Issue 17 Spring 2017

Cover & Table of Contents.




Frank Hyder



Frank Hyder has participated in more than two hundred group shows and has had over eighty solo exhibitions throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe, including ten individual exhibitions in New York City. He has been one of the few North Americans to have solo museum exhibitions in Venezuela. He was also one of ten artists whose heroic inflatables formed the Giants in the City exhibition in Miami during the Art Basel Miami Art Fair in 2010. In 2014 he was invited by Fabergé to participate in New York City’s Great Egg Hunt, and his piece was exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, reproduced in the Sunday New York Times, and exhibited at the Central Park Model Yacht Club. 



Frank Paino

Luna Moth

Frank Paino was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council 2016 Individual Excellence Award. His poem “Skeleton Lake” was recently selected as the winner of the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Special Feature Award. “If There is Such a Thing as Mercy” was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Briar Cliff Review Annual Writing Contest and will be published in that journal in 2017. Poet Marge Piercy selected his poem “Armageddon” for Special Merit in the Comstock Review’s 2016 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest. He is currently at work on his fourth poetry manuscript.

Gary Snyder

Why California Will Never Be Like Tuscany

Gary Snyder’s first book, Riprap, has become a classic in American poetry, and he’s gone on to publish more than a dozen collections of poetry and prose. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Turtle Island. His last book of poems, Danger on Peaks, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize for poetry in 1997.


Andrea Carlisle

The Old Woman and the Boy

Andrea Carlisle has published a book of fiction, The Riverhouse Stories. For seven years she wrote a blog about being a caretaker for her mother: Go Ask Alice. . . When She’s 94. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Travelers’ Tales, J Journal (John Jay College, CUNY), So to Speak, Funny Times, Northwest Review, Calyx, The Ledge, Oasis, Texas Observer, Willow Springs, Seattle Weekly, Mountain Living, and various other publications. She is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist’s Fellowship (for fiction), a fellowship from the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts (for nonfiction), and was cited as an “outstanding writer” by the Pushcart Awards.



Michele Bigley

Hawaii’s Abundant and Ignored Earth

Michele Bigley is a Lowell Thomas Award–winning travel writer and author of more than forty guidebooks, including Backroads and Byways of Hawaii and Explorer’s Guide Northern California. She frequently contributes to the Los Angeles Times, KiaOra, Brides, CNN, the Boston Globe, and dozens more. Her current project, Eight Feet on the Ground, explores how she is teaching her sons about the planet’s ills through travel. She leads writing workshops at the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Los Angeles Extension; Cabrillo College Extension; and California State University, Monterey Bay. 

Dale Pendell

Tracing the Pluton

Dale Pendell’s books include the Pharmako trilogy (Pharmako/Poeia, Pharmako/Dynamis, and Pharmako/Gnosis),Walking with Nobby: Conversations with Norman O. Brown,Inspired Madness: the Gifts of Burning Man, and The GreatBay: Chronicles of the Collapse. A Santa Cruz, California resident for fifteen years, he and his wife, Laura, now live in the Sierra Nevada foothills.


The Haunting: George Saunders interviewed by Dan White


George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as the PEN/Malamud Prize for Excellence in Short Fiction, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s one hundred most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.

Dan White is the author of Under the Stars, an irreverent history of American camping, and The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind and Almost Found Myself on the Pacific Crest Trail, a Northern California Independent Booksellers Association bestseller and Los Angeles Times Discovery selection. He has taught composition at Columbia University and San Jose State. He is the contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader and received his MFA from Columbia University. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife and daughter.