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Willow Springs

About Willow Springs: A literary journal affiliated with Eastern Washington University's Inland Northwest Center for Writers. We publish fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and interviews.

Contact Information:

501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 425

Spokane, WA  99202

Phone: (509) 359-7435

Email: willowspringsewu[at]gmail[dot]com

Web: willowsprings.ewu.edu

Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 9/1-5/31 Response time: 12 weeks; expect a longer response time between July and October Payment: copies Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0739-1277 Issues per year: 2 Founded: 1977 Distributors: Ingram Periodicals, Ubiquity Average pages: 120 Copy price: $10 Sample price (postpaid): $10 Subscription: $18

Publisher’s description: Willow Springs publishes the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with some of the most notable authors in contemporary literature, including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, and Robert Bly. Founded in 1977 and published twice yearly, Willow Springs features two interviews per issue, as well as arresting essays, fiction, and poetry by a diverse variety of writers—from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. An indispensable resource for writers and readers, Willow Springs engages its audience in an ongoing discussion of art, ideas, and what it means to be human.

Recent Issues:

Willow Springs issue 73 features prose and poetry by Diana Joseph, Gary Copeland Lilley, Joseph Millar, and Stacey Richter. In an interview, Major Jackson discusses identity politics in poetry: “I think what we’re realizing is that there are not homogeneous kinds of experiences for ethnic and racial groups in America.” Joyce Carol Oates addresses the importance of maintaining a “roiling” conversation about women writers and women’s rights: “With abortion rights, people think a battle’s been won, but actually it hasn’t. It’s a ceaseless struggle even to have voting rights for people.”

Willow Springs issue 72 features fiction and poetry by Aurelie Sheehan, Keith Ratzlaff, Kim Addonizio, and Nicole Cooley. Steve Almond discusses relationship politics: “Can you love somebody when you don’t respect their basic sense of fairness and morality?” And in the issue’s second interview, Susan Orlean talks about the sense of “otherness” that drives her work: “The emotional challenge of being a stranger and an outsider seems to bring something out in me, and it’s that I’ve got to be a quick study. Nobody likes being the outsider, but being in that position seems to spur me.”

Willow Springs issue 71 features work by Charlie Clark, Ann Pancake, and Alexandra Teague. In an interview, Erin Belieu discusses ego. “I’ve never understood why people are so unnerved by the tininess of our human experience. We’re just biological blips in the wholeness of time. But what a lovely thing to be.” Blake Butler debates the existence of metaphor. “The art I like makes me know that those things exist, even if it’s like believing in God. I believe in the fact that there can be seven of me in a room that I can’t see. Or that anything can happen.”


last updated 2/17/2014