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OG CoverA portrait miniature of the south including the estuaries and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. The poems of The Oyster Garden evoke pine and pecan trees, the freshwaters of the Blue Ridge Hills, evoke the Rappahannock River and the wild cherry trees that hang over its banks. Conjure lightning-season burns that promote growth of fire-adapted native plants in the Wiregrass region of Alabama. 

The collection is timely. Greenhouse gases driving climate change threaten both ecosystems. Not long ago, oysters of the Chesapeake Bay region were nearly decimated by increased algae resulting from warming oceans. Though recovery efforts recently brought a resurgence of crassostrea virginica oysters, this progress has been imperiled with huge cuts to the EPA’s program that funds Bay efforts.

 

My name is Cesca Waterfield and I am a writer whose short fiction and poetry are published in journals and magazines. My journalism has been featured widely in major daily, weekly, and glossy publications.  I  earned my MFA Creative Writing and MA English Literature from McNeese State University. Visit my extended portfolio. Watch me play original music. Listen to my songs. Stream my music on Spotify. As a musician, I proudly use Morley pedals when I play, and they are integral to performances. morley-logo-635

 

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Savannah Morning News

Hanukkah brings together family, friends, remembrance of endurance

 

Palm Beach Post

Monster murals: Engineer-turned-artist’s creations in demand nationwide

Brewery takes gold medal for ‘Psycho Sisters’ Imperial Russian Stout

Adorable video of Welling Firefighter’s 3-year-old son putting out fire goes viral

War vet who had PTSD now instrumental in helping vets at VA Hospital

 

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Style Weekly, Richmond, VA

Introducing Wabi-Sabi How a growing design trend may be the perfect choice for Richmond

 

 

 

 

 

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Style Weekly, Richmond, VA

Nealon, not Damon

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Bourbon aging in Fredericksburg, VA

Slow Waltz with Southern Oak

 

 

 

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Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

From behind bars, joy is shared

 

 

 

 

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Style Weekly, Richmond, VA

My roommate, Ben Fawley

 

 

 

 

 

Colonial Beach Schools
Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

Colonial Beach Schools consider a loan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Style Weekly, Richmond, VA

Hands of Dissent

 

 

 

 

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Style Weekly, Richmond, VA

The Sequel

 

 

 

 

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Style Weekly, Richmond, VA

Belly Laughs on the Beef Highway

 

 

 

 

Bobby Flay
the Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA

Local chef to assist Bobby Flay

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

Seasoned vet adds spice to life

 

 

 

 

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Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

Home’s renaissance a labor of love

 

 

 

 

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Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

Roman Revival house is place of grace amid wounds of war

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

Garden by the square foot