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Dear friends of phren-Z:

Our Fall 2014 - Issue 11 will be published and available online on Friday, November 28. Our live reading for Issue 11 will be held at The Museum of Art and History (MAH), 705 Front Street, on Monday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. Come join us for an evening of original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, read by:

Jeff Burt
Patricia Grube
Vinnie Hansen
Peggy Heinrich
Helene Simkin Jara
Robin WT Lysne
Aimee Mizuno

In the Fall 2014 - Issue 11, phren-Z is happy to feature the artwork of Andrea Rich, internationally recognized woodcut printmaker who lives in Santa Cruz. Check out her web site and come back to phren-Z on November 28 to see her work scattered throughout the site.

Morton Marcus Poetry Prize Winner:


We are honored to announce the winner of the 2014 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize, Marsha De La O of Ventura, CA. Marsha's poem, "The Beautiful World," earned her the prize of $1,000.

Black Hope, by Marsha de la O, won the New Issues Poetry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award. Her work is forthcoming in the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Pacific Coast Poetry Series), and has been anthologized in Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine), Saying What Needs to Be Said (Solo Press), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (Greenhouse Review Press), and the poetry workshop handbook One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form (Lynx House Press). A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published in journals such as Barrow Street, Passages North, Solo, and Third Coast. She and her husband, poet Phil Taggart, publish the poetry journal Askew. They are currently working on a documentary on poet/publisher Glenna Luschei, founder of Solo Press.

Marsha will be on hand to read her winning poem on Thursday night at the 5th Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Reading at Cabrillo College, Room 450 at 6:00 pm.

Featured poets at the reading are Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek.

Thanks to George Ow, Jr. and Ow Family Properties for sponsoring the Morton Marcus Poetry Prize, and thanks to our 2014 judge, Christopher Buckley.


The editors.

John Chandler

John Moir

Barbara Bloom
Anna Citrino
Danusha Laméris
Dan Phillips
Alyssa Young

Plays & Monologues
Wilma Marcus Chandler


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