“Old Lady Bruises”

An essay about aging by Rachel ThompsonYou’ve seen them— old man or old lady—they’re everywhere. Molded from common cast. Their forearms look as if they’ve reached into the jaws of death. But, perhaps, they had only reached for a can of tuna. You wonder if it’s cancer or medication, or another sign of death’s encroachingContinue reading ““Old Lady Bruises””

Exploring Bookshop.org and supporting our authors, a review of Tiffani Velez’s The Search

Last week, we set up an affiliate link with Bookshop.org, an organization that supports independent booksellers. Here in the Lehigh Valley, we have two great independent bookstores, Book & Puppet Company in downtown Easton and Let’s Play Books in Emmaus. The concept is brilliant. Readers can order their books online and designate their favorite retailerContinue reading “Exploring Bookshop.org and supporting our authors, a review of Tiffani Velez’s The Search”

Adventures in Fine Art: Writers and Painters in Collaboration

Today is the first day of the Chester County Studio Tour which celebrates 165 different artists in 68 studios. Gayle Hendricks, Parisian Phoenix art director, and myself, Angel Ackerman, publisher, joined Heather Pasqualino Weirich of Heather Pasqualino Fine Art at her studio on magnificent Valley Forge Mountain. Heather allowed us to use her painting onContinue reading “Adventures in Fine Art: Writers and Painters in Collaboration”

A night at the Stick Figure Open Mic

Tonight several members of the Parisian Phoenix community (publisher Angel Ackerman, poet Darrell Parry, editor Nancy Scott and anthology contributor and artist Maryann Riker) attended the Stick Figure Poetry Open Mic hosted by Darrell on the third Thursday of the month at Mary Meuser Memorial Library. Amid green cupcakes, we enjoyed poetry and prose fromContinue reading “A night at the Stick Figure Open Mic”

Neighbors and Navigations

By Nancy Scott, Parisian Phoenix Poetry Editor So much of what divides us and holds us together depends upon the need for and availability of knowledge and perspective. I’ve been disabled from birth and, in my 68 years, I’ve learned that misconceptions are often handled through everyday transactions.My neighbors see me using the stairs andContinue reading “Neighbors and Navigations”

Indexing an anthology

In case you haven’t noticed, I— Angel Ackerman, the publisher at Parisian Phoenix, pride myself on my nerdy side. So when we finished the lay out and final line edit of our upcoming nonfiction anthology on marginalized identities, I told our director that I wanted to index it. Manually. It took ten days of flippingContinue reading “Indexing an anthology”