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From the Editor

Sage Advice

Scattered orange and white feathers clung to the Mexican sage, its branches like outstretched arms holding the detached plumage. Under nearby roses and lavender, they were strewn over dry earth like petals discarded by a flower girl. There were mature tail feathers; there were tiny, downy ones. I detangled each one and regarded its beauty before dropping it into a paper bag. I didn’t want there to be any left to entice the murderous dog back to that spot.

It was only an hour earlier when I found the bird’s mutilated body, still alive, and hidden in the bush along the retention wall in my backyard...

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Contents

The Bird Messenger

The yellow moon hung low over the Gulf of Mexico on the western horizon; its shimmering rays glinted off the deep turquoise waters...

The Gift

Her arms extended to balance on the steep terrain, Maria Auxiliadora resembles an old-fashioned scale, the kind used to weigh...

What didn't happen in the kitchen

When I think of him, I think of the kitchen in the home where I lived from the time I was born until I left for college...

Good Enough

I’m sitting in the overstuffed chair at my marriage counselor’s office. It’s 1988, I’m 28, and my husband and I, despite only being...

Games

Our block was distinguished by its sameness. The eight two-story apartment buildings – four on one side of the street, four on...

Baby Joshua

I wrap my confident, motherly arms around Baby Joshua, his sweet baby face just inches from mine, my hand resting on his chest...

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What we're looking for: Scene-driven, first-person nonfiction.

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About Six Hens

Each issue we feature true stories about the moments that define and redefine. Our writers take us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their storytelling, they change us.


Our editors

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Suzanne Galante Editor in Chief

Suzanne Galante has launched newsletters, produced content for top web sites and segments of KRON TV's popular travel show Bay Area Backroads, written cover stories for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Bay Area Parent Magazine, and was one of the nation's first paid bloggers. Her work has appeared in TheStreet.com, CNET News.com, ABC News.com, the New York Post, CNN.com, The Industry Standard, The Deal, the Colorado Daily, and Oxygen.com. Suzanne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a Journalism degree from Northeastern University. She has been writing as
Mother in Chief since 2005.

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Marcy Burstiner Editor at Large

Marcy Burstiner was born in New York City and grew up in Yonkers, NY. She started her journalism career as an assistant editor at the Multinational Monitor Magazine, which was founded by Ralph Nader. After getting her masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she worked as a reporter and editor for a series of publications including the San Francisco Business Times, thestreet.com and The Deal financial magazine and website. She is an associate professor of journalism and mass communication at Humboldt State University in Northern California. In 2010 she was named Journalism Educator of the Year by the California Journalism Education Coalition.


Our cover art

Issue 10: Martin Johnsen works in pastel. His interests include landscapes, seascapes, missions, floral, and still life. He lives on California's central coast with his wife and son. Find his work on Etsy here.

Issue 9: The Branded Barn is a small livestock producing family with a love and passion for their work. They celebrate their lifestyle with livestock-inspired baking supplies, note cards, and art supplies all manufactured with their proprietary molds and images. Find them online here and here.

Issue 8: Sandy Carter is a semi-retired photojournalist living in Bellingham, Washington. She co-authored the book, Women in Medicine. A Celebration of Their Work, with renowned Canadian photographer, Ted Grant. She has photographed throughout the world working on numerous documentary projects. Her images appear in exhibitions and publications worldwide. Sandy's documentary-style work is achieved without the use of added light: she photographs her subjects unobtrusively in their environment with only the use of ambient light. Find her online at: here and here.

Issue 7: What began as a hobby back in the 70s has become Joan Schulte's primary ambition and career. She is a photographer of "stuff" that catches her eye, and a lover of all things vintage or rustic. She captured "Chicken Gossip" on one of her exploratory walks in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. It was part of a window display in the shop of a local cookie baker. Find more of her work here.

Issue 6: Mary Vogel Lozinak is an artist, rubber stamp designer, and illustrator. See more of her work here.

Issue 5: Erin Vaganos's artwork is influenced by her childhood memories of her family's underground home in the woods near the Finger Lakes of New York, as well as rooted in her interests in nature, patterns, solitude, folk traditions, and the connection she sees between fairy tales and the subconscious. She says watercolor is the medium with which she can best express herself. See more of her work here.

Issue 4: Jen Walls is a mark-maker and mixed media artist who is often inspired by the traditions and stories of indigenous peoples. Self-taught, her art is the result of disciplined studio time, a regimen of exploratory and experimental projects and a good dose of magic. An advocate for doodling in the classroom, the waiting room and the board room, she lives in Plantation, Florida, with her husband and one grouchy dog.

Issue 3: Birdy Bella began her journey with art and writing as a healing response to a devastating illness from which she has since recovered. Learn more about her story and art work here.

Issue 2: Jane Wilcoxson uses oil pastel to creates contemporary fine art of quirky animals and fantastical scenes that uses color and playfulness to deliver the magic of the universe to everyday spaces. Learn more about her work here.

Issue 1: Stevi McCartney often paints to imagine places she'd like to be or has yet to visit. For her, painting has always been an outlet to get out of the digital space and get lost in wine country, lavender fields, or the crisp ocean coast. Learn more about her work here.


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