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Dear Santa Cruz County Writers & Readers,

Welcome to the online launch of our Winter 2012 issue. phren-Z (pronounced frenzy)—is a quarterly online literary magazine designed to showcase the hearts and minds of Santa Cruz County writers. The name is a combination of the Greek root ‘phren’ referring to the heart and mind, and 'Z' for zine.

The Winter 2012 issue contains contributions of 19 local writers, including fiction, poetry, essays, an interview with Karen Tei Yamashita, and the poems and letters written at The Love Letters Project held Saturday, February 11th at the Musuem of Art & History, Bookshop Santa Cruz, and Felix Kulpa Gallery.


phren-Z is a publication of Santa Cruz Writes, a grass roots organization enhancing literary opportunities for the residents of Santa Cruz County through the creation and promotion of partnerships, programs, and projects with existing literary agencies and schools.

phren-Z will publish an eclectic mix of work from published and emerging writers reflecting the cultural and artistic influences and flavor of our community. Submissions are now open for our Spring and future issues by using the Submit link under Don Rothman's photo of the downtown parking garage. Thanks to Don for his photos used on the phren-Z and Santa Cruz Writes sites. And thanks to Marcia Quackenbush for taking photographs of the Love Letters Project.

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A huge online applause goes out to our contributors for being willing accomplices in the inaugural issue of phren-Z. Their enthusiasm and generosity in sharing their work with the Santa Cruz County community validates our collective impetus for embarking on this adventure.

And thanks to you for joining us! We’ll have new and ongoing content through our FloodLight Features and future projects in addition to our quarterly publication dates, so we invite you to check back often.

Santa Cruz Writes and phren-Z co-founders:

Karen Ackland
Julia Chiapella
Jory Post

Winter 2012 Issue

Wallace Baine
Don Rothman
Karen Ackland

Carolyn Burke
Farnaz Fatemi
Gary Young

Clifford Henderson
Micah Perks
Paul Skenazy

Julia Chiapella

Love Letters Project
Wallace Baine
Lauren Crux
Stephanie Golino
Neal Hellman
Cheyenne Street Houck
Erin Johnson
Wincy Lui
Elizabeth McKenzie
Alyssa Young

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