Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 15

Kelly Link: Lady.
Gavin J. Grant: Tiger.
Jedediah Berry: Drone.


"Elegant ain’t typically an adjective you’re liable to find in Zinesville but lemme tell ya: Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is nothing if not elegant. Just check out the Victorian-era lass riding a tiger that adorns the front cover. And it doesn’t stop there. Lady Churchill’s is a beautifully produced zine, jam-packed with poems, short stories, features, film reviews and other curiosities. There is enough variety here to satisfy the most sullen hardback and, most importantly, Lady Churchill’s cocks the hammer in favour of the reader by keeping the pieces short, sharp and easy to read. In terms of highlights, Michael Northrop’s “The Beard of God” is definitely up there. A soggy tale of a camping trip gone to piss, Northrop does a great job of balancing the cynicism of adulthood with the wonderment of youth, all while saving the sappiness for the pine trees. Lawrence Schimel’s “A Well-Dressed Wolf” is another treat-and an illustrated treat at that. Through some nifty Sara Rojo’s supplied cartoons, Schimel picks apart Aesop’s atypical wolf one snout at a time. And he’s right-why can’t a wolf be a fox–I mean, a bird–um, a broad, a dame, a jezebel. Lady Churchill’s also earns brownie points for including full bios of all contributors to close things out. It’s a little thing but it’s a damn nice thing, and a damn nice zine overall." —Cameron Gordon, Broken Pencil


Karen Russell -- Help Wanted
Sarah Micklem -- "Eft" or "Epic"
Bruce McAllister -- Mary
John Trey -- At the Rue des Boulangers Bridge Cafe
Benjamin Rosenbaum & Paul Melko -- Collaborations . . .
Michael Northrop -- The Beard of God
Ellen M. Rhudy -- Crown Prince
Sarah Monette -- The Half-Sister
Geoffrey Goodwin -- Dear Miss Wonderment
Richard Parks -- Lord Goji's Wedding
Stepan Chapman -- The Life of Saint Serena
Mark Rich -- Nicholas
Amy Sisson -- gray's boadicea: unlikely patron saints, no. 4
Neal Chandler -- The Truck


Nan Fry -- Four Poems
Mary A. Turzillo -- FAQ
Carol Smallwood -- Three Poems
Suzanne Fischer -- Three Poems


William Smith -- The Film Column: The Tenant
Some Writers -- Some Records
Gwenda Bond -- Dear Aunt Gwenda


Lawrence Schimel and Sara Rojo -- The Well-Dressed Wolf


Also in this issue ads for books and chapbooks, Trunk Stories, Jubilat, Odyssey, a tiny thing about Bill Sikes, a tiny legal call for non-violent Jefferson-approved revolution, a plea to subscribers to send us their new address if they move, and The Future of Soul to Soul and other Sound Systems We Loved and Then Which Disappeared Or Became Somewhat Uninteresting.


Gwenda Bond advises the public from Lexington, KY. Despite the title of her web journally thing (Shaken & Stirred), she'd generally prefer a glass of white wine, thank you. And a book. She liked that NBA finalist Godless, have you read that yet?

Neal Chandler is a former soldier, missionary, emergency room orderly, furniture store owner, German professor, editor, and chauffeur. He teaches in the English Department at Cleveland State University, coordinates creative writing, and helped create NEOMFA, a new graduate writing program spanning four universities. He has published essays, short stories, and a story collection, Benediction. He and his wife live in Shaker Heights, OH. Their eight children live everywhere else.

Stepan Chapman, sub-chairman of research for the Institute for Further Study and manager of the Aphasia Gorge Wild Insect Preserve of Waxwall, Arizona, has published historical studies in such scholarly journals as The Baffler, Happy, and McSweeney's Quarterly, and in such anthology series as Orbit, Leviathan, and Polyphony. His major works are The Troika and Dossier.

Suzanne Fischer lives in Minneapolis, where she bicycles all winter long. She is currently writing a dissertation on wax museums.

Nan Fry teaches in the Academic Studies Program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., and is the author of a book of poetry, Relearning the Dark. Her poems have also appeared in Plainsong, Calyx, and the anthologies The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast.

Sometimes the stories Geoffrey H. Goodwin touches get a little messed up.

Steve Lieber is the cover artist. His groovy comics includelots of big-company things, Family Circle with Sean Stewart, and Me and Edith Head with Sara Ryan. He's very nice and will illustrate for you if you ask nicely and so on.

Bruce McAllister has had fiction in Omni, Asimov's, F&SF, literary quarterlies and "year's best" anthologies since the '70s. He was away from writing for most of the '90s, and is happy to be back. He has three wonderful children (Liz, Ben and Annie), is married to the choreographer Amelie Hunter, and, after an eternity in academe, now works as a writing coach and book and screenplay consultant.

Sarah Micklem worked as a graphic designer for twenty years but was pestered by the idea that she ought to write something. She wrote on and off for more years than she cares to admit before completing a novel, Firethorn. She is now working on the sequel. "Eft" or "Epic" is her first published short fiction.

After twenty-five years, Sarah Monette is no longer a student. What, she wonders, will she do with herself now?

Michael Northrop grew up in the northwestern corner of Connecticut, which is very nice, before inexplicably moving to New York City, which is fraught with peril. He works as an editor at Time Inc., and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Snake Nation Review and McSweeney's (web).

Richard Parks' first pro sale was published in Amazing Stories in 1981. In 1994, after a 13-year hiatus, his second story appeared in Science Fiction Age. Since then his work has appeared in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and Black Gate. His first collection, The Ogre's Wife: Fairy-Tales for Grownups, was a World Fantasy Award finalist.

Ellen M. Rhudy just bought a guitar. She knows how to play three chords and spends most of her time playing these chords or fondling her guitar. Her fiction has appeared in Hanging Loose and Smokelong Quarterly. She edits a lit zine, Frothing at the Mouth, and is currently writing a zine about working in a Christian bookstore. She lives in a very very small room with some books and dirty clothes.

Mark Rich writes, "Mark Rich writes all the time but still has that basic insecurity that he is not really a real writer. He is the author of some books (Foreigners & Other Familiar Faces, Lifting, Funny Gace, Baby Boomer Toys, Toys A-Z), but that's something different. Right now he's writing about himself . . . a further cause of discontent. Is this what he should be doing? Is all writing this unsettling and unbalancing?" He draws pictures, too, and has little to say about that.

Karen Russell is a girl who lives in New York and likes to write about alligator wrestlers and sleep-disordered kids and the moon. She hopes you like her story. It's the first one she's published.

Lawrence Schimel & Sara Rojo have published over a dozen children's books in Spanish and/or English such as No Hay Nada Como el Original, Andrés and the Copyists, & Misterio En El Jardín. They also create graphic novels for older readers, such as the full-color Mixed Blessings (Germany, Fall '05) and the b&w romantic vampire comedy A Coffin for Two (U.S., Spring '06). They live mostly in Madrid, except when Sara is in Cadiz or Lawrence is in New York.

Amy Sisson is a librarian of the non-shushing variety who was recently transplanted to Houston, TX, where she lives with husband Paul Abell and a collection of ex-parking-lot cats. She is a member of the Clarion West (2000). She invites you to visit her website for more about the unlikely patron saints.

Before turning to fiction and poetry, Carol Smallwood's books such as Michigan Authors were published by Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, and others. Her work has been in The Detroit News and dozens more; forthcoming in Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry 2005, Mœbius, Parnassus Literary Journal, Poetry Motel, Zillah. In 2004 she appeared in Who's Who in America and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

John Trey attempts to exploit whatever meager talents he possesses from an old house in a suburb in the midwest, where he keeps all brooms locked safely in a closet. His fiction has appeared in LCRW, Spellbound, MarsDust, and Fortean Bureau. When not writing, reading, or critiquing, he often can be found playing with his daughter, listening to jazz, or pondering the mysteries of invisibility.

Mary A. Turzillo's novel, An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl, was serialized in Analog from July-November 2004. She won a Nebula for her novelette, "Mars Is No Place for Children." If you sense an obsession with Mars, it might be because her husband, Geoff Landis, is a Mars scientist. She is also obsessed with death, but she likes Mars much better.

William Smith publishes Trunk Stories from Brooklyn, NY, where one day there will be a Grand Sichuan International. Until then, he will occasionally make the trip over the river. Besides publishing, managing a bookshop, and writing about films, he is a paper artist.

LCRW 15, art by Steve LieberLCRW 15, back

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, No.15 January 2005. This zine usually goes out each June and November from Small Beer Press, 176 Prospect Ave., Northampton, MA 01060 $5 per single issue or $20/4. This time apologies for the recent US election which froze the zine solid. Much chipping and melting has led to the appearance of this in your hands. May the president be similarly chipped away. Contents © the authors. All rights reserved. Submissions, requests for guidelines, &c all good things should be sent to the address above. No SASE: no reply. For external use only. This issue suitable for vegetarians (thanks, Henry) but produced in a facility where nuts, etc. are processed. As ever, thanks. Printed by Quantum Graphix, 2130 Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY 40299 502-493-5933.

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