This special issue of Quill and Parchment is dedicated to the memory of

who passed away in October. Binnie is the mother of our very talented Graphics Designer and Webmaster, Sara, and long-time friend of our Editor-in-Chief, Sharmagne Leland St. John. She will be greatly missed


Sky reflection ~ Long Beach, CA



"My grandmother's red-wine salutes to long life for everyone"
by Nancy Takacs

"Tonight is so clear the sky is shiny, unbreakable"
by Nancy Takacs

They have a yurt with a clear view of the lake
The Worrier
by Nancy Takacs

Queensway Bridge ~ Long Beach, CA

"Dark with the memory of slow horses"
Letter to the Unknown Wife XVII
by Neil Aitkin

"Darwin in my ear whispering"
by Kate Kingston

"Humankind began in my womb"
I am Palestine
by Karen Melander-Magoon

"In the silence of a forest"
by James Dalton Byrd

"Dancing on the head of a pin"
I Am Listening for The Quiet
by Candace Turner

Belmont Pier ~ Long Beach, CA

Congratulations to the finalists for the
Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2015


Artist sketch ~ Long Beach, CA

The Eighth Phrase
by L.B. Williams
Reviewed by: Ed Bennett

Fireball Sunset ~ Long Beach, CA

Augury Books Presents
by Joe Pan

Humming Bird in Flight ~ Long Beach, CA

A perfect salad for that large holiday meal or potluck
Winter Salad
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Marvelously complementary flavors comprise this
Winter Beet Salad
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Another leftover turkey marvel!
Turkey-Avocado Cobb Salad
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

The perfect cold weather side dish
Honey- Ginger Carrots
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Central Valley Blooms ~ Fresno, CA

Greg Sabo

Lunar Eclipse ~ Long Beach, CA



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