The Photograph

by Dan Burns

The photograph, more than forty years old,
lays clean and flat like a monocle
reflecting the sands of time.
The white border is discolored,
yellowed from the fire of 1970 that permanently
stained the inanimate and animate alike.

The living room sits in a different time, the furniture pieces like dinosaurs
trapped in the throes of a late 1950’s art deco diorama,
a forgotten strain of decor only available from the discount stores in town.
A color palette long-since buried, put down and out of its misery
until the cycle comes full circle, a birth in exchange for a death, and
I can only wish, hope, that it never sees the light of day again.

On the wall are two birds, lost and almost fluttering,
hand carved out of some unnatural material, and somehow,
surprisingly present in an unusually large number of
family photographs over the years.
Where did the birds come from and
what do they want?

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Dan Burns is the author of the story collection, No Turning Back, and the novel, Recalled to Life. In addition to writing novels, short stories, and poetry, he also writes screenplays for the big screen. His forthcoming novel, A Fine Line, is a mystery set in his hometown of Chicago.

Jennie SparkWeaver will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to author Jennie SparkWeaver! Her work has been selected to be in the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! Jennie is a Lesbian-Feminist Author and Artist. She writes poems and short stories that speak to her Love of the Goddess, of the importance of Womyn’s Power and Past, of Re-Emergence, of the Sacredness of Nature, and of her Love for Womyn.

Her piece, Company of Womyn, was selected by artist Nan Seidler. Nan has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters in Couseling from NIU. She is a co-founder of Women’s Works, an International Juried Art Exhibit for women held during Women’s History Month and The Workshop for Contemporary Artists which is in its 30th year.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery on Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

Denise DeKing Stredde to be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to all the authors whose work has been selected by artists for the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! The authors include Denise DeKing Stredde! Denise is a writer and artist who resides in Montgomery, Illinois, with Bruce, her husband of 30 years.  She is the mother of two grown children and the proud owner of four rescued pets.  Denise uses her personal experiences and journal entries as the inspiration for much of her work, both written and on canvas.

Her work, Adventure Tree of Alternate Me, was selected by artist Beverly Ashley Broyles. Beverly is a graduate of San Jose State University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She majored in Art Education and received a B.A. and M.S. degrees.  She has illustrated children’s books is also a watercolor/acrylic artist and creates landscape, still-life and portrait paintings.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery on Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

Catherine Conroy will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to author Catherine Conroy! Her work has been selected to be in the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! Catherine writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, she has attended conferences and workshops throughout the United States, is published and has received several awards. She is affiliated with the professional writer’s organization In Print, and Chicago Writer’s Association.

Her work, Baseball, was selected by artist John C. Naretta. John started painting in the 1980’s with a main emphasis on oil and acrylic landscapes.  He has exhibited art in the Eggstravaganza Art Show in Egg Harbor, Rockford’s spring and fall Art Scenes, Nicholas Conservatory, Katie’s Cup, Emerson House and the Winnebago County Fair.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery on Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

In Print Member’s Book is an Award Finalist

Congratulations going out to In Print member (and president) Kristin Oakley! Her novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois: A Leo Townsend Novel, was selected a First Novel Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

The Independent Author Network has been promoting and supporting Indie Authors since 2010. The Book of the Year awards are open to all authors who are self-published, or published by independent publishers. Their fiction contest looks for vibrant covers, attention-grabbing openings, memorable characters, crisp dialogue, captivating and original plots and climactic, memorable endings.

Carpe Diem, Illinois has also won the Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book of the Year Award for Non-traditionally Published Fiction.

The New Era

by James Simmons

Photo_TheNewEraAll I can say is “The new era is begun.” Surely no one could forget the moment of turning.

Exhausted as I was, the night should have passed quickly. But there it was, this music, building in the night. Slow, soulful sounds echoing through the blank sky, hauntingly calling as if the Angel of Death itself had sung. There could be no escaping.

Only sleep escaped existence. Anxiety caused the flesh to crawl, momentarily, until that moment when the shadows passed. The last shadows, remnants of a repugnant disposition, fleeing in haste to another dimension, witnessed for the final time.

The quiet shift, like stepping into a hot bath, full of relief, ensued as the melody emanated from every thought and emotion. A fragrant valley of fresh blooms thick with clouds of butterflies couldn’t be any more delightful.

No one will ever go back willingly to those fearsome times of previous eras. The gods have called us to be with them and so we grow to that day.

So it happened just as writ, when the last tormented person surrendered hatred.

The magic of the new era is begun.

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Practicing presence and expression in different forms, James loves the melody of a well spoken line. His highest goal in writing is to foster a sense of play and wonder in all things. He is inspired by simple things, like nature, discovery, people, daydreams, and irony.

Kathleen D. Tresemer will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to all the authors whose work has been selected by artists for the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! The authors include Kathleen D. Tresemer! Kathleen is a co-founder of In Print Professional Writers Organization and member of Chicago Writers Association. Her fiction has earned a Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Competition Award, UW Writers’ Institute First Page Award, and featured in 2014 Word of Art. Her YA novel is pending publication.

Kathleen’s selection, A New Woman, was selected by artist Laura Gomel.  Laura has been a Chicagoland area fine artist for over 30 years with art degrees from the American Academy of Art and Columbia College in Chicago.
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Pat Bryan to be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to author Pat Bryan! Her work has been selected to be in the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! Pat is enjoying her retirement living in rural Wisconsin.  She is the author of Shoes For Horses?, a children’s picture book.  Pat loves to read and be creative using her scroll saw or sewing machine.

Her work, Sweet, was selected by artist Lynda Gibson Johnson. Lynda has written several nature articles for local newspapers and conservation organizations. She makes all kinds of journaling booklets and altered books. And she gives programs on “Conquering Clutter by Saving the Memories Instead of the Stuff.”

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Shaman

by Larry Vint

InPrintBlog_FeatherThe boy watched the slate colored feather drift toward the earth, the pearl-like spot on its tip mesmerized him as the plume turned slowly in the breeze. He knew it was an extraordinary gift from the sparrow hawk he had been following through the woods. How he knew he didn’t know, but was certain that it was true. He bent to pick up the feather and as he straightened to admire it, was startled to see a man standing before him; a man who wasn’t there before.

The man wore a deer-skin tunic, had reddish-brown skin and long gray-streaked black hair. His hair was tied in a pony-tail at the nape of his neck. He had a large nose and dark-brown eyes that beamed intensely from the thoughtful wrinkles that framed them. The man carried a staff that the lad knew was much more than just a walking stick. He could sense immense spiritual power within the man, but no evil; this was not a person to fear. “Who are you? Why are you here?” the boy asked.

“My people call me Shaman and my friend is Kele. You are to become a wizard and I am your guide.”

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After a lifetime of technical writing, Larry Vint, has found that creating fiction is much more interesting and fun.  He leads a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators group in DeKalb and was a founding member of the DeKalb Area Writers Group.

Christine Swanberg to be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to all the authors whose work has been selected by artists for the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! The authors include Christine Swanberg! Christine has been writing poetry for decades. She has several books of poetry published with various national presses, most recently The Alleluia Tree (Puddin’head Press). Hundreds of her poems have appeared in national journals and anthologies such as Chiron Review, Garden Blessings, and Back to Joy. She has received many awards.

Christine’s work, Cottage by the Sea, was selected by artist Caroline Robinson. Like a window, artists show you the world through their own glass. Using a variety of visual mediums as her own ‘glass,’ Caroline says she hopes to show you the beauty in everything and everyone.

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