Ellen Michaelson is a physician in Portland, Oregon, and holds an MFA from Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Portland Monthly, Women in Solitude, and Literature in Medicine.
From the Love of Strangers is a story about identity and finding a place for yourself in the world. Set in Brooklyn, NY in 1982, a time when women are becoming doctors in significant numbers for the first time and a frightening epidemic engulfs the City, Sima, an immigrant orderly, anxious for the American dream, meets Mindy Kahn, MD, a privileged young doctor on the verge of dismissal from her internship.
Holly Takashima has been an educator for the past decade. She has taught in New Orleans, Estes Park, Nashville, Houston, and Los Angeles. She loves working with young people and helping them grow into themselves.
The Meaning of Words is the story of Claire Kimura, a fifteen years old and waiting for high school to end. She doesn’t know how to explain things she’s only beginning to understand, so she stops trying, retreats, and emerges a year later to find herself changed in small and imperceptible ways. This is a story about growing up and coming into your own consciousness, and about how sometimes, it takes silence and solitude to return to the world.
Kristen Simental is an emerging LatinX author. She started one of the first independent online music sites, Dark Culture Magazine. In 2016, while sidelined with a long illness, Kristen wrote first drafts of four novels, five short stories and two novellas. Her first piece was published in Sheriff Nottingham that year.
A girl, an RV, a tortured ex, a small town on the edge of nowhere. Hope, like everything else, is in short supply. The end of the world might be just be the new beginning Clara needs.