Meet the Editors

Allen Mendenhall is publisher and editor-in-chief. Donna Meredith, Charley Hively, and Claire Hamner Matturro serve as associate editors. RIGHT: Photographs by VanessaK Photography, LLC.

Cheryl Pallant Interviews Lenore H. Gay, Author of “Other Fires”

CP:  Other Fires is your second page-turner of a novel with well developed characters. Your background is as a therapist. Do you think your work as a therapist helped your development as a writer and how you write and if so, how? LG:  That question takes me to childhood. I watched people. My parents were […]

Lenore H. Gay

Lenore H. Gay is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor. She ran a private counseling practice for ten years and later served as the Coordinator of the Internship Program at the Rehabilitation Counseling Department, Virginia Commonwealth University. The Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) has awarded her two writing fellowships. Her short story “The Hobo” won […]

Cheryl Pallant

Cheryl Pallant is the author of several books, most recently a nonfiction book, Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice, on somatic writing, and Ginseng Tango, her memoir about living in South Korea. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous print and online magazines such as Parhelion, Fence Magazine, and Cafe Irreal, and in several anthologies. […]

December Read of the Month: “The Revelators,” by Ace Atkins

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Author Ace Atkins proved a long time back that he is a gifted storyteller and disciplined writer capable of building suspenseful plots and creating intriguing characters. He also knows how to write a sentence with punch and sizzle. The author of twenty-six books, including numerous best sellers and multiple-award winners, […]

Facing and Writing Trauma: Suffering and Survival in Post-traumatic America,” Essay by Kerstin W. Shands

Essay by Kerstin W. Shands When she was writing her book on trauma in American literature, Laura Castor could hardly have known that another traumatic time in American history would be just around the corner. The corona pandemic could be seen as a trauma on individual, national, and global levels, one that may well lead […]

“Far Beyond the Gates,” by Philip Lee Williams

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Rodgers Can a story save us? Do the stories we tell ourselves and others shape and define us? Can we ever break out of those stories to get to the truth, the truth behind secrets that have the capacity to both hurt and heal us when they’re finally revealed? In Far […]

Kathleen M. Rodgers

Kathleen M. Rodgers is a novelist and has penned numerous articles for Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. She is a 2020 MWSA Writer of the Year Finalist and received the 2020 MWSA Founder’s Award for her third novel, Seven Wings to Glory. Her fourth novel, The Flying Cutterbucks, released June 2020 from Wyatt-MacKenzie.

“CRASH,” by Louis Gallo

Reviewed by Aaron Lee Moore Louis Gallo’s latest collection of cerebral poetry, CRASH, lives up to its title as a thrilling, haunting, and emotionally undulating read. The cover of the book announces its overall theme well—an intriguing black and white photo capturing the pinnacle of a wave as it crashes upon shoreline rocks with the […]