Entrepreneur selling clothes/textiles and accessories for women and children


Hi, I am a single mother, & proprietor for the past six years of (an at home) small business called Peanoonies. I design & sew women’s & children’s clothing & accessories.I also sell really fun, beautiful textiles. I lost my small business during a divorce this last year, but have restarted it online through an Etsy shop.

Any how, I have created a web page on Kickstarter.com. It is a format for people to raise money for their creative projects.It is an attempt to get back what I have lost, and be financially stable for myself & kids.On this site you will find a description of my project, a brief biography, a one minute video of myself and links to pictures of my work & my web site.

Please check it out.I have 90 days to raise my goal of $2,200.( I have raised $1450 so far & only have 30 days left) If I make it I get to keep the funds raised, & use them for the business project described.If I do not meet the goal, then I get nothing & the whole thing is canceled.You can contribute as little as $1. I have lots of handmade textile creations, and silk screened goods I am giving as thank you gifts.Silk screened cards,t-shirts,textiles,yoga mat bags,retro clothespin bags, & a handmade vintage replicated baby crib set for a $195 pledge.

My motivation for having my home business back is to be available for my oldest son who is often hospitalized with C.F. Also I have a 6 year old son who I sure would like to be with far more than I am.

I am currently in a 6 month work/school program through Goodwill. I am working on getting my GED, and am also temporarily employed at a non profit.The plan is to go to college next fall, while I support myself & family with this business. Thanks for taking the time to read this & look at my sites. http://kck.st/czz2Ny

I also now have a face book fan page where you can see 300 photos of my work.Please check it out and become a fan!

This is my web site that I sell from.

Comedian looking for writing partner


Hi there,
I am looking for a writer to write with with me some materials for a stand-up show (i would be the one on stage). I have already some materials but when it come to writing i am kind of lazy and i am better working with a partner if we click together right away. Of course, there’s no pay, it’s just for the fun of it but we might get a lot of it who knows.
If you think you have some funny ideas, contact me and let’s work together but be careful…comedy is a serious business. comm-nurkv-1657757864@craigslist.org

Comic writer seeks artist for collaboration


Writer meets artist.

Writer and artist come up with an idea, flesh out concepts, characters, writing/art styles, design specifications. Writer creates scripts, sends to artist. Artist draws strip, sends back to writer. Writer letters. Both review, put up for instant fame and fortune.

I did this for a few years previously. First by myself, then with some artists from SJSU. I’d like to do it again. If you’re nearby, that’s great. If not, it can still work. I was an English major, coordinated poetry workshops for a year, and currently write song lyrics/melodies. I have experience with comics and writing in general.

I really don’t want to wear a suit.

This is me, if you’d like to take a look. www.myspace.com/sanchezmichaels

Request for a student doing a project on arts marketing..take this survey, comment with your responses to help educate others here!


I am a student in Tucson, AZ and I am trying to collect research data from across the country on how artists in the art & design fields market themselves.

Below is the link to a very brief survey (only 8 questions!). I would appreciate your participation and answers as it would greatly help me with my research project.

survey of art & design fields http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5RNQC8T

Thank you in advance for your help!


Referential Magazine seeks written poetry and prose submissions

Referential Magazine was launched January 20th 2010.
http://referentialm agazine.com/

Since our launch we have released one “issue” which included a featured poem as well as several “referred” poems and one “referred” story.

We are currently open for referred material as well as for a new featured piece.

For more detailed guidelines please visit referentialmagazine .com/guidelines

In brief we are looking for:

Referred material – you can choose any piece of writing on our site (or an individual word/phrase in a piece) to refer another piece of art. This can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comix, stage/screen, photography, art, mixed media, audio/video. The idea of referring is open to wide interpretation. We read for referred material year round.

Featured – We will be reading during the month of April for a new featured piece to debut in May. A featured piece does not have to refer to any of the other writing but just needs to be your best writing.

Again, please check out our guidelines but email us at <refermag(at) gmail.com>
(replace (at) with @) for questions and submissions.

Poetry submissions sought related to the theme of exploring “The Other”

Call for Poetry Submissions: Knocking at the Door

Knocking at the Door: Approaching the Other seeks fresh work exploring the theme of reconciling and/or coming to an understanding with the Other as it appears in all aspects of life: personal, political and societal. We want honest chronicles of your struggles to come to terms with the Other in all its forms and your sense of humor. Some of the editor’s favorite authors include Rilke, Ilya Kaminsky, Jack McCarthy and Harryette Mullen, but most of all we love poems with a unique voice of their own that defy categorization.

Think along the lines of Daphne Gottlieb in her book “Final Girl”, Margaret Atwood’s “Solstice Poem”, Paul Celan, Tess Gallagher’s “Conversation with a Fireman from Brooklyn” or Patricia Smith’s “Skinhead”. We’re less interested in poems written to reflect the woe or angst of the persona than poems reaching to understand and explore the world outside.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted from February 15, 2010 to May 15, 2010
No previously published work or simultaneous submissions, please.
Send your submissions via an email to <poetryeditors( at)buddhapussink .com> (replace (at) with @)
with the subject line “Submission for Knocking at the Door from <your name>” and an attached file in .doc or .rtf format including:

Your name & contact information
A brief author bio
3 – 5 poems, 10 pages maximum, single-spaced in at least 12 pt. font. We will think less of you if you use Comic Sans.

Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
Notifications will be sent out via email in August 2010.
Payment for publication of accepted poems: 2 copies of the completed anthology in which your work appears.

Send your best words our way! We read and choose writing democratically, pluralistically, ecumenically; therefore, we like to print a mix of writing regardless of its form, genre, school, or politics. We publish newcomers and established writers alike.

– Lisa Sisler & Lea C. Deschenes, Knocking at the Door Editors

Breakwater Review, Massachusetts literary journal, seeks written submissions

The editors at Breakwater Review, a literary journal at the MFA program at UMass Boston, is seeking high-quality poetry and prose for our summer issue. We are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction through our online submissions manager until our May 1 deadline.
Here’s a link:
http://breakwaterre view.com/ submission_ mgr/

Writers should submit up to 5,000 words of fiction, up to 3,000 words of nonfiction, or up to five poems.

We will also consider interviews and reviews, but please query first by emailing us at <breakwaterreview( at)gmail. com> (replace (at) with @)

To check out the great writers in the current issue of Breakwater Review, and to get an idea of the type of work we’re interested in, check us out at: http://breakwaterre view.com/

We look forward to reading your work!

Lit N’ Image always seeks literary fiction and visual art

My friend and colleague Kimy Martinez runs Lit N’ Image – which always seeks literary fiction (2,000 or fewer words) or visual art submissions. Their Winter 2010 issue’s up, complete with writing from Tom Mahony, Jered Ward, and Kate Wyer, among many others. http://www.litnimage.com


LITnIMAGE retains one-time electronic publishing rights for all accepted art and literature. Published work will remain archived indefinitely, and all authors retain their copyrights.LIT — LITnIMAGE accepts traditional and innovative literary fiction (sorry, no genre fiction, poetry or non-fiction). Stories must be unpublished and fewer than 2,000 words (exceptions made only for the exceptional). Submit one story or up to three flash stories via email as an attachment (.doc or .rtf) to fiction@litnimage.com Include your last name and story title in the subject field. You may include a cover letter within the text of the email if you wish.

IMAGE — LITnIMAGE accepts painting, drawing, photography and sculpture submissions via email as JPEG files. Send as many as five files (file size of 1MB or less each suggested) to us by email to art@litnimage.com  Please use file names that are your last name, followed by a dot (period) and the title of the work. For example, if Bob Smith submits a work titled River, the file name would be smith.river. All types of art will be considered, but provocative work that is outside of the mainstream is of special interest to us.

We will try to respond within four to six weeks (and often sooner). Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know immediately if your story or artwork is accepted elsewhere. If we choose to publish your work, we will ask you for a short bio in MS Word and a headshot photo in JPEG format.

For general queries email us at info@litnimage.com

Cerise Press, online French/United States cross-cultural journal, seeks written submissions of all types

Cerise Press (www.cerisepress.com), an international online journal
based in the United States and France, builds cross-cultural bridges by
featuring artists and writers in English and translations, with an
emphasis on French and Francophone works. Co-founded by Sally Molini,
Karen Rigby, and Fiona Sze-Lorrain in 2009, Cerise Press hopes to serve
as a gathering force where imagination, insight, and conversation
express the evolving and shifting forms of human experience.

Each issue features poetry, translations, essays, fiction, photography,
art, interviews, and reviews. Previous authors have included Pablo
Medina, Yusef Komunyakaa, Eleanor Wilner, Mahmoud Darwish (translated by
Fady Joudah), Tahar Bekri (translated by Marilyn Hacker), Nathaniel
, Tess Gallagher, Quan Barry, Sandra Beasley, and many others.

The journal is open year-round to submissions in fiction, poetry,
translations, photography, and art.
For essays, interviews, and reviews, please query first. We are
currently reading for upcoming issues.

Please visit the website for detailed guidelines:

Back issues are also available online:

International Ada Lovelace Day – honoring women’s contributions to math, science, and technology


Happy Ada Lovelace Day! We as an online magazine are joining in with the international effort to acknowledge women’s contributions to math, science, and technology fields every March 24th. This is my personal blogpost as editor-in-chief – please comment with mentions of women you admire, and/or write your own blogposts.

For more information, and to sign up to read others’ blogposts, please visit http://findingada.com

I dedicate this post to Dr. Marilyn Winkelby, Stanford epidemiologist seeking to look at the big picture in terms of how diseases and chronic health conditions differently affect various socioeconomic and cultural groups. She’s looking at the biology and medical science, but also looking at what the lab findings mean for actual people.

Also, Dr. Winkelby launched an initiative to interest and help empower and educate more young people about going into health science careers and studying biology and chemistry while in high school. She’s working to ensure the future of these fields while advancing them herself.

Here’s a link to the Winkelby Lab through Stanford’s website: http://winkleby.stanford.edu/

I would also like to mention Kenya’s Dr. Wangari Maathai, botanist, ecologist, and author as well as the mother of Kenya’s Greenbelt movement, which works to plant trees for erosion control in rural farm areas. She’s brought about concrete results all over Kenya and other parts of the world, in ways backed up with scientific evidence, and in ways which immediately, directly benefit ordinary people growing food for their families as well as address the long-term concerns for the natural environment.

Dr. Maathai’s book, Unbowed, is an inspiration and I would recommend it to anyone reading this. Here’s the website for her Greenbelt movement: http://www.wangarimaathai.com/

Also, Dr. Dawn Sumner of my own alma mater, UC Davis, is a geologist looking at the Martian soil for evidence of past and present water and possible life. I had the privilege of interviewing her for a feature story I put together on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and she was very articulate and well-informed. She also came to speak at a public lecture put on by the Explorit Science Center, helping to educate others about geological research.

Dr. Sumner just finished a research expedition to Antarctica to observe conditions in dry lakebeds and the bacteria which thrive in those environments, in hopes that the project will shed light on possible geologic conditions in which life may exist in similar environments on other planets or in our Earth’s early days.

She blogged throughout her experience, detailing not just her research but the daily living conditions and procedures involved in maintaining camp in such a harsh and unique environment. She’s very personable and an engaging writer…you may read her posts here: http://dawninantarctica.blogspot.com/

Also, I acknowledge the female researchers, staff and volunteers at our own Chabot Space and Science Center!

Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Wishing everyone the best as we celebrate and honor the progress being made in many fields.

April’s Synchronized Chaos Issue: Transliteration

Welcome to April’s issue of Synchronized Chaos! Happy Easter and Purim and Earth Day, wishing you all well.

This month we’re exploring Transliteration – the process of translating languages using different alphabets in a way that preserves as much as possible the spelling, look, and feel of the original language.

Here’s a link to a decent description of the definition and process of transliteration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transliteration

Painter Chiyo Miyashita credits the traditional Japanese poetic forms of haiku and tanka as inspirations for her images. Haiku and tanka are short and highly structured poems, with strict syllable counts per line. Her ‘Wandering Fox’ series presents space and visual images arranged in a structured way, conveying the feel and rhythm of a compact poem.

Our other visual artist, mosaic and furniture builder Cheryl Gallagher, also renders complex natural and other images into the hard, static media of concrete or glass. Her style relies on capturing contrasts of light and dark, warm and cool colors to represent the initial visual impression one receives from viewing a poppy on a brilliant blue spring day, or the precariously balanced boxes representing pharmaceutical distribution in poor areas of Africa.

Emerging author Kate Raphael also ‘maps’ the Israeli-Palestinian conflict out through the personal and professional lives of two women detectives, who must put aside personality differences and cultural resentments in order to solve a murder together. Through her novel, Raphael transliterates large societal issues into a story which stays specific and local, grounded in people’s actual lives, rather than abstracting the nature of the conflict into another context or simply making a broad, general statement for peace.

Reaching back into history, and into the current-day realities of her faith, author Cynthia Lamanna describes the experience of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In many Christian traditions, Jesus was physically ‘transliterated,’ returning to Earth in a human body soon after His death and capable of talking, walking, and sharing a meal with his friends. His resurrected body was literally similar to what it was before His death, not just a metaphor or spiritual vision which reminded people of whom they’d known before. Yet, he’d changed the world forever in the time he’d been gone, overcoming the power of human wrongdoing and death through his sacrifice.

The musicians we spotlight, guitarist/composer Bruno Ricci and singer/songwriter Shanna Gilfix, have also changed over the year we’ve followed their careers. Each of their music contains elements of the raw, hopeful energy with which they began singing and performing, yet reflects more complex harmonies and emotions.

We invite you to listen to the new music samples while reading and looking through our other offerings. Through this issue, our contributors demonstrate how one’s work and life may change over time, but how that change does not have to mean eliminating the beauty or the history or the essence of the past.

Catching up with musicians and songwriters Bruno Ricci and Shanna Gilfix


Everyone – remember the musicians from California we featured last spring? We would like to catch up with Bruno Ricci and Shanna Gilfix, both of whom are still performing and composing there.

Shanna Gilfix now works with a new songwriting partner, Jeff Sterzer, and has relocated to southern California near San Juan Capistrano. Newly rechristened as ‘Shanna’s Daydream,’ her largish band sports smiley, enthusiastic photos on their new Facebook fan page, which you may find here, along with some new music: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanna-Gilfix/72167204800 Gilfix and Sterzer have recruited several new SoCal folks for backup instruments and vocals, and pay tribute to their efforts on the fanpage.

Group members still describe their style as ‘acoustic soul,’ although fans who attended their latest show comment on how some newer songs sounded like American blues music. They’re still performing many of their classic ballads, such as “It Took Losing You” – and hopefully, old favorites which speak to the need to acknowledge and accept various stages of life, such as ‘Questions Never Lie.

They’re seeking the perfect producer to come and sign them – which hopefully will happen very soon.

Bruno Ricci and his band also offer up new guitar tunes for our listening pleasure, and still perform in Saratoga at the Blue Rock Shoot, a laid-back community cafe. Ricci took some time off while traveling out of the USA on business related to his day-job, but is now back to the South SF Bay Area and to the music!

Here are a few clips of him live onstage playing new original pieces, such as “Not a Friend,” along with covers of classics, including “Love Song” and “The World I Know.” http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bruno+ricci&search_type=&aq=f

His music has the same soulful, gently energetic resonance to it that it always has – although the guitar sounds a bit more complex and mature.