Author Archive
“Pandemic 1918,” by Susann Cokal.

“Pandemic 1918,” by Susann Cokal.

Historical perspective from a novel-in-manuscript called Influence. I have a little bird and its name is Enza. I opened up the window and in-flew-Enza! . Skipping rope at an athletics carnival, c. 1917. NOTE: The current pandemic has naturally made me think of a novel manuscript I completed recently, Influence, in which twin sisters Flora and...
Contributor News: Judith Sara Gelt's first memoir is published.

Contributor News: Judith Sara Gelt’s first memoir is published.

“A powerful and heartrending  story of personal recovery.” ​—Kirkus Reviews Judith Sara Gelt’s essay “A Pious Fraud” appeared in our very first issue, Dangerous Territory. Now her memoir, Reckless Steps Toward Sanity, has been published by University of New Mexico Press. We’ll let the publisher describe it: At sixteen Judith Sara Gelt finally rebels after spending years watching her...
“It Wasn’t Until …,” a memoir by Beth Uznis Johnson. On becoming essential during Covid-19.

“It Wasn’t Until …,” a memoir by Beth Uznis Johnson. On becoming essential during Covid-19.

“Even though the facility had kept the virus out of the building so far, the pandemic was killing my dad.” The author with her father, just days before he died. The first time I saw my father at his memory care facility, after ten weeks of Covid-19 lockdown, he sat at the breakfast table, slumped in his...
“I want everyone to know what’s really happening on the front lines”: video from Jane Soyka’s Covid-19 hospital room.

“I want everyone to know what’s really happening on the front lines”: video from Jane Soyka’s Covid-19 hospital room.

Jane survived Covid-19. Her roommate, Elida, did not. “I‘m not going to start the blame game … except to blame the government for sabotaging the CDC and science.” Stills from Jane’s video. Editors’ Note: Violinist Jane Soyka lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Covid-19 spiked dramatically in November. Her story shows how quickly symptoms can go from mild...
COVID Diary: A Physician Gets Sick.

COVID Diary: A Physician Gets Sick.

Dr. Leslie Hayes took every precaution, but she still caught COVID — her thoughts on contagion, masks, the vaccine, and the holidays. “The virus had gone through 50 people before I got it. Many of them took precautions and then just got unlucky, but some of them were careless or didn’t think the rules applied to them …”...