Cobra Lily #2 coming soon

Long time, no write!  Just a quick update to let you know that our second print annual is in the proofing stages. A PDF of the issue was sent to contributors today, with plans to complete proofing by the end of the month.

Once again the issue is in full color and should be available for purchase sometime in June, with a release party planned for Cave Junction, sometime in late June, July, or August. Cover price is $8 but contributors receive a free copy.

Speaking of contributors, this issue features great cover art by Kelpie Wilson, as well as words and art by the following line-up: Zvi Habaranoff, Amy Peterson, Desmond Serratore, Iris Chinook, Pamela Haunschild, Kaci Elder, Susan Gustafson, Veronika Trishyna, Katie Chamberlain, David Newell, Paul Forristal, Waves Forest, and Sydney Clinton.

More info as we get closer to the release date. Thanks!

2nd Annual IV Author Holiday Book Reading/Signing

Coming soon, on Wednesday, December 9, is the second annual Illinois Valley Local Author Holiday Book Reading & Signing event. Cobra Lily editors Ryan Forsythe and Michael Spring will be sharing their latest works, as will several other local authors. The authors themselves will provide free baked goods and the library will provide coffee and tea.

The full line-up features the following:HOLIDAY_BOOK_POSTER 2015 small

Michael Spring and Deborah Ann Dawson, author and artist, respectively, of “Ravenwood”; Nicole Rensenbrink, author of “The Besties Grow Up”; David Newell, author of “The Poem Said”; William McMorrine, author “The Training Ground”; and Jim Lettis, author of “How to Catch a Whopper.” Plus 3 from the Forsythe-Elder fam: Rory Forsythe-Elder, author of “10-Year Old Creepy Poems”; Ryan Forsythe, designer of “The Doodle, Design, & Draw Book for Illinois Valley Kids of All Ages”; and K. Elder, author of “P(4)” [That’s P to the 4th power, but I don’t know how to raise the 4 here on the website]

There’s a Facebook page for the event–please invite your friends!

Issue 4 is here!

Issue 4 of Cobra Lily, the southwest oregon review of lit and art, is now available for your reading pleasure! Here’s our Table of Contents, straight from the source…

Our 4th issue of Cobra Lily kicks off with a plethora of great poems by Sara Backer: “I Like Coffee,” “Redwood Vision,” “Weeder Geese,” “Four Senryu for the Beaver,” and “The Rabbit.” Please enjoy responsibly.

Up next is Alan Laurie‘s “Electric Mandala.” If this strikes you as somewhat familiar, that may be because another of Alan’s mandalas graced our 3rd issue.

If you read “If . . . (Doghouse),” then we’ll leave it to you to decide if Scott Simpson is comparing his wife to his dog.

Our featured artist this issue is Deborah Ann Dawson who shares her beautiful nature watercolors. Click the images to enjoy a slideshow of seven images (including one of our favorite topics–the cobra lily!)

Here at Cobra Lily, we are proud to present the work of talented young artists and writers in each issue. Here we present Kathryn Velho‘s short horror story “Anabel,” written when she was 15.

We conclude with 2 more youngsters, brothers Kailen and Rory Forsythe-Elder, who share their art and poetry, respectively. “Taped Pumpkin” by Kailen (age 5) hints at the joy in the unusual, while “Wolves” by Rory (age 10) offers a more striking tone.

For more information about our Contributors, click here.

It’s here…Issue #3.

Yes, it’s finally here: the third issue of our online quarterly (and print annual!) Cobra Lily: a review of southwest Oregon literature & art. Below is our Table of Contents for Issue 3, though you can also find it here.

In honor of the solstice, our first Winter issue (#3!) kicks off with Alan Laurie‘s beautiful and intriguing multi-pointed Winter Solstice Mandala.

Some places just fit and some just don’t. Susan Gustafson muses on both in her reminiscence of “The Date to Hell…and Back Again

Next, we feature a selection of poem’s from David Newell‘s forthcoming collection, The Poem Said:  “Eyes Slide Off of Me,” “The Poem Said,” “My Life,” “I Gotta Go to the Ocean,” and “The Poem Said.” (And yes, that is more than one “The Poem Said” but not as many as you’ll find in The Poem Said.)

The solstice is the night with the fewest hours of daylight. On the day Blaze Broberg died in 2013, Angela Graves wrote “R.I.P Blaze” about a very dark moment in her life. She dedicates this to Blaze’s family.

Annette McGee Rasch waxes eloquent on animals both small and big. First, in “Of Women and Mice,” she reminisces about past relationships (with the rodent order). Then, “Big Brothers for Cows” outlines her plan for a new world order. With cows.

Next up in this issue of Cobra Lily is, well, “Cobra Lily,” editor Michael Spring‘s poem about the carnivorous pitcher plant from which our review takes its name (yup, from the plant andfrom the poem).

Last but not least, we welcome 12-year old Savanna to the Cobra Lily team. She shares her poem “Teardrops from the Clouds.”

For more information about our Contributors, click here.

Holiday Book Reading & Sales event

HOLIDAY_BOOK_POSTER_smNext Wednesday, December 3, you’ll have the opportunity to hear the words of a few of our contributors, as well as our two co-editors. At the 1st annual Illinois Valley Local Authors Holiday Book Reading, Kindi Fahrnkopf (issue 1) will be on hand to read and/or discuss her book Takilma Tales: The Hippie History of Takilma, Oregon. Also, Buckwheat Bob Harrison (issue 1) will be represented when his friend Mara reads from his book, Hippie Tales of the Northwest Woods. She’ll also have autographed copies for sale. Co-editor Michael Spring will share his poetry, while the other co-editor Ryan Forsythe will present his latest book, Goldilocks and the Three BARs (Beyond Available Resources), which is a collaboration with his son Rory.

You can also meet and hear from other Illinois Valley authors (who hopefully will appear in a future Cobra Lily!): K. R. Hulsey, author of the fantasy novel Demona; Deb Murphy, co-creator of the Creative Creatures series of educational activity books; Justin Rohde, author of the hiking guide Hiking Oregon and California’s Wild River Country; and Kelpie Wilson, author of the novel Primal Tears.

There’s a Facebook page for the event–please invite your friends!

Issue 2 is here!

Did we mention that Issue 2 is out now! You can find it here:

This issue features a great variety of local authors and artists. Straight from the table of contents, here’s the full line-up:

The Fall issue of Cobra Lily (#2!) begins with 2 poems by Kindi Fahrnkopf; “Thunder Warning” and “Rain” examine the powerful weather Fall often brings to our region.

Next, Dallion McGregor‘s “Full Moon Meditation” takes us inside the man inside him.

Kelly Waldin‘s poem “My tribe is getting smaller,” reprinted here, first appeared in the Takilma Common Ground (March 2014).

Up next are a number of photographer/poets, who each share both image and text. First, Kay Elaine Ekwall offers “In the Soft Silence” as well as two images from her plant photography.

Dave Dunbar wrote “Troutish Longings” after taking a picture of a rainbow trout in Mill Creek outside of Prospect, OR. He enhanced the trout image with colored foil. He shares both the poem and the picture.

Continuing the image/text connection, Anita Savio shares 4 of her “Night Visions” project, in which she writes a “praise poem” as a complement to her night-time nature photography.

Rich Norman offers his “Poem for Paul,” which yields new discoveries each time you read it.

Our featured artist is David Lorenz Winston. Well suited for our Fall issue is his portfolio of stunning nature photography of Fall in southern Oregon.

We conclude the issue with Cobra Lily‘s very first family! Mom Summer Wolf offers “Finding Me” and “Writing,” while daughter Juliette Wolf gives us “Great Big Cedar” and son Isaac Wolf describes “The Cave.”

Yes, quite an issue. Thanks so much to all of our contributors. And again, you can find the issue here:

(By the way, submissions are now open for issue 3–spread the word!)

Coming Soon… Issue #2

Yes, we’re a few weeks behind schedule in putting out our Fall 2014 issue. But good news!  We hope to have it up on our website within a matter of days. The authors and artists have all been notified and we’re now just waiting on a few contributor bios (well, that and also a few last site maintenance/webpage building type things that we need to finish up).

Thanks so much for your patience!

Cobra Lily speaks…

Hi!  I’m Cobra Lily, a Southwest Oregon review of literature and art. I don’t have an issue for you to read just yet, but maybe you can help remedy that. Read on…


We are now accepting submissions for our first-ever issue. We’re open to poetry, prose, and art of all types and we prefer email submissions. Deadline is June 1, 2014. [Go here for full submission guidelines.] Since we’re just announcing ourselves and nobody knows us, no one has asked us any questions; you can read on for more information in our FuAQ…

FuAQ – Frequently un-Asked Questions

1. Another literary magazine? Really?

Really. But this one’s different. For example, we do not strive to “publish only the best fiction and poetry.” We find such journals somewhat generic. But we like our region. And the people, places, and plants here (among other things). And so Cobra Lily celebrates this.

2. What do you mean “Southwest Oregon”?

Look at a map of Oregon. In the lower left hand corner, you’ll find counties like Curry and Coos, Josephine and Jackson, Douglas and Klamath (sorry they don’t start with the same letter). Sorry, but Lake is South, but perhaps not nearly so West. That said, we appreciate anyone who self-identifies as a Southwest Oregonian.

3. So this is just about a place?

Nah. Well, sort of. But we’re seeking that certain missing feeling, that intimate understanding that you simply don’t get in a geographic description. If you know the area, why not consider contributing and helping shape for a new generation of Cobra Lily readers what is meant by “Southwest Oregon.” Otherwise, we encourage you to come back and read new issues as we have them.