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Persimmon Tree An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty. Persimmon Tree, an online magazine, is a showcase for the creativity and talent of women over sixty.
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Too often older women’s artistic work is ignored or disregarded, and only those few who are already established receive the attention they deserve. Yet many women are at the height of their creative abilities in their later decades and have a great deal to contribute. Persimmon Tree is committed to bringing this wealth of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art to a broader audience, for the benefit

Too often older women’s artistic work is ignored or disregarded, and only those few who are already established receive the attention they deserve. Yet many women are at the height of their creative abilities in their later decades and have a great deal to contribute. Persimmon Tree is committed to bringing this wealth of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art to a broader audience, for the benefit

04/17/2021

Check out my interview on Persimmon Tree with Alina Bloomgarden, founder of Jazz at Lincon Center

03/21/2021

Check out my Mozart recording with Carol Wincenc in Short Takes and my interview with Alina Bloomgarden who started Jazz at Lincoln Center!!!

03/17/2021

Spring may be a little late this year. But not at Persimmon Tree. The magnificent spring issue is coming to you ahead of the official start of spring by three whole days!

Spring Issue: https://www.persimmontree.org

Click to read your copy - and you'll be in a springtime mood in minutes. There are wonderful illustrations by Nan Saunders and Nancy Wolitzer scattered throughout.

And the spectacular art work of Grace Graupe-Pillard.

Not to mention the deepening beauty of Alicia Ostriker's poems in celebration of age and life.

Fiction to transport you, shake you, and stir you up.

Engrossing memoir pieces by Jane Krebs and Deborah Ross.

A fascinating interview by Gena Raps of the ever-fascinating Alina Bloomgarden who single-handedly (well, pretty much) brought jazz to Lincoln Center.

Short Takes galore to celebrate the possibility that, at last, perhaps, just maybe, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel - or maybe even a couple of lights.

It's all there. Waiting for you to enjoy. Oh, happy spring!

With a wish that you have a warm, safe and wonderful holiday season - and to make that season even more festive - we pre...
12/15/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

With a wish that you have a warm, safe and wonderful holiday season - and to make that season even more festive - we present the Winter issue of Persimmon Tree, available on all of your devices today.

https://www.persimmontree.org

Fall 2020 Tribute Persimmon Tree Pays Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg Becky Boling, Mary Burke, Lucy Griffith, Ann Hedreen, Laurie K***z, Tricia Knoll, Jacqueline Kudler, Jacqueline Lapidus, Sue Leonard, Mary K O’Melveny, Angie Minkin, Berta Morgan, Susanna Rich, Susan Shaw Sailer, Ariel Smart, Deb...

11/24/2020
Persimmon Tree: An Online Literary Magazine by Women Over Sixty

It is that time of year again, our semi-annual request for financial support. With the exception of administration of our web site, Persimmon Tree is staffed entirely by volunteers, who, like most of our readers, are women over 60, and we are proud of each issue.

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It has been a long, hard summer and a longer fall. But there is an oasis of calm and concern and help in this wilderness...
11/24/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

It has been a long, hard summer and a longer fall. But there is an oasis of calm and concern and help in this wilderness. A place you can go both to escape these fears and worries – and to learn more about how to cope with them. That place is, of course, Persimmon Tree.

The fall issue is still available – and contains stories and photographs – short takes and longer non-fiction – sublime poetry and a moving tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – all to delight, transport and succor you. Please, enjoy.

https://www.persimmontree.org

Fall 2020 Tribute Persimmon Tree Pays Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg Becky Boling, Mary Burke, Lucy Griffith, Ann Hedreen, Laurie K***z, Tricia Knoll, Jacqueline Kudler, Jacqueline Lapidus, Sue Leonard, Mary K O’Melveny, Angie Minkin, Berta Morgan, Susanna Rich, Susan Shaw Sailer, Ariel Smart, Deb...

10/01/2020

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, we invited you to share your thoughts on this devastating loss. The response was overwhelming. Prose, poetry, and pictures poured in. We have chosen a broad selection of your tributes and added them to the Fall issue of Persimmon Tree.

In Memoriam: https://persimmontree.org/fall-2020/tribute-ruth-bader-ginsburg/

Our Fall issue is now online. Completely free to enjoy by all!Persimmon Tree is a magazine of the arts by women over 60....
09/27/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

Our Fall issue is now online. Completely free to enjoy by all!

Persimmon Tree is a magazine of the arts by women over 60.

We feature poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and short subjects.

You can contribute too! Check out submissions page to find out how.

https://persimmontree.org/

Fall 2020 Poetry Laura Tohe, Eight Poems My Soul Immense with the Millennia of Rocks and Stars: The Poetry of Laura Tohe by Cynthia Hogue, Poetry Editor Nonfiction Melody Mansfield, Gouache Rhymes with Squash Dora Dueuk, Reunion Susan Neville, Billow A Sketch Linda Weimer, What Will I Be Today? Fict...

Who knew 2020 would go on so long! And would bring so many bad, bad things with it. But, Persimmon Tree is aiming to cel...
09/15/2020
Poetry – Persimmon Tree

Who knew 2020 would go on so long! And would bring so many bad, bad things with it. But, Persimmon Tree is aiming to celebrate, not to mourn, and the Fall 2020 issue, available today, is doing that in a big way.

Persimmon Tree Home Page: https://persimmontree.org/

Persimmon Tree celebrates Black Lives and re-affirms that Black Lives Matter. Persimmon Tree says their names:

Persimmon Tree Short Takes on Justice: https://persimmontree.org/fall-2020/justice/

Persimmon Tree celebrates women with a special presentation on Meredith Bergmann’s tribute to three of the founders of the American suffrage movement – the first sculpture honoring women ever to appear in New York City’s Central Park:

The Art of Feminist Sculpture:
https://persimmontree.org/fall-2020/women-in-bronze-and-copper/

Persimmon Tree celebrates Native American women with the poetry and librettos of Navajo Poet Laureate Laura Tohe:

My Soul Immense:
https://persimmontree.org/fall-2020/my-soul-immense/

Photo by J. Morgan Edwards     My Soul Immense with the Millennia of Rocks and Stars: The Poetry of Laura Tohe by Cynthia Hogue, Poetry Editor Laura Tohe, the second Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, is a poet, writer, oral historian, scholar of indigenous literature, and notably in the last thirteen y...

We’re addicted to the sideshow –the lady sporting whiskers,donkey with two heads,cotton candy frosting hairon carny’s ta...
08/12/2020
Election Stories – Persimmon Tree

We’re addicted to the sideshow –
the lady sporting whiskers,
donkey with two heads,
cotton candy frosting hair
on carny’s tattooed arm.
We’re hooked on big striped big top,
the popcorn and the stink,
riding crop and oil slick
of barker’s red-tailed spiel.
We love to peek at freaky things
behind the velvet drape,
to hold our breath in choked suspense
as net-less bodies fly.
We want to hear the lions growl,
see cars spit out more clowns,
exhale ahs of hot dog damp
when wrists are caught… or not.
We crave our penny’s worth of pound,
our barrel full of Coke,
the cannonball, calliope,
cold tang of something sour.
-- Paula Rudnick's "State of the Union" from our "Election Stories" Short Takes in our summer issue.

Read more "Election Stories" Short Takes here:
https://persimmontree.org/summer-2020/election-stories/

"Tom’s next door neighbor Mrs. January, whose name was unpronounceable, noticed his limp as he was mowing her lawn in Ma...
08/07/2020
The Rains Down in Africa – Persimmon Tree

"Tom’s next door neighbor Mrs. January, whose name was unpronounceable, noticed his limp as he was mowing her lawn in March for the ’02 spring cleanup. A widow in her eighties, she kept her modest house near New York City as neat as her white crown of braids, braids pulled so tightly at her temples that they stretched her cheeks upward. She called it a “Polish facelift.” Mrs. January had had two cats; one died, and the other’s fur had fallen out in hunks. The surviving cat drooled, which scared the few stay-at-home mothers who worried their toddlers might get infected by a scratch or licking. Tom’s wife, Ella, shared that fear for the baby they had failed to conceive. Neighbors said nothing to Mrs. January about the cat because of the N**i numbers tattooed on her arm."
-- from L. Shapley Bassen's "The Rains Down in Africa" in our summer issue.

Read the full piece here: https://persimmontree.org/summer-2020/the-rains-down-in-africa/

Driftwood by Robin Gross   “Tom’s next door neighbor Mrs. January, whose name was unpronounceable, noticed his limp as he was mowing her lawn in March for the ’02 spring cleanup. A widow in her eighties, she kept her modest house near New York City as neat as her white crown of braids, braids...

In this time of a pandemic that is too meaningless – and protests that are almost too meaningful -- to bear – you will f...
06/09/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

In this time of a pandemic that is too meaningless – and protests that are almost too meaningful -- to bear – you will find a lot to help, to instruct, to inspire – and even to distract or amuse - in the Summer issue of Persimmon Tree. And it is out today!

https://www.persimmontree.org

Spring 2020 Love in a Time of Corona No. 3 The Poetry Peggy Aylsworth, Luci Huhn, Sarah Kotchian, Ellen Reynard, Claire Scott, Peggy Shumaker, Amy Small-McKinney, Pam Uschuk Art by Susan Katz, Jane P. Perry, Gena Raps, Melanie Tervalon Music by Gena Raps Introduction by Jean Zorn Prose Plus Pat Carr...

The Editors of Persimmon Tree join our readers, contributors, supporters, and friends in solidarity with all justice-min...
06/04/2020
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The Editors of Persimmon Tree join our readers, contributors, supporters, and friends in solidarity with all justice-minded communities, with all protesters of police brutality, and with all those who lament the deaths of David McAtee, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, and countless other African-American men and women who have died from the violent acts of police, from the Covid-19 virus, and from all the other adversities that racism inflicts upon them.

When a nation or society institutionalizes injustice against any person or group, everyone in that society is harmed. We extend our sympathy and support to the grieving families of the men and women who have suffered and survived, to the protesters and to all who struggle for equality and justice, as allies and as fellow citizens, in common humanity. We pledge to continue the battle for justice in every way we can.

In sisterhood,

The Editors of Persimmon Tree

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Our new special Corona supplement issue just went live!Where I Live: Coping with Corona is available athttps://persimmon...
05/26/2020
Where I Live: Coping With Corona – Persimmon Tree

Our new special Corona supplement issue just went live!

Where I Live: Coping with Corona is available at
https://persimmontree.org/where-i-live-coping-with-corona/

You can also view all our special supplements here:
https://persimmontree.org/corona-issues-2020/

Where I Live: Coping With Corona No. 4 Merci, wall mural by Swiss graffiti artist “S.I.D.” A Word From the Publisher by Jean Zorn If you insist on criticizing, then at least surround it with praise. First praise, then criticize, then praise again. Mao Tse Tung is usually given the credit for tha...

We are very happy to be bringing you another special Persimmon Tree issue – with all the stories and poems and music and...
04/23/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

We are very happy to be bringing you another special Persimmon Tree issue – with all the stories and poems and music and photos and paintings you need to make those long stay-at-home days seem shorter – and more fun – and maybe even as if you aren’t at home at all.

https://www.persimmontree.org

Spring 2020 Love in a Time of Corona No. 1 The Prose Elaine Barnard, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Nan Fink Gefen, Patricia Gallagher, Cynthia Hogue, Carol Nadell, Jane O’Reilly, Eleanor Rubin, Carol Westreich Solomon Music by Gena Raps. Art by Susan Florence & Francesca King. Introduction by Jean Z...

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - ...
04/19/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
(Emily Dickinson)

www.persimmontree.org

Spring 2020 Love in a Time of Corona No. 1 The Prose Elaine Barnard, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Nan Fink Gefen, Patricia Gallagher, Cynthia Hogue, Carol Nadell, Jane O’Reilly, Eleanor Rubin, Carol Westreich Solomon Music by Gena Raps. Art by Susan Florence & Francesca King. Introduction by Jean Z...

Lone Star Literary Life
04/18/2020

Lone Star Literary Life

Our Saturday National Poetry Month spotlight is on GLOSS (Saint Julian Press) by Texas Poet Wendy Barker. Available in paperback.

Stuck at home for the weekend - again? Curl up with the special corona virus issues of www.PersimmonTree.org.
04/17/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

Stuck at home for the weekend - again? Curl up with the special corona virus issues of www.PersimmonTree.org.

Spring 2020 Love in a Time of Corona No. 1 The Prose Elaine Barnard, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Nan Fink Gefen, Patricia Gallagher, Cynthia Hogue, Carol Nadell, Jane O’Reilly, Eleanor Rubin, Carol Westreich Solomon Music by Gena Raps. Art by Susan Florence & Francesca King. Introduction by Jean Z...

Persimmon Tree presents - for your enjoyment - poems and stories, music and painting, exploring the hopes and fears, the...
04/15/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

Persimmon Tree presents - for your enjoyment - poems and stories, music and painting, exploring the hopes and fears, the joys and worries, of women who, like you, are waiting out the virus. Here's one. For more, go to https://persimmontree.org

SHELTERING IN PLACE
By Elaine Piper

Sheltering in my place that used to be ours
until you died suddenly five years ago.

My place, that used to be ours to remodel and restore
where I manage apartments upstairs and live on the ground floor.

You aren’t here to play gin rummy and scrabble
to bake sweet treats or go to the market
wearing masks and gloves risking our lives together.

My place, that used to be ours, is filled with music to quell
my fear, to feed my soul and where I sometimes sing or dance out my stress.

You aren’t here so I walk our dog on the deserted sidewalks alone
and fill my time with video chats with new friends on the computer
in the office that used to be yours.

My place, that used to be ours, is now lit by candles
to soften the reality of your death, my loneliness and the scourge outside the door.

You aren’t here so I walk on my treadmill
and binge watch TV picking a special movie for the
dinner hour and eat my meal alone on a TV tray in the living room.

My place, that used to be ours,
will keep me safe while I shelter
with my memories of you - and wait.

Spring 2020 Love in a Time of Corona No. 1 The Prose Elaine Barnard, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Nan Fink Gefen, Patricia Gallagher, Cynthia Hogue, Carol Nadell, Jane O’Reilly, Eleanor Rubin, Carol Westreich Solomon Music by Gena Raps. Art by Susan Florence & Francesca King. Introduction by Jean Z...

Our second installment of our Love in a Time of Corona is now available in our spring issue. Prose, poetry and art all s...
04/14/2020
Persimmon Tree – An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

Our second installment of our Love in a Time of Corona is now available in our spring issue. Prose, poetry and art all submitted by our readers and contributors. Enjoy!

You can find it here: https://www.persimmontree.org

Spring 2020 Love in a Time of Corona No. 1 The Prose Elaine Barnard, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Nan Fink Gefen, Patricia Gallagher, Cynthia Hogue, Carol Nadell, Jane O’Reilly, Eleanor Rubin, Carol Westreich Solomon Music by Gena Raps. Art by Susan Florence & Francesca King. Introduction by Jean Z...

Our second installment of Love in a Time of Corona is now available!
04/14/2020
Love in a Time of Corona No. 2

Our second installment of Love in a Time of Corona is now available!

The editors of Persimmon Tree are delighted to welcome you to a second installment of our special corona issues.  We hope you continue to be safe and well.  And we hope this installment, like the first one, brings you all the comfort and joy we had in preparing it for you.

Our special addition to the spring issue is now online. This is the first of two parts that include submissions from you...
04/06/2020
Love in a Time of Corona No. 1

Our special addition to the spring issue is now online.

This is the first of two parts that include submissions from you, our readers.

Enjoy!

https://www.persimmontree.org

The first special corona issue of Persimmon Tree is now available. Persimmon Tree is happy to host this as a gift to our readers. But it is a gift from all of you to each other as well. So many of you took the time and spared the attention to submit something wonderful for us and for your fellow re...

Stuck at Home?
03/25/2020
Stuck at Home?

Stuck at Home?

Dear Readers, Have you done all the cleaning a person can do? Have all the closets been emptied and put back together again? Is that needlepoint starting to unravel, those clay pots piling up next to the kiln, the fifteenth watercolor left to dry? Have you even watched Netflix one hour too many, re...

03/17/2020

The spring 2020 issue of Persimmon Tree has arrived – with a sophisticated new look!

Read it all here: https://persimmontree.org/

MOMENTARILY UNTITLEDWhat did I come intothis room for?The name of that restaurant?The street where she lives?What was it...
02/23/2020
Poets from the East Coast – Persimmon Tree

MOMENTARILY UNTITLED
What did I come into
this room for?

The name of that restaurant?
The street where she lives?

What was it no one told me?

The post office box
won’t open with my house key.

I thought it was still August
but this is where I live.

Who gifted me that carved
wooden monk on the window sill?

Her first name started with a G.

What was it he said
that made me leave him?

Wasn’t there a grudge?
Or, two?

That shrub was mock orange,
until I remember it’s honeysuckle.

But weren’t there countless
mistaken identities?

Is my password still swallowtail?

Did we see that movie?
Did I enjoy it?

Were his dying words to me,
everlasting joy,

or joy everlasting?

-- from L.R. Berger, featured in our East Coast Poetry in our winter issue.

Read the other poems from this issue here:
https://persimmontree.org/winter-2020/poets-from-the-east-coast/

NEWS FROM THE CLASSICAL MUSIC WORLD IN NYCThere have been two breakthroughs recently in the world of classical music fea...
02/18/2020
An Interview with Thea Musgrave – Scottish-American Composer – Persimmon Tree

NEWS FROM THE CLASSICAL MUSIC WORLD IN NYC

There have been two breakthroughs recently in the world of classical music featuring women composers, in the fair city of New York. The Juilliard School’s Focus Festival featured 6(!) concerts in Sharp Auditorium and Tully Hall of music by women called Trailblazers; Pioneering Women Composers of the 20th century. The last program included Ethel Smyth, Thea Musgrave and Sofia Gubaidulina. Many of the women heard were names unknown such as Elisabeth Lutyens, Galina Ustvolskaya, Liu Zhuang, Elizabeth Maconchy.

The New York Philharmonic is celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in the USA with Project 19, a women-only commissioning initiative of 19 composers. The music will be performed over the next few years.

Gena Raps interviewed two of the women featured in these concerts for Persimmon Tree; the interviews of Thea Musgrave and Tania Leon can be found in our archive.

Thea Musgrave Interview:
https://persimmontree.org/spring-2009/an-interview-with-thea-musgrave-scottish-american-composer/

Tania Leon: In Motion:
https://persimmontree.org/summer-2016/in-motion/

(Copyright 2009 Gena Raps. All rights reserved.)   “Yes, I am a woman; and I am a composer. But rarely at the same time.” Rich and powerful musical language and a strong sense of drama have made Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave one of the most respected and exciting contemporary compose...

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I am excited to share that my poem Eight Reasons Why George Floyd is Dead appears in PersimmonTree Magazine Fall issue's Short Takes on Justice. Thank you to my Master Poetry group for all your support and encouragement.
So glad for you. Women writers need your support.
see my piece in Short Takes this issue, Thx PT
BYE