Fourth Quarter 2012



Issue Details:


Laura Terry is the cover artist for the October issue. Her image “Ladies in Waiting” is from her “Natural Wonders” series of mixed media drawings. These drawings explore the “primal aspects of the landscape, wild and unruly.” More of Laura Terry’s work can be seen here: and here: and here:

Michele Battiste’s poetry is paired with Natasha Sweeten’s drawings. These pen and ink drawings are studies for paintings, created on bits of art exhibition cards. Natasha makes these studies when she’s not sure which direction a painting should take. Through these studies, she narrows down the millions of possibilities, drawing and redrawing until she’s inspired. The studies become the backstories of her paintings. More of Natasha Sweeten’s work can be seen here: More of Michele Battiste’s writing can be found here: and here:

Alexandria Peary’s poetry is paired with Laura Terry’s mixed media drawings from her “Natural Wonders” series. All of these paper pieces, with the exception of “Ladies in Waiting” and “Aurora’s First Arrival” can be found at Fresh Paint: More of Laura Terry’s work can be seen here: and here: More of Alexandria Peary’s writing can be found here:

Stella Radulescu’s poetry is paired with Carolyn Guinzio’s photographs. More of Stella Radulescu’s writing can be found here:


Michele Battiste is scared of the dark and the deep ocean.

Alexandria Peary thinks that making a really fine soup is like eating a song or sonnet.  She’s got too much synthesia in her diet.

As a teenager Stella Radulescu climbed the tallest mountain in the Carpathians , not too far from what is called “Dracula’s Castle”. Even today she thinks that’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Natasha Sweeten grew up with four Volkswagen Beetles in her immediate family, and as a child could not figure out the final day in the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week.”

Laura Terry’s third grade teacher tried to make her write (and draw) with her right hand…Laura’s mother was very upset.


Michele Battiste

Featuring Images by

Natasha Sweeten




text © copyright Michele Battiste and images © copyright Natasha Sweeten, 2012


Alexandria Peary

Featuring Images by

Laura Terry




text © copyright Alexandria Peary and images © copyright Laura Terry, 2012


Stella Radulescu

Featuring Images by

Carolyn Guinzio




text © copyright Stella Radulescu and images © copyright Carolyn Guinzio, 2012



Homa Shojaie is the cover artist for the November issue. Her image “Everything is Possible” is from her Word Series. The painting is oil on canvas. In her work, Homa tries not to look at things but instead to look into the space of things.  More of her work can be seen here:

Brooklyn Copeland’s poetry is paired with Venus Zarris’ photography. Venus Zarris photographs and enjoys the artwork, both planned, and unauthorized, under the train bridges throughout Chicago, and keeps up with the changing scenery on her daily walks with her dogs. More of Venus Zarris’ images can be found at

Chris Tysh’s poetry is paired with Melissa Zuniga’s charcoal sketches. More of Melissa’s artwork can be seen here: and here:
Chris Tysh’s current project, Ravished is an adaptation into verse of the famous French novel by Marguerite Duras, The Ravishment of Lol V. Stein. So rather than a translation, it is what she’s starting to call a “transcreation.”

Ginger Teppner’s poetry is paired with Homa Shojaie’s paintings. More of Homa Shojaie’s work can be seen here:


Brooklyn Copeland once won a brand new Vespa in a contest. She immediately sold it to replace her first car, a 1989 Ford Escort, which had been totaled in an accident, with another 1989 Ford Escort. That car was also totaled in an accident. After that, Brooklyn gave up driving for three years. She keeps a St. Christopher medal in her car at all times.

Homa Shojaie paints because she can’t write.

Ginger Teppner writes because she can’t paint.

Chris Tysh once worked in a posh adult bookstore near the Opera district in Paris and got fired in less than a week.

Venus Zarris wears her heart on long sleeves that have holes in the elbows and are frayed at the cuffs.

Melissa Zuniga graduated from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, where she occassionally drew intricate designs on her jeans with a Sharpie pen during long lectures.


Brooklyn Copeland

Featuring Images by

Venus Zarris


text © copyright Brooklyn Copeland and images © copyright Venus Zarris, 2012


Chris Tysh

Featuring Images By

Melissa Zuniga


text © copyright Chris Tysh and images © copyright Melissa Zuniga, 2012


Ginger Teppner

Featuring Images By

Homa Shojaie


text © copyright Ginger Teppner and images © copyright Homa Shojaie, 2012



Laura Hinton is the cover artist for the December issue.

Laura Hinton’s poetry is paired with her own photographs. The images were taken in the South of France, and were not digitally enhanced, cropped, or changed. 

Jennifer Martenson’s poetry is paired with Carolyn Guinzio’s photographs.

Sheila McMullin’s poetry is paired with Stephenie Foster’s images from her series “Beautiful, Terrible Corydalidae.” These pieces are watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper, and were inspired by the fierce beauty of Dobsonfly larvae (Corydalus, sp.), which are also known as Hellgrammites.


Laura Hinton worked as a folk singer in Las Vegas, Nevada; a planetarium show host in Reno; an archeological-shard cleaner in Tucson, Arizona, and she learned to take photographs at age 10 in Rapid City, South Dakota, using her mother’s vintage Kodak Brownie Reflex.

Jennifer Martenson received a CT scan to determine whether one of her gill slits had not closed up completely.

Sheila McMullin can blow spit bubbles off of her tongue…although some people think this is gross.


Laura Hinton


text and images © copyright Laura Hinton, 2012


Jennifer Martenson

Featuring Images by

Carolyn Guinzio


text © copyright Jennifer Martenson and images © copyright Carolyn Guinzio, 2012


Sheila McMullin

Featuring Images by

Stephenie Foster


text © copyright Sheila McMullin and images © copyright Stephenie Foster, 2012

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