Welcome to Painted Cave’s Fifth Issue.
Painted Cave is an award-winning literary journal established by the creative writing students at Santa Barbara City College. Our goal is to highlight contemporary and emerging writers enrolled in community colleges across the nation by presenting their work in a peer-reviewed, online, biannual magazine in May and December.
Within these pages are nineteen works by thirteen writers representing community colleges from six states: Arizona, California, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin. We are pleased with the quality of the submissions, reaffirming that creative writers thrive at community colleges.
Featured in this issue is the photography of Gerry Gomez.
We share Anne Lamott’s view: “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul” (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life).
Our thanks to all who generously submitted their creations, making our job as editors difficult though exciting.
Painted Cave Editors
Painted Cave photograph by Doc Searls.