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The Plum Tree Tavern – Eco Friendly and Open to Submissions

plum treeRussell Streur, longtime barkeep of The Camel Saloon is branching out so to speak. He has established a new literary site, The Plum Tree Tavern to focus on short works on nature and ecology. Longer works of eco-poetry will also be considered.

Russell Streur-Barkeep

Russell Streur-Barkeep

The Plum Tree Tavern is located at:  http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/  Submissions may be sent to plumtreetavern@gmail.com ; submitters should  read the guidelines. We wish Russell the best with this new endeavor.

Laura Eppinger -Eye on New Jersey

Rust by Laura Eppinger

Rust by Laura Eppinger

The Camel Saloon has just posted a new photograph exhibit, – Laura Eppinger -Eye on New Jersey

From Russell Streur of The Camel Saloon:

New Jersey is a contradiction.  Known as the Garden State, it is the only state in the country where every county is classified as a metropolitan area.  It ranks first in population density even though nearly a quarter of its area is preserved as open space.   The state ranks high in both chemical manufacture and blueberry production.   Trenton’s claim as the car theft capital of the country is false; the state’s claim to most diners is easier to swallow.  Outside of the colleges and the boardwalks, it can be a gritty place.

The Saloon’s friend Laura Eppinger lives and writes in New Jersey, and she takes a hard look at the place.  She has generously shared her views with the tavern, and I am delighted to invite all the patrons to see her work here: http://camelsaloonnewjersey.blogspot.com/


Newfoundland and Labrador Photography Exhibit Opens at the Camel Saloon

Bonnavista Peninsula by G Tod Sloane

From Russell Streur

It’s a barren, haunting and beautiful place.  The Camel Saloon’s good friend, G. Tod Slone, hiked the trails there for a month earlier this summer.  He has generously shared photographs of his journey with the tavern, and I am happy to invite all the patrons to view the sights at the exhibit here: http://camelsaloonnewfoundland.blogspot.com/

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Free Zhu Yufu

Zhu Yufu

From Russell Streur

Many of you are aware of, and have participated in, the Saloon’s support for the imprisoned Chinese poet, Zhu Yufu.  He has now spent 953 days in custody and still has years to serve until his sentence is scheduled to end in 2019.

News comes this weekend that Chinese authorities refused to allow an activist US physician to evaluate Zhu’s medical condition.  The American doctor risked the unorthodox intervention after hearing descriptions of the dissident’s ill-health.  Prison officials gave the bum’s rush to the gray-haired grandmother, Devra Marcus of Virginia.  The story can be found here:


The Saloon has recently heard from Maggie Wenzhuo Hou, Director of Friends of Conscience and a friend of Zhu Yufu’s sister, Zhu Xiaoyan.  Through Maggie, Xiaoyan gives some additional details of Zhu’s harsh treatment:

Zhu Yufu’s living condition is really very bad. His food does not have any nutrition and not giving anything like meat or egg. He is not given even minimum standard of nutritious food. in the prison where there are 240 people, there are only 12 shower, and they were told to finish shower within half an hour. So, Zhu Xiaoyan said, one person only got 1.5 minutes of shower time. Zhu Yufu, being old, poor health, and couldn’t even walk steadily, -could never get a chance to compete with the other inmates for shower -which is why during the summer, his whole body had terrible rash and bleeding during hot summer days.

Zhu Yufu, as a prisoner of conscience is treated very badly. He was told to sleep close to the toilette (note that there is no separate bathroom) -several inmates urine in the same toilette -he was intentionally humiliated to sleep in that place;

He was not allowed to any minimal prisoner’s rights. the prison recently announced that, because the prison is overcrowded, they would give medical parole or allow “community service” to release some –people who have illness, and people who are older than 60 etc -both conditions apply to Zhu Yufu. but Zhu Yufu was told that he would not be allowed to register and would not be considered -because he is a political prisoner.

His mental health is in a very difficult situation.

I learned through Maggie that while Zhu Yufu is best known in the West as a poet, writer, he is also a calligrapher and an artist.  Some of his work on fans can be seen at this Chinese-language website:


The struggle to gain Zhu Yufu his freedom continues.  Here are some things you can do to help:

Let Maggie Wenzhuo Hou know of your support at friends.conscience@gmail.com

Send Zhu Yufu a card.  Select one with a positive image on it—a flower for instance, or a bird or rainbow. A short message in English would be appropriate—“I am thinking of you” or “You are not forgotten” would work.  Nothing complicated or lengthy, and nothing against the Chinese government or any message that could bring him trouble.  Pay attention to colors: red means good fortune and joy; yellow represents good luck; green, health and prosperity.  He may never receive it—but the prison grapevine might bring him word of it. Include your name and return address on the envelope so the authorities know the world-wide breadth of his support. Do not send money and do not expect a response. The international postage will be less than the cost of the card—the US Post Office issues Forever Global stamps for $1.10. The address to use is:

Zhu Yufu

Zhejiang Provincial No.4 Prison

P.O. Box 50, Hangzhou City 311100

Zhejiang Province

P.R. China

Write the Chinese ambassador to your country expressing your request for his release. A source for embassy locations can be found at http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/gjhdq/

Zhu Yufu is just one of hundreds of imprisoned writers around the world. For more information from English PEN, click http://www.englishpen.org/campaigns/international/


russell-streur1-1Russell Streur is a born-again dissident residing in Johns Creek, Georgia.  His work has been published in Europe, certain islands and the United States.  He operates the world’s original on-line poetry bar, The Camel Saloon, catering to dromedaries, malcontents and jewels of the world at http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/

J.J. Campbell in Issue #16 of The Fox Chase Review


You can read the poetry of J.J. Campbell in Issue #16 of The Fox Chase Review