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The stories, poems, and essays collected here celebrate what writers can accomplish in a supportive community. I hope these echoes of MCWC 2016 will inspire you to join us and other dedicated writers in 2017 and beyond. But more importantly, the pieces featured in this issue bring to light the kind of tolerance and compassion that seem, to many of us, in increasingly short supply. They remind me that, in the words of Norman Mailer, “the final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.” 

Susan Bono


Frieda Feen Buy Socks

Brenna Silbory Crossing Off

Terri Nicholson Lost in Translation

Jan M. Flynn The Moon Ran After Her

A.E. Conran Jonah’s Crossing

Barbara Link Montana Wheat Field

Valerie Stoller Tender Roots

Laura Burke Honey, Do You Want a Gun?

Jane Armbruster Peasant Stock

Mike Winn Father’s Day with the Greatest

Joycelyn Trigg My Mother’s Baptism

Carole Stivers The Sixth Pillar

Anne Da Vigo Bakersfield Boys Club

Mary Beth O’Connor I Never Said No

Nancy Smith Harris Baltimore

Natasha Yim Li Jin and the Nine Dragon Scroll

Karin Fitzgerald Fade to Orange and Black

Hunter Gagnon The Shooting of New New Holt

Devi S. Laskar Dissection
What Namaste Really Means

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