About Us


Who We Are

 
Persimmon Tree, an online magazine, is a showcase for the creativity and talent of women over sixty. 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 of all.


Sue Leonard retired from teaching history and politics at an independent girls’ school in 2004.

Nan Gefen founded Persimmon Tree in 2007 and is its current publisher. Her novel, Back to Clear Lake, is forthcoming.

Kitty Cunningham retired in 2004 from her position as Head Librarian from the same independent girls’ school at which Sue worked.

Natalie Levy describes her life in reverse: artist, legal recruiter, lawyer, mother, student, little kid.

Elizabeth Zimmer writes about the arts, mostly dance, and teaches writing all over the place, most recently at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Jean Zorn teaches, despite having supposedly retired, at CUNY School of Law.

Gena Raps is a concert pianist whose new recording of the late piano works of Brahms will be released soon. She is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan.

Wendy Barker has published five collections of poetry and three chapbooks, most recently, Nothing Between Us, a novel in prose poems. She is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Marcia Freedman is a member of the founding Editorial Board of Persimmon Tree. She has published a political memoir, Exile in the Promised Land, an account of the establishment of second-wave feminism in Israel and her experience as a Member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament).


 

Publisher
Nan Fink Gefen

 

Editor
Sue Leonard

 

Contributing Editors                
Wendy Barker
Kitty Cunningham
Marcia Freedman
Natalie Levy
Gena Raps
Elizabeth Zimmer
Jean Zorn

 

Ads and Outreach
Marcia Freedman

 

Advisors                                       
Judith Arcana
Anita Barrows
Jill Breckinridge
Rosellen Brown
Toi Derricotte
Eve Ensler
Lillian Faderman
Tess Gallagher
Sandra Gilbert
Vivian Gornick
Susan Griffin
Marilyn Hacker
Melanie Kaye Kantrowitz
Maxine Hong Kingston
Maxine Kumin
Jane Lazarre
Deena Metzger
Naomi Newman
Alicia Ostriker
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Martha Roth
Sonia Sanchez
Starhawk
Gloria Steinem
Marilyn Yalom
Susan Yankowitz
 
Website Programming
Zaki Consulting Inc. / Laura Laytham Zaki
 
Mills Liaison
Renee Jadushlever
 
We acknowledge with gratitude the help and support of our many friends—and we remember our dear friend, Esther Broner, who inspired us as we created the magazine and whose spirit continues to inspire.

 

Contact Us

 
Please email editor@persimmontree.org to contact the Persimmon Tree editorial staff.

Email webmaster@persimmontree.org with any problems you have with this website.

We prefer to communicate through email, but if you need to snail mail us something,
our address is:

Persimmon Tree,
1534 Campus Drive, Berkeley, CA 94708.

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Educational Links

 
Websites of Contributors, Editors, and Advisors

 

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