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Dear friends of phren-Z:

For our Spring 2014 - Issue 10, we are happy to showcase the work of eight Santa Cruz County writers: Barbara Bloom, John Chandler, Anna Citrino, Wilma Marcus Chandler, Danusha Laméris, John Moir, Dan Phillips, and Alyssa Young. In addition to our regular categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, we're thrilled to have a new play from Wilma Marcus Chandler title "Nothing."

And a huge thanks goes out this issue to Jody Alexander who has allowed us to use photos of her work—taken by R. R. Jones—to enhance the pages of both phren-Z and Santa Cruz Writes.

UCSC 2014 Senior Fiction Class
Epistolary Exchange

Be sure to read the epistolary exchanges of 27 UCSC Senior Fiction Class students with their Santa Cruz County writing mentors. Professor Karen Tei Yamishita worked with Santa Cruz Writes to pair her 27 writing students with local writers to exchange a series of five letters over the 10-week spring quarter. Click the links below to view the exchanges:

Mary Allen and John Chandler
Jacob Block and Wallace Baine
Leanna Chan and Sara Wilbourne
Casey Dayan and Peggy Townsend
Camila Dixon and Neal Hellman
Vanessa Godinez and Allison Lynn
Adrianna Gonsalves and Stephen Kessler
Aimee Hamel and Karen Ackland
Carl Harris and Wilma Chandler
Maynard Hearns and John Moir
Kaeliann Hulett and Alyssa Young
Marika Jayne and Helene Simkin Jara
Molly Kaplan and Catherine Segurson
Kevin Kaproff and Sylvia Patience
Connor Lopez and Julia Chiapella
Francis Miguelino and George Merilatt
Xochitl Rojas-Rocha and Stuart Rodriguez
Kevin Romero and Alta Ifland
Sam Skopp and Michael Strong
April Stearns and Vito Victor
Ella Talkin and Georgia Perry
Monica Thunder and Jeanie Strong
Kevin Vadala and Elizabeth McKenzie
Tyler Walicek and Jory Post
Hannah Wallenbrock and Vergere Street
Grace Williams and Paul Skenazy
Precious Wingo-Waller and Farnaz Fatemi



Live Reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz
Thanks to Bookshop Santa Cruz for graciously hosting another phren-Z live reading on Tuesday, June 3 from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. The reading featured the following contributors to the Spring 2014 - Issue 10:


Barbara Bloom
John Chandler
Wilma Marcus Chandler
Danusha Laméris
John Moir
Dan Phillips
Alyssa Young


The Art of Jody Alexander

This issue we are proud to share the work of book artist and 2014-15 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship winner Jody Alexander. Jody is an internationally known book artist who has her Wishi-Washi studio at the Tannery Art Center. Click on the thumbnails of Jody's images to see larger images and visit her web site. All photos were taken by R. R. Jones.


Book Art by Jody Alexander

Photo by R. R. Jones

The 3rd Annual Morton Marcus Poetry is now underway, with final submissions due by September 1. The $1,000 prize will go to the winner selected by this year's judge, Christopher Buckley. The winning poem will be read at the 5th Annual Morton Marcus Memorial at Cabrillo College in November.

Catamaran Writing Conference at Pebble Beach
Catamaran Literary Reader is sponsoring its first annual writing conference from August 13 - 17 to be held at the Robert Louis Stevenson campus on 17-mile Drive in Pebble Beach. The 5-day event includes workshops by Kim Addonizio, Elizabeth McKenzie, Joseph Millar, John Moir, Gina Ochsner, Jonah Raskin, and Jane Vandenberg. May 15 is the final day for the discount rate of $950 which includes 12 meals, lodging, workshops, and readings. For more information and to register visit the conference web site.
The 3rd Annual Morton Marcus Poetry is now underway, with final submissions due by September 1. The $1,000 prize will go to the winner selected by this year's judge, Christopher Buckley. The winning poem will be read at the 5th Annual Morton Marcus Memorial at Cabrillo College in November.

Epistolary Project
Be sure to stop back by phren-Z in a few weeks to see a set of correspondence between Karen Yamashita's Senior Fiction Class students of UCSC and their writing mentors. Each of Karen's students have been paired with a local writer for a 10-week correspondence comprised of 5 letters each. The 5th and final set of letters will be shared here by mid-June.

 

Enjoy.

The editors.

 

Fiction
John Chandler

Nonfiction
John Moir

Poetry
Barbara Bloom
Anna Citrino
Danusha Laméris
Dan Phillips
Alyssa Young

Plays & Monologues
Wilma Marcus Chandler

 

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