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The Mill Valley Literary Review SUMMER 2014

Surreal beauty of Tom Killion's art - *see end of page

"The Mill Valley Literary Review drags the literary journal kicking and screaming into the 21st century." San Francisco Magazine Feb. 2014*

From the 60's to the '9ers with David Harris

David Harris, writer. The interview.

Poetry Special Issue

MillValleyLit Quarterly Webzine SUMMER 2014

The Mill Valley Literary Review is a quarterly digital magazine providing encouragement, wit and resources from Marin and San Francisco Bay's Literary Renaissance.

Optimized for Mac & Firefox. To simulate a tree-based magazine experience enjoy on iPad or Kindle.


The scoop on the exciting Literary Scene


You're invited - Lit Event featuring two of our editors: Words Off Paper: Oh, The Places We'll Go!

September 28, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM at Insalata's Restaurant at 120 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in San Anselmo, California. The second 2014 Words Off Paper is a themed literary event showcasing SIX local and regional writers:

MillValleyLit's John Macon King & Jeb Harrison


Gail Rudd Entrekin - Editor, Poet/Author of Rearrangement of the Invisible; Change (Will Do You Good), and other books of poetry
Rita Gardner - Memoirist/Author, The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms and Survival in the Caribbean
Kate Perry - bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels & Summerhill Series
Gail Strickland
- Fiction writer, Author of Night of Pan

$10 donation includes reading & refreshments from Insalata's. Click here to see invite.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Producer and Host of "Words Off Paper" and author of Fire & Water, now available as an audio book.


MillValleyLit Editor Perry King listed on Acknowledgements page in Catherine Coulter's latest FBI thriller POWERPLAY. A character is based on Perry's name. Released July 8th.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter returns with the newest full-throttle adventure in the FBI series featuring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock

Publisher J. Macon King was previously Acknowledged in Susanna Solomon's Pt. Reyes Sheriff's Calls


The secret Music Camp of Mt. Tamalpais

MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, an entire hilly neighborhood with streets named after POETS, rock stars, artists, and WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS

Mill Valley's literary pedigree is impresive, more so for a town of barely 14,000: Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, David Harris, Gerald Nicosia, Martin Cruz Smith, Tom Barbash, Louis B. Jones, Jack Finney, Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Kay Boyle, Wright Morris, Michael Murphy, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Cyra McFadden, poets Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, Yoko Ono and lyricists including John Lennon and Tupac Shakur. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley.

Authors who call(ed) Marin County home include what we coined "The Big 3 A's" Isabel Allende, Amy Tan & Anne Lamott. Plus T.C. Boyle, Jack London, Kerouac's daughter Jan (also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan, Ambrose Bierce, Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan), Dave Eggers, Allen Drury. And oh yes, George Lucas. (see Lucas tribute in The Scene)

The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. Papa's nephew still lives in Tiburon (editor, writer). John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - "Doc" in Cannery Row, subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. Rickets Jr. was recently interviewed in SFGate: A rare student of Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon.

*Hemingway Mill Valley home article

1947 military crash Corsair engine remains hidden on Mt. Tam June 2014

Press points to MillValleyLit!

Mill Valley Literary Review Poetry Editor Ari Maslow was in the papers 3 times in February for his family Native art business West Side Trading Post, a long time advertiser in MillValleyLit.

1. Marin IJ
Marin Snapshot: Mill Valley's Maslow celebrates 'richness and value' of Native American art


3. Marinscope\Mill Valley Herald

Fall 2013 Contest Winner Patricia L. Morin 3rd mystery collection recently published: CONFETTI, A COLLECTION OF COZY CRIMES

MillValleyLit in the press:

1. * San Francisco Magazine Feb. 2014

2. Marin Magazine June issue: "Local Literature" at top of page 30. Marin Magazine is available by subscription, on select newsstands, and a snazzy digital version at:

2. Marin Independent Journal coverage from Paul Liberatore:

3. Mill Valley Herald's front page interview:

What readers are saying about Mill Valley Literary Review:


"I just love this magazine and devour it every quarter." A. Willis, Sausalito

"An incredibly professional publication."

"Terrific stories."

"What you're doing here is really quite amazing."

"Great to see the momentum you are getting!" F.K., Mill Valley

"Lovely, John, thanks!" D.C., Novato

"Looks great!"

"Love MillValleyLit! Excellent edition." P.M., New York

"The e-zine looks AMAZING!" Bellevue, Wa


Why ? Support a platform for new and emerging writers. All members receive news, notes, invites to readings, and special bonus content.

$25- Pulp fiction member
$50- Kerouac member
$100-Saroyan member
$200-Frost member
$500-Steinbeck member
$1000-You choose an author and see them highlighted in our magazine!

Join before Sept 1st and receive....
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* “Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History and Prints.”

This georgeous must-have coffee table book is a delight.

Gary Snyder, from Tamalpais Walking: "Tamalpais: a place to walk. Close enough for an afternoon ramble, small enough to circle in a day's hike. A place to recognize the mysterious beauty of oneness and separation, of endless vistas and unique plant worlds. Surrounded by water on three sides, meeting point of many climates, clothed in such varied and intricate life."

Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History and Prints (9.5 x12, 144 pages) A collaboration between poet Gary Snyder and artist Tom Killion. The book includes 60 Killion images of the mountain in Marin County, California, woven with poems by Snyder, Lew Welch and Kenneth Rexroth, an essay by Snyder on his personal experience of walking Tamalpais over many decades, and two essays by Killion exploring the poetry and preservation of Tamalpais as a "walking world." In size, design and themes this book is a companion to Killion and Snyder's widely acclaimed The High Sierra of California.

Killion prints are on display at the Book Passage Annex, Corte Madera. Note that MillValleyLit contributer Christie Nelson's novel Dreaming Mill Valley features a Tom Killion woodcut cover.


See the Killion-Snyder book Interview in Marinscope 2009.
Talking Tamalpais with Snyder and Killion

About the Artist and Author of Tamalpais Walking

Woodcut and letterpress artist Tom Killion grew up in Marin County, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints strongly influenced by traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Along with publishing fine art letterpress books, Killion holds a PhD in African history from Stanford University and has taught history at several Bay Area universities. He is the founder of The Quail Press and his extensively illustrated books include 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents. Killion and Gary Snyder previously collaborated on The High Sierra of California, which was published by Heyday in 2002 and Tamalpais Walking, published in 2009. You can find out more about his artwork at .


Gary Snyder is a poet, author, scholar, cultural critic, and professor emeritus of the University of California at Davis who has published sixteen books of poetry and prose, including The Gary Snyder Reader (1952 - 1998). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His Turtle Island won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975, and his book-length poem Mountains and Rivers Without End won the Bollingen Prize in poetry in 1997. In 2008 he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement.


Killion & Snyder have reunited on a new book due Summer, 2015.


Bolinas Ridge to Point Montara: from Tamalpais Walking. Top print Mt. Tamalpais from Pt. San Quentin (1988)

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