Since 1996 Volume XXIII

Joan Gelfand

Joan Gelfand’s reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in national and international literary journals and magazines including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, The Toronto Review, Levure Litteraire,  Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Sycamore Review and RiverSedge.

The author of three well-reviewed poetry collections and an award-winning chapbook of short fiction, Joan’s novel “Fear to Shred” takes place in a Silicon Valley startup. Mastadon Press will publish the novel in 2019 

“You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Author Success: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence” was published by Mango Press in July, 2018.

Past President of the Women’s National Book Association, Joan is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards. Joan has been a registered blogger for the Huffington Post and coach for writers seeking publication.  

“The Ferlinghetti School of Poetics,” a poetry film based on Joan’s poem was featured at the 4th Annual Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece and won Certificate of Merit in a juried art show at the International Association for the Study of Dreams.  

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Adam Hertz and two beatnik kitties – Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


“Canon For Bears and Ponderosa Pines”
by Diane Frank

 Landings by Andrena Zawinski

 A Matter of Selection by Carol Smallwood

 What the Wind Taught Me by Pearl Werbach

Joan's Review of 86 Sonnets by Mary Barnet

“A Different Wakeful Animal” By Susan Cohen

"Alkili Sink" By Stella Beratlis


Mary Barnet


Grace Cavalieri

Joan Gelfand

Janet Brennan