Clover 12

clover_12_coverJust delivered! Norman Green and I are delighted to bring you Volume 12 of Clover, A Literary Rag. Politically astute with unusual twists–the writing is marvelous–funny and wise and weird.

This volume is dedicated to the memory of our beloved IWS sister, Shelley Muzzy.  Shelley’s death came as we prepared our latest Clover for publication. Her energy danced in life. We loved her and miss her laugh; chocolates she brought from Trader Joe’s for Tuesday night meetings; her stories from Indonesia and Thailand: and, all the fabrics she loved from Asia.  Shelley’s novel-in-progress “Love & Haight,” was about the Summer of Love, 1967 San Francisco.  It was nearly completed at the time of her passing. Shelley’s story in Clover, v. 12 is called “The Rat Man,” and it is from her memoir. Oh those would-be lovers who come with a rat on the shoulder and  friends without noses.

I wrote an unattributed poem to close Clover. An image that caught my attention while we walked my  two-week-old grandson through the park across the street from my daughter’s Brussels’ apartment.  In the park are both a mosque and a Catholic church.

Sunlit spiral
butterfly afloat
priest and imam

The littlest of images, but then I recall one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.


If you want to buy the latest Clover at Village Books, give them a day or two to catalog it. If you want to get it right here from us directly. Follow the link.



From Clover


In the winter edition of Clover, A Literary Rag I will be reviewing Douglas Cole’s Bali Poems and Take to the Highway: Arabesques for Travelers by Bryce Milligan.

I do not know a job better than one that requires reading poetry and prose by such fine writers.

I was in the bank the other day and the teller noticed my savings account for the Independent Writers’ Studio.

He said, “So you have the dream job?”

“Yup,” I answered with a smile.

The Sully



At our outrageously fun September celebration of CLOVER, A LITERARY RAG’s 11th edition at Village Books in early September Clover received an auspicious, cool as silk on an autumn night, award. A SULLY!

We post it here with thanks and love to the mind meld of Laurel Leigh and Mike Allegra. Mike is a gifted children’s book illustrator and he also writes short stories. Sully the little salamander critter  is his creation. One of Mike’s short stories appeared in Clover, v.11, and one is slated for Clover, v. 12. We have been privileged to publish Laurel’s work, and are always excited to see what she is up to next. Laurel is an editor, writer, teacher, and open mic emcee at Village Book’s Poetry Night.  She supports Clover, and we love her for the enthusiasm she brings — along with her camera.

If you long to be part of the Clover family — get your submissions in. The closing date is September 30 — 48 hours away.  Seriously cool!


Clover, A Literary Rag comes back to Village Books in Fairhaven, Sunday, September 4th at 4 PM. Vol. 11 of the vibrant locally produced journal contains stories and poetry from over fifty talented writers—a truly international cast. Representing all of them, our September readers showcase what Clover does best! Join us.
Clover, A Literary Rag comes back to Village Books in Fairhaven, Sunday, September 4th at 4 PM. Vol. 11 of the vibrant locally produced journal contains stories and poetry from over fifty talented writers—a truly international cast. Representing all of them, our September readers showcase what Clover does best! Join us.


I recently moved from a huge house to a small house. In an insane real estate market, my old house sold 4 times in 5 months.  The heart palpitating ride landed and although I am not getting in line for another go-round, I am delighted I braved the one I was on.

Outside my window red tailed hawks glide high over pastureland, and the sunsets bring walkers daily.   At night the heavens open to stars and moon, in a quiet world. Yesterday I walked by a thicket of trees that opened onto a perfectly framed Mt. Baker. Wild chamomile sprouted along the way.

In a few days I will travel to Brussels to reunite with my daughters. In the upcoming days I will begin to chronicle this adventure.

Clover, A Literary Rag,  Vol. 11 comes home to Village Books, September 4 at 4 PM.   We will have a fabulous  show, so mark your calendars.

Our popularity grows as do our submissions.  Get yours in today for our next edition. Our submissions ending date for Clover, vol. 12 is September 30th.  For details check our link.



Everything Coming Up Clover

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Clover, A Literary Rag, volume 11 debuted at the Chuckanut Writers conference June 23.  Norman L Green hosted our table and greeted passersby during the two-day event held at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.  One of our favorite Clover contributors, editor and writer, Laurel Leigh emceed our overflow-open mic on the conference’s concluding night at the Village Inn across the street from Village Books in Fairhaven.

Kudos to everyone attending–and to all our contributors who make Clover the success it is.

Happy to report that Village Books continues to carry Clover, A Literary Rag here in Bellngham.  We shipped Clover, v. 11 to Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, Aunties, in Spokane, Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop, and The Writer’s Workshoppe in Port Townsend.  We love partnering with bookstores that remain dedicated to literary publications.  We have an audience, and we remain grateful for its support.

I have been absent for the greater share of the summer–I moved!  To greener pastures.

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Clover caught my attention just before powering on my lawnmower at my new house.

And now I am back. (I wish it was that simple!)

Clover, A Literary Rag celebrates its current edition by a reading at Village Books. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 4 at 4 PM.  Norman and I will introduce some of our contributors who will read from their latest work–and something from Clover. The house is packed at these events and it’s great fun.

Switching gears:

The Independent Writers’ Studio has two groups — Monday afternoon  from 1-3 and Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM.  If you want an easy going, supportive environment with insightful commentary, give us a try. In September, groups begin again in earnest. For details, visit our IWS page on Facebook and let us know about your interest.



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Our ad for  the upcoming Chuckanut Writers Conference catalog– Clover will be at the conference handing out freebies and offering sidewalk conference commentary — always so much fun to take part and truly listen to the fine writers brought in as faculty  and to meet and greet other writer organizations in Bellingham. Best of all are those attending  who come into the conference with books and stories-in-the-works and poetry.

Clover‘s table is close to Village Books at the conference. I am one of their best conference customers, and it is a delight to see Clover‘s summer edition among the books set out to buy. I love the food truck too!

So thumb’s up to Jessica Lohafer, conference coordinator from Whatcom Community College, Village Books, and all of us who support the writing community.

SUBMISSION PERIOD ENDS APRIL 30, 2016 — TWO DAYS LEFT! Clover, A Literary Rag‘s June edition will be out for conference time, June 24th!

Welcoming Submissions


HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY from Clover, A Literary Rag

Spring winds through evergreen boughs — blue skies — green beer.  A grand day to be Irish.

A reminder to get your submissions in for the 11th edition of Clover! We accept poetry, short stories, essays and memoir slices. We love the Northwest but open our arms and our interests to you, wherever you are. Follow the link to and find out how easily you can submit your best work to us.

There was a literary rag named Clover
That got to be known all over
The fun that was had
Made the editors glad
And welcome your words, moreover.