Monday, July 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 91

Cover art by Zara Kand
Inside illustrations by Nancy Brizendine

Transforming words of wisdom by:
Megan Haugh
A. D. Winans
Bonnie Bostrom
J.R. Solonche
Marlene M Tartaglione
Edward L. Canavan
Bobby Norman
David Larson
Duane Anderson
Roger Z Owens
Kent Wilson
Herman Melville


Wednesday, June 26, 2024

New Book! ECT In Crayon by John Sierpinski

Halfway House
(Angelic Mansion)

The young lady
with the ornery tattoo
brings me bread,
and tells me,

My husband
is in prison.
Then she asks,
I don’t even know

why you’re here?
I look at her serious
toughened face
before I shrug

my shoulders
and say,
Sometimes I
don’t either.

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John Sierpinski is a master storyteller. I think about Goldilocks and the Three Bears when I consider how he uses color and images; landscapes and incidents – not too much or too little, but just right. Just enough. If he’s ever had an impulse to show off his mastery of language (which I seriously doubt), he’s had the sound artistic judgment and humility to restrain it. He intends to connect and to banish loneliness through doing so and succeeds. - Sue Blaustein, 

John Sierpinski is also the author of two previous books of poetry published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library available on Amazon: Sucker Hole (2018), and Vacancy/No Vacancy (2022).

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

New Book! HOWL's Legacy edited by Greg Gilbert


edited by Greg Gilbert
in association with Mojave Sage Writers

Cover & inner art by L. I. Henley
Additional inner art by Chloe Allred

Literary contributions by:
Nathan McClain
J.J. Starr
Greg Gilbert
L.I. Henley
Jenna Baillargeon
Michael Green
Michael G. Vail
Kent Wilson
Renee Gurley
Brenda Littleton
Wendy Costello
& lalo kikiriki

Saturday, June 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 90

Edited by Juan Delgado
Cover and interior art by Carly Creley

Literature by:
Carly Creley
Edward Ferrari
Allyson Jeffredo
David Puma
Sonja Christenson
Larry Eby
Scott Noon Creley
Tristan Acker & Sean Bobo
Everette Davidove
Shannon Brazil
John Perham
Russell McDermott


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 89


Edited by Philip Kobylarz and Juan Luzuriaga

Cover and inner art by Erik Bakke

This issue features:
David Mehler
Claudia Steinmetz
Christien Gholson
Anna Idelevich
Eachan Holloway
John Olson
Dawn Trook
Kerry Hillis Goff
J. Malcolm Garcia
and Patricia Prewitt

Monday, April 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 88


Edited by Romaine Washington
Cover and inner art by Jennifer Kane

Literature by:
Allyson Jeffredo
Aruni Wijesinghe
Lisbeth Coiman
James Coats
Ginger Galloway
Lydia Theron Ware i
Jennifer Kane
Juanita Mantz
Eric DeVaughnn
Micah Tasaka
Sharnell Blevins
Angela M. Franklin

Friday, March 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 87

Cover & all inner art by L.I. Henley

Literature by:
David Chorlton
Tobi Alfier
Bonnie Bostrom
Connie Johnson
Marlene M Tartaglione
Arvilla Fee
Kent Wilson
Duane Anderson
John Sierpinski
J. Malcolm Garcia
Jonathan Ferrini
Roger Z Owens


Thursday, February 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 86


Edited by Cati Porter

Cover & all inner art by Richard Allen May III

Literature by:
Romaine Washington
Brandon Allen
Nikia Chaney
George Hammons
Lydia Theon Ware i
James Coats
Klarissa Conner
Eric DeVaughnn
Ginger M. Galloway
Lynne Thompson
Peter J. Harris
Shonda Buchanan

Monday, January 29, 2024

New Book! Commune Of The Golden Sun by Miriam Sagan


"The Commune of the Golden Sun had been founded in the last century as part of the back-to-land hippie movement. The founders were idealists, egalitarians. Dozens of communes had sprung up in the counterculture seemingly overnight, like mushrooms. And then died off just as quickly. But Golden has survived for almost a hundred years. . ."

"No one can see the future. Sometimes I think I can’t even really see the past."

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Miriam Sagan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include 
Border Crossing (Cholla Needles, 2022), Start Again (Red Mountain, 2022), and Star Gazing (Cholla Needles, 2020). Her haiku mentor was Elizabeth Searle Lamb and Miriam edited Elizabeth’s collected work, Across The Wind Harp (La Alameda Press, 1999).

Miriam has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and other interesting places. She founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College.

Click here to purchase this fascinating novella on-line ($6.00)

Monday, January 1, 2024

New Issue! Cholla Needles 85


Edited by Tobi Alfier
Cover by JC Alfier

Literature by:
Connie Johnson
David Chorlton
John Winston Rainey
Scott Wiggerman
Clara Burghelea
David Meischen
Joseph Millar
Pete Fromm
Ann Howells
Ricki Mandeville
JC Alfier
Yosano Akiko