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!

Border / Between: A Symphony in Essays

Border / Between: A Symphony in Essays
by Carol D. Marsh

In her prose chapbook, Border/Between: A Symphony in Essays, Carol D. Marsh writes about death, addictions, and war while also exploring how written form and expression have a counterpart in music. Structured upon the 4-movement symphony and incorporating other forms such as the rock song and the Requiem, Border/Between seeks and finds its place in what lies between the sharp and unforgiving edges of ideology and judgment. In refusing to allow borders to govern her, Marsh is able to bring compassion and hope to what seems irredeemable.

Learn more about this and her many other publications HERE.

And sign up HERE for her newsletter, Fighting for Democracy. Twice-monthly. Nonpartisan. Informative.


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://

Or from the author at

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.

Ornate Persona

Ornate Persona
by Jeanine Stevens


Jeanine Stevens’ unique chapbook, Ornate Persona, features poetry influenced by dance, film, art, and literature, and starring Nijinsky, Apollinaire, Siddhartha, Chagall and others.

Stevens distills her gifts as a lyric anthropologist in this, her most introspective collection thus far. We sense that she’s investigating her own psyche, even while handling such themes as a Nijinsky ballet. Her associative dance leads us fluidly from poem to poem, as she empathizes with the gifted, ill-fated Tanaquil Le Clercq, celebrated dancer and muse to George Balanchine. And we become one body with Nijinsky himself, admiring our own sinew.

Stevens’ power to captivate guides us from a Joseph Cornell box to familiar 20th-century masterworks like the film Black Orpheus, then to the mysterious series of mandalas created by Carl Jung’s patient, Miss X. Stevens’ poetry keeps us reading, thinking, and feeling.

Ornate Persona is like having front row seats to your favorite live performance. Your jaw will remain dropped in awe at the rich drama, movement and color of her poetry.”

— Laura Williams French, editor Clare Songbirds Publishing. Clare Songbirds Publishing. (Featured Poets).


Available from

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

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


Counter Point

Counter Point
Poems of the Whydah
by Laura Rodley


Learn more at

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.

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

Reclaiming the Sacred Source

Reclaiming the Sacred Source
by Lynn Creighton

Reclaiming the Sacred Source: The Ancient Power and Wisdom of Women’s Sexuality

Arguing for the return of celebrating the life-force with orgasm, Reclaiming the Sacred Source explores the sexual imbalance that disturbs the lives of millions. Some have been abused. Some believe it their right to take sexual gratification. Most have forgotten the purpose of sexuality: to celebrate life. Five thousand years ago the invading and over-powering Indo-Europeans disrupted sexuality as a sacrament in the celebration of the ancient Goddess. Modern religions perpetuate the false story of sexuality as evil. This book provides insight into this historical occurrence and offers suggestions for healing that can restore memory and practice of high-level orgasm as a celebration of life and all that is sacred in the highest vibratory peak of our pleasure.

Available on-line everywhere

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.

A Place Like This

A Place Like This
Finding Myself in a Cape Cod Cottage
by Sally W. Buffington


A book for anyone who’s ever loved a house.

When newly engaged Sally Buffington is introduced to Craigville, she meets an expansive Cape Cod cottage that is virtually a family member itself. She quickly finds herself competing for airtime among the talkative, assured band of brothers—and her new mother-in-law, the cottage’s lively and confounding matriarch.

Sally, a Cape Cod local, soon wonders how she’ll ever maintain her independence, let alone her sense of self when the day’s agenda and every detail is already set in stone. But she navigates her new life with quiet persistence and a boundless curiosity that guides her to explore life through the creative lens of her camera and her pen.

Sally writes with a whimsical candor that is both honest and humorous. Through poetic prose and heartfelt reflection, A Place Like This reveals the beauty of Cape Cod and shows us that sometimes the simplest of moments brings us the most lasting joy.

Sally Buffington is a writer and photographer, also a classically trained musician. From her home in southern California, she migrates back to native ground in Massachusetts, especially her spiritual homeland of Cape Cod. Writing lyrically and imaginatively, ever aware of sensory experience and memory, Buffington takes the reader into her thoughts wherever she finds herself.

Buffington can “see things other people don’t see” in everyday scenes and find them beautiful. But her prose is where that ability most shines through. This memoir paints a vivid and lasting memory of a home with as much personality as the family who lived there.

– Book Life

“Punctuated by sensory delights, the author’s prose can prove particularly mouthwatering” …. “An elegantly observant account that transports readers to a beloved place.”


To learn more, and order the book, go to

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:

The Wright Sister

The Wright Sister
By Patty Dann



When Katharine Wright, sister to the famous Wright Brothers, married for the first and only time at 52, her brother, Orville, refused to speak to her ever again. The Wright Sister is a historical novel made up of imagined letters from Katharine to Orville, as well as what she calls her Marriage Diary.


“The Wright Sister is a marvel—a perfect, very dear and brilliant novel whose characters are now stored in my heart like favorite, absent friends. Long live the remarkable Katharine Wright, her famous brothers, and author Patty Dann, who brought them back to life for this gobsmacked, grateful reader.”

— Elinor Lipman, author of Good Riddance and On Turpentine Lane


“From the first sentence to the last Patty Dann captures the voice of Katharine Wright with uncanny verisimilitude. Poignant.”

— Sheila Kohler, author of Once We Were Sisters and Open Secrets


“Dann does an amazing job of transporting readers in time by imagining Katharine’s joy, her devotion to Orville, and the pain she feels from their one-sided correspondence.”




To order, CLICK HERE.

The Topography of Hidden Stories

The Topography of Hidden Stories
By Julia MacDonnell

A National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist 2021

The stories in Julia MacDonnell’s first collection, The Topography of Hidden Stories create a shining tapestry of women’s lives in the late 20th and the early 21st centuries. Her characters, among them women trapped in a pious patriarchy that has yet to loosen its control of women’s lives, grapple with doubt and disquiet in their search for love and connection. However difficult their situations, they confront experience with sharp eyes, ironic wit, and a sense of their own historical matrix.

Kirkus Reviews:
MacDonnell’s writing is frequently elegant, full of vivid metaphors…and descriptive language. The plots are both familiar and unpredictable, drawing readers in while challenging their preconceptions…. A strong collection of stories connected by deep Irish American roots.

Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer:
The Topography of Hidden Stories holds many hidden gems…Dissimilar, evocative, and compelling, these snapshots freeze pivotal moments in time. They will captivate readers looking for literary examples of women trapped by circumstance and fate, their choices, their commitments to family, and their illusions and realities about the world and their place in it.

Readers seeking stories of growth and change and women’s evolving lives will find The Topography of Hidden Stories hard-hitting and thought-provokingly unexpected in its diversity and impact.

Indie Reader, Stephani Hren:
Julia MacDonnell …can cut to the quick of a character with a single sentence, or …stretch her exploration through an entire story…There’s an element of yearning to MacDonnell’s writing that makes her stories utterly entrancing and the characters, conflicts, and relationships that she’s crafted are deeply insightful.


To order, CLICK HERE.

Sign Up, Subscribe, Get Announcements

Subscribe for free –


Welcome, Persimmon Tree reader! Thank you so much for signing up for your FREE subscription to Persimmon Tree. You’ll also now be getting emails from us to letting you know whenever there is something important to share with you, like a new issue coming out. But we promise that your email address will be held in the strictest confidence; we don’t share the list with anyone.


Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This is the privacy policy for the website of Persimmon Tree magazine.

Information We Collect and How We Use It

We collect:

  • The IP Address (a string of characters identifying a computer or device on the internet) of all visitors to the website.
  • Aggregate information on what pages website users access or visit, the time of day and duration of their stay.

We use this information to:

  • Improve the content and usability of our website;
  • Communicate with our subscribers;
  • Block security risks and site abusers.

We do NOT share this information with other organizations for any purpose.

As you make donations:

Persimmon Tree has contracted with PayPal ( for online donations. PayPal protects your financial information with industry-leading security and fraud prevention systems. When you use PayPal, your financial information is not shared with the merchant. Once your payment is complete, you will be emailed a receipt for this transaction.

Website Cookies

The Persimmon Tree website uses cookies to ensure that only registered users view online content and features. We do not track which features or content each individual user visits and we do not associate or aggregate that information based on your email address.

We do not use cookies to store any of your personal information.

Contacting You

If you do not want to receive e-mail from Persimmon Tree, please let us know by sending an email to us at and telling us that you do not want to receive email
from Persimmon Tree.

Contacting Us

Our Editor is Sue Leonard. Her contact information is
Our Publisher is Nan Fink Gefen.

Our postal address is Persimmon Tree Magazine, 255 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075.


Our Submissions Policies

Persimmon Tree’s mission is to bring the creativity and talent of women over sixty to a wide audience of readers of all ages. We are looking for work that reveals rich experience and a variety of perspectives. Each issue of the magazine will include several fiction and nonfiction pieces, poetry by one or more poets, and the work of one or more visual artists. The magazine is published quarterly.


Subscriptions to Persimmon Tree are free, but, for your work to be considered, you must be a subscriber. Sign up for your subscription here:


Fiction and Nonfiction: We welcome previously unpublished pieces under 3,500 words, written by women over sixty. Submissions may be sent to us any time during the year. Several readers will review your submission, and we will respond to you within six months. Multiple submissions are accepted. If you want to send more than one piece, put them in separate emails.

Please send your submission as an attachment to us at: Type the title of the piece, labeled fiction or non-fiction, in the subject line. Include a brief biographical statement (less than 50 words) in your email. The attached document must be saved in MS Word or a compatible program. If we can’t open it, it won’t be read. We will respond to you online.

Submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type and numbered pages. At the top of the first page please enter author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Art and Illustrations: Although the artists who are featured on our dedicated art page are chosen by our art editor, we welcome submissions of work in all media for display and illustration throughout the rest of the magazine. You are invited to send no more than five samples of your work (in jpg format), a headshot and a short biographical statement (less than 50 words) for us to put on file. Submissions should be addressed to and may be sent any time during the year. Please do not expect a response from us unless we plan to use your work.

Poetry: We accept submissions of poetry two times a year when we hold competitions; we publish the winning poems submitted from poets who live in a specific geographical region. Please no simultaneous submissions for competitions.

Next Competition:
Winter 2022/23 Issue (estimated publication date: December 15, 2022)
Eligibility: Poets from the Central States
Submissions accepted: probably October 1, 2022, to November 15, 2022
Guest judge: TBA
Send submissions to:

Poetry manuscripts must use the following guidelines to be considered:

(1) Previously unpublished poems by women over sixty should be emailed to the judge for that competition at the provided email address, not to Persimmon Tree directly. Poems must be in English.

(2) Include 1-3 poems in a single WORD attachment. No poem may be longer than a page; use 12-point type.

(3) In the subject line of the email message, type PERSIMMON TREE POETRY COMPETITION and your last name. In the body of the message, include your name, phone number, email and postal mailing address.

If your submission does not follow these guidelines, it will be deleted. You will not be notified.

Poets whose work is selected for publication will be asked to send short bios and photos, and will need to be available for proofreading their poems. We will let you know if your poem(s) has been accepted or not.

Regions for Competitions:

East Coast States (ME, VT, NH, CT, MA, RI, NY, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL)

Western States (WA, OR, CA, AK, HI, NV, ID, AZ, UT, MT, WY, CO, NM)

Central States (TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, IN, MI, WI, IL, OH, WV, PA)

International Poets (not living in the US)

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!

Persimmon Tree received so many excellent submissions for the summer 2022 issue that it was impossible to publish all of those that merited publication in one issue. The editors have decided to consider half the entries for publication in the summer issue and hold the rest over for consideration for the fall issue. As a result, there will be no new Short Takes contest for the fall issue.




Make a donation


Our Donations Policy


We at Persimmon Tree are dedicated to bringing you creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art from women over sixty.

Our commitment comes from seeing too many excellent older women writers and artists ignored or disregarded. We live in a youth-oriented society that fails to validate, much less venerate, these women’s talent and skill. Yet they have so much to offer. Decades of life experience have prepared them to speak to the largest questions, and they know how to do this in a multiplicity of ways.

Persimmon Tree wants to make older women’s work available to all ages.

The task is huge. Those of us who are doing it are volunteers, except for our web staff. The editor puts in very long hours, as do the contributing editors. Creating a magazine takes a lot of time and money.

We’re deeply committed—but you can help, too.
Consider sending a donation.
No amount is too small; everything will be very much appreciated.
If you wish to, you can designate your donation in honor of or in memory of an individual.
(For information on our privacy policy, click here.)

1. Click here to pay with a credit card

Make a donation


2. If you would prefer to contribute by check, you can do so by making out your check to Persimmon Tree and mailing it to

Persimmon Tree
c/o Jean Zorn, Publisher
One Lincoln Plaza, Apt. 30N
New York, New York 10023-7137


*Persimmon Tree is a tax exempt charitable organization, pursuant to IRC Section 501(c)(3). Persimmon Tree is also a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. All contributions to Persimmon Tree, whether made by check directly to Persimmon Tree or by credit card via Fractured Atlas, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

However you make your gift, and whatever its size, many thanks in helping to grow this persimmon tree!


Here is a list of the donations Persimmon Tree received from you, our very generous readers and supporters, from January 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022 (which marked the end of our winter fundraising drive). That campaign was tremendously successful, and we thank you all for making it such a success – and for the donations you continue to send to us during the rest of the year.

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)

Anita Altman
Marian Baldy
Lisa Boldt
Pat Boomsma
Janet Brof
Sally Buffington
Mary Burke
Nancy Collins-Warner
Kitty Cunningham
Jane Desmond
Five Partners
Catherine Flaherty
Marcia Freedman
Ruth Gais
Gail Gilliland
Adele Glimm
Robin Gross
Susan Halpern
Melinda Halpert
Amy Haddad
Grace Harde
Janet Holmgren
Nancy Kline
Rochelle Lefkowitz
Prudence Lev
Fran Lubow
Susan Lundgren
Margaret Mandel
Jacquelyn Marie
Lucy Marx
Marilyn Mazur
Margaret Mazzaferro
Gail McCormick
Ruth Minka
Elizabeth Mornin
Kirsten Morgan
Joan Moritz
Kathleen Peratis
Melanie Perish
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Julie Pratt
Shakuntala Rajagopal
Rebecca Ramsden
Honey Rand
Gena Raps
Ellen Reichman
Schwartz Family Fund
Roberta Schultz
C. Schwartz
Adrienne Sciutto
Tracey Seltzer
Alice Simpson
Kathryn Sklar
Julia Spring
Ann F Stanford
Beverly Stock
Dawn Terpstra
Mary Tilghman
Mardi Tuminaro
April Vollmer
Drucilla Wall
Gail Webber
JoAnna Westcott
Ellen Woods
Susan Zimmerman

Sustainers ($50 to $99)

Patricia Aakre
Carolyn Lee Arnold
Karen Arnold
Wendy Barker
Julia Ballerini
Greta Berman
Brenda Bellinger
Marsha Blitzer
Patricia Boswell
Paula Boyland
Lyn Brakeman
Nancy Braun
Donna Bridewell
Patricia Brawley
Lisa Braxton-Reid
Susan Love Brown
Kathleen Canrinus
Mary Ellen Capek
Darlene Ceremello
Myriam Chapman
Ann Chase
Elizabeth Chase
Leslie Clark
Catharine Clark-Sayles
Mary Ann Cook
Nyla Dartt
Jim Douglas
Mary Dunn
Susan Dworkin
Elana Dykewomon
Meredith Escudier
Audrey Ferber
Susan Florence
Sandra Fry
Walt Fujii
Barbara Geiger
Bernard Goldschmidt
Eugenia Grohman
Marjorie Hanft
Ronnie Hess
Sally Hess
Maggie Hill
Cynthia Hogue
Joanne Jagoda
Leslee Jepson
Maj-Britt Johnson
Edie Kausch
Antoinette Kennedy
Claire Keyes
Gloria Kirchheimer
Ellen Kirschman
Kathryn Koob
Sarah Kotchian
Jacqueline Kudler
Julie Lakehomer
Anna Lank
Carolyne Larson
Ellen Leary
Rose Levinson
Lori Levy
Ann Lonstein
Catharine Lucas
Marylee MacDonald
Ronna Magy
Julianne McCullagh
Martha Mendelsohn
Heidi Messner
Carol Nadell
Connie Nelson
Alicia Ostriker
Clorisa Phillips
Nancy Piore
Hope Prosky
Sylvia Ramos Cruz
Patricia Rauscher
Kate Ravin
Susan Roche
Phyllis Rozman
Paula Rudnick
Vera Salter
Kathleen Sampson
Mary Savage
Susan Schoch
Harriet Shenkman
Deborah Shepherd
Susanne Singleton
Patricia Sullivan
Anne-Marie Sutton
Eleanor Swent
Mary Thomas
Priscilla Tilley
windflower Townley
Norma Tucker
Mary Waters
Ellen Wiener
Avra Wing
Renee Winter
Eva Yachnes

Supporters (Up to $50)

Liz Abrams-Morley
Frances Payne Adler
Margarita Alvarez
Diana Anhalt
Dori AppelGail Arnoff
Sing Baker
Joan Baranow
Sarah Barnett
Lois Barr
Glenda Beall
Ginger Benlifer
Margo Berdeshevsky
Carol Biederman
Alice Bloch
Ann L. Boaden
Barbara Bolton
Paula Bonnell
Mary J Breen
Susan Broner
Elga Antonsen Brown
Theresa Brown
Judith Carroll
Rosalea Carttar
Elizabeth Clem
Wendy Cleveland
Patty Cogen
Elizabeth Colbert
Carla Cooke
Kathleen Corcoran
Nancy Corlis
Natalia Corres
Pamela (Jody) Cothey
Elaine Cory
Caroline Coyle
Malinda Crispin
Henrietta Dahlstrom
Marie Daniely
Lynne Davis
Beth DellaRocco
LinMarie DiCianni
Rosanne Dingli
Gail Duberchin
Noma Edwards
Rosanne Ehrlich
Cynthia Elder
Jean Ellison
Judith Emilie
Roberta Estar
Rebecca Evans
Nancy Feinstein
Jan M Flynn
Gaye Gambell-Peterson
Claudia Geagan
Suvan Geer
Debra Gilbert
Nicolette Golding
Kathryn Goldman
Anita Gorman
Grace Graupe-Pillard
Janet Harrison
Dolores Hayden
Marylin Hervieux
Elyse Hilton
Judi Hollis
Susan Huebner
Barbara Huntington
Anne Ierardi
Jean Jackman
B. Fulton Jennes
Claire Kahane
Anne Kaier
Marsha Kaminsky
Lorelei Kay
Barbara Kazdan
Ellen Kazimer
Gurupreet Khalsa
Susan Kress
Janet Lande
Ann Lederer
Frances Lench
Lori Lev
Antonia Lewandowski
Judith Lorber
Yvonne Lorvan
Mardith Louisell
Carol Luther
Ericka Lutz
Janet MacFadyen
Marion MacGillivray
Gretchen MacLachlan
Charlotte Mandel
Carol Marsh
Laurie McCray
Sara McAulay
Linda Melick
Lynn C Miller
Angie Minkin
Elaine Mokhtefi
Nancy Montague
Leslie Moor
Judith Moorma
Jane Morgan
Dana Moriarty
Sue Morin
Charlene Neely
Hope Nisly
Alice Nye
Robin Oakman
Mary Beth OConnor
Lucretia Odinak
Pietrina Pensabene
Stephanie Percival
Pit Pinegar
Nancy Poling
Sylvia Pollack
Sarah Powley
Jill Quist
Sheila Rabinowitch
Susan Rice
Martina Reaves
Bethany Reid
Lynne Reitman
Crystal Rogers
Lois Rosen
Eleanor Rubin
Nan Rush
Marcia Rutan
Susan Sailer
JoAnn Sanderson
Carla Schick
Mary Schoen
Patricia Schopp
Susan Schwalb
Elaine G. Schwartz
Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis
Marilyn Seidler
Rochelle Shapiro
Shirley Shatsky
Ursula Shepherd
Ellen Shriner
Lois Silverstein
Sally Simon
Charlene M. Spretnak
Nancy Stark
S.L. Stevens
Carol Sunde
Nina Tassi
Suzanne Tedesko
Seema Tepper
Laura Tohe
Catherine Torigian
Mary Ungerleider
Kresha Warnock
Jamie Lyn Weaver
Judith Wells
Monica Wehrle
Anne White
Margaret Willey
Marty Williams
Nancy Wolitzer
Carolyn Yates
Madelyn Young

Stalwarts (monthly recurring donations)

Louise Dolan
Mary Donaldson-Evans
Ann Humphrey
Sharon Kennedy
Marianne Kranz
Pamela Kress-Dunn
Maureen Lahey
Sue Leonard
Mary Mullen
Kathleen Robinson
Ruth Saxton
Sally Thomason
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 and/or a copy of the 2017 Anthology also on

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 related to literature and the arts, including publications, performances, openings, workshops, groups, and so on.

The page can be accessed from anywhere in the magazine by clicking on ArtsMart, which is at the top of every page.


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


Issue Reservations Copy
Summer June 1 June 15
Fall August 15 September 1
Winter November 30 December 7
Spring February 21 February 28

Reservations and Payment

To reserve space, email Payment is required to secure your reservation.

Pay by Check

Checks payable to Persimmon Tree can be mailed to

Persimmon Tree
c/o Jean Zorn, Publisher
One Lincoln Plaza, Apt. 30N
New York, New York 10023-7137

Pay by Credit Card

For credit card payments through PayPal, use the form below.

ArtsMart Plan

Contact Us

Email If you prefer to speak by phone, please include a phone number and times when you can be reached. Our volunteer ad coordinator will contact you.