Carry the Light Anthology

Speaking of Carry the Light, we can’t help but brag about publishing our first anthology of short stories, essays, and poems that were submitted to the 2012 San Mateo County Fair.

We received almost 200 entries and the publisher, Tory Hartmann of the Sand Hill Review Press was so committed to this project that she expanded the book to 312 pages to include more pieces than we’d originally planned because they were all so good. This book was produced in just four weeks! To learn more about this project go to

You can see the finished product at

We ran a contest in the Fine Arts Galleria for artists and photographers to submit their work for the book cover  and we received a great variety of interpretations of what Carry the Light meant to them.

Pacifica poet and photographer Thomas A. Ekkens of won the prize for his closeup photo of leaves growing along a waterfall. It is absolutely gorgeous!


Tom’s wife Joanne Shwed of Backspace Ink Editing and Book Design volunteered her considerable talents to make the anthology a reality.  Her two essays are featured in the anthology, as is Tom’s poetry.

Check out to read excerpts of their work along with almost forty other contributors’ short stories, essays, and poems.

As far as we know, this is the first time all of the submissions entered into a county fair has been published professionally. We do know this is a first for the Western Region, an accomplishment of which we are all immensely proud.

This creative collaboration is exactly what Carry the Light is all about: stepping up and helping others to make their dream a reality and in turn, sharing the joy of one’s own passion!