     The Pie Queen   (Fall, 2012)

Barbara L. Baer    Shadows over the Galapagos   (Fall, 2016)

Linda Baldanzi    Rattled   (Summer, 2014)

Lygia Ballantyne    Cooking by the Book   (Spring, 2009)

Nancy Barnes    I Got to See Their Words   (Spring, 2015)

Nancy Bauer-King    Recycled   (Spring, 2016)

Margo Berdeshevsky    My Lunch with Belochka   (Summer, 2013)

Justine Blank     Thelma and Louise (not the movie)   (Fall, 2012)

Annette Berkovits    Rebel With a Cause   (Spring, 2014)

Savitri L. Bess    Unexpected   (Winter, 2009)

Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte    Dead Chickens and Miss Anne   (Spring, 2012)

Bonnie Lee Black    Youth and Beauty   (Fall, 2008)

Martha Boesing    Parker Lake Jail   (Spring, 2014)

Sandy Boucher    Friendship and Change with Tillie Olsen   (Spring, 2007)

Katherine Bradway    On Approaching My Hundreth Year   (Summer, 2009)

Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman    Becoming a Woman Priest   (Winter, 2012)

Janet Brof    Holding Ground   (Fall, 2013)

Spotted Earth Woman/Gloria Brooks; Yvonne Rand; Victoria Rue Unfolding: Women’s Spiritual Paths   (Fall, 2010)

Dorothy Bryant    Pushing Eighty-Still Pushing Books   (Summer, 2009)

Sandra Butler    Tiptoeing Toward Seventy   (Summer, 2009)

Sandra Butler    Repairs   (Spring, 2017)

Michelle Cacho-Negrete    On The Fire Escape   (Winter, 2007)

Pat Carr    Prom Dress  (Summer, 2014)

Myriam Chapman    Disgust, (or What We Do for Love)   (Spring, 2019)

Bell Gale Chevigny    Desire Is the Best Crutch   (Spring, 2013)

Bell Gale Chevigny    Our Robbery   (Spring, 2014)

Marian Mathews Clark    Getting There   (Fall, 2008)

Jenny Clover    Smog Check   (Spring, 2015)

Patty Cogen    If You Want to Change Your Life, Begin with Your Underwear   (Winter, 2014)

Ruth Crocker    My Buddy’s Hat   (Winter, 2013)

Susanne Dutton   Medium Well   (Winter, 2019)

Dawn Downey   The Cleaning Women   (Summer, 2017)

Carol M. Downie    My Snake   (Fall, 2013)

Phyllis Dunham    The Things You Held Sacred   (Fall, 2015)

Rosanne Ehrlich Another Disney Fan Bites the Dust (Winter, 2017)

Meredith Escudier    Like it or Not   (Summer, 2013)

Karen Frank, Susan Pope, Carrie Lugar Slayback, Adriane St. Clare    Pushing Through   (Spring, 2011)

Marcia Freedman    Going Back   (Spring, 2008)

Jean Gochros    What to Do About Danielle   (Fall, 2017)

Vivian Gornick    Turning Sixty   (Summer, 2009)

Claudia A. Geagan    Wife   (Winter, 2014)

Nan Fink Gefen    Change and All That   (Spring, 2012)

Nan Fink Gefen    Down the Rabbit Hole: My Adventures in Publishing   (Winter, 2014)

Daniela Gioseffi Everything Happens for a Reason? (Winter, 2017)

Jane Hanser    The Registry   (Summer, 2013)

Linda Hirschhorn    Yes I Will Dance  (Fall, 2013)

Susan Hoffman    The Anxious Stitch   (Winter, 2018)

Ruth Hunter    Circles of Hope   (Winter, 2007)

Joan Shaddox Isom   Four Laps in August   (Summer, 2008)

Carol Jeffers   Covenant   (Fall, 2018)

Barbara Johnson & Billie Mulkey    Hardscrabble Times   (Winter, 2009)

Susan E. Johnson    Edward Nicholas  (Fall, 2014)

Kay Jorgensen, Mary Risala Laird, Rabbi Leah Novick  Unfolding: Women’s Spiritual Paths   (Winter, 2010)

Suzanne Juhasz   Classroom Ballerina: The Sequel   (Winter, 2013)

Frances Kappler   Monster   (Winter, 2015)

Jane Kays Maryann (Winter, 2017)

Barbara Rady Kazdan   Don’t Tell Hubby   (Winter, 2019)

Deborah Kent   Where Is the Ladies’ Room, Anyway?   (Fall, 2014)

Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer   My Life in Pieces   (Summer, 2015)

Nancy Kline   Florida   (Summer, 2010)

Lisa Knopp  Lure   (Summer, 2019)

Eva Kollisch    Father   (Fall, 2007)

Edith Konecky   Soup   (Winter, 2007)

Sophia Kouidou-Giles  Under the Azure Sky   (Spring, 2016)

Carolyn Kraus   Animus   (Summer, 2012)

Michele Landsberg   Activism Is My Modus Operandi   (Spring, 2014)

Mary Martha Lappe   Dancing with the Stripes   (Winter, 2015)

Roz Leiser   Reluctant Bride  (Summer, 2014)

Joan Lester   Naps   (Fall, 2007)

Carol Levine  The Fruit of the Apple Tree   (Fall, 2015)

Aurora M. Lewis    My Cowgirl Blues   (Fall, 2017)

Flossie Lewis  Maude’s Pill   (Winter, 2015)

Sue Fagalde Lick  When You Can’t Even Get Drunk   (Spring, 2019)

Mardith Louisell  The Long Shower   (Spring, 2017)

Abby Luby      (Summer, 2019)

Barbara Mahone    A Tuskegee Story  (Summer, 2014)

Caroline Ames McCoy    The Story of Asher   (Summer, 2010)

Stephanie Wilson Medlock    Keeping Score   (Summer, 2013)

Debbie L. Miller    But, I’m a Girl   (Fall, 2017)

Nina Mishkin    A Story   (Spring, 2010)

Susan Moon   What If I Never Have Sex Again?   (Summer, 2008)

Jean P. Moore    Finding Charles   (Summer, 2011)

Jane P. Morgan    The Normal Aging Process   (Fall, 2013)

Christina Mowle    The Distorting Eye   (Summer, 2017)

Lisa Mullenneaux    The Vanishing Point: Artists Respond to Climate Change   (Spring, 2017)

ruie Mullins    At the Plaza   (Winter, 2015)

Daphne Muse    Gettin’ Sixty   (Spring, 2007)

Emily Newberry    The First Steps   (Winter, 2016)

Sally Nielsen    The Bootleg Daughter   (Fall, 2011)

Sally Nielsen    Profundity   (Fall, 2018)

Lee Haas Norris   A Woman’s Got to Do  (Winter, 2011-12)

Lee Haas Norris   BFF  (Fall, 2016)

Patty Anne O’Hara     A Hot Couple?   (Winter, 2018)

Jane O’Reilly     Diary of a Political Education   (Fall, 2016)

Elaine Neil Orr     Falling   (Winter, 2018)

Paula Phipps     That Invisible Door Between Us and the Homeless   (Fall, 2014)

Lenore Pimental     First Sit Up Straight   (Fall, 2012)

Melba Pitts    God Nodded   (Summer, 2018)

Letty Cottin Pogrebin     Cover-Up Creep   (Summer, 2015)

Patricia Pomerleau    Gay March   (Fall, 2015)

Anna Rabkin    Southern Sixties   (Summer, 2012)

Margaret Randall    Coyote Grin  (Fall, 2011)

L. J. Reed    The Cribbage Master (Spring, 2012)

Ruth Resch    Through the Eyes Of… (Fall, 2009)

Ruth Resch    Travel Agent (Spring, 2016)

Ruth Resch    Requiem for My Beloved (Summer, 2018)

Phyllis Jane Rose    Sisters: A Digital Story (Spring, 2010)

Carole Rosenthal   Whose Lie Is This?   (Summer, 2007)

Mediha Saliba    Quilts in Life   (Winter, 2013)

Roussel Sargent    Reaching Ninety   (Summer, 2009)

Shizue Seigel    Of Christmas and Karma   (Winter, 2016)

Alice Shalvi    Point of (No) Return   (Summer, 2012)

Kaelin McGee Shipley    Letting Go   (Spring, 2019)

Harriet Squier    The ICU   (Summer, 2019)

Jo Ann(e) Valentine (Pascoe) Simson (Smith)    What’s in a Name?   (Spring, 2015)

Ann Warren Smith   Getting to the Heart   (Fall, 2014)

Ann St James    Ed Is Dead   (Spring, 2013)

Laura Tamakoshi    “The White Woman Will Eat You!”   (Spring, 2015)

Lynn Taylor    “AC”   (Spring, 2015)

Mary C. Waters    Weaving Lesson   (Winter, 2013)

Mary Watkins    Learning from Liberace   (Spring, 2008)

Gayle Ann Weinstein    Meet Me on the Corner   (Winter, 2014)

Nancy Wick Just Like Me (Winter, 2017)

Mitsuye Yamada    Red Shoes and Milk Baths   (Summer, 2011)

Sondra Zeidenstein    Old Woman, New Poems (Spring, 2010)

Mary Zelinka    Boundaries (Winter, 2019)

Elizabeth Zimmer    North Wing (Spring, 2013)


Vivian Gornick      Feminism in These Times   (Spring, 2015)

Suzanne Juhasz, Cleo Kocol, Tricia Knoll, Kathy Merlino, Janet Sunderland, Edna Troiano
Responses to Vivian Gornick’s Feminism in These Times   (Summer, 2015)


Marie Anderson The Liberation of Heavenly Bodies (Spring, 2018)

Maria Espinosa Catalina, Mi Amor (Spring, 2018)

Gail B. Frank Wreckage of the Human Heart (Spring, 2018)

Daniela Gioseffi An American Dream (Summer, 2018)

Chellis Glendinning How to Cross the Border (Spring, 2018)

Cynthis Inman Graham Xoyatla Is a Proper Noun (Spring, 2018)

Margie Patlak Matriarchs and Monarchs (Summer, 2018)

Niomi Roth Phillips An American Dream (Spring, 2018)

Lenore Pimental Small Mercies (Summer, 2018)

Judy S. Richardson Working With Refugees (Spring, 2018)

Mary Jane (MJ) Roberts Apple Strudel (Summer, 2018)

Mediha Saliba Full Circle (Fall, 2018)

Joyce Winslow The Juggler (Fall, 2018)


Making Trouble (Winter, 2017)
The Editorial Board

Short Form (Spring, 2017)
Carol A. Amato, Myrna Loy Ashby, Pat Carr, Kitty Cunningham, Sandra Enos, Sophia Kouidou-Giles, Debbie L. Miller, Patricia A. Pomerleau

Long Form (Spring, 2017)
Cynthia Carbone, Melody Mansfield, Ann Vander Stoep

Troublemakers in Action (Summer, 2017)
Catherine Aks, Pat Carr, Sylvia Ramos Cruz, Sophia Kouidou-Giles, Ronna Magy, Patricia Pomerleau, Cynthia Ward

Marion Coleman’s Tee (Fall, 2017)


Marcia Freedman, Sue Leonard    Our Esther   (Fall, 2011)

Kathryn Kish Sklar    Gerda Lerner   (Spring, 2013)


Emma Goldman    Reflections on Aging   (Spring, 2010)

Florida Scott-Maxwell    From The Measure of My Days   (Fall, 2009)


E.M. Broner and Mary Gordon    The Writing Life   (Winter, 2008)

Susan Griffin & Maxine Hong Kingston The Open Heart Is a Force For Peace   (Winter, 2010)

Irena Klepfisz and Nancy Stoller    Lives of Confinement   (Summer, 2010)

Sue Leonard and Lilly Rivlin    Story Teller   (Spring, 2014)

Sue Leonard and Toshi Seeger    Interview   (Summer, 2012)

Music, Dance & Theatre

Terry Joan Baum     Mom Comes Out   (Fall, 2012)

Martha Boesing     Song of the Magpie   (Summer, 2007)

Tania León  In Motion  (Summer, 2016)

Margaret Leng Tan     Toi, Toi, Toy   (Fall, 2018)

Emily Levine     Off to the Races   (Fall, 2012)

Naomi Newman    Five Scenes   (Spring, 2008)

Gena Raps    An Interview with Thea Musgrave (Spring, 2009)

Gena Raps    Creative Collaboration: Elinor Armer and Ursula Le Guin   (Fall, 2010)

Gena Raps     An Interview with Evangeline Benedetti   (Fall, 2012)

Gena Raps    Carol Winsenc: The Magician of the Flute   (Winter, 2013)

Gena Raps     Pianist to Pianist: Gena Raps interviews Ursula Oppens (Spring, 2017)

Oxana Yablonskaya, Gena Raps    A Musical Life From Moscow to New York   (Fall, 2013)

Marta Renzi   Choreographer and Independent Filmmaker   (Summer, 2016)

Dorothy Roberts    I Loved Him   (Fall, 2015)


Frances Payne Adler, Guest Editor   International Poets   (Summer, 2015)
Frances Payne Adler, Margo Berdeshevsky, Lakshmi Gill, Shareen Knight, Lesley Lababidi, Gila Landman, Anita Lerek, Althea Romeo-Mark

Judith Arcana, Guest Editor   Northeast Region Poetry   (Fall, 2008)
Annette Basalyga, Barbara Crooker, Susan Donnelly, Lynnel Jones, Jacqueline Lapidus, Elizabeth Lara, Alicia Ostriker, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Becky Dennison Sakellariou, Sondra Zeidenstein

Christianne Balk, Guest Editor   West Coast Poetry   (Summer, 2018)
Kathleen Joy Anderson, Marri Champié, Linda Conroy, Ginger Dehlinger, Suzanne Edison, Gail Entrekin, Susan Landgraf, Joan Moritz, Penelope Scambly Schott, Judith Skillman, Stephanie Striffler

Wendy Barker, Guest Editor   International Poetry   (Fall, 2010)
Margo Berdeshevsky, Jo Carroll, Tamra Hays, Jennifer Hedges, Lisa Katz, Katharine O’Flynn, Becky Sakellariou, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

Wendy Barker   Eleven Poems   (Spring, 2013)
Introduction: Alicia Ostriker, An Introduction to Wendy Barker’s Poetry

Margo Berdeshevsky, Guest Editor    Poems from the Central North States   (Winter, 2015)
Kathleen Dale, Mary Moore Easter, Susan Fox, Mary Hotlen, Linda Maki, Beverly Offen, Mary Kay Rummel, Barbara Kreader Skalinder, Gayle Ann Weinstein

Chana Bloch   Twelve Poems   (Winter, 2009)
Introduction: Anita BarrowsWriting a Woman’s Life 

Chana Bloch   Fifteen Poems   (Spring, 2015)
Interview: Wendy BarkerChana Bloch’s Swimming in the Rain: Writing a Woman’s Life 

Beverley Bie Brahic, Guest Judge    Poems from the Central States   (Spring, 2012)
Liz Abrams-Morley, Jane Harrington Bach, Dorothy Brooks, Penny Hackett-Evans, Susan Mallory, Charlene Neely, Susan W. Peters, Nancy Paddock, Patti Capel Swartz, Judith Weir, M.J. Werthman White

Jill Breckenridge, Guest Editor    Poems from the Southern States   (Fall, 2009)
Nancy Calhoun, Margery Cunningham, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Jane Ellen Glasser, Rand (Silverbear) Hall, Joan Mazza, Merimee Moffitt, Margaret S. Mullins, Gail Peck, Diana Pinckney, Barbara Rockman, Sue Walker

Fleda Brown, Guest Editor    International Poets   (Fall, 2012)
Margo Berdeshevsky, Fleda Brown, Malinda Crispin, Eva Eliav, Mori Glaser, Chellis Glendinning, Lois Elaine Heckman, Venie Holmgren, Jo Milgrom, Lalita Noronha, Katharine O’Flynn, Althea Romeo-Mark, Barbara A Taylor

Fleda Brown    Ten Poems   (Fall, 2014)
Introduction: Wendy BarkerIntroduction to Fleda Brown’s Poetry

Marilyn Chin    Erudite Poet   (Fall, 2018)

Lucille Lang Day, Guest Editor Poetry from the Central States (Winter, 2017)
Mary Jo Balistreri, Judith Waller Carroll, Maria Crabtree, Lucille Lang Day, Janet Ruth Heller, Judy Johnson, Dawn McDuffie, Donna Pucciani, Marjorie Stamm Rosenfeld, Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler, Ann Falwell Stanford, Judith Weir, Veronica Zuege

Alice Friman, Guest Editor    Poems from the Northeast Region   (Summer, 2013)
Annette Basalyga, Alice Casey, Jean-Marie J. Crocker, Christina Wos Donnelly, Penny Harter, Kathleen M. Kelley, Jacqueline Lapidus, Christine O’Connor, Paula Phipps, Sb Sobel

Alice Friman, Guest Editor    Central States Poets   (Winter, 2019)
Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Judith Waller Carroll, Wendy Cleveland, Jane Desmond, Gail Goepfert, Amy Haddad, Pam Kreis-Dunn, Sigi Leonhard, Dawn McDuffie, Donna Pucciani, Catherine Senne Wallace

Andrea Hollander, Guest Editor   North Central States Poetry  (Spring, 2010)
Maril Crabtree, Penny Hacket-Evans, Eve Hooker, Deena Linett, Nancy Paddock, Linda Robiner, Mary Kay Rummel, Elizabeth Schultz, Catherine Wallace, M.J. White

Lucille Clifton    Twelve Poems   (Winter, 2008)
Introduction: Toi DerricotteAbout Lucille Clifton

Martha Collins    Twelve Poems   (Spring, 2014)
Introduction: Wendy BarkerIntroduction to Martha Collins

Rita Dove   Twelve Poems   (Winter, 2012)
Introduction: Erika Meitner,  Introduction to Rita Dove

Toi Derricotte   Poems   (Fall, 2007)
Introduction: Madeline Tiger,  Introduction

Ali Friman   Eleven Poems   (Fall, 2015)
Introduction: Wendy Barker,  On the Poetry of Alice Friman

Joy Harjo   Twelve Poems   (Fall, 2013)
Introduction: Wendy Barker,  An Introduction To Joy Harjo

Linda Hogan   Nine Poems   (Fall, 2017)
Introduction: Peggy ShumakerIntroduction to Linda Hogan’s Poetry

Cynthia Huntington   The Holiday Suicides   (Spring, 2019)
Introduction: Cynthia HogueIntroduction to the Poetry of Cynthia Huntington

Tess Gallagher    Eleven Poems   (Summer, 2008)
Introduction: Alice Derry, Tess Gallagher: An Audacious Poet

Sandra M. Gilbert   Ten Poems   (Winter, 2010)
Introduction: Susan GubarIntroducing Sandra Gilbert’s Poetry

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Guest Editor   West Coast Poetry   (Winter, 2014)
Donna L. Emerson, Christine Horner, Dallas Huth, Joanne Jagoda, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Dian Gillmar, Aurora M. Lewis, Carolyn Martin, Penny Perry, Judith Kelly Quaempts, Elizabeth Stoessl

Lorrie Goldensohn, Guest Editor   West Coast Poetry   (Spring, 2009)
Anne Barrows, Ellen Bass, Gail Rudd Entrekin, Marcia Falk, Cooper Gallegos, Dorothy Gilbert,
Muriel Karr, Sally Allen McNall, Judith Montgomery

Marilyn Hacker    Ten Poems   (Summer, 2012)
Introduction: Alicia OstrikerMarilyn Hacker: Poetry of Anger and Love

Barbara Hamby    Ten Poems   (Fall, 2016)
Introduction: Wendy BarkerThe Razzle-Dazzle of Barbara Hamby

Carolyn Kizer   Poems   (Spring, 2008)
Introduction: Diana O’HehirCarolyn Kizer’s Poetry

Maxine Kumin   Poems   (Winter, 2007)
Introduction: Alicia Ostriker,  Maxine Kumin: An Introduction

Bonnie Lyons, Guest Editor   Poetry from the Western States   (Summer, 2016)
Carol Barrett, Brenda Bellinger, Joanne Brown, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Jeanie Greensfelder, Cynthia Hoffman, Tricia Knoll, Lori Levy, Eileen Malone, Catherine McGuire, Nancy L. Meyer, Nan Rush

Charlotte Mandel, Guest Editor   East Coast Poetry   (Winter, 2016)
Kathleen Corcoran, Darcy Cummings, Susan Deer Cloud, Laurel Ferejohn, Penny Harter, Adele Kenny, Claire Keyes, Charlotte Mandel, Susanna Rich, Helen Ruggieri, Marianne Schloss, Carole Stone, Davi Walters

Marilyn Nelson   Poems   (Spring, 2018)

Naomi Shihab Nye   Twelve Poems   (Winter, 2013)
Introduction: Wendy Barker,  An Introduction to Naomi Shihab Nye’s Poetry

Alicia Ostriker   Poems   (Summer, 2010)
Introduction: Wendy Barker, Penetrating Surfaces

Diana O’Hehir   Poems   (Summer, 2009)

Grace Paley   Poems   (Summer, 2007)
Introduction: E.M. Broner, My Pal Paley

Hilda Raz, Guest Editor   International Poets   (Summer, 2017)
Caroline Cottom, Meredith Escudier, Sharon Goodier, Lois Elaine Heckman, S.E. Ingraham, Ellen S. Jaffe, Kath Jonathan, Benita Kape, Sarah Thomson, Joanne Veiss-Zaken.

Kay Ryan   Sixteen Poems   (Summer, 2011)
Introduction: Chana Bloch, Kay Ryan’s Poems

Peggy Shumaker, Guest Editor  Poems from the Southern States   (Summer, 2014)
Judith Waller Carroll, Wendy White Cleveland, Jo Ann Steger Hoffman, Ann Neuser Lederer, Janet McCann, Elizabeth Oakes, Diana Pinckney, Elena Lelia Radulescu, Susan Shaw Sailer, Mary Kay Schoen, Bonnie Stanard, Peggy Shumaker, Memye Curtis Tucker, Alice Toporoff Wallace, Sarah Webb, Dede Wilson, Sally Zakariya

Peggy Shumaker  Ten Poems   (Spring, 2017)
Introduction: Wendy Barker On the Poems of Peggy Shumaker

Maurya Simon, Editor   East Coast Poetry   (Winter, 2018)
Pamela Ahlen, Henrietta Dahlstrom, Anne Harding Woodworth, Josephine Hausam, W.J. Herbert, Kathryn Kelly, Sandra Kohler, Susan Kress, Jacqueline Lapidus, Ethel Paquin, Deborah Pfeffer, Meredith Trede.

Patricia Smith   A Dozen Poems   (Spring, 2016)
Introduction: Wendy Barker, Introduction to Patricia Smith’s Poetry

Hannah Stein, Guest Editor   East Coast Poetry   (Spring, 2011)
Sasha Ettinger, Sandra Kohler, Janet Krauss, Diana Pinckney, Marjorie Norris, Susan Roche, Ada Jill Schneider, Dorothy Schiff Shannon, Carole Stone, Dale Tushman

Ruth Stone   Poems   (Spring, 2007)
Introduction: Sandra Gilbert, On Ruth Stone

Julie Suk, Guest Editor  Poetry from the Western States   (Fall, 2011)
Katy Brown, Margaret Chula, Joanne M. Clarkson, Gail Rudd Entrekin, Grace Marie Grafton, Taylor Graham, Kelley Jácquez, Meredith Kunsa, Penelope Scrambly Schott, Edythe Haendel Schwartz, Florence Weinberger, Pat Phillips West

Heather Thomas, Guest Editor  International Poets   (Summer, 2019)
Karen Alkalay-Gut, Patricia Díaz Bialet, Audrey Chin, Margaret Hollingsworth, Wendy Klein, Marianne Larsen, Marion Leeper, Krystyna Lenkowska, Althea Romeo Mark, Irina Mashinski, Diti Ronen, Susan Wismer


No Immigrants, No Art   (Spring, 2018)

Greta Berman  Synesthesia: The Involuntary Joining of the Senses   (Spring, 2019)

Betty Blayton-Taylor  Spiritual Artist, Spirited Educator   (Summer, 2015)

Lorraine Bonner   Sculpture   (Fall, 2008)
Introduction: Yasmin Sayyed, Introduction to Lorraine Bonner

Isabelle de Borchgrave  Haute Couture de Papier   (Summer, 2014)

Rose Cabat  Touchie Feelies   (Fall, 2014)

Elizabeth Catlett  Recent Prints   (Fall, 2010)

Judy Chicago   Hands in Glass   (Spring, 2009)

Marion Coleman   African American History and Culture in Story Quilts   (Fall, 2017)

Jane Dickson   Revelers   (Spring, 2017)

Shirley Faktor  Paintings: The Cyclical Nature of Life   (Summer, 2011)

Patricia Tobacco Forrester   Eleven Watercolors   (Summer, 2010)

Sally Frank   Visual Memories   (Fall, 2016)

Suvan Geer   Shall Remain Nameless   (Winter, 2014)

Janet Goldner   Art and Life   (Summer, 2013)

Robin Gross   Photographing Passion   (Fall, 2015)

Guerrilla Girls   Art as Activism   (Spring, 2014)

Nancy Hagin   Sumptuous Realist   (Spring, 2015)

Ester Hernandez   A Visual Dialogue   (Spring, 2011)

Sheila Hicks     The Grande Dame of Textile Art   (Fall, 2012)

Nicole Hollander  Sylvia Cartoon Strips   (Winter, 2007)
Introduction: Judith Arcana, Laughing and Thinking at the Same Time

Yvonne Jacquette  Views from the Heavens   (Spring, 2016)
Introduction by Gena Raps

Abbe Stahl Steinglass and Harriet W. Lesser  The Third Artist: Painting in Collaboration   (Winter, 2013)

Ellen K. Levy  Stealing Attention   (Spring, 2013)

Elaine Lorenz Seedpods: The Future?   (Winter, 2018)

Hung Liu  Then and Now: Paintings and Installations   (Winter, 2010)

Yolanda López   Women’s Work is Never Done   (Summer, 2009)

Melanie Manchot   Photography   (Spring, 2007)

Henrietta Mantooth   Paintings and Installations   (Winter, 2008)
Introduction: Mary Frank, A Risk-Taking Artist

Rita Mendes-Flohr   Gorges From Within   (Summer, 2016)

Marybeth McKenzie   Contemporary Realism   (Winter, 2014)

Kate Missett   Canopic Jars   (Fall, 2018)

Irmari Nacht   Saved Books   (Summer, 2018)

Nobuho Nagasawa   Weaving     Light     Sound     Bodywaves   (Summer, 2016)

Mayumi Oda   Ten Images   (Summer, 2008)
Introduction: Lane Olson, Images of the Floating World

Judy Pfaff   Sculptural Paintings   (Winter, 2010)

Gail Postal   Fantasy Life   (Fall, 2013)

Faith Ringgold   Visual Art   (Summer, 2007)
Introduction: Moira Roth, About Faith Ringgold

Dorothea Rockburne   Geometry, Astronomy and Angels   (Summer, 2012)

Joan Roth   Photographs of Centenarians   (Spring, 2010)

Eleanor Rubin Dreams of Repair: A Decade of Images   (Winter, 2011-12)

Alison Saar Alison Saar Swings Low in Harlem: The Harriet Tubman Memorial   (Spring, 2017)

Joyce J. Scott   Beading for Her Life   (Winter, 2015)

Nilima Sheikh   Delectable Art for Every Day   (Summer, 2016)

Kathran Siegel   Carving a Life   (Summer, 2016)

Regina Silveira   Perspectives   (Spring, 2012)

Ellen Nathan Singer   Honoring Immigrants   (Spring, 2018)

Marcia Smilack   A Reflectionist   (Spring, 2019)

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith   Poetry in Painting   (Winter, 2016)

Mimi Smith   Being Female in Society   (Fall, 2015)

Joan Snyder   Paintings   (Spring, 2008)
Introduction: Cornelia Schulz, Contemplating the Work of Joan Snyder

Wilda Gerideau Squires   Photography as Abstract: Fourteen Images   (Fall, 2011)

Elise F. Stanley   Wildlife Glimpses   (Winter, 2019)

May Stevens   Paintings   (Fall, 2009)

Jenny Tango   Jenny Tango Is Still Painting Herself   (Summer, 2019)

Susan Unterberg   Behind the Mask   (Spring, 2013)

Kay WalkingStick   This Is Our Beloved Land   (Summer, 2016)

Ellen Wiener Book as Art, Art as Book (Winter, 2017)

Flo Oy Wong   Art Installations   (Fall, 2007)
Introduction: Melanie Herzog, On Voice and Memory


Joy Krauthammer   Persimmon Drying   (Spring, 2012)

Short Takes

First Thing in the Morning   (Summer, 2010)
Helene Constant, Karen Dale, Joanne Eddy, Estelle Glass, Kathryn Jens, Georgia Post, Patricia Sullivan, Hilda Wales

Thrills   (Winter, 2010)
Marty Carlock, Lynne Davis, Constance Garcia-Barrio, Linda Gartz, Celia Miles, Natalie Safir, and Carol Walkner

Taking a Stand   (Summer, 2011)
Ingrid Briles, Maril Crabtree, Deborah Nedelman, Marti Watterman, Marianne Goldsmith, Mary Ellen Michna

The Next Step   (Winter, 2011-12)
Terri Watrous Berry, Jill Cook, Misha Herwin, Deborah Jordan, Martha Mendelsohn, Mary Kay Schoen, Margaret Miller Volpe, Linda A. Wright

Milestones   (Summer, 2012)
Sylvia Gutmann, Mary Izzo, Laura T. Jensen, Carolyn Litwin, Ruth Pike, Ann St James, Annita Sawyer

Sports   (Fall, 2012)
Nan Hilsinger, Ann Neuser Lederer, Carolyn Meagher, Lola Ready, Marjorie Sell Stewart, Ann St James

Gossip   (Winter, 2013)
Jo Barney, Joan Cappello, Beatrice G. Davis, Phyllis Douglas, Phyllis Jean Green, Pamela Manché Pearce, Lita E. Plopinio

Guilty Pleasures   (Spring, 2013)
Grace Babakhanian, Mary A. Berger, Rochelle Distelheim

Money   (Summer, 2013)
Penny Hackett-Evans, Priscilla Tilley, Madelyn F. Young, Ruth Codier Resch, Ann Batchelor Hursey, Robyn Marshall

Sex    (Fall, 2013)
Marilyn A. Gelman, Lynne Sparrow, Norma Smith, Jo Barney, Sb Sowbel, Lauren Shenfield, Hannah Louise Abbett, Carolyn Lee Arnold

Jewelry    (Winter, 2014)
Lois Baer Barr, Sunny Glessner, Ann Batchelor Hursey, Carolyn Meagher, Barbara Rockman

Prose [Activism]    (Spring, 2014)
Phyllis Berentsen, Joanna Mary Bressler, Michael angel Johnson, Karen Keltz, Barbara Milgrom Melrose, Niomi Rohn Phillips

Poetry [Activism]    (Spring, 2014)
Margo Berdeshevsky, Elizabeth J. Coleman, Jacqueline Kudler

Summer    (Summer, 2014)
Sue Ellis, Lisa Holzkenner, Debby Mayer, Glenda Munson, Lynne Sparrow

Still Working    (Fall, 2014)
Estelle Glass, Mary Martha Lappe, Ronna Magy, Elaine G. Schwartz

Social Media    (Winter, 2015)
Edith Lank, Judie Rae, Barbara Schramm, Priscilla Tilley, Elizabeth Zimmer

Boiling Points    (Spring, 2015)
Carla Fellers, Edith Lank, Nan Mick, Jean Zorn

Shoes    (Summer, 2015)
Juanita Kirton, Grace Mattern, Niomi Phillips, Norma S. Tucker. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

On Wheels    (Fall, 2015)
Kavanaugh, Ronna Magy, Debbie L. Miller, Beverly Offen. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Presents    (Winter, 2016)
Adina Sara, Linda Silver, Elaine Terranova, Elizabeth Van Zandt. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

A Birth Story    (Spring, 2016)
Annis Cassells, Bell Gale Chevigny, Diantha Hull, Robin Gross, C.S. Leonard, Rona Simmons. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Arts & Crafts    (Summer, 2016)
Mary Ann Cook, Sharon Frame Gay, Robin Gross, Emi Hattori, Susan Hecht, Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield, Dorothy Rice. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Politics    (Fall, 2016)
Sylvia Ramos Cruz, Sophia Kouidou-Giles, Pat Reuss, Anne Mollegen Smith. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Advice (Winter, 2017)
Sheila Grinell, Daniela Gioseffi, Robin Gross, Beth Mills. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Getting an Education (Spring, 2017)
Phyllis Douglas, Judy Hoyer, Judy S. Richardson, Lynne Sparrow. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

A Summer of Luscious Fruit (Summer, 2017)
Arlene Bosky, Mary Ann Cook, Judy Harding, Hilary Harper, Judy Hoyer, Joann Kielar, Merimee Moffitt, Dorty Nowak, Sylvia D. Saxon, Patti Swartz. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Time (Fall, 2017)
Adrianne Borgia, Wanda Burch, Nancy Gerber, Robin Gross, Mardith Louisell, Patricia Pomerleau, Priscilla Tilley, Judy Wells, Connie Zumpf. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Border Crossings (Spring, 2018)
Pat Carr, Audrey Chin, Denise David, Lakshmi Gill, Laurie Harriton, Laurie Jurs, Bernadine Lortis, Alice Marks, Lisa Saffron, Dolores Senchak, Norma S. Tucker. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

#Me Too/ Me, Too (Summer, 2018)
Susan B. Apel, Carolyn Banks, Beth Dwoskin, Laurie Kuntz, DS Levy, Lalita Noronha, Mary C. Rowin, Mary Ellen Talley. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

My Bag (Fall, 2018)
Rani Drew, Sue Fagalde Lick, Merimee Moffitt, Martina Reaves, Susan Strassburger, Norma S. Tucker, Ann Zimmerman. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu (Winter, 2019)
Pamela Ahlen, Maria Espinosa, Kate Flaherty, Mary Susan Gast, Robin Gross, Mimi Jennings, Connie Kallback, Adrienne Keller, Carrie Kinsey, Carol Nadell, Alice Simpson, Monique Stampleman, Judy Swann. Introduction by Jean Zorn.

Boiling Point (Spring, 2019)
Introduction by Jean Zorn.
Janet Banks, Berta Morgan, Vivienne Popperl, Miriam Reed, Rhett Watts

Life-Changing Moments (Summer, 2019)
Introduction by Jean Zean
Connie Bedgood, Mei Joan Chung-Guyll, Robin Dellabough, gaye gambell-peterson, Jan Haag, Joan Halperin, Pamela Hartmann, Aurora Lewis, Rosie Sugden, Mary Whetstone

What We’re Reading

Short Reviews (Issue 2)
Sandy Boucher, Sandra Butler, Rosie Rosenzweig, Sandra Shwagner Sanchez, Ellen Siegelman

Short Reviews (Issue 3)
Judith Arcana, Anita Barrows, Marcia Freedman, and Jane Lazarre

Short Reviews (Issue 4)
Alice Herb, Martha Roth, Nan Fink Gefen

Short Reviews (Issue 5)
E.M. Broner, Judy Gumbo Albert

Editor’s Notes

Issue 2, Summer 2007, Nan Gefen

Issue 3, Fall 2007, Nan Gefen

Issue 4, Winter 2008, Nan Gefen

Issue 5, Spring 2008, Nan Gefen

Issue 6, Summer 2008, Nan Gefen

Issue 7, Fall 2008, Nan Gefen

Issue 8, Winter 2009, Nan Gefen

Issue 9, Spring 2009, Nan Gefen

Issue 10, Summer 2009, Nan Gefen

Issue 11, Fall 2009, Nan Gefen

Issue 12, Winter 2010, Nan Gefen

Issue 13, Spring 2010, Nan Gefen

Issue 14, Summer 2010, Nan Gefen

Issue 16, Winter 2011, Nan Gefen

Issue 17, Spring 2011, Nan Gefen

Issue 18, Summer 2011, Nan Gefen

Issue 19, Fall 2011, Nan Gefen

Issue 20, Winter 2012, Nan Gefen

Issue 21, Spring 2012, Nan Gefen

Issue 22, Summer 2012, Sue Leonard

Issue 23, Fall 2012, Sue Leonard

Issue 24, Winter 2013, Sue Leonard

Issue 25, Spring 2013, Sue Leonard

Issue 26, Summer 2013, Sue Leonard

Issue 27, Fall 2013, Sue Leonard

Issue 28, Winter 2014, Sue Leonard

Issue 29, Spring 2014, Sue Leonard

Issue 30, Summer 2014, Sue Leonard

Issue 31, Fall 2014, Sue Leonard

Issue 32, Winter 2015, Sue Leonard

Issue 33, Spring 2015, Sue Leonard

Issue 34, Summer 2015, Sue Leonard

Issue 35, Fall 2015, Sue Leonard

Issue 36, Winter 2016, Sue Leonard

Issue 37, Spring 2016, Sue Leonard

Issue 38, Summer 2016, Sue Leonard

Issue 39, Fall 2016, Sue Leonard

Issue 40, Winter, 2017: “Happy and Comfortable” Is a Horrible Myth, Christine Stewart, Jean Zorn

Issue 41, Spring 2017, Sue Leonard

Issue 42, Summer 2017, Sue Leonard

Issue 43, Fall 2017, Sue Leonard

Issue 44, Winter 2018, Sue Leonard

Issue 45, Spring 2018, Sue Leonard

Issue 46, Summer 2018, Sue Leonard

Issue 47, Fall 2018, Sue Leonard

Issue 48, Winter 2019, Sue Leonard

Issue 49, Spring 2019, Sue Leonard

Issue 50, Summer 2019, Sue Leonard


Issue 1, Spring 2007

Issue 2, Summer 2007

Issue 3, Fall 2007

Issue 4, Winter 2008

Issue 5, Spring 2008

Issue 6, Summer 2008

Issue 7, Fall 2008

Issue 8, Winter 2009

Issue 9, Spring 2009

Issue 10, Summer 2009

Issue 11, Fall 2009

Issue 12, Winter 2010

Issue 13, Spring 2010

Issue 14, Summer 2010

Issue 15, Fall 2010

Issue 16, Winter 2011

Issue 17, Spring 2011

Issue 18, Summer 2011

Issue 19, Fall 2011

Issue 20, Winter 2012

Issue 21, Spring 2012

Issue 22, Summer 2012

Issue 23, Fall 2012

Issue 24, Winter 2013

Issue 25, Spring 2013

Issue 26, Summer 2013

Issue 27, Fall 2013

Issue 28, Winter 2014

Issue 29, Spring 2014

Issue 30, Summer 2014

Issue 31, Fall 2014

Issue 32, Winter 2015

Issue 33, Spring 2015

Issue 34, Summer 2015

Issue 35, Fall 2015

Issue 36, Winter 2016

Issue 37, Spring 2016

Issue 38, Summer 2016

Issue 39, Fall 2016

Issue 40, Winter 2017

Issue 41, Spring 2017

Issue 42, Summer 2017

Issue 43, Fall 2017

Issue 44, Winter 2018

Issue 45, Spring 2018

Issue 46, Summer 2018

Issue 47, Fall 2018

Issue 48, Winter 2019

Issue 49, Spring 2019

Issue 50, Summer 2019

Winter 2019


Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton, “Happiness Is …”

Diana L. Walters, “The Way of the Sparrow”


Sally Hess, “Descartes Appears, We Talk”


Mary Zelinka, “Boundaries”

Barbara Rady Kazdan, “Don’t Tell Hubby”

Susanne Dutton, “Medium Well”

A Sketch

Bell Gale Chevigny, “Sometimes Glad, Sometimes Sorry: Eighty-two-year Inventory”


Elise F. Stanley, “Wildlife Glimpses”


Central States Poets
Selected by Alice Friman.
Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Judith Waller Carroll, Wendy Cleveland, Jane Desmond, Gail Goepfert, Amy Haddad, Pam Kreis-Dunn, Sigi Leonhard, Dawn McDuffie, Donna Pucciani, Catherine Senne Wallace.

Short Takes

“So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu”
Introduction by Jean Zorn.
Pamela Ahlen, Maria Espinosa, Kate Flaherty, Mary Susan Gast, Robin Gross, Mimi Jennings, Connie Kallback, Adrienne Keller, Carrie Kinsey, Carol Nadell, Alice Simpson, Monique Stampleman, Judy Swann.

Poems from the Central States


It was an honor to be asked, once more, to judge a Persimmon Tree contest as well as a pleasure to read so many fine poems. On such different topics. Nature poems, political poems, travel poems, poems about one’s job, one’s marriage, one’s happiness, one’s angst. I’m glad to say that we women of a certain age are all over the map. And that’s only good. But what I noticed especially this time – not necessarily in the poems I picked to feature, but in the whole batch of them – were the many poems about mothers. Not so much about being a mother, but poems about one’s own mother. Funny, isn’t it, how we can never seem to get out of the old stewpot that was our childhood, no matter how old we get. And the older we get, it seems the closer are our ties to our mothers, dead or alive, for good or ill. 

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I was struck with how this batch of poems seemed to reflect a certain ambiguity – the gray area of ambivalence that poetry often comes out of and thrives in. Reading these poems was a treat. Thank you, Persimmon Tree, for the opportunity.


Twelve Poems


Donna Pucciani

Donna Pucciani


Snow in March

Yesterday we hung up the birdhouse
on a bare elbow of the backyard maple.
Today, snow whitened its small roof,
its open circle large enough
only for wrens fleeing the city,
not for the fat robin
who will lay her eggs in a nest
above our back door.
It was a light snowfall,
like the feathers
of the birds themselves,
airy enough to let
the birdhouse swing slightly
in dark gusts of wind.
Where to land, to stay,
which domicile or island
to inhabit, is the question
we ask ourselves—which
disappearing glacier,
which hillside that slid down
the mountain in the rain,
which cracked earth in a war zone,
which town built on a fault,
which country that does
or does not like strangers?
We’ve settled here with the birds,
just outside Chicago.
Wanting light and warmth,
we’ve set the clocks ahead,
hoping to breathe spring
into the garden, to seduce
the green tips of crocus
into a purple bloom
right through the snow’s
last call, up towards
the dancing birdhouse with
its little hole inviting wrens.

Wendy Taylor Carlisle

Wendy Taylor Carlisle



I grew up southern with the South’s casual cruelty
and sticky love. I learned from the past
as it was passed to me and leaned on Evvie
who, when I was post partum, took me over
and crooned about spider web tea and how
it would be alright, honey, who never stopped
moving, petting, rocking, straightening, chopping.
In those days I lived with mom-worry
and a small bone of husband-fear.
Evvie’s face in the screen door was a soothe,
her palm on the sheets an ease. I leaned into her
bright blouse. We had little. She had less.
Who knows what she thought? I didn’t ask.
We had our ways to be and if she questioned mine,
she never said. For me, her kindness was the way it was
and if it wasn’t love between us, I never guessed.

Sigi Leonhard

Sigi Leonhard


the day I envied the cows

            around the bend of the highway, on the hillside
            suddenly, the cows: large bodies, parallel
            to each other, as if posing for a picture, all looking
            in the same direction. the prairie grass, withered
            to September white, trembled in synch
            with the fuzz inside their ears. could it be
            that they all lifted their heads into the breeze
            as if to taste it, to sense the possibility of adventure
            out here on the prairie? that they greeted
            the luminous day rising above their field? what do we know
            of the cows except for their milk, and their flesh
            when we need it? cow consciousness – it never seemed
            more obvious than that day on the highway
            when I looked at them with envy, then drove on
            into town, to a job, a desk, a purpose

Wendy Cleveland

Wendy Cleveland


Didn’t Quilt for Pretty

Women bend over a wooden frame piecing quilt scraps –
feed sacks, faded jeans, cotton and wool – tired and threadbare.
Strip by strip the worn stuff is joined in fading light,
light that flows through the dusty west window
and basks on backs of those who have labored all day,
backs bent under hard Alabama sun beating on babies slung
in muslin or carried in wombs that lean toward the dirt.
The garden hoed and beans pulled, women baste backing
with even stitches to cotton batting, thick and soft
to lie beneath when frost clings to frozen ground.
Elbow to elbow women croon and quilt their worn fabric
with knotted thread to cover both the living and the dead.

Dawn McDuffie

Dawn McDuffie


Walking West on the Selden Street Bridge

I’m ready for my own street: young chestnut leaves,
chilled daffodils unready to bloom. I’m careful
not to step into snack wrappers or picked over
chicken bones. But this pale young man slumped
in clutter, limp as road kill, round-faced as a child,
seems asleep but not asleep, his inhalation shallow,
syringe fallen away from his palm. I call the police
and watch his frail breath, dandelion hair fanning
out like sunlight, like the headdress young King Louis
wore to dance Apollo’s triumph over darkness
in the Court Ballet of the Night. This youth could be
a royal twin dressed in jeans, dazzling in red cowboy
boots. Sirens gather until technicians carry him out
from his nest of trash and scraps. Below, traffic never
slows or stops. I whisper, Dont slip under. Attendants
rub his wrists, make him stand. He won’t die today
on his couch of winter leaves and tin foil stars.

Gail Goepfert

Gail Goepfert



They won’t last long—
            these two-dollar February daffodils. 
Buds tight at first,
            then swift to bloom.
I’m not ashamed of my reaching 
            always combing
                        for light and luster.
I need these fistfuls of beauty to survive.
            In the in-betweens
I teach myself to breathe
                        mouth these words—
Allow the wisdom of the body
                        to release what it no longer needs.
            Give it to the sky to hold for you.
And then with a two-fisted reach, I gather
                        what’s offered
            fingers snagging
                        all they can hold.
The sky, the horizon a double-sweet
                        trifle of color
            dawn and dusk.
The lark. The larksong.
My eyes rivet on the pond’s
circling koi    splotchy
                        orange and black
                                    white and red
bodies like loaves—
                        not knowing
            they are food
for the ravenous.

Amy Haddad

Amy Haddad


Cafeteria – 2013

Friday night at the hospital,
way past dinner time.
The Subway counter is dark
behind its metal cage. Vending
machines, always open, hawk junk
food and sodas. What’s left in
the food line is scummy water,
empty steam tables. Lemon
custard drips from the frozen
yogurt machine. The despair
of burnt coffee lingers.
A few shocked souls
in mismatched clothes
stare at turkey breast, corn and
cold fries. We point at food
we don’t want. Go eat. We
are told. You need to eat,
the nurses repeat to get us out
of the unit, out of Mom’s room,
out of their way.
We carry our trays to
tables in straight rows, sit
beside people we don’t know,
holding our forks as if
we have never seen silverware.

Judith Waller Carroll

Judith Waller Carroll


My Mother Fixing Supper

Every night at suppertime, my mother sang.
Clues to what she was cooking were sprinkled like salt.
Cry Me a River she’d croon as she sliced onions,
slid them into bubbling butter,
We’re in the Money if she’d splurged on steak.
Once the food was on the table and my father seated,
it was napkins on laps and mind your manners,
but while it was cooking, our kitchen
was as raucous as a dance hall,
my sister and I twirling past each other
as we laid out knives and forks,
steam rising around my mother’s face
as she drained the potatoes,
another song beginning
as she scooped flour from a canister,
whisked it into hot grease, and still singing,
turned it into gravy.

Jane Desmond

Jane Desmond


Morning’s Newspaper

Erdogan is strong-arming again,
changing Turkey’s constitution by decree.
Putin is plotting cyberwar and
Trump is in Moscow, glad-handing.
An eleven-year-old girl in India
is held captive by construction workers
in a luxury compound
and raped for a month.
Parents have no clue.
In Thailand, soccer team boys
get trapped exploring cave,
Divers plot rescue as
World Bates its Breath for days.
Nicaraguans march with placards in the street.
The killings begin.
Even the cedars of Lebanon are
ancient history dropping
brittle leaves as climate changes wreak
more havoc than just one
day’s newspaper can contain.
In the backyard
my dog does crazy-eights,
nose down, tracking
last night’s rabbit party’s lingering scent
As the sun rises, and
the day’s horrors from all across the world
scream silently,
leaving bruises
as I slowly
turn the pages of the news,
sipping coffee too hot to swallow.

Pam Kress-Dunn

Pam Kress-Dunn



Here to see our daughter,
five-year-old Amy knocked on the door.
Midnight frost hovered
in the night air, about to settle like dust
on the prairie’s broken wheat stems
and her bare arms. In her white
undershirt and panties, she’d tapped
so quietly we almost didn’t hear that
small leaf scudding against the door.
Had my husband still been punishing me,
she might have frozen there. But he let me
take her in, pull a blanket from the sofa
and wrap her up, a tall doll delivering herself
to us, her blue eyes wide,
her blonde hair long and chill.
Clearing his throat, he called her parents,
who came from down the street, talking nervously
of sleepwalking and insufficient locks.
They took her home, and it was quiet.
He got another beer and looked around,
still deciphering that stern, small message.

Catherine Senne Wallace

Catherine Senne Wallace



what will you give me
for this moment
just passed
this moment
no longer moment
yet past
what will you bargain
for the moment to come
to come this one
now here
not yet over
how fast will you run
to catch up to the past
that is not yet the now
you seek
and where will you run
to let go of it

Alice Friman

Alice Friman



Across Kachemak Bay
black mountains rise like judgment
towering above the inlet, black
streaked with snow. Black,
white. Nothing in between.
When suddenly like a phantom
floating across the water,
a fishing boat chugs past, and there
we are again, steaming out of Freeport
with Captain Charlie. Little family
bundled up against the cold.
And it must be close to noon 
for there’s Mother doling out
the egg-salad sandwiches loaded
with lettuce for health and green
good fortune. The bay too, a green
bounty crowned by white flashes
of gulls skimming low over the stern
to eye what the wake churned up.
And look, there at the rail, chumming
for fish, that’s my father, roaring
his smutty songs with mother laughing
because they were in the open air
and free to let themselves be—Oh
dare I say it—happy. What difference
if the fluke or flounder weren’t biting,
for wasn’t it fluke enough their being
at peace for just this once? On the scales
of judgment, shouldn’t that day—snatched
from the angry current of the rest—count?
Add up to something? That day when the gulls
weighed in, balancing the light on their wings.