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Cover Artist:Ken Hale

Ken Hale grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served as the chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin for nine years. Internationally and nationally Hale has had over two dozen solo exhibitions and over 150 group exhibitions. Hale’s prints and drawings are in collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in San Francisco, and elsewhere. He is represented by the Winfield Gallery in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Essay: Josie Iselin

Sea Otter, Kelp, and Our California Coast 


Josie Iselin is a fine art photographer and book author passionate about the natural world around her. Iselin is intent on looking closely at the objects of our world and asking how we can learn both about and from them. Her newest book, The Curious World of Seaweed, takes a deep dive into the ocean universe of marine algae, creating a nexus where art and science converge. It will be published in August 2019 by Heyday Books. Iselin’s design studio, Loving Blind Productions, is busy with ongoing projects: from art and science workshops and ocean advocacy to bold new scarf designs.

Poetry: Susan Browne

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Susan Browne’s poetry manuscript Just Living is the winner of the 2019 Catamaran Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun, Subtropics, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her first book of poetry, Buddha’s Dogs, was awarded the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and her second book of poetry, Zephyr, won the Steel Toe Books Prize in Poetry (Editor’s Choice). Other awards include prizes from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writers Union, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the River Styx International Poetry Contest. Browne teaches at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California.

Fiction: Ben Masaoka

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Ben Masaoka was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, a third-generation Japanese American now living in Seattle, Washington. Married, he has three children and an old black cat named Kuroneko. A newly retired teacher, Masaoka is working on a novel. He has published in the Chicago Quarterly Review.

Translation: Rose Mary Salum 

The Aunt

Rose Mary Salum is founding editor of the bilingual literary magazine Literal: Latin American Voices and Literal Publishing. Among her works are the collection of short fiction El agua que mece el silencio (Vaso Roto, 2015), which won the International Latino Book Award and the prestigious Pan- American Carlos Montemayor Award, and an anthology Delta de las arenas, cuentos árabes, cuentos judíos (Literal Publishing, 2013), which also won the International Latino Book Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader (2017), Origins (2016), The Body Subject and Subjected (Sussex Academic Press, 2015), Stirred Ground: Non-fiction Writing by Contemporary Latina and Latin American Women Authors (Hostos Review, 2015), and Profession (2009), among other journals and anthologies. She is a member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. 

C.M. Mayo is a noted translator of contemporary Mexican fiction and the editor of a collection of twenty-four Mexican writers, Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 2006). She is also the author of several books, among them Meteor (Gival Press, 2019), which received the Gival Press Poetry Award); The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books, 2010), named a Library Journal Best Book; and Sky Over El Nido (University of Georgia Press, 1999), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 2017 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters 

Issue 26 Fall 2019

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