Convoluted Tales

J.P. Johnson

Debut short story collection

A whirling mix of short fiction, Convoluted Tales looks at every aspect of life in the Upper Midwest through a lens warped slightly by the bizarre, the ironic and tragic.

J.P. Johnson is a semi-retired real estate agent as is now living a work-optional lifestyle in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Marylee and daughter, Erin. He is a long-time member of the Minneapolis Writers’ Workshop.

Arguments & Negotiations & All that Matters

Pixie Beadrin Youngdahl Urista

In memoriam – Pixie passed in August 2018

This expanded edition of Pixie Youngdahl’s 2013 cancer survivor’s memoir includes Legacy Letters to ancestors as well as family photos.

“Pixie Youngdahl, the author of The Timeless Café, now takes you down her own personal journey of dealing with cancer. Like she tackles everything else in life, Pixie knocks cancer on its ass. Hard to do, and even harder to be successful, Pixie masters a firsthand experience of dealing with the effects of chemotherapy using humor and charm. For anyone going through chemo, if you need a major attitude adjustment from life ~ this is a must read.” David Fingerman author of Edging Past Reality and Two Degrees Closer to Hell

Lost Lake Folk Art v4n1 2017

Lost Lake Folk Opera – V4N1

Livin’ the Good Life

Winter-Spring 2017

Lost Lake Folk Opera V4N1

Featured In This Issue—

The War at Home. Three Poems by Jacob Patchen.   The Old Dark House We Lived In. Nicholas Ozment. Daughters and Dogs. Short fiction by Jackie Goodwin. Three poems by Dan Butterfass. On Hands. Tom Driscoll.

Short Fiction 

Paradise Cemetery. David A. Forrester. The Finder. Perry Palin. Green Tea. Christopher G. Bremicker. The Backlands. Ken Fliés


Portraits by the Bartender. Michael Willson. Four Sonnets. Clay Marks. More than Books. Robert Kingett. Disconnect the Dots. Nate Logan. Three Poems. Sheryl Nelms. Fifteenth Child. Victor Pearn. Two Short Poems. Vivian Boland Schroder. Eight River Poems. Audre Ionia Kluzik


Everybody Has One—

How he Made a Fool of Me. Emilio DeGrazia. Livin’ the Good Life. Tom Driscoll

Domestication by Rob Hardy

Domestication – Collected Poems 1996-2006

Rob Hardy

Poet Laureate Northfield, Minnesota 

Available at Content Bookstore in Northfield

Amazon Reviews—

Carrie L. writes: In these beautiful, reflective poems, Domestication is a collection to be savored. As I read each poem, the words of Rob Hardy’s generous, intimate introduction resonated. Regarding a move to Minnesota, he notes, “Poetry became a map to help me make my way to this new place.” In these beautiful, reflective poems, that new place is sometimes a physical location, an experience, or a fully appreciated moment. A classicist who has spent much of his adult life noting the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane, Hardy is as astute discussing a young boy building a world with clay as he is the fall of Troy. His words, soft, powerful, and somehow always bearing his wonder and gratitude, allow the reader to feel the magnitude of the personal and the universal, the momentary and the historical. A poem I returned to again and again, “Ars Poetica While Waiting for the Appliance Repairman,” begins: These words will never fix anything. In its entirety, however, this poem stamped Hardy’s self-deprecation on my heart and righted my morning. I’ll keep this collection close at hand.