Lentil Soup


By Penny Perry

A coyote calls to its kin.
A rabbit shifts under porch light.
Lizards, coyotes, hummingbirds,
foxes—your daughter, Natalie,
rescued, nursed them all.


... Read More

Creative Writing Workshops Spring-Summer Schedule


Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Offers Two New Creative Writing Workshops

Writing for Our Lives

Women’s voices are censored—often silenced—in a multitude of spirit-crushing ways. This workshop encourages women of all ages to explore our voices, our experiences, our spirits, and to write our stories, loud and clear.

Summer Read and Critique

Join a group of committed writers who appreciate constructive input and writerly camaraderie.


... Read More

Declaration of Defendence


By Conney D. Williams

I save my tears for weddings and presidential elections
while America the beneficent thrusts anthems up our spleens
the pasty ballot of deprecation without representation
please GOD, bless Ol’ Glory with sufficient stars and stripes
to vandalize my person until even bowels lose their allegiance


... Read More

Book review: Goosestep by Harold Jaffe


By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

While a tide of new political activists is frothing across the nation, one seasoned revolutionary is quietly practicing his decades-long resistance in Mission Hills. Harold Jaffe, author and SDSU professor, continues his quest to challenge popular perception in his 24th book, Goosestep: Fictions and Docufictions (Journal of Experimental Fiction Books, November 2016).


... Read More

At Risk of Drowning


By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

I love this road. Its metropolitan name, Fifth Street, belies its rural character. Just past the Rainbow Oaks—a favorite of truckers and bikers, which means good coffee, ample servings and a bar—acres of plants potted for sale line the road’s borders. Rustic fences, never-mowed yards, overhanging trees. And it has a wonderful dip, to accommodate a creek that becomes a roiling river when we have the rare downpour in San Diego County.


... Read More

On the Front Lines


By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

You look in the bedroom mirror, small enough to deny self-adoration, and pull your brownish hair into a ponytail. Tight, like Mother used to do it, just the right way. You turn to the bed. Your clothes are laid out on sheets held taut by perfect hospital corners. You dress in practical layers, to accommodate the variable temperatures of the daylong vigil you perform every Thursday. First, your unmentionables, then flesh-tone tights and a plain white t-shirt. Next, the pleated blouse Mother used to wear, when you held the vigils together, and ski pants, a modest one size too large. Finally, a nice worsted wool skirt you found at Goodwill for a dollar. It’s a bit matronly, but you top it off with your 12-week ultrasound hoodie.


... Read More

Writers Read Presents Rocco Versaci


Join Writers Read at Fallbrook Library on February 14, 2017

Rocco Versaci‘s That Hidden Road is a funny, bittersweet and sometimes aching story of loss and recovery. It recounts the author’s bout with cancer, fractured family, and cross country cycling quest in search of self—illustrated with Versaci’s comics.


... Read More

The Power of Art and Things to Come


A profile of artist Patrick Brown

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Artist Patrick Brown is a fairly quiet man—perhaps a bit shy—with a cute laugh, a slight Southern accent, and a gentle sadness that sometimes shades his eyes. It’s a companionable sorrow, though. It reaches into his paintings and says, “It might hurt, but it’s OK to look; you know me.” And while there’s no recognized treatment for his particular sorrow, it is treatment of another sort that brought Patrick to California almost four years ago, from Nashville, Tennessee.


... Read More

Writers Read Presents “An American Genocide”


The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. This deeply researched book is a comprehensive and chilling history of an American genocide.


... Read More

The Gift of the Magi


By O. Henry

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.


... Read More

Fertility Prayer


A pantoum by Tom Somers

Full of loveliness, like the new moon
My fertile crescent is flecked with new growth a
Hillock of land rising by levees well-watered, Untilled
plot left fallow like the desert.


... Read More