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.

Wendy Miller’s creative non-fiction story, “Seconds Count,” has been published by the Sweet Tree Review and can be accessed at the following link.

The poems of Creative Voices (Maxine Chauvaux, Suzanne Cottrell, Phyllis Castelli, Stanley Winborne, and Katherine Ravenel), my local writers’ group, were featured in issue #454 of The Weekly Avocet on August 15, 2021. My two poems were “Leisurely Observers” and “Longing.”

The poems of the Taste Life Twice Writers (Wendy Miller, Tanya Schmid, Mary Fisher, Akira Odani, and Suzanne Cottrell) were featured in issue #450 of The Weekly Avocet on July 18, 2021. My two poems were “Graced by a Dahlia” and “Pollinators’ Delight.”

Wesley Sims has published three chapbooks of poetry: When Night Comes, 2013; Taste of Change, 2019; and A Pocketful of Little Poems, 2020.

His work has appeared in Artemis Journal, Connecticut Review, G.W. Review, Liquid Imagination, Plum Tree Tavern, Novelty Magazine, Poem, Poetry Quarterly, Bewildering Stories, and others.

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.