is accepting submissions for its 2019 anthology SACRAMENTO


Please send 5 submissions of your poetry/prose to

Deadline for submitting is June 30, 2019

We prefer previously unpublished work but will accept any previously published items.  Please include where it was FIRST published and when.





Rungs Of The Ladder
Phil Weidman

The Order Of Events
Wagner &  Alexander

Sacramento Voices

Crazy John Poems
A. D. Winans

Simple Sweetness
Barbara West

D. R. Wagner

Sacramento Voices

D. R. Wagner

Sharon Gariepy Frye

Sacramento Voices

Taylor Graham

Spider Season
Susan Kelly-DeWitt

In Chaparral
Wendy Williams

West Of Angels
Allegra Silberstein

The Near Enough
Michael Keith

Silva Zanoyan Merjanian
National 2015 Book Winner

Forgive Me Father
 Bill Pieper

Sacramento Voices 2014
Edited by Phillip Larrea

Sacramento Voices 2015
Edited by Phillip Larrea

Remembering Eternity
D. R. Wagner

Bones, Skin & Soul
David Iribarne

Out Of Reach
Cynthia Linville

We The People
Phillip Larrea


In The Rear View Mirror
Phil Weidman

D. R. Wagner



The Lost Thing
Cynthia Linville

Sacramento Voices

Black Ink Junkie
Dave Boles


The View From Mt. Aukum
Ben Hiatt

Homage To A Word
Dave Boles

Phoenix Fire
Tim O'Laughlin


Some Sort Of Easy Life
Mark Weber

Dave Boles


A Small Answer To
A Large Question
Dave Boles



Do Aluminum Chickens
Eat Metal Feed?
Dave Boles


You Tore Us
Meri St. Mary

Media Dissertation
Of A Balding Man
Dave Boles


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TOUGH ENOUGH is a rare collection of poetry from four incredible women; Annie Menebroker, Victoria Dalkey, Kathryn Hohlwein and Viola Weinberg. The collection offers a unique look into the writing of these four formidable voices and offers the reader a chance to experience their "shared" journey as Tough Old Broads while at the same time maintaining their individual journeys through life as poets, mothers, wives, and confidants; their poetry enriching us with beauty, poise, grace and at times, gritty realism. It is a collection of unique voices weaving a storied tapestry of words and images the reader will turn back to again and again. This is a timeless journey of life lived to its fullest. Grand in one moment, heartbreakingly difficult the next, this is as honest a look at four friends and their journey through poetry that you will ever find.

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Reading Tough Enough, I think of Basho—“It is deep autumn/my neighbor/how does he live, I wonder.” I wonder, too, how one lives, survives and even thrives in “deep autumn.” The “how to,” might be found in the work of these four poets who have immersed themselves in poetry, art, music, dance, embracing life’s sorrow as well as its joy. In “Tulare Motel” Annie Menebroker speaks of Wilma who escapes hellish summer heat, “. . . But she blessed/ this strange room, played cards/ with her brother, and called her/ friends to spread the word of survival.” Spreading the word of survival—what act of poetry is more blessed than that—is exactly what the poets of Tough Enough do. That they refer to themselves as Tough Old Broads speaks to an unselfconscious resilience that is the backbone of this collection. There are questions here as well as answers. Kathryn Holwein’s villanelle, “My Acts,” begins “Are my acts like the ash I will become/since everything feels ghostly from this striving.” Victoria Dalkey’s “Elegy In The Old City Cemetery” questions the nature of the mind: “A new paradigm for the mind holds/it is like a cloud, vaporous, amorphous,/ a shape-shifting function of imagination.” Perhaps the ultimate answer to how one might live, given sufficient courage, is found in Viola Weinberg’s “Arthur’s Seat, The Easy Way,” the poem that closes this sterling collection: “I threw myself into the very muscle of desire.”

                                             Donna Hilbert


Four different strains of speculative intelligence. Four lifetimes sorted. The same years captured by different sensibilities—all with that certain ache that is poetry. What I like is the rich mix of memory & public commentary. Annie Menebroker’s lyrics bursts, for example—the cogent self-questioning that turns to larger issues. Kathryn Hohlwein’s spiritual sense in poems that are moving & insightful, always emotionally right. It’s not by chance that the four poets have integrated their gifts & their life-work. From her practice as an art critic, Victoria Dalkey seems to take her vision & feel for order, her wit & sense of tonal shift. Viola Weinberg recaptures, exuberant & expansive, in the know, the challenges of working in the media & being a mother. Her intense & dramatic poem, “Arthur’s Seat, the Easy Way,” about climbing Scotland’s almost mythic height, in spite of her health & physical limits, is about the transcendence that is the task for all four poets.

                                             Dennis Schmitz


What a pleasure and delight to find four poets whose work I have loved and admired for many years gathered together here. Sly, witty, passionate, painterly, erudite voices calling out to us--to our hearts--from the heart of the mysterious quotidians. This book, these poems are a great gift.

                                             Susan Kelly-DeWitt