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The Gladiolas 

Melinda Giordano


Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her artwork has appeared in magazines such as Pearl, Amelia, new renaissance, The Altadena Review, The Bellowing Ark, Cactus Heart Press, Written River, Typehouse Magazine, and The Sonder Review. She values the architectural properties of the small things—plants and shells: subjects as vast and complex as any cityscape or countryside. They are the loveliest of blueprints. Her writing has appeared in Scheherazade’s Bequest, The Rabbit Hole, Lazuli Literary Group, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and After The Art among others. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her writing speculates on the possibility of remarkable things—the secret lives of the natural world. 

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