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Crying Lullabies to Venus 2014
82” x 84”
by John Babcock

Photo by R. R. Jones


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Dear friends of phren-Z:

Our Summer 2015 - Issue 14 is now LIVE. We have a theme this issue, for the first time—Teachers who Write / Writers who Teach. Each of our authors this issue either are or have been teachers. The live reading for Issue 14 will be held at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 pm. Come join us for an evening of original nonfiction and poetry read by:

Chuck Atkinson Farnaz Fatemi Julie Minnis Ken Weisner
Maggie Paul Refreshments will be served!
Veronica Zaleha
This Issue's Artist - John Babcock

Photo by R. R. Jones
John Babcock lives and works at his studio near Santa Cruz, California. His medium is paper, and his work has been shown in over thirty major museums in Europe, the United States and Japan. Shows include “Craft Today ,USA”, organized by the American Craft Museum in New York, “The Artful Object, Recent American Craft” at the Fort Wayne Art Museum, and “The Cutting Edge, New Directions in Hand Made Paper”, organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States and in India including sessions for the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio, Texas; The University of Wisconsin; The University of Hawaii; The University of California, Santa Barbara; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and most recently at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in India. His work is included in many public and private collections including The Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York.

Morton Marcus 2015 Poetry Contest:




The 4th Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Contest is now open for submissions through September 1, 2015, accepted online only through phren-Z's Submittable submission page. Entry fee is $15 per submission. Submissions may contain up to three poems. The prize is $1,000.

Entries will be judged by Stephen Kessler in September, winner announced in October, and the winning poem read at the annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading at UCSC in November. SUBMIT NOW!



The editors.

Julie Minnis
Veronica Zaleha

Charles Atkinson
Farnaz Fatemi
Maggie Paul
Ken Weisner

John Babcock

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