Julie Lemberger

Julie Lemberger Photography is pleased to announce a companion to MODERN WOMEN: 21ST CENTURY DANCE, A COLORING BOOK
Modern Women 21st Century Coloring Book Calendar 2023

Photography by Julie Lemberger. Edited by Elizabeth Zimmer

The line-art illustrations are based on nearly 30 years of Lemberger’s brilliant photographs of dance performances and rehearsals in studios, on stages, and in other spaces.

Enjoy coloring a different dancer every month!

“MODERN WOMEN: 21st CENTURY COLORING BOOK IS A MAJOR MARVEL and a WONDER FILLED ACHIEVEMENT and an AWESOME WORK OF ART FOR NOW AND THE FUTURE!!! yes – i am yelling (and screaming). so well done and designed and so compelling and so cool…So powerful!!!”

— Seán Curran, Chair of Dance,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Modern Women 21st Century Coloring Book Calendar 2023 – $14 (including free shipping to anywhere in U.S.)

MODERN WOMEN: 21ST CENTURY DANCE, A COLORING BOOK – $20 ($5 for shipping/handling in U.S.)

(For international shipping please request rates)

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A bilingual poetry collection by Nicole Brossard
Translated from the French by Cynthia Hogue with Sylvain Gallais

This bilingual edition of Nicole Brossard’s exuberantly lyrical collection is a sequence of lush, taut cityscapes. Known for her elliptical and materially grounded poetics, Brossard creates in Distantly an intimate series drawn loosely from urban experience. The poems are linked by their city settings, drawn from a woman’s observations, emotions, perceptions, and dreams as she wanders the streets of her world.

“A cosmopolitan of interiority,” as Eleanor Wilner describes her, “Brossard creates meta-cities where the political lies down with the poetic.” Cynthia Hogue’s co-translation, as Wilner adds, “doesn’t feel like translation, but like the discovery of a wholly original poet newly minted in English.”  

Distantly expresses a redolently postmodern sensibility, at once utopian and real.

Published by Omnidawn Press

To purchase the paperback ($17.95), go to https://www.omnidawn.com/product/distantly-nicole-brossard/

Trees and Other Witnesses

Trees and Other Witnesses
by Kathy Taylor

“I don’t have words strong enough to convey the depth of feeling these stories aroused in me. Painful, poignant, wistful, evocative, hopeful, sensual, tragic . . . real. Simply stunning.”

—Laurel McHargue

Trees are silent witnesses to the passing of time, guardians of myth and memory, metaphors of life.

About the book:

Each of the thirteen stories in this collection has a tree of particular importance to its characters and their communities. These are tales of childhood and imagination, of migration and struggle, conflict and change. They are about specific places in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the U.S., and real and imagined sites of cultural encounter, growth and adaptation.

“After I finished reading Kathy Taylor’s “Trees and Other Witnesses” I felt like I was leaving behind a dear friend, one I was not yet ready to say goodbye to.”

—Claire Ibarra

“From the opening page, I was drawn into these stories by Taylor’s poetic and meditative voice.”

—Marzenna Jankowiak

Available on: Amazon and Austin Macauley Publishers



A chapbook by Cynthia Hogue

Contain, Cynthia Hogue’s new book of poems, began in the first few months of the pandemic lockdown as a daily meditation on artist Morgan O’Hara’s mandala-like visual sequence, “Nineteen Forms of Containment.” Each day Hogue focused on different social, cultural, or medical issues, retracing O’Hara’s process as a starting place for her own meditations on matter and form in a time of catastrophe. She often felt as if she were channeling both words and insights as she wrote, an inward-outward communion inspired by O’Hara’s series and the enormity of the tragedy unfolding.

In her New Pages review, poet Jami Macarty praises Hogue for the particular attention she pays to the “social justice-related realities” that the pandemic highlights, as “a way / of putting word to something / for which there are no words.”

Published by Tram Editions

To purchase the paperback ($12) click here.

The Devil’s Fools

The Devil’s Fools
by Mary Gilliland
guest poetry editor, Persimmon Tree 60

Infused with eco-logic, informed by feminism, and taking cues from Eve, Cain, Proserpine, Ulysses, Parsifal and selves present and past, these fifty poems illustrate myths of nature and the nature of inherited myth.

Order from: https://www.codhill.com/product/the-devils-fools/

Find out more at https://marygilliland.com/

“Mary Gilliland’s magisterial new collection, The Devil’s Fools, opens in myth and magic, but its vast reach is deeply rooted in her reverence for earth and all earthly creations.…From first to last, I am spellbound by the largesse of vision and the beauty of this wondrous collection.”

—Cynthia Hogue


Subverting received traditions, the lyrics of The Devil’s Fools speak to and for those wanting heaven: modern pilgrims, medieval masons; seafarer, axe murderer, alcoholic; daughter, spouse, sibling, mother; a woman on pause, a monarch of the underworld, Eve stepping out past Eden.


Inherited Silence

Inherited Silence
Listening to the Land, Healing the Colonizer Mind
by Louise Dunlap

An insightful look at the historical damages early colonizers of America caused and how their descendants may heal the harm done to the earth and Indigenous people.

Inherited Silence tells the story of beloved land in California’s Napa Valley—how the land fared during the onslaught of colonization and how it fares now in the drought, development, and wildfires that resulted from the colonial mind. Author Louise Dunlap’s ancestors were among the first Europeans to claim ownership of traditional lands of the Wappo people during a period of genocide. Her ancestors lived the dream of Manifest Destiny, but remained silent about the violent displacement of Indigenous people that made settlement possible.

When Dunlap’s generation inherited the Napa land, she was already wondering about its unspoken past. What kept her ancestors from seeing and telling the truth of their history? What had they brought west with them from the very earliest colonial experience in New England? Dunlap looks back into California’s and America’s history for the key to their silences and a way to heal the wounds of the land, its original people, and the harmful mind of the colonizer.

In the context of escalating wildfires and a national reckoning with racial justice, confronts her settler family’s stories with the truth of colonization, showing how the colonizer mind has led to environmental devastation, genocide, and systemic racism. Inherited Silence invites readers to consider their own ancestors’ role in colonization and begin reparations for the destructive actions of those who came before.

For more information or to order, visit https://www.newvillagepress.org.

The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor

The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor
by Patricia Crisafulli

Welcome to the Ohnita Harbor – A small town that’s long on history 
… and big on mystery!

The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor by award-winning, bestselling author Patricia Crisafulli is the first book in the Ohnita Harbor Mystery Series from Woodhall Press.

About the Book:
Amid a mountain of rain-soaked donations to the Ohnita Harbor Public Library rummage sale, Gabriela Domenici finds a small box containing an odd-looking cross. When the carved center turns out to be ivory and a clue links the cross to Catherine of Siena, a medieval saint, Gabriela turns to her expertise as an authenticator of historical documents to uncover the truth. But the cross isn’t the only secret in town: first, a beloved Ohnita Harbor resident is found floating in the harbor, and then someone else is murdered on the library lawn. As Gabriela races to solve the mystery of the cross, she finds herself caught between infatuation and what could be the start of true love. All the while, she must stay one step ahead of the danger that slowly encircles her.

Buy your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Or your favorite independent bookstore.


A Gentle Writing Program
by Kim Duke

Imagine calling yourself a writer. Now it’s time to make it real. Let Scribbly help you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be…without the pressure.

My name is Kim Duke and I’m a full-time writer, Amazon best-selling author and my work has been featured on NBC News, the Globe and Mail and other international media.

My mission is simple. To get more women writing with intention, fun and freedom!

My gentle writing program is mailed to your home every 30 days. Each Scribbly is loaded with quirky writing tips, prompts and examples. My team and I devote over 100 hours into each issue. Gorgeous illustrations, research, art, science and writing that reach out from the pages to inspire you. I can’t wait for you to see your Scribbly!

Scribbly is a gentle writing program that encourages your creativity and gets you writing in five minutes. If you want to explore creative nonfiction writing (without pressure) – you’ll love Scribbly! The best part? When you’re a Scribbly member, you get a chance to submit your writing for publication in Scribbly.

Hooray for snail mail! www.kimdukewrites.com/Scribbly

The Kitchen is Closed

The Kitchen is Closed
And Other Benefits of Being Old
by Sandra Butler

In her eighties, Sandra Butler does not identify as elderly. Or mature. She’s neither plucky nor a burden, and she’s not over any hills. She’s old and she’s ready to reclaim that word. Butler is not a senior—she’s a mother, a lesbian, a Jew, a feminist, and at times, “a rabble-rousing hectorer.” And now that her time is running out, Butler doesn’t mess around with things that don’t matter. She is supremely motivated, and she’s so much braver than ever before.

In this funny and intensely personal collection of essays, Butler chronicles her experience moving from aging to old, remembering and forgetting all the wrong things, feeling frustrated with technology, keeping up with the avalanche of cultural and political news, mothering two middle-aged daughters, surveying her old body, and ultimately, preparing for her death.

With its sharp humor and refreshing honesty, The Kitchen is Closed is a must-read for everyone who is 60 or older and for those who love them.

Buy now on Amazon or your independent bookseller.

These Doors

These Doors
Marian Mathews Clark

The town of Timber nestled in the Oregon woods with its population of fifty is as much a character in Marian Mathews Clark’s novel These Doors as are those fifty citizens. Their stories that unfold chronologically from 1959 to 1983 reveal that a few emigrate but fewer want to.

In an era with no cell phones and an unreliable landline service, Timber’s Valley Store is e-mails, twitters, tweets, the hub where folks reminisce about blackout curtains and their neighbor who died at Pearl Harbor, haggle over spotted owls and clear cutting, mourn fellow loggers killed in the woods, voice curiosity about Chet who shows up from eastern Oregon to extract his son from white man’s land, and are suspicious of the hippies on the old Marshall place who log with mules. They disagree about whether or not the preacher who claims he saw God is crazy and if the ex-con who returns from prison with a new wife killed his old one. But they agree that the Portland transplant who pushes her petitions ‘for the good of Timber’ is a royal pain and that the poem over the entry of the Timber Store that says “The best people in the world pass through these doors,” is mostly true.

Published by Culicidae Press and available on Amazon.



With long experience mentoring poets working in a variety of styles, Joan is committed to helping you achieve excellence in your own inimitable voice. For her bio and poems, see www.joanlarkin.com

Options include:

––Online generative workshops (a few spots left)
Prompts inspired by historic and contemporary poems will lead to new work only you can write. Whether you’re new to poetry or well-published, this workshop will free and refresh your practice, igniting work that surprises you.

––Individual mentoring:
Starting with a free 15-minute consultation, a five-week intensive during which you’ll email up to three poems each week and receive Joan’s detailed response and prompts for generating new work. You can expect close attention to what’s effective as well as what needs strengthening. Mentoring concludes with a 30-minute online conversation. Poets at any level are welcome.$500

Alternative: 1-3 weeks of intensive mentoring: $110 per week (at intervals that work for you).
Should you decide to extend the commitment, fee will be credited towards the five-week process.

––Book-length manuscript consultation:
Joan’s comprehensive feedback includes detailed attention to individual poems, recommendations for sequence, and meticulous proofreading. Goal: a book-length manuscript ready to submit. $500 (chapbook $250).

––To apply for a workshop or service above:
Please email poemrise@gmail.com introducing yourself with a 1-3 page writing sample.
Once you’re accepted, a $50 deposit holds your place.


by Roberta Schultz

Underscore is one poet’s attempt to explore the currents that swirl underneath the surface of everyday life. When do our voices breathe in unison, when do they diverge into counterpoint?

How do the events of our lives chorus into through-composed pieces without reprise or return to familiar themes?

When do we finally sing along with the unmistakable music of the spheres? In her first full-length collection, Roberta Schultz begins by looking “in instead of up” at the cadences we underline and define as our own.

You can buy Underscore from Dos Madres press at https:// www.dosmadres.com/shop/underscore-by-roberta-schultz/

Or from the author at robertaschultz.com

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree
by Nitza Agam

A rare collection of diverse creators, The Lemon Tree is a kaleidoscopic work that contains some of the most creative women of our time. Nitza Agam, a Bay Area author, teacher, and poet, has compiled a work that reveals the truth behind what drives women writers and artists to express their creativity. Inspired by her late friend who hid much of her art in her attic, this work sheds light on women artists and writers, now for the first time, who convey what they have always known, some from an early age, their unwavering need to create using words or images or both. The essays reveal the struggles, the obstacles, the triumphs, and the joys of the creative process. Many of the authors and artists are Bay Area based, but also reside in Montana, Israel, and England.

Marlene Shikegawa has produced a short documentary about the project, and has generously agreed to share it with Persimmon Tree:

Available on Amazon.

The Understudy

The Understudy
by Ellen Tovatt Leary

The Understudy is a charming, evocative, and authentic novel about the life of a Broadway actress in the 1970s, written by someone who has been there. Part theatrical love letter and part romance novel, The Understudy shows that while true love is never completely perfect, it can come pretty close if all parties involved are willing to work at it.

“Couldn’t put it down. If you love the theater and would like to share in the experiences of the inner life of a play, the production, directing, acting and the other myriad tasks of this world, THE UNDERSTUDY by Ellen Leary is a must read. Throughout the book one lives with the anxieties, the tensions, the pleasures and excitement of this page turner of a novel.”

(A five-star Amazon review)

Available on Amazon.

Ordinary Splendor

Ordinary Splendor
by Judith Waller Carroll

A collection of poems from MoonPath Press

“Reading these poems is like viewing paintings in a gallery. The images are rich and detailed, the reader feels present in her settings. The individual poems are the observations of a seasoned poet, from perspectives that have been honed over a lifetime. The collection as a whole is a study in serenity.”
Stephen Parrish, author of The First 100 Words
(5 star Amazon Review)

A poem from Ordinary Splendor

Directions Back to Childhood

Turn left at the first sign of progress
and follow the old highway
along the Stillwater River.
When you hear the whistle of the train,
take a right and cross the covered bridge
that leads to the rodeo grounds
where the silver-maned bronc
caused so much havoc the summer you were ten
and the ghost of your grandfather’s Jeep
rests behind the bleached-out grandstand
choked with blackberries.
As you round the corner into town,
there’s a white picket fence
laced with lilacs. Walk through the gate.
You’ll see a blue and white Western Flyer
lying on its side in the middle of the sidewalk.
It will take you the rest of the way.

Judith Waller Carroll is an Oregon poet whose poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. This is her second full-length collection.

For order information click here.

For a signed book, contact the author at judithwcarroll@gmail.com

The Lady with the Crown

The Lady with the Crown
A Story of Resilience
by Kathleen Canrinus


A gritty, matter-of-fact account of tragedy and how to make it a beginning and not an end.

— David B. Teplow, Ph.D. Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Bold, brave, honest! A beautifully told mother-daughter love story.

— Ann Davidson, Alzheimer’s: A Love Story

Heartbreaking and hilarious.

— Sylvia Halloran, poet and author

This beautiful uplifting little book resonates with love, regret, grief, and much more, showing us that perfection is unnecessary: love still can win out in the end.

— Carol Cassara, The Healing Spirit

The Lady with the Crown: A Story of Resilience explores how unforeseen trauma can, in the blink of an eye, transform a normal happy family into a uniquely wounded one. It charts not only their resilience and courage but also Canrinus’s indomitable pursuit and reinvention of joy.

—Molly Best Tinsley, Editor, Fuze Publishing

Available on Amazon.

The author is available for book club meetings on Zoom or, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in person. Contact her via facebook.com/theladywiththecrown.

Counter Point

Counter Point
Poems of the Whydah
by Laura Rodley

Learn more at laurarodley.com.

Laura Rodley’s remarkable poems transport you to the North Atlantic in the early 1700s. Novelistic in scope, Counter Point uses scene, dialogue, and action-driven narrative. And like any good novel, this book introduces an unforgettable character, Marie, an ordinary girl (“A laundress wears no jewelry on her / hands, only the roses of chapped skin”) who navigates the world with extraordinary fortitude. Artful language and sensual detail–whether evoking love’s first desires (“and here we splice open our shirts / like oysters after plucking / and just as lush”) or describing the malodors of a pirate ship (“even the smell of their feet / had a noise called squelching”)—bring to life a briny world, both intimate and writ large. It’s not often a poetry book is described as a page-turner, but Counter Point is that book: a heroine’s adventure lyrically told.

– Ellen Wade Beals, Publisher/Editor of Solace in So Many Words.

To order online, click here or also available on Amazon.

When It’s Over

When It’s Over
by Barbara Ridley

Inspired by the true story of the author’s mother’s escape from the Holocaust.

Leaving her Jewish family behind in Nazi–occupied Czechoslovakia, Lena’s journey takes her to an English village — where she faces prejudice and finds herself torn between two men.

An engrossing novel that “brings the forces of history to a very human level” (Booklist)

Winner of the IBPA Silver Medal in Historical Fiction. Now available in audiobook, narrated by the 4-time AudioFile Award Winner Jilly Bond


https://www.amazon.com/When-Its-Over-Barbara-Ridley/dp/1631522965/ – or your favorite independent bookstore

https://www.audible.com/pd/When-Its-Over-Audiobook/B0BFXM498Y – or wherever you get your audiobooks

For more information on the novel and the story behind it, visit https://www.barbararidley.com/

As You Write It: Lucky 7

As You Write It: Lucky 7
featuring Estelle Cade, Joan Hopkins Coughlin, Sally Fairfield, Lillian Fiske, Penny Jordan, Noreen O’Brien, Ellen Brucker Marshall, Ann Marie Meltzer, Laura Rodley, Alice Thomas, Barbara Waters

The As You Write It series is a great gift to our community: a page-turning read, a window into our local past, and a platform for brilliant storytellers, all in one. In turns reflective, touching, and funny, this anthology is a reminder of the worlds that can open up when we take the time to listen to the voices already among us.

Mike Jackson, Managing Editor, The Montague Reporter

With its seventh gift to our community, the As You Write It group once again reminds and encourages us: Everyone should write! And when talent is fostered, it blossoms. Lucky 7‘s eleven writers pull a deep spectrum of living color through the prism of the short memoir, leaving something new and different shining on every page: poetry and portals into our local history, childhood sense-memories returning, reveries and touching reflections. Place this little volume on your bedside table. You’ll be grateful.

Jean Varda, poet

To place an order, send a check
for $16 plus $3 shipping and handling to
Laura Rodley
P.O. Box 63
Shelburne Falls MA 01370

Mother Once Removed

Mother Once Removed
by Ellen Tovatt Leary

Growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1940s – the shy and introverted only child of a glamorous, eccentric divorcée – was a challenge that proved to be lifelong – and ironically the catalyst that propelled the author to go on the professional stage.

Available on Amazon.

Miami in Virgo

Miami in Virgo
A Feminist, Mystical Novel
by Sally Mansfield Abbott


A disturbing encounter with a hermaphrodite at a county fair presages teenage Miami’s loss of innocence in 1970’s California. MIAMI IN VIRGO is a literary fiction coming-of-age novel narrated by precocious seventeen-year-old Miami.

She and her friends form a tight-knit circle practicing feminist Wiccan ritual, as her childhood fundamentalism casts a long shadow.

Conflicts with her friends over boys threaten their newfound feminist solidarity. An anticipated trip to a women’s demonstration devolves into a nightmarish questioning of her sexuality, further fracturing her friendships. An ill-fated romance at a Halloween party becomes thoroughly spooked when Miami winds up exiled in her new family after her mother’s remarriage.

Her peccadilloes take on a spiritual dimension and she goes through a soul-searing scrutiny which eventually leads to the resolution of her conflicts through the deepening of her character. The twists and turns of her fast-paced story make a compelling read.

Order the book, on Amazon.

Learn more about the book and its author: https://miamiinvirgo.com/

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Winter 2022/23 Issue (estimated publication date: December 15, 2022)
Eligibility: Poets from the Central States
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Guest judge: Ann Fisher-Wirth
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Short Takes:  Short Takes are usually short pieces, fiction or non-fiction (250-500 words), but can also be topical poetry, sometimes even drawings or photography. We’re especially interested in hearing about your experiences, but you can include your thoughts, dreams, ideas and opinions. Humor and irony are always appreciated!

TOPIC for the next issue: Resistance and Resilience

Submission deadline: November 8, 2022

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Here is a list of the donations Persimmon Tree received from you, our very generous readers and supporters, from January 1, 2022, to August 17, 2022.

We try to ensure that this list is as complete and accurate as it can be, but if you see any mistakes in it, or if anyone’s name is missing, please let us know, and we’ll make a correction as soon as we can.

Sponsors have contributed $100 or more; sustainers have contributed from $50 to $99, supporters have contributed up to $49; and stalwarts are recurring donors who have arranged to contribute to Persimmon Tree automatically every month. We are grateful to all our donors, no matter the size of your gift. It is only because of your generosity that Persimmon Tree is able to continue to highlight the talent and creativity of older women.

Sponsors ($100 or more)

Marian B
Sally W Buffington
Xavier Callahan
Judy Collinson
Rita Jane Gabbett
Ruth Gais
Claudia Geagan
Nan Gefen
Adele Glimm
Grace W. Harde
Sara Henry
Vera Adler Hoffman
Judy Ireland
Erica Jamieson
Antoinette Kennedy
Ellen Leary
Ann Levin
Mardith Louisell
Hope Nisly
Melanie Perish
Lisa Piediscalzi
Nancy Kline Piore
Marian Posey
Honey Rand
Mary Lou Reker
Alice Simpson
Valerie Sopher
Ann F Stanford
Eleanor Swent
Norma Tucker

Sustainers ($50 to $99)

Donnarae Aiello
Mark Aulman
Wendy Barker
Susan Barthel
Greta Berman
Ann Boaden
Nancy Braun
Janet Brof
Phyllis Carito
Elizabeth Chase
Noma Edwards
Barbara Faulkner
Suvan Geer
Linda Gibson
Kathryn Goldman
Janet Harrison
Renee Henning
Hope Herting
Cynthia Hogue
Pamela (Turner) Houston
Maj-Britt Johnson
Edie Kausch
Kathleen Keevins
Susan Knox
Kathryn Lovatt
Susan McCarthy
Carol Nadell
Louise Novotny
Sylvia Pollack
Julie Pratt
Ellen Reichman
Joan Reinhardt-Reiss
Ellen Reynard
Marlene Samuels
Kathleen Sampson
Stephanie Schamess
Stephanie Shafran
Karin Shipman
Carolyn Sidd
Cynthia Slack
Eleanor Spohr
Carol Steen
Joyce Tomlinson
Monona Wali
Linda Washburn
Avra Wing
Anne Harding Woodworth
Sherri Wright
Eva Yachnes

Supporters (Up to $50)

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Liz Abrams-Morley
Frances P Adler
Kathleen Joy Anderson
Gail Arnoff
Alice Bloch
Lynette Blumhardt
Patricia Brawley
Karen Brennan
Janet Brof
Paula Brown
Mary Burke
Alice Campbell Romano
Rachel Cann
Diane Churchill
Catharine Clark-Sayles
Christie Cochrell
Nancy Corlis
P.H. Crosby
Marcia Croyle
Sally Dean
Carolyn Devol
Dorothy Dirienzi
Gail Entrekin
Susan Golden
Nicolette Golding
Sheila Grinell
Anara Guard
JoAnn Hoffman
Jean Jackman
Yolanda Joosten
Gail Kent
Sandy King
Maureen Lahey
Charlotte Mandel
Portia McCracken
Kathy Miller
Dana Moriarty
Sue R. Morin
Lynda Myers
Ruth O’Dell
Mary Beth OConnor
Denise Osso
Crystal Pillifant
Judith Kelly Quaempts
Lynne Reitman
Judith R. Robinson
Kathleen Robinson
Susan Sailer
JoAnn Sanderson
Vera Sandronsky
Susan Schoch
Jane Seskin
Patricia Temple
Carol Thomas
Mardi Tuminaro
Alison Webb
Marty Williams
Kathleen Winter
Carol Wobig
Cynthia Wold
Joanne Woodruff
Ellen Woods
Marcia Y
Keltie Zubko

Stalwarts (monthly recurring donations)

Louise Dolan
Ann Humphrey
Yolanda Joosten
Sharon Kennedy
Marianne Kranz
Pamela Kress-Dunn
Sue Leonard
Mary Mullen
Alice Campbell Romano
Ruth Saxton
Margaret Thiele
Margaret E. Wagner
Jean Zorn

Write Well 2016, 2017 & 2018 Award Winners

Persimmon Tree is thrilled to announce that three of our stories have won 2016 Write Well Awards, one story won a 2017 and another story won a 2018 Write Well Award.

Our 2018 winner is:

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

“Be Jubilant My Feet” is a war story, though it takes place far from the front lines. It is the inner war of a naïve student whose bubble of religiosity is pricked by the injustice and inequality she sees on TV. Given the setting, I could have portrayed her succumbing to the pressure of conforming to rules yet again and thus endeth the lesson. Instead, I wanted to explore how her propensity for guile and her awakening conscience might play out when much more is at stake than childhood or college rules.


Our 2017 winner is:

Joan Newburger for “A Bad Day in the Promised Land” (Winter, 2017)
“A Bad Day in the Promised Land” is one in a series of stories about the Selig and Aaronson families and centered on Eleanor Aaronson. They are in part autobiographical and were inspired by an older relative’s tales of the checkered and colorful history of the author’s Southern Jewish family, the Newburger branch having arrived in the South from Germany before the Civil War.
Click here to read “A Bad Day in the Promised Land”


Our 2016 winners are:

Melody Mansfield for “Fertilizer” (Fall, 2015)
Mansfield conveys subtle details of aging and senility through the tasks of gardening. She begins: “Deadheading is an art. You have to look for the bud, and then make the cut just above it. … What relief it must be, after growing, bursting, blooming, to be cut free, finally, at the end. No dishonor in that.”
Click here to read “Fertilizer”

Gail A. Webber for “Never Waste a Good Hole” (Fall, 2015)
“My father was passionate about holes, and for him, any patch of exposed dirt in the yard was cause for celebration.” See if you can figure out why the teller of this story is digging her own hole in her front yard before Webber explains.
Click here to read “Never Waste a Good Hole”

Ann Tracy for “Quiet Girls” (Winter, 2016)
Tracy, recounting the events of Winter Carnival, evokes the plight of quiet college girls in 1960 (and before). Winter Carnival at Aubrey College is a time for many groups to come together; one of the highlights being “the production … of fraternity and sorority snow sculptures.” The women created a sculpture of Sleeping Beauty, “the ultimate Quiet Girl.” What happened to her will shock you. Or, perhaps not.
Click here to read “Quiet Girls”

2016_write-well-award-kindle-cover Congratulations to our contributors! We are so proud of them and so pleased that they let us share their work in our magazine.

The pieces have been included in the 2016 Write Well Anthology and Newburger’s piece has been included in the 2017 Anthology. You can purchase a copy of the 2016 Anthology here on Amazon.com and/or a copy of the 2017 Anthology also on Amazon.com.

Sadly, Write Well has ended their program. You may still order the 2016 and 2017 Kindle versions from Amazon, but there is no book available for the 2018 winners. It was a wonderful idea and we are sorry to see it go.

Advertising in ArtsMart

Our Advertising Policy

Persimmon Tree accepts ads by women 60 and over related to literature and the arts, including publications, performances, openings, workshops, groups, and anything else in the world of literature and the arts that you will to share.

The advertising pages can be accessed from anywhere in the magazine by clicking on ArtsMart, which is at the top of every page. The order of ads in ArtsMart changes every time a reader opens their browser, so every ad will rise to the top of the page with some frequency. In addition to appearing in ArtsMart, ads are scattered throughout the editorial pages of the magazine, and are featured every few weeks in emails sent to Persimmon Tree’s mailing list of 14,000 readers, subscribers and friends.


If you wish us to format your ad, please provide up to 250 words of text; a main head and optional subheads, as well as one hyperlink to the website (e.g., point of sale, personal web site), and
a single image no larger than 130 x 190 pixels, in either JPG or GIF file format.

Display ads (provided as a single image in either JPG or GIF file format) must be no less that 580 pixels wide, and can be no more than 700 pixels in length.


1x placement (3 months online) $110
2x placement (6 months online) $175
3x placement (9 months online) $225
4x placement (1 year online) $255

We are now offering a 1/3 reduction in rates to anyone whose prose, poetry, art and illustration, or short takes has been or will be published in any issue in 2022: so $73 to advertise for 3 months (1 issue), $116 for 6 months (2 issues), $149 for 9 months (3 issues), and $170 for 12 months (4 issues).


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