The Perfect Glimpse into an Addict’s Mind (based on a real dream)

by Hannah Whitman photo: The House was a Part of Her, and Now She’s a Part of the House, by Lydia Selk I had a dream there were alleyways that stretched across the earth, Cobblestone hallways sweating condensation since the darkness’ birth. Shivering, dripping I walked under the sinking moonlight, All those times we’d talked […]

Surefire Success Strategies for Your Writing Life

by Sage Cohen Creating a successful writing life depends as much on our attitudes, strategies and systems, as it does on great writing. Follow the steps below to create your own productivity blueprint, and make 2011 your best writing and publishing year yet. Define what success means to you Since we generally accomplish close to […]


by Hannah Whitman by Hannah Whitman There’s this ghost inside my room we’ve become good friends, we watch the shadows on my wall and lay down on my bed. I tell her all my secrets She tells me stories of the grave, the cold, the dark, the dampness she’s become their slave. Her hands are […]


by Hannah Whitman I put on my best dress for you, even though I wasn’t supposed to. I shined up my shoes and did up my hair, raced off to the station- at noon you’d be there. I imagined what my momma would say, when she finally realized I had run away. But nothing mattered […]

A Poem by Daniel Coshnear

  By Daniel Coshnear     Breathtakingly So often precedes beautiful Maybe it’s the alliteration we like Or the rollercoaster of four syllables Before three Do the Buddhists say Breathtakingly Beautiful? Sure, I remember crushes The surprise of her face by my locker Leaning in, smiling, seeing through me My ears beating blood Face burning […]

The River and The People

By Waights Taylor Meandering out of the north, the Russian River is enveloped in winter’s grip: steely dark waters, gray skies, bare trees, and muddy banks filled with detritus and flotsam from floods gone by. The river wends around Fitch Mountain ever seeking a path beneath the dark skies to its destiny with the sea, […]

Immigrant Girl

by Ann Carranza She was 14, this bright girl with no promise in her future Eyes dark and hair, too

I Feel the Cold Embrace

by Hannah Whitman I feel the cold embrace of these sullen shadows thats all thats left of my reflection. Reaching out to touch my face I feel your cheeks are sallow yet you’re still the picture of perfection Hannah Whitman is 16 years old. She has loved writing short stories since she can remember, and […]

A Breeze of Wings

by Cynthia Beecher They switch places To learn what the other knows She usually leads Her arrows ready The gold dipped tips Sharp and intuitive It’s her turn to ride in back He rides forward Free to lead her He can no longer say I only went along She never before saw his flowers turning […]

Friday in Novato ~ by Patricia McCaron

by Patricia McCaron Hey, Listen to this. The poetry of story. A poet tells a story about stories. Poetry, gossip and the pursuit of Pleasure. Is there any other way? Now what do you think of me? You’ve got to stop and be there for the poem as long as it takes. Just stand still. […]