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Sheba's Caravan

Sharon McElhone is the author of the short story collection, The Bride's Daughter (2005), poetry collections, Hunger in the Canyon (2006) and My Baby Talking Mouth (2011), and the novel, State--A Year in the Life of Pallas Villalobos (2010).  She was accepted for fiction to Squaw Valley Community of Writers, was awarded semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and was finalist in Atlanta Review's International Poetry Competition (2008). McElhone is co-founder of Orchard Valley Review, a San Jose State student magazine, and was co-editor of Mary Andrade's Dia De Los Muertos-A Passion for Life, which won "Best Documentary" at the Los Angeles International Latino Book Awards. A is half Ecuadorian/half Irish graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she also attended San Jose State's MFA program in Creative Writing. McElhone's work has appeared in La Oferta Review, Orchard Valley Review, The Cupertino Courier, The Sunnyvale Sun and at She resides in Northern California with her husband and children, where she is currently working on a second novel and a collection of essays.

Sharon McElhone recommits…to a mosaic of voices and to an understanding that wisdom comes from multiplicity, that poetic vision comes from the overlap of points of view,…between harmonious discord and discordant harmony."  Molly Peacock  "Sharon McElhone's lyrics capture inconspicuously the bustling demands of everyday 21st century drive-by love. Her strikingly detailed accounts of mating, marriage, childbirth, home life, emotional and economic struggle, survival, spiritual expansion, and love--an underground stream always--are nothing but a joy to read through her language." Al Young

Kat Meads is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including the short fiction collections Little Pockets of Alarm, Not Waving and Wayward Women. She has received writing awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Silicon Valley Arts Council and writing residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony and the Montalvo Center for the Arts. Meads' story The End of Something (Maybe Love) won Chelsea Magazine's national fiction competition, and her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York. She teaches in Oklahoma City University's low-residency MFA program and can be found online at

"Bold and beautiful writing." 
Midwest Book Review  "A seamless weaving of the bitter and the sweet."  Santa Cruz Sentinel  "A joy to read…first class fiction." Wind Magazine  "Kat Meads writes a sea of mesmerizing short stories. They are can't read just one." Good Times

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