Issue 21 Spring 2018

Cover & Table of Contents

Online Features 

Cover Artist: Roland Petersen


american bathers, Woman and colored rocks, the engagement party picnic, picnic with red flower

Roland Petersen (born 1926) is a Bay Area painter whose paintings from the 1950s and ’60s are a masterful synthesis of gestural abstract expressionism, painterly realism, and advanced color theory. His work integrates still life, figures, and landscape into complex, architectonic compositions that are beautiful and enigmatic, but still retain a strong sense of place, in this case the fields and farms of California’s Central Valley. According to curator Bruce Guenther, Petersen’s paintings are “shatteringly still and exude an irrevocable solidity that is both timeless and yet locked in a specifically transitory milieu.”

Essay: Meredith Sabini

Four Oysters

Meredith Sabini is a widely published essayist and poet who compiled the popular anthology The Earth Has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology, and Modern Life, and contributed to The Sacred Heritage: The Influence of Shamanism on Analytical Psychology and to Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West. A dream specialist by training, she is founder and director of the Dream Institute of Northern California, a nonprofit cultural and educational center in Berkeley. She is a native of the Bay Area and of Amish ancestry. 

Poetry: Farnaz Fatemi


Farnaz Fatemi is fortunate to write with others in Santa Cruz, California. Her poetry and lyric essays have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Comstock Review and other anthologies and journals, and have been recognized by the Litquake Poets of the Verge Writing Contest and Best of the Net Nonfiction, among others. More information at 

Fiction: Chuck Rosenthal

La Guerra de las flores

Chuck Rosenthal  is an American novelist and short story writer. He is the author of sixteen published books including the 2017 novel You Can Fly, a Sequel to the Peter Pan Tales. He lives in Topanga Canyon and teaches fiction writing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.