Emily's version - Featured Pieces

Here we feature one work of prose and poetry from each issue of Barstow & Grand. Read a piece by clicking the title of the work listed above the author’s information.

Issue 1

Sharon Kunde

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Sharon Kunde is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of California, Irvine. Her research, which centers on nineteenth-century American literature, shares with her poetry a concern with embodiment, relationality, nonhuman animals, and materiality. She lives in Altadena, California, with her husband, two sons one dog, and eight chickens.

Local Connection

Although I was born in Illinois, I have lived on the west coast for more than ten years. My sister and brother-in-law settled in Eau Claire, and I visit them there regularly. During my visits, we've explored the campus of UW Eau Claire, spent time at the library, walked along the riverfront, played in the river, and shopped at the farmer's market.


Ken Szymanski has written for Volume One Magazine since its first issue in 2002. He also enjoys creating radio drama podcasts and live events combining spoken-word and music. For the past 21 years, he’s taught middle school English in Eau Claire, where he lives with his wife and sons.

Local Connection

I grew up on Eau Claire’s north side. Then when I got a job on the south side, I moved to the east side. Now I work on the west side and live in the middle.

Ken Szymanski

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Charles Haislet

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Charles Haislet is a retired physician who has been writing poetry since he was a young man. He lives in Gorden Wi, is a member of the St Croix Writers of Solon Springs, has serve on the board of the Wisconsin Writer Association, and is great fan of the International Poetry Reading put on by UWEC. He has published three poetry chapbooks.

Local Connection

Eau Claire has been a good outing for shopping, and our granddaughter loves the Children’s Museum and Children’s Theatre.


Laurel Kieffer began technical writing in the late 1970’s through work in the public and private non-profit sectors. By the end of the 90’s, she began to shift her focus to teaching women’s studies at UWEC, while continuing freelance project management and technical writing. Other UWEC projects included managing a Title III Strengthening Institutions grant and writing the 2017 McNair grant. After retiring from UWEC in 2015, Laurel began creative writing as a cathartic release following the 2014 death of her life partner. Writing has become a way to unite place, time and introspection.

Local Connection

I began my journey in the Chippewa Valley as a UWEC music major in the 70’s. In 1991, my family had the opportunity to choose where we wanted to live. We found a dilapidated farm just north of Strum and turned it into Dream Valley Farm LLC. DVF became a place where my late partner and I realized our dreams – mine to raise our children on a small family farm, Tom’s to build an energy efficient sustainable home. Our farm became a gathering place for family and friends to reconnect with the land, woods, water, and animals.

Laurel Kieffer

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