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Featured Works

The 2015 issue includes a wide array of work from established and emerging writers based in Southern California, Canada, and the U.K., including a compelling interview of Raymond Obstfeld, author of over 50 books and a dozen screenplays. Andrew Tonkovich, editor of the Santa Monica Review, contributes a scathing satire of Twitter-driven values, and Kathleen MacKay entertains readers with a tall tale about an eccentric child. Michael Bourne’s engrossing exploration of racial isolation and fear will undoubtedly provoke discussion. We are particularly pleased to be the first to publish a story by Julian Guise, a remarkable new talent.

Here is a sampling of prose from the 2015 issue. (Scroll down for the Poets’ section.)


THE RIVER OTTER by Erik Rangno

LOVE HURTS by Jenna Allie

RETRIEVAL by Julian Guise

2015 Contributors

Poetry: Virginia Shank, Erik Rangno, Jill Sharp, Susan Cameron, Loretta Obstfeld, Lisa Dowling, Nick Soderberg, Carrie Etter, Wendy Klein, Nicholas Reiner, Marc Malanddra, Morgan K, Matt Bryden, Patty Seyburn, and featured poet J.G. McClure.

Fiction/Nonfiction: Erik Rangno, Kathleen MacKay, Jenna Allie, Lisa Richter, Norm Johnson, Andrew Tonkovich, Michael Bourne, and Julian Guise.

INTERVIEW: Raymond Obstfeld


Bradford J. Salamon, Michael Harnish, Tom Dowling, Peter Gelker, Julia Klemek, A.M. Rousseau, James F. Lorigan, Sheryl Seltzer, Suzanne Walsh, Lisa Bloomfield, Becca Shewmake, Claudia Morales McCain, Suzanne Petry, Hsin-Han Hsu, Carleen Carrasco, Carl R. Zaptiff, Hannah Melde, and Kitty Nguyen.

COVER ART: Pamela Diaz Martinez

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Featured Poem: "Chaos is Seattle in a Spaniel"

by J.G. McClure

is what my phone thinks
I’m saying when I say

¿que haces si hablo
en español? It doesn’t

understand Spanish—
or anything, really: only

knows to chart and check
my voice against a constellation

of blinking algorithms and
preprogrammed phrases that,

thirty years ago, would’ve
been science fiction,

and still are, to me—
even though I know

the phone doesn’t know it,
it’s not exactly wrong

about chaos, about the whirling
incomprehensible city

of veins and thought and cells
that makes a spaniel,

that make me,
that make the people

who made the phone able
to stitch my scattered

sounds together and
give me an answer

to a question I didn’t
know I asked

and if I asked
no doubt it would find
a picture of a spaniel
in Seattle for me,

though I’m not sure why
I’d want one, or what

I’d do after that, other
than say gracias.

More Featured Poems, 2015