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

Poetry

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

Opinion

Everybody Has One—

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

Longing to Belong by Judi Bergen

Longing to Belong

Judi Bergen

“A must read!” debut novel


Longing to Belong by Judi Bergen is beautifully written in a style reminiscent of Faith Sullivan’s Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse. Turtle Creek, Iowa comes to life through the eyes of Amanda MacGregor, a young woman struggling to fit in with others in town. Her life is haunted by a family tragedy and secrets held by her father’s maiden sister who runs their household. Bergen’s characters drive the story within the milieu of small town life. A must read!  Sue Grove, English & French emeritus faculty, Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota.
Longing to Belong, Judi Bergen’s debut novel, is an authentic, compelling story that draws the reader into the hidden layers of a family’s tragedy shrouded in secrecy.  Recommended read for those who want to know the characters inner lives and how they affect the trajectory of their actions. —Kathleen Vellenga, author of Strangers in Our Midst and In the Midst of Bounty.

Amazon Reviews—

From Mary Ragland: Author Judi Bergen beautifully tells this story. It’s a book you can’t put down. I hope there is another one on the horizon!


Green Blade 2016 Edition

The annual literary magazine of the Rural America Writers Center, Plainview, Minnesota, published through a special partnership with Shipwreckt Books.

 

Green Blade 2016 Contributors:
Peter Allen
Jill Krase
Justin Watkins
Jennifer Jesseph
Tom Driscoll
CJ Jacobson
Nancy Hengeveld
Steven Vogel
Craig Falkum
Elliott Foster
Carolyn Bizien
Susan McMillan
Nicole Borg
Nicholas Ozment
Marcia Savela
Kit Rohrbach
Kim Zabel
Dan Butterfass
Scott Lowery
Tim J Brennan
Betty Benner
Larry Gavin
Ken McCullough
Elizabeth Oness
Cecilia Dingledy
Melissa McNallan
Emilio DeGrazia
Donna Halvorson
Benj Mahle
Peg Bauernfeind
Gloria Smit

Lost Lake Folk Opera – V3N2

Special Winter Sun Issue

Featuring the Rural Economic Development Roundtable

held in Plainview, Minnesota, on December 1, 2015.


With Rochester and Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center promising to alter the dynamics of small communities throughout southeast Minnesota, four individuals active in growing sustainable rural economies weigh-in on a wide range of issues.

Dean Harrington, Sheila Kiscaden, Gary Smith and John Torgrimson drill deep into the many issues affecting sustainable rural economic development. 

Contributors: Sheila Kiscaden. John Torgrimson. Gary Smith. Dean Harrington. Dan Munson. Roger C. Morris. Judi Bergen. Merle Hanson. Larry Johnson. John MacLean. Arnetta L. Lane. Andy Roberts. Sean Lause. Mark Metzler. Ron Hardy. Molly McDonald. Tom Farrell. Tom Driscoll.

One Degree South

Steve Snook

One Degree South is a sweeping tale of love, politics and witchcraft set in the oil-rich nation of Gabon just as the Cold War ends. The U.S. relationship with African dictators suddenly changes and election fervor, which dominates the headlines in African capitals, sweeps through the remotest of tiny villages.
Stephen L. Snook’s One Degree South is one of the most powerful first novels I’ve ever come across. Snook is both a master storyteller and a perceptive and insightful observer. The novel is part love story, part political narrative and part supernatural thriller.” — Twin Cities Arts & Opera Critic William Randall writing at http://www.GOODREADS.com
Stephen L. Snook’s One Degree South is a colorful African tapestry of romance, mystery and a little witchcraft. This debut novel by an author who worked in Africa for 25 years is a perfect summer read.” — Mary Ann Grossmann, Saint Paul Pioneer-Press
Stephen L. Snook is a specialist in international development who has spent over 25 years living and working in Africa. In addition to Gabon, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, he has worked in (or visited) Botswana, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Haiti. Steve has a doctorate in political science from the University of Florida. He is married, the father of three daughters, and currently lives in Vermont. This is his first novel.

Amazon Reviews—

Lauren Montgomery-Rinehart writes: Beautiful, perceptive, and human account of the encounter of two worlds…that become one. This is a beautifully and intelligently written book. If you like politics, world cultures, and keen insight into the relationships between two Others, this is the book for you. If you enjoy reading about Peace Corps, Gabon, or Africa, this is the book for you. I love the characters and the voice. I love the language and cultural insights. This is a 100% enjoyable read. I found myself getting lost in the narrative and world Snook created.

From Mike Livingston: Fantastic reading! Extremely well written and vivid in it’s descriptions of the terrain and the people in that part of the world.