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November (fiction by Julie Stielstra)
September (fiction by Robert Earle)
March (Pushing Boundaries: anthology)
November (fiction by Laura Ruth Loomis)
September (fiction by Jane Turner Goldsmith)
March (Devices: anthology)
November (fiction by Elaine Ford)
September (fiction by Ellyn Bache)
(Strange Encounters: anthology)

November (fiction by Teresa Milbrodt)
September (fiction by Jessica Barksdale Inclán)
July (fiction by Alison Turner)
January (memoir by Nils Peterson)
September (Work: anthology)
June (poetry by Melanie Faith)
March (fiction by Atar Hadari)

December (memoir by Rick Gray)
September (Found: anthology)
June (poetry by James Cihlar)
March Double Fiction Issue
(Venice of the West by Patrick Fanning)
(How the 60s Ended by Jerry Ratch)
December (memoir by Beverly A. Jackson)
September (Lost: anthology)
June (poetry by Paul Sohar)
March (fiction by Robert Moulthrop)
December (memoir by Jesse Millner)
(fiction by Michelle McEwen)
(poetry by Ruhama Veltfort)
March (fiction by Laura Beasoleil)
December (memoir by Arlene Mandell)
September (poetry by Edward Mycue)
September (Old Cars: anthology)


Protected Contact
And Other Stories by Julie Stielstra (November 2017)

Stielstra explores the vibrant and troubling connections between people and the worlds they inhabit, be it nature, art or literature, writing with equal enthusiasm and wit on cloning a woolly mammoth, bee swarms, road kill and a romantic encounter in a London bookstore. The seven stories in this collection are about relationships made, missed, flawed, chosen or avoided. Some samples:

From “Posthumous”:
…William McBride unlocked a door and ducked under the lintel of a narrow stair. Tess followed. He wore soft corduroy trousers in that rich tobacco brown she had only seen in England. They hung loosely off his hips; the wide wales were worn to velveteen across the seat. The elbows of his sweater were bagged into fuzzy mesh.
    Is this where I am raped, strangled and incinerated in the boiler in the cellar? she wondered.
    “You’re not Jack the Ripper, are you?” she asked.

From “Little Deaths”:
    The first she knew of the deer was the smack of meat and bone and its writhing gray-brown mass filling the windshield. The glass exploded in a hail of crystals. The car heaved and slewed, swung its hips off the shoulder and the wet earth snatched at the hubcaps. The deer rolled off the hood and jammed beneath the front bumper, paddling its forelegs. READ MORE...

Protected Contact

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ISBN: 978-1370844906


Nowhere Is Always Somewhere
Fiction by Robert Earle (September 2017)

In the six tales of Nowhere is Always Somewhere, short story master Robert Earle creates compelling characters caught up in life’s dramas all over the world: Americans imprisoned in Bolivia…homeless kids forging a relationship under a bridge in L.A. …a man whose writer daughter understands him better than he thinks…a Brit encountering the Chechen insurgent who cast him off as a child…a young girl challenging her father’s racism in the South…a son humbled by his father’s nursing home experience in Pennsylvania... Earle's fiction fully inhabits and renders credible an exciting range and diversity of people and places.

From “Nowhere Is Always Somewhere”:
    He said something startling and self-demeaning “It’s such an abjectly humiliating religion that I felt instantly at home in it. You don’t know God and never will.”
    She took a moment to consider this. He was saying in a backwards way that he had never felt at home, always felt humiliated, and was bitter about it. And now he was effectively proposing that she join him in going to meet the human god who abandoned him, his father. Wouldn’t it be terribly cruel to tell him no? READ MORE...

From “The Last Summer”:
   Like that he stopped being whoever he had been so far and became someone else. His voice got lower and quicker. “Missy, I am not taking you off in no truck with everybody knows what your father will do.” He was looking at her in a way that made her cross her arms over her chest, soaked with sweat. READ MORE...

Nowhere Is Always Somewhere

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ISBN: 978-1941066218 

Nowhere Is Always Somewhere: Six Stories by Robert Earle

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ISBN: 978-1370438518


Pushing Boundaries/Breaking Barriers (March 2017)

Stories and memoir exploring the outer boundaries of human experience and endurance depict people who are love-lorn, demented, drug addled, guilty of deception or facing near death in a deluge. Fiction by Daniel M. Jaffe, Steven Ostrowski and Erika Staiger; nonfiction by Samuel R. George, Darryl Graff and Eileen McGorry. Edgy poems by Leah Angstman, Joseph Buehler, Josephine Cariño, Leonore Hildebrandt, Michelle Perez and Maggie Rosen stretch the limits of language and take readers across unfamiliar emotional terrain. Click here to sample the work by each author.


Pushing Boundaries/Breaking Barriers


Lost in Translation
Fiction by Laura Ruth Loomis (November 2016)

A cycle of linked stories about love, loss and the difficulty of communicating emotion in any language. Two men and a woman struggle to mend their complicated, intertwined lives; whether funny, sad, ecstatic or outraged, the voices of Jesse, Roy, and Julie are pitch perfect.

From “The Sign”:
“You can lie in sign language, just like any other, but you have to be good at it. Face, posture, body language, they all have to match the sign. Talkers are careless about that.” READ MORE...

From “Practicing”:
“It’s not Roy’s fault. It’s not Jesse’s fault. It’s not my fault. Why the hell can’t it be somebody’s fault? I want someone I can point to and say, You owe me for wasting the last fourteen years of my life. I want them back. I want someone to make it right.” READ MORE...

From “A Bird and a Picture Window”:
“Roy has this way of looking at me like I was some kind of Grecian god rising naked out of the ocean, instead of a short, semi-cute, hairy guy who’s turning thirty next month.” READ MORE...

Lost in Translation

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Beyond the Line
Seven stories by Jane Turner Goldsmith (September 2016)

In this powerful collection from “down under” by turns, beautiful, disturbing and funny Goldsmith gives us resilient characters who push or are swept beyond the lines of acceptable or customary behavior; some of them live in barely sustainable emotional territory. A pregnant woman (in “North of Goyder’s”) tries to protect a refugee in Australia’s unforgiving outback. “RU OK?” tells of a university counselor confronted by an assertive student on World Suicide Prevention Day. On a lighter note, true love prevails (in “Dear John”) over a damaging electronic blunder, thanks to the mailer-daemon!

From “North of Goyder’s”:
On the perimeter of the property, a shape is growing into her line of vision. All black, it looks like a blurred blowfly against the parched land. As it nears, the shape sharpens in focus. Spindle legs, stripes on the body. Like a black spider now, brittle legs protruding and retracting. It takes a moment for her to realise it is a man. A tall, black man, approaching her farm. READ MORE...

From “RU OK?”:
The receptionist dashes into Maureen’s office, looking like there’s been a bomb threat. “I just need to tell you,” she says in lowered tones. “The student you are about to see. Stephanie. Says she doesn’t want anyone to talk to her in a ‘soothing, calm voice.’”
   Maureen looks up from her computer.
  “But…I am a University counsellor.” My job is to calm and soothe

Beyond the Line

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Beyond the Line: Seven Stories by Jane Turner Goldsmith

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ISBN: 9781370153770


Devices (March 2016)

Sixteen authors explore the ways technology impacts human relations. Fiction by Lewis Gray, Larry Lefkowitz, Ken Poyner and Carole Stivers; nonfiction by Katrina Marks; and poetry by Cathy Bryant, Catherine Edmunds, Casey FitzSimons, Marie Kilroy, Fran Markover, Nate Maxson, Anne McCrady, Lee Nash, Jacalyn Shelley, John Stupp and Laura Sweeney. Click here to sample the work by each author.




The Marriage Bed
Fiction by Elaine Ford (November 2015)

View love and marriage from every angle except Happily Ever After in these five stories and two novel excerpts. Ford sympathetically captures the emptiness of faded love, the disappointment of affection misplaced, the humor of narrowly-escaped misalliance. Many err but none are mocked in this sparely-written, humane collection.

From “Birthing”:
“Fifteen months since her wedding day, and she and Tom have not slept together as man and wife a single time. It must be her homeliness, her awkwardness, her not being Sarah, that make him turn his back to her. She’s angry at him, but even angrier at herself. How stupid not to have known that she’d always be a poor second to her cousin, who now lies in her grave. So much did Anner desire this wiry, stubborn, copper-haired cotton farmer that love dulled her wit. ” READ MORE...

From “Original Brasses, Fine Patina”:
“She almost thinks he’d be capable of hitting her now, if not for the guard ghosting the periphery of the room and the pair of suburban matrons who have materialized and are inspecting a Philadelphia highboy.” READ MORE...

The Marriage Bed

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The Marriage Bed

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Family Ties
Five stories by Ellyn Bache (September 2015)

In these vivid, unsettling tales, Bache has created flawed characters who might be related to any of us. They are the family black sheep you helplessly love or hate — here so finely drawn you will never forget them.

From “Siblings”:
“She had the first inkling then that what it would come down to was caring too much in the wrong places. Letting whatever mattered be crushed to sorrow in the hands of beautiful, brutal men.” READ MORE...

From “Husband”:
“Their last evening together, Anna had paced the room in bra and panties, waving her discarded slip in the air, doing a little hoochy-kooch dance. “You know why you like your job so much?” she teased. “Because you get your rocks off seeing other men frightened and impotent while you’re strong and healthy. It sends you on a power trip.” READ MORE...

Family Ties. Five Stories by Ellyn Bache

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Family Ties. Five Stories by Ellyn Bache

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Strange Encounters (February 2015)

Life and literature are voyages from one encounter to the next, some of them surpassing strange. Read about strange encounters with a gigantic tuna, an absentee father, a vagrant, a holocaust survivor and a sock puppet, among others. Fiction by Teresa Giordano, Sheree Shatsky, Nancy Méndez Booth and Robert Bradford; memoir by Erika Price, Barbara Hallowell, Amelia Wright and DeVonna Allison; and poetry by G. Timothy Gordon, Meg Eden, Jamie Gage, Katharyn Machan and Müesser Yeniay. Click here to sample the work by each author.

Strange Encounters


Job Hazards
Five Stories by Teresa Milbrodt (November 2014)

Milbrodt's quirky tales probe the impacts of jobs, whether unusual or ordinary, on the lives of a love-lorn circus clown, a racecar driver/pole dancer, a retired sideshow fat lady and her “skeleton man” friend, a 60-year-old, cliff-jumping caregiver, and two shopping mall security guards who are single parents.

From “Job Hazards”:
“All of us in the circus were there because we needed to be watched, because we craved that treacherous moment in the limelight. She worked with a net for safety. I wouldn’t have asked her to do without one, but we all knew people wanted to see the real danger: if she’d miss the bar. They were waiting for me to make them laugh. They were waiting for her to die.”

From “Fat Lady to Marry Skeleton Man: Tickets 25 Cents”:
“I don't know if we were blessed or cursed by genetics. We love our bodies, they earned us a living for many years, but others feel they are acceptable only in a sideshow. Yet where did they expect sideshow performers to go? We can't evaporate, though Errol might come close.” READ MORE.

Job Hazards

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Job Hazards. Stories. Teresa Milbrodt

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Monsters in the Agapanthus
Six stories by Jessica Barksdale Inclán (September 2014)

These powerful, edgy stories explore love and estrangement between daughters and mothers, siblings, and spouses. Inclán's characters stretch the outer bounds of family responsibility, creating burdens they never dreamed of.

From “Leaving Mr. Wong”:
“My mother has been known to throw down her cards, turn to me, a prying stranger, and bare her teeth. Or burst into tears. Or press her forehead to the card table. She’s called me names and tossed chairs. And she’s stood up, suddenly in the body of her younger self, and rushed to me, grabbing me by the shoulders, looking me in the eyes, sweeping my hair off my forehead.” READ MORE.

“Salsa” is a tour de force, told entirely from the point of view of a woman with dementia:
“She has an idea and she needs to be very careful lest the nurses discover her secret and send her to the second floor from which no one has ever returned. Not the man who walked around in his underwear or the woman who sat in the corner calling for her daughter. Not the woman in the sack dress and ghastly plastic sandals or the man with wild eyebrow hairs as long as dog hair.” READ MORE.

Monsters in the Agapanthus

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A novella by Alison Turner (July 2014)

In this subtle and nuanced probing of family dynamics, a brother and sister find themselves “in the middle of the kind of stillness that comes from size.” She wants to disappear; he likes mysteries.

“The sunrise over Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni upset proportion.  The salted ground was so dry it cracked like hammered plaster, but the rain from the day before left round films reflecting purple, pink, and orange.  Dane couldn't tell where the salt flat ended and the sky began, and when he glanced at his sister Jenny she looked like someone thicker.  She wore a lot of layers.” READ MORE.


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Talk in the Reading Room
by Nils Peterson (January 2014)

The first poet laureate of the Silicon Valley meditates on the meaning and mystery of memory, looking back on his childhood as the son of a chauffeur in New York and his college days in Eastern Kentucky. This is an insightful and often funny memoir from a member of the last generation to grow up without TV or coed dormitories.

Talk in the Reading Room. Nils Peterson

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Work (2013)

Personal narratives by Michelle Valois, Marylu Downing, Owen Abbott; fiction by Jessica Hahn, Marsha Temlock and James Stafford; and poetry by Ken Poyner and LouAnn Shepard Muhm. Read about the lives of blue collar workers, fishermen, a warehouse worker, waitress, barista, roofer, marijuana grower, psychotic data entry clerk and tap dancing birthday cake. Click here for a glimpse of the work by each author.



Catching the Send-Off Train
by Melanie Faith (June 2013)

A work of imagination and heart, Melanie Faith’s Catching the Send-Off Train traces the impacts war has on the family left behind. With the lightest of touches, Faith’s poems tell intimate stories of separation, remembrance, and return. Each short vignette adds another layer to the narrative and to an understanding of her characters. The collection delivers the emotional accumulation of these well-rendered moments.

Catching the Send-Off Train

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Our Place
by Atar Hadari (March 2013)

Hadari's multi-layered stories constitute a novella within Hadari's novel-in-progress, When We Were Saved. They are complex and beautiful, funny and disturbing, narrated in a distinctive voice with a subtext of survival and loss, removal and annihilation. The narrator is Natan, who recollects his life in a 1930s' kibbutz and the people whose paths crossed his. Mahmoud, Anschel and Sarah are as unforgettable as Natan himself and the place he has come to love.

Our Place


The Old Fever by Rick Gray
(December 2012)

Excerpts from a 1980s’ Peace Corps memoir: It is really about Kenya's spell — the fever of the place that gets into the blood and never leaves, making a return to everything that came before impossible. Includes hyperlinks to photos, videos and background articles to enhance and deepen the reading.

The Old Fever, a Memoir of Kenya by Rick Gray

FICTION & POETRY anthology

Found. Seven stories and seven poems (September 2012):
Fiction by Susan Meyers, Tania Hershman, Laura Loomis, Mary McCluskey, Jeff Haas, and Lucille Shulklapper. Poetry by Sara Toruno-Conley, Angela Corbet, Bianca Diaz and Victor Perez. Ten authors write about things found or uncovered—repressed memories, a stolen necklace, fading photos, family secrets, broken promises, a derelict doll, embroidery sampler, love. Click here for a glimpse of each story.

Found: Fiction & Poetry Anthology (headless Barbie doll in rubble)


A City Full of Eyes
by James Cihlar (June 2012)

“James Cihlar’s poems reflect on the modern mythology of film and its intersection with the lives of those who go about their ordinary existence. Cihlar has a versatility with a range of forms and a confident voice that shifts deftly from his mother's divorce to Carl Jung and back to film divas. The title suggests the cinematic subject matter, but also hints at the theme of life-reflecting-art-reflecting-life.”

—Terry Ehret, Sonoma County Poet Laureate, 2004-06

A City Full of Eyes, James Cihlar


California Dreaming (March 2012). Excerpts from two novels by Patrick Fanning and Jerry Ratch. Each presents a different historical take on California as an island of possibilities. (Our double fiction cover is an antique map of the Pacific and North America, circa 1715 (when California was thought to be an island).

The Venice of the West by Patrick Fanning offers an alternate history of a 19th century California where the (Mexican) Republic of Alta California prevails from south of the Russian River in Sonoma County and a (Russian) Rossland streteches from Alaska to Fort Ross (the Tsar's summer palace on the coast) and east to Sakrametska (Sacramento). Fanning's narrative switches between dispatches from journalist/novelist Mark Twain and his traveling companion, American impressionist painter, John Singer Sargent, who has come to California to launch a career as a portrait artist and possibly explore his own unspoken sexual preferences. The excerpt includes sketches and watercolors by Fanning, who like his protagonists, is both novelist and artist. It includes a timeline of alternate history versus actual history.

Jerry Ratch's How the 60s Ended follows a van load of merry prankster poets on a road trip from the mid-west to the mad-west of California and the San Francisco poetry scene. It's funny, sharply written with the ear and eye of a poet and captures the charm of the 60s and early 70s, along with some of its excesses and blind spots. It includes Ratch's own poetry from the time. It also makes a fascinating extension to our recent memoir issue, Beverly Jackson's Loose Fish Chronicles (see below). 

California Dreaming: Double Fiction Issue. By Patrick Fanning and Jerry Ratch

The Venice of the West

How the 60s Ended


The Loose Fish Chronicles: Excerpt from a Memoir in Stories
by Beverly A. Jackson (December 2011)

Jackson's memoir gives us early 1960's Greenwich Village from a young woman's perspective. The stories are starkly honest and the language glows in their examination of a young woman starting adult life in the New York neighborhood famed for worshipping the arts and rejecting conformity. Greenwich Village became the epicenter for the enormous cultural shift we now refer to as the "Sixties," yet, even there, attractive young women were still expected to hide their own intelligence and talent. These stories are a wonderful read on their own. But we are also, for the first time,  honoring the "E" in echapbook. Hyperlinks to photos, videos, background articles, and Beverly's poetry and artwork add a kind of immediacy that only web-based publication can provide.

The Loose Fish Chronicles

FICTION anthology

Loss. Ten stories by eight authors (September 2011):
Cezarija Abartis • T.M. De Vos • Stefanie Freele • Barry Friesen • Jessica Erica Hahn • Carol Reid • Sabra Sanjani • Anca Vlasopolos write about loss and its impacts — painful and funny, despairing and hopeful, violent and tender, ordinary and extraordinary, provocative and thought provoking. Click here for a glimpse of each story.

Loss: Fiction Anthology


The Wayward Orchard
by Paul Sohar (June 2011)

Paul Sohar's language is fresh and surprising, but never jarring, as if we were hearing these words for the first time. You may find yourself reading the poems aloud. Like the fire trail in "The Wayward Orchard," they will take you to unexpected places.

The Wayward Orchard | Paul Sohar


by Robert Moulthrop (March 2011)

The seven luminous stories collected in Grace range from lightly comic to darkly complex. The voices are diverse — hopeful, angry, uncertain, amused, despairing — even where loss is profound, there are grace notes.


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The Bus Driver's Book of the Dead
by Jesse Millner (December 2010)

The Bus Driver’s Book of the Dead evokes Chicago in the ‘80s, where Jesse Millner drove a charter bus by day and by night drank to erase the failure of his life. His memoir is despairing and redemptive, gritty and lyrical, serious and sardonically funny.

“Millner has survived a fire baptism of religion and alcohol.”
— Dominika Wrozynski, Apalachee Review

Jesse Millner: The Bus Driver's Book of the Dead


Trouble. Selected Stories
by Michelle McEwen (September 2010)

"In Michelle’s works, there is no wall between reader, writer and characters, we all mesh into a place and time that we feel we are living in, not reading about."
             — Walter Bjorkman, poet/writer and co-founder/editor of the online literary community Voices

Trouble: Michelle McEwen


Translation of Light
by Ruhama Veltfort (June 2010)

A collection of new and selected early poems exploring the ground of memory, vision and the illuminations of everyday life.


Translation of Light / Ruhama Veltfort

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Around the Bend. Selected Stories
by Laura Beasoleil (March 2010)

Laura Beausoleil's stories are a lyrical and edgy melding of memoir and fiction.

"This the work of a consummate writer, a reader's dream book."
                  — Ed Mycue

Around the Bend


Scenes From My Life on Hemlock Street. A Brooklyn Memoir
by Arlene Mandell (December 2009)

Coming-of-age stories that portray the vibrant and diverse life on one street in Brooklyn over fifty years ago. Selected from a book in progress.

“A writer does well if in his whole life he can tell the story of one street.”
                     — Nelson Algren

Scenes From My Life on Hemlock Street


I Am a Fact Not a Fiction. Selected poems by Edward Mycue (September 2009)

“Ed Mycue's poetry is a lifetime of surprises. He was born surprised, grew up on wonder, and now surely lives under the ever crashing waterfalls of amazement. His language is pure chirp, flip and rouse. It never ever sleeps. Savor his lines — like memory — for as long as you dare”
     — Hiram Larew, author of More Than Anything and Part Of

 Am a Fact Not a Fiction (Home)

FICTION Anthology

Old Cars. Fiction anthology from the no-name writers' convivium (September 2008): Wray Cotterill • Judith Day • Richard Gustafson • Chance Lucky • Orianna Pratt • Jo-Anne Rosen • Linda Saldaña • Susan Starbird

Eight authors, exploring the mysterious allure of cars, write about infidelity, senility, family bonds, friendship, tough times, troubled marriages and more.

Old Cars: photo of young man with disassembled 40s auto