About Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz is an online journal of literature and art, named after New Hampshire’s state gem. Writers and artists with strong connections to New Hampshire are featured in each issue. We publish poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, and a diverse selection of art and photography.

Smoky Quartz is a publication of the Monadnock Writers’ Group (MWG) based in southwestern New Hampshire. The first issue was published in the summer of 2012 by co-founders and MWG members, Candace Bergstrom and Linda Thomas.

We publish the journal twice a year, in spring and fall. If you would like to submit your work for the next issue, please click here for our Submission Guidelines.


Click here for our current issue.


The Monadnock Writers’ Group

The Monadnock Writers’ Group is a non-profit organization established by a group of writers from the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire in 1984. Through monthly meetings from September through June, we offer fellowship and support to professional and novice writers alike. We are committed to raising public awareness of the literary talent in the region. Please visit our website at www.monadnockwriters.org.


The Editors

Sara Miller received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in 2005. A former librarian and adjunct instructor in Children’s Literature at Pace University and Queens College, New York, she writes fantasy for young people. She keeps adding scenes to a memoir about childhood next to an ice cream factory, and is trying her hand at poetry.

Deborah Murphy works as a freelance writer and editor. Her poetry has appeared in Adanna Literary Journal (print version), Connecticut River Review, Flint Hills Review, Concrete Wolf, Smoky Quartz, Soundings East, The Chyrsalis Reader, and Flash!point. She holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in English from Tufts University and taught composition for many years. She lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Tina Rapp has published poetry, essays and articles in such venues as New Hampshire Public Radio, Yankee Magazine books, The Wall Street Journal, Post Magazine, Concrete Wolf, Smoky Quartz,  Ad Hoc Monadnock, and Adanna Literary Journal. She served as managing editor and poetry editor of Shadow and Light—A Literary Anthology on Memory. She lives in southwestern New Hampshire where she writes corporate and marketing communications for technology companies.

Linda J. Thomas is a freelance writer, editor, and designer. She holds master’s degrees in writing and education and is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at UCLA. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Postcard Memoirs, Monadnock Ledger magazine, and The Henniker Review. She was a poetry editor and contributing photographer for Shadow and Light—A Literary Anthology on Memory. She is the founder and editor of New England Memories.




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2 responses to “About Smoky Quartz

  • Lilla Lyon

    I’m a member of Monadnock Writers Group. I can’t seem to access more than the cover and table of contents of Smoky Quartz, Fall Issue 2015, despite clicking on your website through the Monadnock Writers Group newsletter The Quill. I’d like to read more–what do I have to do?

    • monadnockwriters

      Hi Lilly, sorry to hear the site is giving you trouble. Can you tell me more about the problem? What happens when you click on the links in the Contents (underlined titles)?
      What web browser do you use (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)?


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