noyo river review

A writers’ conference like MCWC is a multi-layered approach to gaining recognition. In the case of the Noyo River Review, some of the writers whose work we choose come to our attention through the annual writing contest. Others are recommended by faculty or the scholarship committee. Then there are the open mic sessions and tips from editors or agents. And while this behind-the-scenes hunt for talent is going on, all the writers attending are improving their craft, networking with professionals, learning about current marketing strategies, and forging bonds with other writers, all in a postcard-perfect location. 

The road to recognition is unpredictable, and the NRR staff do not have the power to ferret out all the deserving writers at any given conference. No matter how wide the net we cast, it will always be full of holes. But the writers whose work appears in this issue had to make it possible for us to find them. We never could have discovered them if they’d stayed home. 

Susan Bono



Sandy Scull Out to Pasture, When the Wind, When Someone Close Dies

Jonathan Cardew Jus’ Fulking

Cameron Lund Practice Makes Perfect

Charane Sirrine From Behind the Redwood Curtain: A Memoir

Robyn T. Murphy The Grief Jacket, Arrows, How We Lay There

Roy Dufrain The Blues & Billie Armstrong

Marion Deeds Littoral Zone

Margaret Speaker Yuan Prodigy

Christy Scollin Our Journey to Mount Whitney: A Memoir

Agatha Hinman Drought Summer

Helena Kim Between, Winter Sea, Water Ceremony

Sean McNie Who’s Walt?

Aron Lee Bowe My Three Franken-Fems

Rosi Hollinbeck The Incredible Journey of Freddy J.

Donna Banta Still Life

Robin Michel Grief's Proximity, Still Life in Changing Landscape, In the Morning After Marital Peace is Restored

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