Blue Hunger

Blue Hunger
By Subhaga Crystal Bacon

Initially, the poems in Subhaga Crystal Bacon’s fine book show her keen eye for delivering the natural world. It’s tempting to think of her as a naturalist, but as her book progresses it becomes clear that, more broadly, she’s a human nature poet; poems of love and loss and community occur with the same acute precision.

— Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Pagan Virtues


Grounded in the beloved Pacific Northwest, Blue Hunger is an account of a soul’s journey, “empty of longing./Luminous, lambent.” In this world where grief merges with love, so does the poet merge “with that great distance.” Each moment and season in a life is carefully observed, “What I remember most was the flavor of those words, scented with lost possibilities.”

— Jennifer Martelli, author of The Uncanny Valley


Bacon seamlessly marries the self with the world . . . of wild rivers and dark trees, of coyotes and hawks, of snow and summer grasses— or the human body, with its love, its aging, and its griefs… Bacon sings of our human hungers— “diligent, defended, devout”— with wild consciousness.  

— Kenneth Hart, author of Uh Oh Time


Subhaga Crystal Bacon the author of two volumes of poetry, Blue Hunger, 2020 from Methow Press, and Elegy with a Glass of Whisky, BOA Editions, 2004. A cis-gender, Queer identified woman, she lives, writes, and teaches on the east slope of the North Cascade Mountains in Twisp, WA.

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And That Was That: An Abortion Memoir

And That Was That: An Abortion Memoir
By Bonnie Brady

World Split Open Press presents And That Was That: An Abortion Memoir by Bonnie Brady. Brady describes herself as “an old woman in her 80th year.” Her succinct accounts of experiences before and after Roe v. Wade are powerful and plainspoken and fully informed by an understanding of today’s continued fight for reproductive justice. Her stories are an important record. Brady resists much introspection, allowing her experiences to speak for themselves. They were not unusual, but perhaps her honesty is. She always understood the connection between a woman’s bodily autonomy and her freedom—and safety. Brady did not doubt her ability to make her own decisions, and she does not apologize for them now.

Also by World Split Open Press:
Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology
A Fly on The Stonewall
ISBN 9780578806778


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Fox Woman

Fox Woman
By Dorothy Gilbert

Known for her exceptional translations of medieval French poetry and as an instructor of medieval French and English literature at major universities, Dorothy Gilbert, of Richmond, California, now presents her first poetry collection. Fox Woman is filled with the beauties of nature and encounters with the natural-wild, as well as philosophical meditations on mathematic formulas, art, and the mysteries of human relationships. The title poem was inspired by print artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s depiction of an ancient Japanese myth about a shape-shifting woman who transforms herself into a fox.

A lyrical, earthy feast. . . these delicious poems lift us into a vivid world with their sensuous embrace.

—Wendy Barker, Gloss


The world becomes magical and often mysterious in Dorothy Gilbert’s poems. Landscapes, cityscapes, ordinary domestic settings, and above all, the presences of nature show forth in a fresh light. The language of the poems is vigorous and musical, its diction bracingly compact, and abounding in little revelatory surprises. This is a book that readers who care about poetry should cherish.

— Robert Alter, translator, the Hebrew Bible, and author, The Art of Biblical Narrative, Genesis, and The Book of Psalms


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In the Company of Rebels

In the Company of Rebels
A Generational Memoir of Bohemians, Deep Heads, and History Makers
By Chellis Glendinning

From Berkeley to Bolivia, from New York to New Mexico, our social-change movements have textured the 1950s through the present. The history makers presented in this “generational memoir” transformed the political/spiritual landscape of the U.S. and beyond, laying the foundation for contemporary thinking about equality and democracy.

Through 43 biographical sketches and memories of her personal friendships with each of them, the author creates a collective portrait of some of the rebels, artists, radicals, and thinkers who raised many of the issues of justice, ecology, feminism, and imperialism we are now familiar with.

Chellis Glendinning has written a memoir evoking the lives of women and men she has known. From Susan Griffin to Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg, Suzan Harjo to John Ross, they are some the most creative and courageous geniuses of a generation…. In the Company of Rebels is one of the most profoundly moving books I’ve read in years.

—Margaret Randall, Exporting Revolution


Psychologist/writer Chellis Glendinning has penned eight nonfiction books exploring psychological interfaces with social issues, as well as hundreds of essays in newspapers and magazines, a poetry book, and a bilingual opera. Off the Map and Chiva both won the National Federation of Press Women Book Award in nonfiction. She lives now in Bolivia where she wrote her first novel, Objetos, and is working on a second about three women in the Chaco War (1932-35).

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The Full Moon Herald

The Full Moon Herald
By Phyllis Klein

The Full Moon Herald By Phyllis Klein is a book of poetry in newspaper format filled with real news stories, and personal news stories. It travels the ground of trauma, grief, empathy, and hope.

From Minder-Binder Review of Books:
This exceptional first book of poems should be required reading for anyone who 1) appreciates poetry as a meaningful way to explore who we are in this beautiful and troubling world; 2) is willing to open themselves to the honesty and intimacy of our shared and connected lives; and/or 3) wishes to mine the deeper nature of the news without the noise and nonsense of talking heads. 

”Phyllis Klein’s remarkable poems make hidden wounds visible as she digs into the Breaking News. Entering this world, you breathe in the fresh air of honesty. You fume, you weep with her along the treacherous paths she travels, to finally understand we are ‘relatives in the fields of trees, beauty and devastation we call home.’ Such good news.”

— Perie Longo, author of Baggage Claim


“Phyllis Klein is a poet of great courage. She brings what Ezra Pound called poetry: ’the news that stays news.’ Her determination to see and name what we are afraid to face powers the headlines of this startling debut collection.”

— Jack Ridl, author of Saint Peter and the Goldfinch


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How to Make a Life, A Novel

How to Make a Life, A Novel
By Florence Reiss Kraut

When Ida and her daughter Bessie flee a catastrophic pogrom in Ukraine for America in 1905, they believe their emigration will ensure that their children and grandchildren will be safe from harm. But choices and decisions made by one generation have ripple effects on those who come later—and in the decades that follow, family secrets, betrayals, and mistakes made in the name of love threaten the survival of the family: Bessie and Abe Weissman’s children struggle with the shattering effects of daughter Ruby’s mental illness, of Jenny’s love affair with her brother-in-law, of the disappearance of Ruby’s daughter as she flees her mother’s legacy, and of the accidental deaths of Irene’s husband and granddaughter. 

A sweeping saga that follows four generations from the tenements of Brooklyn through WWII, from Woodstock to India, and from Spain to Israel, How to Make a Life is the story of a family who must learn to accept each other’s differences—or risk cutting ties with the very people who anchor their place in the world.

2020 Best Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction

A moving novel of four generations of an immigrant family whose characters are so real I cannot forget them.

–Tessa Smith McGovern, London Road Linked Stories, host/producer of BookGirl TV.


An engaging and heartfelt portrayal of intergenerational trauma and hope.

―Kirkus Reviews


A wonderful gift for the holidays and great for book club discussions.  Author will Zoom at no cost with book club meetings. 

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A Land Like You

A Land Like You
By Tobie Nathan
Translated from the French by Joyce Zonana


An ode to the Egyptian Land, to its inhabitants—humans or spirits—and most of all to its mothers, magicians and nurses.



A captivating tale that moves from street to street . . . from era to era . . . a world where Jews and Arabs lived together…

Le Figaro


Set in Cairo’s old Jewish Quarter in the first half of the twentieth century, A Land Like You follows the lives of Jewish Zohar and Muslim Masreya, “milk-twins” bound by an earth-shaking love. Part fantastical fable, part realistic history, the novel draws on ethno-psychiatrist Tobie Nathan’s Jewish Egyptian heritage and deep knowledge of North African folk beliefs to create a bewitching tapestry where spirit possession and religious mysticism exist side by side with sober facts about the British occupation of Egypt and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Free Officers’ Movement.

From the dingy hovels of the city’s poorest residents to the glittering palaces of the wealthy international aristocracy, A Land Like You exists in visual and auditory splendor.

– Sarah Richards, Foreword Reviews


Tobie Nathan is professor emeritus of psychology at Université-Paris VIII and the author of a dozen novels and numerous psychoanalytic studies.

Joyce Zonana, writer and literary translator, is a regular contributor to the blog, Feminism and Religion, and the author of a memoir, Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile’s Journey.

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White Snake Diary

White Snake Diary: Exploring Self-Inscribers
By Jane P. Perry

What is a diary and why do we keep them? WHITE SNAKE DIARY explores the diary as a literary genre. Uniquely, WHITE SNAKE DIARY is also a diary, offering a timely #MeToo profile of growing up female. Jane pulls on the allure of the repurposed with found photos, school assignments, diary entries, letters, essays, and professional reports, writing with humor and attention to the little moments most people miss. Released during our global pandemic, WHITE SNAKE DIARY highlights the diary’s documentarian and reflective functions in this time of tragedy and cocooning.

Jane P. Perry is a retired Researcher and Teacher from the University of California, Berkeley’s Harold E. Jones Child Study Center and an expert in outdoor play. Since sheltering in place, Jane has been interviewed by Paula Whitacrefeatured in Hidden Timber Books Small Press Author Reading Series, and has diary-related pieces published in Persimmon Tree, McSweeney’s Quarterly ConcernWomen Writers, Women’s Books and The Oaklandside. 100% of the return on purchase price goes to Ohlone sovereignty through Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led 501c3 organization facilitating the return of SF Bay land to Indigenous stewardship, healing from the legacies of colonization and genocide, promotion of a different way of living, and the continuation of the work that the ancestors and future generations call us to do. To find out more about Jane go to, where you can read an excerpted review of WHITE SNAKE DIARY from her author reading.

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List & Story

List & Story
By Hilda Raz

In Hilda Raz’s dazzling List & Story, a pencil waits for us in every room, a bride and bridesmaid hold a trashcan between them, and April is recast as “a beautiful automaton” that lights peach blossoms on fire. These kaleidoscopic poems whipsaw between love and grief to create raw, unflinching elegies. Raz’s exquisite formal control is paired with associative leaps in these stunning explorations of identity, mortality, and the threshold between language and speechlessness… Bristling with brutal truths and sudden tenderness, Raz reminds us that, despite our losses, language and love will return in this life and the next.

—Hadara Bar-Nadav, The New Nudity

”Here then is my life in letters. A great weight,” writes Hilda Raz. This harvest—of art, of ripe heirloom tomatoes, of bobcats and lightning—nourishes us body and soul. This poet wants “to know how women sound in their heads.” These poems offer that, plus the beauty of “the glow we can’t see by,” the great mysteries of time and love and the night sky. Here is a poetry in the company of nature and art, saying YES out loud. Here is a poetry that acknowledges death, its nearness, then invites it to the table, where we feast. Thank you, Hilda Raz, for a masterful, profound collection.

—Peggy Shumaker, Cairn: New and Selected Poems

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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, in association with Mills College.


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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: We welcome submissions of work in all media. Artists are invited to send no more than five samples of their work (as jpegs) and a short biographical statement (less than 50 words) for us to put on file. Submissions may be sent to us any time during the year. For your work to be considered, you should be signed up on our email list. You can subscribe in the box on the right side of this page. 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.

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.

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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)

Next Competition:
International Poets
Submissions accepted: March 15 – May 1, 2021
[Will appear in the Summer issue.]
Guest Judge: Tina Barr

Short Takes: The Editors choose a different Short Takes topic for every issue. 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!

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Your submission MUST be on the topic for this issue; you’ll find the topic listed below. Pieces that do not follow this guideline will not be considered.
  • Please submit your Short Take as a Word attachment to an email. Address the email to In the subject line of the email, type SHORT TAKES, the title of the piece and your last name. [Example: Short Takes, “Editing a Life,” Leonard]
  • At the top of the first page enter your name, address, telephone, and email address. Make sure to include the topic and title of the piece. Without this information, we cannot get back to you if we use the piece.

You may submit to Short Takes as often as you choose.

We will contact you only if your piece is selected. Because our choices are determined by our need for balance and diversity, we cannot include all the good pieces we receive.

Submissions deadline: May 12, 2021
Topic: “Heroes”




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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, in association with Mills College.

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.

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2020-2021 DONORS

Here is a list of the donations Persimmon Tree received from you, our very generous readers and supporters, from January 2020 through February 2021. We try to ensure that this list is as complete, up to date, 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, and supporters have contributed up to $99. 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.


Jacqueline Ariail
Margaret Bachtel
Marian Baldy
Wendy Barker
Lyn Brakeman
Nancy Braun
Emily Breese
Mary Burke
Judy Cromett
Katherine Cunningham
Nyla Dartt
Astrid Dadourian
Mimi Dunn
Elana Dykewoman
Barbara Faulkner
Five Partners Foundation
Nan Gefen
Chellis Glendinning
Adele Glimm
Karen Grassle
Eugenia Grohman
Robin Gross
Susan Halpern
Grace Harde
Nancy Henningsen
Cynthia Hogue
Joanne Howell
Ann Humphrey
Karen Johnson
Antoinette Kennedy
Barbara Kivovitz
Marianne Kranz
Maureen Lahey
Julie Lakehomer
Jane Lazarre
Joan Leibovitz
Sue Leonard
Ellen Levy
Renee Locks
Fran Lubow
Catharine Lucas
Susan Lundgren
Christine Lyons
Margaret Mandel
Melody Mansfield
Jacquelyn Marie
Lucy Marx
Martha Mendelsohn
Heidi Messner, in honor of Nancy Kline
Mary Mullen
Carol Nadell
Jennifer Nessel
Susan Nestor
Melanie Perrish
Jane Perry
Niomi Rohn Phillips
Gena Raps
Patricia Rauscheer
Lynne Reitman
Kathleen Sampson
Adrienne Sciutto
Schwartz Family Fund
Rhea Shapiro
Katherine Sklar
Barbara Kreader Skalindar
Beverly Stock
Anne-Marie Sutton
Eleanor Swent
Norma Tucker
Mardi Tuminaro
Drucilla Wall
Merryl Weber
Carol Wright
Eve Yachnes
Jean Zorn


Anita Altman
Susan Apel
Linda Appel
Gail Arnoff
Barbara Baer
Julia Ballerini
Melissa Baron
Lois Bassen
Margo Berdeshevsky
Rachel Biale
Lalita Noronha Biob
Holly Bishop
Adrianne Borgia, in memory of my mother, Elizabeth Borgia
Janet Brof
Kimberly Burnett
Eileen Burns
Darlene Ceremello
Julia Chang
Myriam Chapman
Audrey Chin
Jane D. Choate
Marian Clark
Nancy Collins-Warner
Mary Cook
Claudine Corbanese
Sharon Corcoran
Nancy Corlis
Judy Cothy
Elaine D’Agostino
Margo Davis
JP DiBlasi
Louise Dolan
Mimi Dunn
Susanne Dutton
Noma Edwards
Rosanne Ehrlich
Caroline Ellis
Judith Emilie
Frieda Ferrick
Susan Florence
Suvan Geer
Linda Gelbrich
Gail Gilliland
Rosemary Hamm
Judith Harding
Dale Hay
Janet Holmgren
MaryAlice Hostettler
Joanne Jagoda
Bonnie Johnson
Maj-Britt Johnson
Nell Joslin
Elise Kazanjian
Llandreth Keller
Karen Keltz
Sharon Kennedy
Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, in memory of Nelly Burlingham
Kathryn Koob
Susan Koppelman
Susan Kress
Pamela Kress-Dunn
Jacqueline Kudler
Rochelle Lefkowitz
Amy Leonard
Frances Leili
Wendy Lichtman
Mardeth Louisell
Marylee MacDonald
Charlotte Mandel
Patricia McMillen
Rita Mendes-Flohr
Ave Merritt
Heather Messner
Nancy Mikelsons
Lynn Miller
Ruth Minka
Naris Montes, in memory of a wonderful poet, Bonnie L. Johnson
Jane Morgan
Louise Moses
Susan Narayan
Connie Nelson
Joan Neusel
Mary Kate Owens
Nancy Piore
Hope Prosky
Charlene Reichert
Ellen Reichman
Judy Richardson
Susan Rice
Joyce Ritchie
Angela Rizzuti
Lynn Roberts
Lois Roelofski
Kathleen Robinson
Jean Rogers
Alice Campbell Romano
Phyllis Rozman
Vera Salter
Mary Ann Savage
Ruth Saxton, in memory of Jane Schoch Basey
Mary Scherf
Susan Schoch
Claudia Smith
Julia Spring
Monique Stampleman
Elizabeth Stoessl
Patricia Sullivan
Bonnie Tappan
Priscilla Tilley
Windflower Townley
Elizabeth Kirckpatrick Vrenios
Mary Waters
Audrey Wells
Maureen West
Ernestine Whitman
Avra Wing
Susan Won
Ellen Woods
Joyce Zonana


Liz Abrams-Morley
Margarita Alvarez
Marie Anderson
Anonymous (11)
Judith Myers Avis
Ellyn Bache
Subhaga Crystal Bacon
Sing Baker
Elly Bache
Nancy Bauer-King
Greta Berman
Arlene Bernholtz
Patti Bess
Joyce Bird
Sandra Bittenbender
Miriam Black
Pamela Blair
Alice Bloch
Lisa Michael Boldt
Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton
Sandra Butler
Mary J. Breen
Irene Briggs
Theresa Brown
Gloria Buckley
Sandra Butler
Wendy T. Carlisle
Judith Caroll
Annis Cassells
Elizabeth Chase
Wendy Cleveland
Patty Cogan
Margaret Crane
Henrietta Dahlstrom
LinMarie DiCianni
Jannie Dresser
Laurie Duncan
Sue Ellis
Meredith Escudier
Roslyn Tanner Evans
Catherine Flaherty
Dede Fox
Ruth Gaia
Helen Gioulis
Sheila Grinell
Karen Gross
Gwen Gunn
Susan Gunter
Diana Hart
Margaret Hasse
Josephine Hausam
Laura Hays
JoAnn Hoffman
Cheryl Heineman
Sally Hess
Anki Hodenpijl
Jo Ann Hoffman
Elizabeth Horst
Susan Huebner
Page Humpston
Zita Ingham
Lorraine Jeffery
Claire Kahane
Barbara Kazdan
Claire Keyes
Jean Kilbourne
Ellen Kirschman
Joan Kneusel
Sarah Kotchian
Margaret Kroger
Cheryl Levine
Lori Levy
Vicki Lofquist
Alison Loris
Yvonne Lorvan
Joyce Lott
Carol Luther
Gretchen MacLachlan
Linda Maki
Carol Marsh
Claire Massey
Margaret Mazzaferro
Susan Gene McCartney
Portia McCracken
Laurie McCray
Julianne McCullagh
Carolyn McGrath
Nancy McKay
Angie Minkin
Elaine Mokhtefi
Judith Montgomery
Judith Moorman
Alberta Morgan
Karen Morris
Mary Mullen
Carol Nadell
Charlene Neely
Nancy Nelson
Nancy Nichols-Goldstein
Dorty Nowak
Nancy Nowak
Elaine Nussbaum
Alice Nye
Mary K. O’Melveny
Alicia Ostriker
Kenneth Parker
Sylvia Pollack
Patricia Pomerleau
Judith Quaempts
Sylvia Ramos
Hilda Raz
Susan Rees
Holly Rice
Crystal Rogers
Lois Rosen
Eleanor Rubin
Paula Rudnick
Susan Shaw Sailer
Hilary Sallick
Carla Schick
Penelope Schott
Elaine Schwartz
Barbara Segal
Shirley Shatsky
Kenith Simmons
Marsha Sinkevich
Norma Smith
Charlene Spretnak
Dianne Stepp
S.L. Stevens
Susan Strassburger
Carol Sundec
S. L. Stevens
Nina Tassi
Patricia Temple
Elaine Terranova
Memye Curtis Tucker
Ellen Hunter Ulken
Kathy Wagenknecht
Edna Wallace
Alison Webb
Gail Webber
Judy Wells
Margaret Willey
Elana Wolff
Phyllis Woloshin
Llewellyn Wynne
Eva Yachnes
R. M. Yager
Madelyn Young
Elizabeth Zimmer
Barbara Zucal

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.

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