Quail Ridge Books Hosts Kakalak 2021 Celebration

Kakalak 2021 contributors and friends turned out for a great time at Quail Ridge Books, Sunday, May 15th.

THANKS to Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, for hosting and Jennifer Weiss for organizing the event!

And thanks to participants: Co-Founder and Co-editor Richard Allen Taylor, Joan Barasovska, Michael Beadle,
Cordelia M. Hanemann, Janis Harrington, Preston Martin, Nancy Martin-Young, Alice Osborn, Jane Seitel,
Jane Shlensky, Eric Weil, and Jennifer Weiss.

(First Row) Cordelia M. Hanneman, Joan Barasovska, Janis Harrington; (Second Row) Eric Weil, Jennifer Weiss, Nancy Martin-Young, Alice Osborn, Richard Allen Taylor; (Third Row) Michael Beadle, Jane Seitel
Preston Martin
Jane Shlensky

There’s still time to submit to the Kakalak 2022 Poetry & Art Contest before the deadline of May 30th!
For more information on the deadline and guidelines, visit:

Great Turnout at The Brandy Bar!

Contributors to Kakalak 2021 recently presented to an enthusiastic crowd at The Brandy Bar in Hendersonville, NC.
THANK YOU to Kathleen Calby for coordinating the event and to The Brandy Bar for hosting.

And thanks to Cathleen, Nancy Swanson, Kathy Ackerman, Ginger Graziano, Susan Lefler, and Kenneth Chamlee for participating!

L to R: Kathleen Calby, Nancy Swanson, Kathy Ackerman, Ginger Graziano, Susan Leffler, Kenneth Chamlee

The deadline for submissions to this year’s Kakalak Poetry and Art Contest is May 30th, 2022.
Submit for the opportunity to join in these community-building events!

Two Readings in May to Celebrate Kakalak 2021

If you’re in the Hendersonville, NC, area on MAY 9th, head over to The Brandy Bar for the Kakalak 2021 celebration. The reading begins at 7 p.m., and The Brandy Bar is located at 504 Seventh Avenue, Hendersonville, NC. Thanks to Katherine Calby for coordinating this event!

And Kakalakers are gathering on Sunday, MAY 15th, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. The reading begins at 2 p.m.—but show up early to shop this wonderful bookstore! Thanks to Jennifer Weiss for organizing this event!

Don’t forget, to be part of all these wonderful readings in the future, you have to submit! Deadline for Kakalak 2022 is May 30th. Visit Kakalak2022.com for more details.

Wonderful Kakalak Reading in Rock Hill

Photo Courtesy of Kim Blum-Hyclak

Kakalakers received a warm welcome at Afternoon of Poetry and Prose in Rock Hill, SC, April 10th.

THANK YOU to Kim Blum-Hyclak for hosting the Kakalak 2021 event and to Kim and David E. Poston, editors, for introducing and reading.

All the participants did an amazing job: Kathy Ackerman, Al Black, Doris Thomas Browder, Joy Colter, Julie Ann Cook, Debra A. Daniel, Sandra Marshburn, Terri McCord, and Kathryn Waller.

Submissions for this year’s Kakalak Contest opened March 1, and the final deadline is May 30th, 2022. Hope ALL will submit!

Scuppernong Books Hosts Kakalak 2021 Reading

Kakalak 2021 contributors and friends had a great time at Scuppernong Books, Sunday, April 3rd.

HUGE THANKS to Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC, for hosting and SPECIAL THANK YOU to Steve Cushman for organizing the whole event (and taking photos)!

And thanks to all the participants: Co-editor David Poston, Joan Barasovska, Sam Barbee, David Dixon, Michael Gaspeny, Laura D. Hare, Janis Harrington, Nancy Martin-Young, Alice Osborn, and Jane Shlensky.

Steve Cushman
Alice Osborn
Jane Shlensky
David E. Poston
Janis Harrington
Joan Barasovska
Michael Gaspeny
Laura D, Hare
David Dixon
Nancy Martin-Young
Sam Barbee

Submit to Kakalak 2022

Kakalak 2022 Poetry and Art Contest Submissions Window:
March 1 through May 30, 2022

Kakalak evokes the spirit of the Carolinas
from the Outer Banks and Low Country
to the Piedmont and Appalachia.

From the Urban Dictionary, Kakalak literally means “an endearment of the Carolinas.” Originally a regional anthology highlighting North and South Carolina poets and artists, Kakalak now accepts poetry and art from anyone, anywhere—maintaining the spirit of the Carolinas as a broad brush while including topics not specific to North or South Carolina.

Kakalak is a rich medley of colors and textures—in the language of the poets and the visual depth of the artists. While the journal does not claim a set theme, there’s something truly beautiful in how each issue ties together and creates a balance of dark, serious subjects tempered by poignant, light-hearted humor.

Kakalak 2022 is published by Moonshine Review Press.

Contest Judges: Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak, Angelo Geter, David E. Poston

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions in Art and Poetry, plus Best Cover Art

Submission Fee: $12 for 4 pieces (see details under Submission Guidelines).

To learn more about the judges, the anthology, and the contest—including how to submit—click on the following links:

Announcing Release of moonShine review Fall/Winter Issue

The latest issue of moonShine review releases December 8, so get your pre-orders in now! See below for ordering info.

Thanks to all for making this an OUTSTANDING issue! Read on for a sneak peek…

We all have scars. Maybe you split your knee open when the school bully shoved you onto rocks. Or you got carried away and sliced your hand with the kitchen knife. Or the IED’s shrapnel left jagged lines across your legs and torso. The physical flaws we accrue show how we’ve lived, by circumstance and choice.

Likewise, the emotional trauma we collect leaves scars—usually far deeper than the visible. Throughout this issue, protagonists struggle to grow beyond mental and emotional injury. Young or old, fit or feeble, they toil to let go, leave behind, move on. One character, forced to a new home, finds comfort in baking. Another discovers friendship by putting past bigotries to rest. Even our humorous pieces lightly address the foibles of getting stuck in one’s own head.

These characters learn—through failures and feats, regret and relief, loss and love—what we leave behind shapes us as much as what we choose to carry forward. In the end, we feel much like Allen Stevenson’s protagonist in “Ike’s Flight”:

He catches an inkling of how everything works together: the fire that hardens
and purifies; the water that cools and relieves; the light of wonder against
the dark depths of grief; the wholeness of love and the void of separation.

Featured Photographer: Bill Griffin

Featured Authors: Anjali Arulpragasam Ashley, Michael Beadle, Les Brown, Michael Gaspeny, Lee Grossman, Lana Hendershott, Lisa Williams Kline, Kenneth N. Margolin, Jane Shlensky, Susan Snowden, Allen Stevenson, Bob Strother, Elizabeth B. Watson


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Thank you, contributors, for making this and every issue a labor of love. Thanks, James, for your partnership, patience, and persistence making moonShine a reality. For all, I pray we find healing and peace in the coming year and learn the truth inherent in these tales—how to become the best of ourselves.

Anne M. Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

moonShine Contributors Chosen for Fall/Winter Issue

Thank you, everyone, who submitted to the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of moonShine review!
And CONGRATULATIONS to those chosen for inclusion:

Featured Photographer:

Bill Griffin

Featured Authors:

Anjali Arulpragasam Ashley
Michael Beadle
Les Brown
Michael Gaspeny
Lee Grossman
Lana Hendershott
Lisa Williams Kline

Kenneth N. Margolin
Jane Shlensky
Susan Snowden
Allen Stevenson
Bob Strother
Elizabeth B. Watson

More information, including publication date and ordering information, coming soon, so STAY TUNED!