CHIRPS FROM THE SPARROW
Our National Treasure
Solstice, Tracy K. Smith
The Cobbled Streets, Life’s Track: Tripping Stones Along the Way, Late Fall Tapestry, Samuel I. Doctors
Headlands, Doreen, California Sister, Leonore Wilson
Lines Composed on President Obama’s Second Inauguration, Down the Upgrade, Portrait of a Lady in Blue, Matthew Dulany
Flipping-Off God, Danny Earl Simmons
The Art of Chrysanthemums, Robert Karaszi
Sonnet, The Clay Eaters, Dog Food, Shelby Stephenson
Lamplight Through a Window, Elizabeth Landrum
The Cloisters, Poetry Reading at White Lotus Farms, Pretty Words and shrill Birds, Lin Benedek
This Dream, Robin Small
Crafted Ruins, Morgan Nikola-Wren
“Social Landscaping,” Charlie Weeks
Getting Somewhere, Amaryllis Gacioppo
Virtual Scenes, Michael C. Keith
The Good Charlatan, Quintilio Rose
Murder Capital, Robert Wexelblatt
The Journey, Tirumal Mundargi
Saturday Morning Chores, Troy Tarcisius Rodrigues
Apartment Mom, Margaret Eaton
Long Distance, Valerie Miner
THEATRE AND LITERARY NEWS
Reaping Tomorrow at Circus Juventas
Free Open House, Saturday, April 12, Diane Smith
Guest Ira Joel Haber
Our National Treasure
Tracy K. Smith, 42 years of age, is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, her poetry embraces the spiritual. Those who share her quest will appreciate the detail and nuance of her writing.
“In Life on Mars, Smith shows herself to be a poet of extraordinary range and ambition. It’s not easy to be so convincing in both the grand gesture and the reverent contemplation of a humble plate of eggs. . . . As all the best poetry does, Life on Mars first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled.”—Joel Brouwer, The New York Times Book Review
Lin Benedek is a current student in Pacific University’s MFA program in poetry. She has worked as a psycho-therapist and lives in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles with her husband and son. Benedek grew up in Pasadena, California, and is a third generation Californian.
Matthew Dulany’s work has appeared in various journals and is forthcoming in the Georgetown Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Confrontation, and Salamander.
Professor Samuel I. Doctors held teaching positions for thirty-five years at the Harvard Business School, Northwestern University, the Univiversity of Pittsburgh, the Univiversity of California, Berkeley and most recently at California State University, Hayward. He is the author and co-author of nine books, more than a hundred government sponsored research reports and more than fifty published articles, many in refereed journals. Prof. Doctors received his Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (1969) and he also holds a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the Harvard Law School (1967) and became a member of the Massachusetts Bar in 1967. He is presently working on a book-length set of memoir essays and has written more than 400 poems since his retirement in 2005. More than thirty of his poems have received publication. In August 2011 Finishing Line Press published a chapbook of his poems, Moods & Moments of a Restless Mind.
Margaret Eaton earns her living helping social change organizations tell their stories. She spent her younger days as a community organizer for labor and women’s rights groups. Recently, she started writing short fiction; her stories are shaped by her worldview.
Amaryllis Gacioppo received an honors degree in writing and cultural studies from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012. Her stories are either published or forthcoming in Going Down Swinging, Two Serious Ladies, The UTS Writers’ Anthology and Bitterzoet. She lives, writes, and daydreams in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.
Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer, and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both inthe U.S. and Europe and he has had nine one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art,New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, and The Albright-KnoxArt Gallery. His paintings, drawings, photographs, and collages have been published in over 150 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.
Robert Karaszi worked as a lyricist/songwriter for an independent record label in 1990, where he also freelanced as a writer for upcoming artists. His poetry has appeared in The Tower Journal, Conclave: A Journal Of Character, Straylight Magazine and is forthcoming in various print and online publications. He resides in New Jersey.
Michael C. Keith is the author of more than 20 books on electronic media, among them Talking Radio, Voices in the Purple Haze, Radio Cultures, Signals in the Air, and the classic textbook The Radio Station (now Keith’s Radio Station). The recipient of numerous awards in the academic field, he is also the author of dozens of articles and short stories and has served in a variety of editorial positions. In addition, he is the author of an acclaimed memoir––The Next Better Place (screenplay co-written with Cetywa Powell), a young adult novel––Life is Falling Sideways, and six story collections––Of Night and Light, Everything is Epic, Sad Boy, And Through the Trembling Air, Hoag’s Object, and The Collector of Tears. He has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O.Henry Award and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for short fiction anthology and a finalist for the 2013 International Book Award in the “Fiction Visionary” category. http://www.michaelckeith.com
Elizabeth Landrum is a clinical psychologist from Louisville, KY. She recently retired to an island in the Pacific Northwest where she shares a home with her wife and two dogs. Her poems have appeared in Southern Women’s Review, Grey Sparrow, and Shark Reef.
Valerie Miner is the author of fourteen books, including novels, story collections, and a memoir. Her new novel, Traveling with Spirits, was published in September, 2013. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, Salmagundi, Ploughshares, Triquarterly, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review and many other journals. She has won awards and fellowships from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Commission (3 Fulbrights), the Bogliasco Foundation, Fundación Valparaiso, the Jerome Foundation, the Australia Council Literary Arts Board and various other sources. She is a professor and artist-in-residence at Stanford University.
Tirumal Mundargi works for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. His works have appeared online at Elimae, Gowanus, Pequin, Wordriot, Wigleaf, Grey Sparrow, and many such journals.
Morgan Nikola-Wren favors sweeping, lyrical prose with a satiric bite, and moments that stir you from a place inside that you can’t even name. She lives in Pasadena, California, works post-production when she is not writing, and swims in fountains when she has writer’s block.
Troy Tarcisius Rodrigues is an Australian writer of fiction, essays, and travel. His work appears in the Journal of Microliterature, Defenestration and the humorous travel anthology, Leave the Lipstick, and Take the Iguana published by Travellers Tales.
Quintilio Rose is a San Diego native and recent graduate of Princeton University. He spent the past year teaching English in South Korea and currently resides in New York City.
Danny Earl Simmons is an Oregonian and a proud graduate of Corvallis High School. He is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and an active member of Albany Civic Theater. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals such as The Pedestal Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, Off the Coast, Shadow Road Quarterly, and Fifth Wednesday Journal.
Robin Small lives in New Hampshire. She writes poetry, short, and flash fiction, and has completed one novel. She does not like to sit still, but is particularly fond of long dead Russian writers, biking, and coffee.
Shelby Stephenson’s Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Prize for Poetry, Allen Grossman, judge, and the 2009 Oscar Arnold Young Award, Poetry Council of North Carolina, Jared Carter, judge. The Hunger of Freedom is forthcoming from Red Dashboard.
Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published essays, stories, and poems in a variety of journals, two story collections, Life in the Temperate Zone and The Decline of Our Neighborhood, a book of essays, Professors at Play, and a short novel, Losses. His novel, Zublinka Among Women, won the Indie Book Awards First Prize for Fiction. A chapbook, The Derangement of Jules Torquemal, will be out in 2014 and a collection of stories, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, is also forthcoming.
Leonore Wilson is on the MFA advisory board at St. Mary’s College. She has taught English and Creative Writing at various colleges and universities in the Bay Area. Her work has been in such magazines as Quarterly West, Madison Review, Pif, Third Coast, Silk Road, Pedestal, etc. She has been nominated for four Pushcart awards.
Susanne Riette-Keith has been a commercial artist for several years after graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with majors in Painting and Illustration. Her freelance design studio is located in Easton, Massachusetts. Her art can be found on giftware, toys, fabrics, and paper products.
Email Ms. Riette-Keith at http://www.susanneriette.comfor more information.
Charlie Weeks is a writer and consummate observer riding the subways and walking the streets of New York City; believing we live in extraordinary times that most are too busy staring at their smart phones to acknowledge.
In the mean time, he is constantly trying to capture and interpret the world around him all through writing and other creative mediums. Figuring out how to express visions and feelings in a genuine way that our normal use of language can fail to express effectively.