Issue 6: Winter 2020

Did you know The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary in 2020? Well, if you are on our mailing list, I’m sure you are aware of our major fundraising campaign. If you are not aware…you are now!

Things have been progressing at the speed of light here at the Colony. Two of our suites have been remodeled and await the pleasure of providing you with an environment conducive to writing. And we have two more that have been sponsored and ready to be renovated. So when you are ready to write, the Colony will be ready for you.

We also have a new Scholarship fund established to assist our residents with some of the financial requirements to stay at the Colony. Schedule a visit, and I am sure the muse will visit you. But you do not have to write the entire time you here, like Stephen King says, “I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.” We keep a library of books published by our writing residents. There will always be something on hand to pique your imagination or broaden your perspective.

In this edition of eMerge, we once again bring you stories to inform and amuse, and poetry that will make you laugh, cry and look at the Earth’s beauty and majesty with a sense of awe. Our authors have courageously shared a piece of their humanity with you. We hope you can appreciate and enjoy their contributions. They are unique stories. Hopefully, they will encourage you to write in your own unique voice. The voice that is you.

I have already used one quote from a writer, but I am not so proud that I won’t use another. One I find amusing, as well as insightful, is from Kurt Vonnegut. “First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” In other words, don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Just tell your story. Ignore the critics as well as the rules and write. Preferably, here at the Writers’ Colony!

So, if you run into James Patterson or Susan Phillips while you are out golfing, you might tell them about the Writers’ Colony and eMerge. Or maybe, while you are attending the San Miguel Writers’ Conference in San Miguel de Allende, you bump into Joyce Carol Oates or Gail Sheehy, you might mention our little writing sanctuary located in the Ozarks. If you look at our updated eMerge website, you will see that we have a new tab, Write Now, Podcast. The tab will take you to the podcasts being produced by the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and we invite you to listen to one of them!

Every dollar matters! Please, help us acquire the financing that will keep the Writers” Colony at Dairy Hollow flourishing as a sanctuary for writers and writing. You may donate here: https://www.writerscolony.org/contribution-options

Until
Next time,
I remain,
Just an exhausted Zororastafarian editor trying to figure out why turning down the car stereo helps me see better…


Table of Contents

  1. Rampant Day
    by Linda Dimitroff
  2. Remain in Mexico
    by Ruth Nasrullah
  3. Beautiful Moon
    by Bill McCloud
  4. TEARS OF QUẢNG TRỊ
    by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
  5. Papa’s Handwriting
    by Zhenya Yevtushenko
  6. Invisible Wounds
    by Woody Barlow
  7. Six Poems
    by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
  8. The Gigolo
    by Martha Anne Toll
  9. A Belfast Legend
    by Aileen Bartlett
  10. The Silver Lining
    by Ruth Nasrullah
  11. Writing
    by Woody Barlow
  12. Memories of a Cajun Night
    by Joan Baril
  13. The Coin-Op Church
    by Cynthia Gallaher
  14. Mountainburg 12-27-17
    by Amy Taylor
  15. Sweet Grass
    by Levi Harmon
  16. A Sagittarian Looks Toward the Sky
    by Bill McCloud
  17. Writers Are Thieves
    by Nikki Hanna
  18. Edible Pages
    by Cynthia Gallaher
  19. I Am a Survivor
    by Ray Shermer
  20. Ode to a Coffee Table at Whitty Books
    by Laurence Foshee
  21. STORM
    by Michael Brownstein
  22. Caudatorio
    by Carolyn Dahl
  23. On Hà Nội Street
    by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
  24. Indonesian Rain
    by Ray Shermer
  25. The Scoop
    by Joan Baril
  26. A Sketch on My First Writers’ Workshop, for V.
    by Laurence Foshee
  27. Word Juggler
    by Cynthia Gallaher
  28. Christopher Wrote a Poem Today about a Woman with Stigmata
    by Bill McCloud
  29. In the Time of Leaving
    by Shana Ritter
  30. The Flicker and the Flame
    by Levi Harmon
  31. TYLER
    by Michael Brownstein
  32. Atop a Sloping Hill
    by Cynthia Gallaher
  33. Love Letters (at the end of all of this)
    by Bill McCloud
  34. Last Night’s Dream
    by Teresa Pelliccio Devito
  35. Christmas in a Snowless City
    by Carolyn Dahl
  36. Promise Everything
    by Zhenya Yevtushenko
  37. A Love or a Desert
    by Bill McCloud
  38. While I was at War…
    by Charles Templeton
  39. Golden Chords, Golden Shovel
    by Cynthia Gallaher
  40. The Grey Cliff Train Robbery
    by Ray Shermer
  41. Because the Sub Basement Flooded
    by Michael Brownstein
  42. North Window
    by Carolyn Dahl
  43. A Colony of Words
    by Ray Shermer
  44. Dance Maker
    by Levi Harmon
  45. Memories
    by Ray Shermer

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Charles Templeton is the author of the award winning, bestselling novel, Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam. When Charles isn’t busy working on his next historical fiction novel, he serves on the Board of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, a writers’ retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Charles also serves as the Acquisitions Editor for the Colony’s online literary magazine, eMerge.

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