The staff at Quill and Parchment wish our family of talented poets and writers a happy and prosperous New Year!

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, our Guest Poet has been writing for almost seven years. She has recently published her first collection of poems, "Exaggerated Gender Signals," and is working on her second book, a collaboration with photographic artist and poet, Chris Vannoy

The Day's Peak
Sanctioned To Belong
Little Spirits
By Gabriela Anaya Valdepeña




"....memories etched on canvas carved in stone"
Windy City 2004
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John



..."it bloomed hibiscus red beneath a generous orange and yellow sun"...
Arabian Night
by Deborah Russell


In a continuing series of poem and reply, we present two new sonnets
Serenade Me and True Harmony
by A. Antonovic and Christopher John Horne



"Reaching for rainbows before they’re gone"
by Alice Thompson



~Poetry Challenge~
For our first challenge of the year,  we invite our creative poets to present their favorite love poems for February's Valentine issue.  This is your chance to showcase your best work, so let's hear from all the romantics out there!



Stories by Bruce Holland Rogers appear all over the literary map.  Some of his work is clearly genre fiction, some is literary and some is hard to categorize.  His stories and short-shorts have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Polish, German, French, Italian, Czech and Farsi.  His short-short stories in English also have an international readership through an email subscription service,
Spotted Dolphin
by Bruce Holland Rogers




Lenape were a peaceful people who lived close to nature, who believe in one great spirit that
unites all things of nature.
They Call Us Many Things. We Are Lenape.
by Deborah Russell


This recipe dates to medieval times and can be made with pheasant, quail or other wild fowl added to the broth while chestnuts are stewing.
Chestnut Soup
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John



A perfect winter treat served as an appetizer or main course
Fennel, Walnut and Apple Salad
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John


Nothing heralds the advent of winter as much as the scent of Gingerbread baking in a cozy kitchen and filling the house with its spicy aroma.
Gingerbread Cake with Carmelised Pears and Ginger Whipping Cream
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Graphics by Sara Wadington

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