Work of Writer Friends

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share the work of some of my writer friends. I hope you’ll enjoy their work and support their writing journey too.

Karen Jackson’s debut poetry chapbook, GRIT, which chronicles the life of her sister, Janis Luke Roberts, and her sister’s alter ego, Clancey the Clown, is now available from the bookstore at,, and Written in different forms, styles and voices, this honest and heart-warming collection captures the human spirit at work and vividly portrays the resilience of a creative mind. The poems also explore the sacred lineage and fear of clowns, making it, as award-winning poet Tina Barr writes, “a timely publication.”

The cover art for GRIT features a portrait that Della Van Farmer painted of Clancey the Clown the night Janis died.

For more information, contact Karen at or visit her website at

Cadence Mandybura is a writer and editor based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Learn more about her work and latest fiction publications at and follow her on Twitter @cade_bura

Wendy A. Miller lives in Oregon with her family. She has rediscovered her passion for writing now that her son is almost grown. Once upon a time, she worked for a public relations firm and holds an M.S. in Communications. She is a cancer survivor and military spouse. Her nonfiction essays have been published in Grown and Flown and Quail Bell Magazine. I hope you enjoy her personal essay, “The Mountains We Climb,” published by Quail Bell Magazine on April 22, 2020.