THEMA editors note this publication as three goals: “to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary and visual artists, to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing, and to provide readers with a unique and entertaining collection of stories, poems, art, and photography.” Providing readers with a premise for each issue, “A Postcard From the Past” is the theme for volume 34.1, filling the issue with images of postcards, narratives about them, and images of some of the postcard handwriting as well. Upcoming themes and submission deadlines can be found on the THEMA website.
The Woven Tale Press Magazine: A Premier Literary and Fine Art Publication Highlighting Stellar Writing and Visual arts releases ten issues per year, and the newest issue features works by Britt Breeden, Laurence Elle Groux, Carol Hamilton, Lydia Host, Ivan Kanchev, Gaya Lastovjak, Diane G. Martin, Michele O’Brien, Cynthia Parson McDaniel, Nick J. Perez, Rob Price, Darren Smith, and Sharon Wahl. Sign up for free to read it online or subscribe and have each new issue delivered fresh to your inbox!
Featured in Issue 42 of Bellevue Literary Review are the winners and honorable mentions for the John & Eileen Allman Prize for Poetry judged by Crystal Valentine, the Goldberg Prize for Fiction judged by Amy Hempel, and the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction judged by Michele Harper. Contributors include fiction by Nitin K. Ahuja (Winner with “Step-Down”), Angie Sijun Lou (Honorable Mention with “Pale Unappy Dog”), C.C. Reid, Rachel Hall, Cécile Barlier, Jon Cohn, Madeline Haze Curtis, AJ Cameron, C.J. Hribal, Sofi Stambo; nonfiction by Avra Aron (Winner with “In My Head”), Emily Carter (Honorable Mention with “Casualty”), Lindsay Starck, Mallika Sekhar, Barbara West; poetry by Michael M. Weinstein (Winner with “Drought Pastoral”), Laura Paul Watson (Honorable Mention with “Six Weeks Into Chemotherapy”), Judith Fox, R.J. Petteway, John Kneisley, Jessica Yuan, Melissa J. Varnavas, Katherine Gaffney, Kan Ren Jie, Connemara Wadsworth, Esther Abisola Omole, Suzanne Manizza Roszak, T. Le, Stubbs, Charlene Fix, and Rachel S. Brooks.
Valley Voices: A Literary Review 22.1 is a special issue on “The Sense of Place” dedicated to Dr. Marla Cowie (1942-2021), former Professor of English and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mississippi Valley State. It begins with a special feature with several works by and an interview with Elaine Terranova. The issue is filled with poetry by Angela Ball, Lois Baer Barr, Matthew Brennan, David Dear, George Drew, Theodore Haddin, Juliet Hinton, Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Steve Myers, Mamie Osborne, Charles Rammelkamp, Anina Robb, Kelly Talbot, Larry D. Thomas, Susan Weaver, and Michael P. Wright, and includes prose works by Bob Chikos, Gary Fincke, Jacqueline St. Joan, DC Berry, and Jon Peede. Front cover photograph, “Hongmei 120 Folding Camera” by John Zheng.
The Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Humana Obscura – an independent nature-focused literary magazine – features work by 84 new, emerging, and established contributors from around the globe, as far as South Africa, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Australia, the Cayman Islands, Germany, and throughout North America. Contributors include Melanie Shoeniger, Susan G. Sancomb, Byron Wilson, Andre Peltier, Jaqi Holland, Kimberly Kling, Roger Camp, Ian William L., Meg Venter, Maureen Bennett, Genevieve Leavold, and more. Available to read online or order a print copy.
The Spring 2022 issue of the annual print edition of West Trade Review includes fiction by Jessica Denzer, Sam Asher, Roger Topp, and Elizabeth Childs; poetry by Luke Johnson, Melissa Ginsburg, Jordan Charlton, Dare Williams and Kara Knickerbocker; Creative Nonfiction by Les Brady, Shanisha Branch, Thomas Kevin O’Rourke, Sarah Edmonds, and Sandra Hager Eliason; Visual Art by and interviews with Kelechi Nwaneri, Tania Nneji, and Segun Aiyesan – and this is just a small sampling of the contents, some of which are available to read online. Cover image: “Flooded Apartment 3” by Kelechi Nwaneri.
Issue 54 of Neon Literary Magazine is full of stories of strange transformations and surreal futures. Readers will be taken to visit the sinister Ministry of Literature, contemplate the lives of gay frogs, ride along on the travels of the Shadow Man, and drop into a world where people can become animals in more ways than one. A selection of short stories and poems are supplemented by a haunting graphic short story by Dante Luiz and H Pueyo. The issue features works by Fiona Jefferson, Cole Brayfield, Jennie E Owen, Isabelle Marie Flynn, Devon Moody, EN Auslender, Beth Booth, Blair Hurley, Lauren Everdell, Dante Luiz & H Pueyo, Bree Wernicke, Rhonda Parrish, Ruth Niemiec, and Su Ryder. Neon is pay-what-you-want to download, and costs just £8.00 for a physical copy. In its perfect-bound format, each issue is around 90 pages and is photo-illustrated in black and white.
“Stuck” by Laura Venita Green of New York, New York, is this year’s winner of the third annual Story Foundation Prize. Her story will be featured in the Story summer 2022 issue, which will be released in June.
Story Editor-in-Chief Michale Nye says this about the winning entry: “Green’s story is about a young woman named Tess, who is struggling with alcohol (to put it mildly) and babysitting two children for the weekend while their father is out of town. Then, a mysterious and peculiar Evangelical girl comes in from the woods. It gets stranger from there. It’s a rich, peculiar story that stood out for its evocative characters and wonderful tension throughout the narrative. A truly unforgettable story that I know you’re going to love reading.”Continue reading “Story Foundation Prize Winner 2022”
Based out of Spokane, Washington, the newest issue of the biannual Willow Springs features poetry by Dan Albergotti, E. Kristin Anderson, Anne Barngrover, Thomas Brush, Elena Castro-Oliva, Dorsey Craft, Danielle Hanson, Julie Hensley, Karah Kemmerly, Alyse Knorr, David Dodd Lee, Tessa Livingstone, Andrew Rahal, Andy Sia, Michael Spence, John Struloeff, Elizabeth Vignali, Mekiya Walters; fiction by Andrew Furman, Adam Peterson, Sik Chuan Pua, Nickalus Rupert; nonfiction by Amanda Gaines, Maya Jewell Zeller; and an interview with Ada Limón. I’ve Been Told It Could Be Worse, oil on panel by Alexis Trice is the hauntingly gorgeous cover art. Some content is available to read online accompanied by author audio readings.
Still thriving well into a dozen years of continuous publication, the newest issue of Palooka includes fiction by B. B. Garin, Nicole Sellew, and Arthur Klepchukov; poetry by Kaitlinn Rose, Troy Schoultz, and Deven Philbrick; nonfiction by Andrea Bianchi; and artwork, including this gorgeous cover art, by Bianca Rivetti Burattini. Palooka editors welcome writers around the globe to send their best unpublished fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips.
Don’t we all? One way to get it is by following Chestnut Review on Twitter and retweeting their #freefeedbackfriday post on the first Friday of each month. Everyone who does so will enter a drawing to win a free critique on your submission. Chestnut Review just opened submissions for their Autumn Issue (October release), so now is a great time to try polish up your work and try your luck for free feedback!
In the newest issue of Cutleaf online journal of short stories, nonfiction, and poetry, Brett Biebel shows readers what happens when one pays close attention to roadside attractions (or distractions) in two flash pieces, “Minnesota Miracle Man” and “In the Offing.” E. M. Mariani explores the truth of a long-ago admission and the mixed blessings of motherhood in “Mother’s Teeth.” And Linda Parsons examines the conditions under which light comes and to what degrees it can be observed in three poems beginning with “The Light around Trees in the Morning.” This issue features stills from the 1924 silent film The Hands Of Orlac, directed by Robert Wiene and starring Conrad Veidt. The film is one of the first to depict transplantation as a moral and artistic conundrum.
The newest issue of Arc Poetry Magazine celebrates 20 years of the Diana Brebner Prize with poems and retrospectives by twenty past winners, giving readers a look back on winning poems and the impact Brebner left. As Arc’s prose editor Nancy Jo Cullen says, Brebner’s work demonstrates “Community and legacy in action.” This issue also focuses the “How Poems Work” section and new essays on Brebner and her work. Contributors include John Barton, Stephanie Bolster, S. Lesley Buxton, Blaine Marchand, Una McDonnell, and Anita Lahey. Poetry from Arc’s 2020-2021 Poet-in-Residence Jim Johnstone and his mentees Michael Prior, Amanda Merpaw, Taylor Zantingh, Lucy Yang, Janetter Platana, Sarain Keeshig-Soonias, and Joseph Kidney are included as well.
Available in print and fully online, Poetry, the “oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world,” celebrates National Poetry Month with an issue devoted to “exophonic” authors – “those who write in a language not generally regarded as their first or mother tongue” (Wiki). The contributors in this issue include Dunya Mikhail, Ilya Kaminsky, Dong Li, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Michael Dumanis, Jila Mossaed, Laura Theis, Mónica De La Torre, Johannes Göransson, Sawako Nakayasu, Ukata Edwardson, Amlanjyoti Goswami, Sarah Ghazal Ali, Jack Jung, Ahmad Almallah, Armen Davoudian, Hiromitsu Koiso, Suphil Lee Park, Marina Dora Martino, Hajar Hussaini, Farid Matuk, Khaty Xiong, Shash Trevett, Ida Börjel, Lehua M. Taitano, Zêdan Xelef, Emi Miyaoka, Javier Zamora, Somto Ihezue, Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, Mayowa Oyewale, Don Mee Choi, Atar Hadari, Öykü Tekten, Sara Abou Rashed, Tino Zhang, Lynn Xu, Jeffrey Angles, Aldo Amparán, Sasha Pimentel, Dani Charles, Valzhyna Mort, and Moriana Delgado.
The newest issue of Carve: Honest Fiction offers readers fiction from Laura Perkins, Madison Cyr, Anna Stacy, and Elizabeth Hamilton; poetry from Taylor Supplee, Bradley Samore, T.E. Nordklev, and Justin Hunt; nonfiction from Shanta Lee and Abigail Ham; 2021 Prose and Poetry Contest winners Haley Rose Hanks, Carling McManus, and Hannah Hindley; and fun features like “Decline/Accept” with Garrett Candrea; “One to Watch” with Zaina Arafat by Anna Zumbahlen; illustrations from resident artist Justin Burks, and interviews. Carve is open to preorders for each issue as well as subscription rates.
Accepting submissions of nonfiction, art, photography, reviews, interviews, audio, and video on a rolling basis, the mission of Memoir Magazine “is to be a witness to both factual and emotional truths that resonate with the human heart by supporting writers and artists in sharing their stories.” Memoir Magazine offers online writing classes and workshops, including the upcoming “Writing to Heal with Jerry Waxler” and “MeToo Anonymous Writing Workshop for Sexual Assault Survivors.” The publication keeps its site updated with new content added regularly. Some recent features include “Iris on My Mind” by Odeta Xheka, “The Hope of Better Hearing Aids” by Rosann Tung, “The Sentencing” by Wendy Swift, “Into the Racial Divide, A Story of Hope” by Jerry Waxler, “Walking Home” by Kate Zobel, “Main Street Madness” by Mary McBeth, “Permission” by Diane Gillespie, “Harrowing” by Natalie Coufal, “True Crime” by Hilarie Pozesky, and “How I Discovered America” by Sharmila Voorakkara. Memoir Magazine is a black-owned and woman-owned annual print and online publication.
After hurdling the pandemic paper shortage and understaffing at the printers, the Winter 2021-2022 issue of Ruminate is in the mail! Themed “Beginnings and Endings,” the issue features poems by Arah Ko (the 2021 poetry-prize winner), Christine Swint (runner-up), Jane Medved (honorable mention), and work from four additional finalists: Brian Holmes, Jed Myers, Bethany Swann, and Margaret Wack, as well as poems from Kim Garcia, Londeka Mdluli, Tyler Smith, Sarah Snyder, and Phillip Watts Brown. Fiction includes works by Catey Miller, Tega Oghenechovwen, and Fei Sun, and nonfiction “Friendship: A Haiku” by Cynthia Gralla. Some content is available to read on the Ruminate website. There’s also still time to make the May 1 deadline for their 2022 annual poetry contest. Maybe it will be your name here next year!
Open to year-round submissions, Fictive Dream publishes short stories “with a contemporary feel that give an insight into the human condition” in a beautiful, easy-to-access web format. Stories are posted regularly throughout the month based on contributions with e-mail updates sent to notify subscribers of updates (it’s free!). Recent stories include works by Kevin Brennan, David Butler, Gary Fincke, V.J. Hamilton, Gay Degani, Phil Cummins, Steve Cushman, Pamela Painter, Jo-Anne Cappeluti, and Cole Meyer.
Cleaver: Philadelphia’s International Literary Magazine has a lot to offer its global readership, including an online Zoom Contributors Reading on April 24 (register to attend). Contributors to the online Spring 2022 issue include stories by Colette Parris, Charlotte Moretti, Eric Rasmussen, AJ Strosahl, Michelle Ross, Ann Stoney, poems by William Erickson, Ronda Broatch, Phillip Schaefer, Robin Neidorf, Quinn Rennerfeldt, flash by Lisa Lebduska, Windy Lynn Harris, Cristina Trapani-Scott, Amy R. Martin, Candace Hartsuyker, Jessica Klimesh, Louella Lester, creative nonfiction by Gregory Emilio, Richard Casimir, Gwen Mullins, visual narrative (comix) by Jennifer Hayden and art by Bette Ridgeway. Cover image by Karen Rile.
Posting works on a rolling basis throughout each month, now is your chance to catch up on all the March 2022 Society of Classical Poets Journal contributors, including poetry and essays by Susan Jarvis Bryant, Russel Winick, Phillip Whidden, Shaun C. Duncan, Joseph S. Salemi, Jack DesBois, Cheryl Corey, Lucia Haase, Margaret Coats, Rohini Sunderam, Phil S. Rogers, Norma Pain, C.B. Anderson, Sally Cook, David Watt, Tamara Beryl Latham, Leland James, Satyananda Sarangi, Brian Yapko, James A. Tweedie, Karen Darantière, Peggy Everett, Gregory Ross, Martin Rizley, and Michael Charles Maibach. The Society of Classical Poets Journal also has unique features, like “Henry Olunga Reads Susan Jarvis Bryant’s Poem on Toxic Masculinity,” and regular invitations for readers to contribute works to celebrate holidays or comment on current events, such as inviting poets to share their poetry in response to the still-unfolding Russo-Ukrainian War. All content is free to access online, but signing up to become a member entitles you to a copy of the annual journal as well as receiving a round of feedback on your poetry from Editor Evan Mantyk.
The newest issue of The Lake journal of poetry and reviews is now online featuring Brent Cantwell, Julian Dobson, Stephen House, Ann Iversen, Rustin Larson, Jennifer A. McGowan, Kirsty Niven, Hannah Stone, Sarah White. Reviews include Marc Totterdell’s Mollusc and Marilyn L. Taylor’s Outside the Frame: New and Selected Poems. There is also a new feature called “One Poem Review,” which the editors describe as “just that: One poem featured from a new book/pamphlet along with a cover JPG and a link to the publisher’s website: as a way to help poets’ works reach a wider audience.” This month’s One Poem Review is “Self-Portrait: Between the Car and the Sea” from Elaine Sexton’s collection Drive. Visit The Lake website for more details.
Twenty-nine writers and translators fill out the pages of the Spring 2022 New England Review, including poetry by Sally Wen Mao, Keith S. Wilson, Rosalie Moffett, and Megan Fernandes, fiction by Rob Franklin and Ann Menendez, and essays by Kim McLarin, Sara Michas-Martin, and Robert Anthony Siegel. Visit the New England Review website to learn more about this issue and how you can subscribe.
Brilliant Flash Fiction Publishes quarterly at the end of January, March, June, and September, and this quarter’s issue features writers Jessika Grewe Glover, Wim Hylen, Annabel White, Lindsey Harrington, Simon J. Plant, Roberta Beary, Daniel DeRock, Helen Sinoradzki, and Salvatore Difalco. All content is free to read online with subscriptions (also free) providing email updates with individual stories. The archives are also easy to access, and there is a no-fee, cash-prize writing contest that closes on April 15, 2022, judged by Pamela Painter. What are you waiting for? Go check them out!
The spring 2022 issue of Superpresent: A Magazine of the Arts is available for reading online, PDF download, or print purchase. Responding to the theme “private/public” were over three dozen contributors, including writers Duncan Forbes, Leah Halper, Gemini Wahhaj, Carole Glasser Langille, Sarah Legow, Heikki Houtari, Luke Roe, Timothy Resau, Jennifer Moses, and Audra Burwell, artists Kelly Wang, Hau Huang, Wanyu An, Mariana Jimenz, and Jessie Cunningham-Reid. There are also films by Hanna Henson and Michael Henderson, viewable via embeds, links, and QR codes.
The Shore online poetry journal “lucky thirteenth” is stocked full of writing that “pierces the easy observations of the everyday and gets at the ghostly underside.” It features poems by Lisa Compo, Stephen Lackaye, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Jen Jayda Gupta, Jess Smith, Jane Zwart, Simon Montgomery, Lee Potts, Calgary Martin, Daniel Ruiz, Shannon Ryan, Wendy BooydeGraaff, Lori Lamothe, Adam J Gellings, Mikko Harvey, Sy Brand, Sam Rye, DS Maolalai, Carolyn Oliver, Victoria Mbabazi, Samuel Prince, Christien Gholson, Michael Battisto, Sara Fitzpatrick, Ja’net Danielo, Stephanie Kaylor, Afton Montgomery, Jenny Della Santa, José Angel Araguz, Sihle Ntuli, Jeanine Walker, Julia Hands, Matthew Herskovitz, Katherine Huang, Malorie Varnell, Meredith Arena, Laurie Sewall, Ariel Clark-Semyck, Kevin McIlvoy and Rachel Marie Patterson. This issue also features some intriguing photo art by Nadine Rodriguez.
The newest issue of The Writing Disorder online literary magazine (Spring 2022) features fiction by N.J. Banerjee, Tetman Callis, Robert Collings, Lou Gaglia, Margaret E. Helms, Crystal McQueen, Adam Matson, Nancy Machlis Rechtman; poetry by Vandana Kumar, John Maurer, Stephen Mead, Paul Rabinowitz, Juanita Rey, Hoyt Rogers, Jason Visconti; nonfiction by Catherine Filloux, Jean McDonough, William T. Vandegrift, Jr., and the photography of Paul Rabinowitz [cover photo image]. All content is free to access online.
The Editorial Team at Leaping Clear online journal featuring work of worldwide artists and writers with dedicated meditation and contemplation practices has announced that they will cease publication. They sent the following announcement:Continue reading “Leaping Clear to Cease Publication”
Such a cool concept – Topical Poetry “aims to create a safe and encouraging space for global poets to show their reactions to recent events and news.” Poems from the most recent issue include “The Direction of Home” by Laurel Benjamin, “While I imagine his demise, I wonder what Putin’s mother might be thinking” by Rebecca Surmont, “Shackleton’s ship is discovered, March 2022” by Mark Blayney, “What We Need Beyond the Pale” by Jay Yair Brodbar, “Ukrainian Woman Offers Seeds” by Julene Waffle, “The Stratigraphy of War” by Sheila DC Robertson, “J’accuse” by Howard Richard Debs, “Last Normal Outing” by Sharon Mast and many more. Subscribe to get a weblink to the latest issue. This is definitely one to follow.
The Spring 2022 issue of Sheila-Na-Gig online poetry journal is chock-full of great writing, starting with Editor’s Choice Award: Rebecca Brock [pictured], followed by Natalli Amato, Cynthia Anderson, Gary Beaumier, Rose Mary Boehm, Alan Cohen, Joe Cottonwood, Steven Deutsch, Michael Estabrook, Laura Foley, George Franklin, Robbie Gamble, John Grey, Mark Hammerschick, Candice Kelsey, James Kimbrell, Gary Leising, Tamara Madison, Robert L. Penick, Greg Rappleye, Seth Rosenbloom, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Michael Salcman, Lynne Schmidt, Haylee Schwenk, Marc Swan, Gordon Taylor, Eileen Trauth, and Carter Vance. The journal also includes the section “Under Age 30” curated by Jessica Higgins, and features Megha Anne, Andy Chapolini, Leonardo Chung, Anastasia Helena Fenald, Larissa Larson, Sara Long, Ernest Ògúnyẹmí, Jeddie Sophronius, Natalie Welber, and Anna Young.
There’s still time to catch the Plume: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry March 2022 online issue featuring works by Jules Jacob and Sonja Johnson, Ron Smith, Martha Rhodes, Carol Moldow, Shao Wei, Elena Shvarts, Adélia Prado (with audio), David Wojahn, Radu Vancu, Sandy Solomon, Betsy Sholl, Alan Shapiro, and Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva. The issue also includes an interview with Dana Levin about her new book, Do You Know Where You Are, along with an audio recording of her discussing and reading the title poem and another, “For the Poets.” So sweet to hear her voice and laughter.
The newest issue of Cutleaf online literary journal features poetry by Zeina Azzam, revealing an emigrant’s special vocabulary in two poems beginning with “A Grammar for Fleeing.” April Darcy writes of spending her twenties in slow motion, and all the ways she learned to move again, in “The Anatomy of Desire.” And, in “Finding Funerals,” Erica Williams shares the story of a bored, though not boring, human resources specialist who completes all of her work in the morning so she can tirelessly search for strangers’ funerals to observe online in the afternoon. This issue also features W. W. Denslow’s illustrations for L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first book in what became a fourteen-volume series.
The Woven Tale Press publishes “an eclectic mix of literary and visual arts” in an online magazine format, and the newest issue features works by Jeff Corwin, Richard Hoffman, Joseph Hurka, Greg St. John, Joshua Jones, Joe Klaus, Sydney Lea, Mike Maggio, Irmari Nacht, Nina Tichava, Vinci Weng, and Pam Wolfson. The artwork is reproduced in a high-quality, full-color format, with paintings, book art, digital composite photographs, mixed media, and photography. Pages and pages of reading and imagery to get lost in. Or, perhaps, found.
Catamaran Literary Reader remains one of the most gorgeous (and weighty), large-format, full-color literary-art magazines on the market. Editors welcome readers to this new issue featuring a variety of work from both established authors, poets and artists and those on the rise. It includes five creative nonfiction pieces, five literary short stories, fifteen poems, a short story by renowned author João Melo, the first time this story has been translated into English from Portuguese, and an interview with author Jonathan Franzen discussing life in Santa Cruz and his latest novel, Crossroads. This issue also features poetry from Andrew Schwartz, a short story by Debra M. Fox, and a piece of nonfiction by Teresa H. Jansen. Visit the Catamaran website to read more.
Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review Editor Nathaniel Perry invites readers to “imagine pouring yourself a cup of bad coffee out of that carafe on the cover and start reading. The coffee’s probably not very hot, but it will do.” Indeed, the contents of this issue will more than make you forget any bad cup of joe, with works from Ellen Kaufman, John Koethe, Dylan Carpenter, Will Brewbaker, Tao Qian, Jonathan Cannon, Tiffany Hsieh, Michael Dechane, Hilary Sio, Paul Nemser, Brandon Thurman, Valencia Robin, and many more. There is also a yearly feature I love called “4X4” – four contributors answering the same four questions. The questions are long-framed and take up a page, then are followed by responses from Shane McCrae, Lauren Hilger, Michael O’Leary, and Amaranth Borsuk & Terri Witek (who contributed a co-authored piece). Visit the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review website to learn more.
There are only fifteen seats for the Raleigh Review’s two-day Writers Studio Poetry Workshop with Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. The event takes place via Zoom from 1:00-5:00 PM (EST) Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, 2022. Visit the Raleigh Review website for more details.
Notably “severely delayed,” the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Black Warrior Review begins with a farewell from the 2021 editorial team, looking back over the past year: “Despite all the hardship, it’s because of you all that we were able to keep going and be reminded of the importance of literature and storytelling.” The issue features works by Neon Mashurov, KT Herr, Jim Whiteside, Sarah Lao, Emily Holland, Timi Sanni, Jo Hahn-Socolofsky, Bernardo Wade, Georgie Fehringer, Megan Kakimoto, Ellie Black, Ariana Benson, Sanam Sheriff, Olivia Muenz, Jacqui Zeng, Yasmine Ameli, Theresa Sylvester, Kien Lam, Justin Wymer, Lyn Gao Cox, and many more. Included is also a chapbook by JinJin Xu and a section on Queer Ekphrasis with an introduction by Guest Editors Anaïs Duplan and Nikki Gamboa.
The Spring 2022 Issue of Raleigh Review includes 2022 Raleigh Review Flas Fiction Prize Winner “Blood” by Keith S. Wilson and Honorable Mentions “Good on Paper” by Vandana Khanna and “All Rise” by Rita Ciresi, as well as three works by Allison Blevins who earned Honorable Mention in the 2022 Geri Digiorno Prize. The cover art is “Snapshot” by Christine Kouwenhoven, Winner of the 2022 Geri Digiorno Prize. Co-editor Landon Houle offers a note that encourages catching a glimpse of hope around us, perhaps “in the stories, the poems, the art we love and have collected to share with you,” and Publisher Rob Greene shares his harrowing experience when he “went down with a heart attack last December” and expresses his gratitude to “poets, writers, artists, friends, family, and members of our community of neighbors around the world who do care enough to support this small, though mighty magazine.”
I love Colorado Review Editor Stephanie G’Schwind’s commentary to introduce this issue: “These are disorienting times: we are learning to adjust to a new normal, to observe ever-shifting boundaries between what is safe and not safe, to live in the now but have hope for the then. In the meantime, we can ground ourselves in story, in poetry, in these pages. Welcome to the spring issue.” Reader’s can get a sampling of content on the Colorado Review website with works by Jen Stewart Fueston, Bern Mulvey, Catherine Kyle, Maggie Pahos, and Helena de Bres.
The Wallace Stevens Journal is devoted to all aspects of the poetry and life of American modernist poet Wallace Stevens and has been publishing scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news, and bibliographies since 1977. The Spring 2022 issue features essays by Justin Quinn, Stephanie Burt, K. Narayana Chandran, Lisa Goldfarb, Tony Sharpe, Hannah Simpson, Sidney Feshbach, and poetry by Peggy Aylsworth, David M. Eberly, R. S. Stewart, Millicent Borges Accardi, Robert Hammond Dorsett, John Surowiecki, and James Tropp.
From the publication: “AGNI was founded fifty years ago, in 1972, by a Ukrainian-American writer and a group of his fellow writers at Antioch College. During Askold Melnyczuk’s thirty years at the helm, he infused the magazine with an abiding commitment to the work of Ukrainian writers and translators. Now, in response to the Russian invasion—and with Askold’s coordinating help—we will publish Ukrainian dispatches as we receive them.” In conjunction with this, AGNI has created an index of every publication written by Ukrainians and Ukrainian Americans. The list extends from AGNI 3 in 1974 to the upcoming AGNI 95. All linked titles are available to read online, and they will gradually be digitizing more of these.
“What is it like to live in your body? We want work that answers this question,” say the editors of Rogue Agent, an online publication of poetry and artwork with an interest “in amplifying voices that are traditionally marginalized, including queer, POC, and dis/abled voices.” The March 2022 issue features works by Michelle Seaman, Yanita Georgieva, Lorrie Ness, Barbara Daniels, Sherine Gilmour, H. Lee Coakley, Wendy Drexler, Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, Camille Lebel, and Jennifer Schomburg Kanke in an easy to navigate and read format.
Publishing international literary and visual arts online, The RavensPerch looks for “writing that makes us react – all the way from calmly to boisterously.” Fulfilling that promise are poems by R. Olaf Erich, Anshu Yedavelli, J.T. Whitehead; non-fiction by Wendy Jones, Patty Somlo, Aida Bode, Cyndi Cresswell Cook; fiction by Oso Jones, Bill Richter, Beate Sigriddaughter, Philip Goldberg; and artwork by Carmen Germain and Jamie Bullock.
Publishing two open issues and one prize issue online each year, Radar Poetry is a sensory delight. Each poem is accompanied by visual artwork, and several of the works include high-quality audio of the author reading their works in a clean, easy-to-navigate format. Issue 32 includes poetry by Glen Armstrong, Luke Johnson, Kizzíah Burton, Jenny Grassl, L.J. Sysko, Laurel Anderson, Rachel Nelson, Ellen Kombiyil, Debbie Benson, Sharon Kennedy-Nolle, Michael Mark, Megan Pinto, Leigh Sugar, Krystal Anali Vazquez, Janine Certo, D.S. Waldman, and Kelly Houle, and artwork by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier, Cyril Caine, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier, Sarah Walko, and Katie Wolff.
There’s still time to read the newest issue of Posit online journal of poetry, prose and visual art, and Editors Susan Lewis, Carol Ciavonne, and Bernd Sauermann begin with a welcome that provides an insightful overview of the published works, which they consider “a salutary and substantive alternative to doom-scrolling and despair.” Content includes poetry and prose by Glen Armstrong, Dennis Barone, Barbara Henning, Elise Houcek, Jill Khoury, Burt Kimmelman, Richard Peabody, Maureen Seaton, Patty Seyburn, Jared Stanley, Rodrigo Toscano; text + image by Adrian Lürssen; and visual art by Al Wong, Holly Wong, and Tamar Zinn.
Okay Donkey, with an eye for “emerging authors with a unique, fresh perspective that conveys strange and compelling narratives through short, compact flash fiction and poetry collections,” publishes one new poem every Monday and one new flash fiction every Friday. Recent contributions include “How to Take a Vacation: A Guide for Medieval Women” by Maria Poulatha, “Our Place” by Yanita Georgieva, “Azaleas” by Rachel Hoiles Farrell, “blue jeans | blue beard” by Danielle Roberts, “A Girl Builds a Snowman” by Ruth Joffre, and “The Parched Queen” by Corinna Schulenburg. With fresh content weekly, stopping by often is a must!
Committed to publishing work that “explores dark spaces,” Marrow Magazine accepts submissions on a rolling basis and adds works online weekly to complete quarterly issues. Issue 1 is being “fed” weekly, but currently features poetry by Eran Eads, C.L. Liedekev, Alicia Hoffman, Jen Frantz, Kristina McDonald, fiction by Martyn Sullivan, Julie A. Hersh, Katie Jordan, Hattie Jean Hayes, BJ Hollars, Jacquelyn White, Michael Brockley, Venus Fultz, and a hybrid image/word piece by Maggie Rosen.
The Lascaux Review publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction as well as essays on the craft and business of writing, on a rolling basis, so it’s best to visit regularly. Recent contributions include poetry by Roy Bentley, creative nonfiction by Anna Hundert, Christiana Louisa Langenberg, April Ford, and Wilson MacConnachie, and fiction by Laurel Miram. Stephen Parrish offers readers a craft essay, which begins, “The day my heart broke was the day I decided to become a writer.” Read more by visiting The Lascaux Review website – regularly!
Number 39 of Kissing Dynamite: A Journal of Poetry is themed “Collage,” in which the editors note “our contributing poets examine the layers of our existence.” This issue includes work by Jessica Dionne (the featured poet for March), Madeline Docherty, Makenna Dykstra, Kimberly Glanzman, Fiona Lu, Alix Perry, Zoe Reay-Ellers, Nicole Sellew, and Mikhaela Woodward. Jared Beloff is featured in the “Baker’s Dozen” spot with “The World is a Burning Haibun We Sing to Ourselves,” utilizing erasure with accompanying commentary. Kissing Dynamite is free to read online and also as an accessible PDF via Natural Reader.
When I first visited Hole In The Head Review, I have to admit, it was the fifty-second “video cover” on this newest issue that captivated me and made me want to dig in deeper, and I’m glad I did. I was rightly rewarded with Lisa Zimmerman’s beautiful video reading of several “winter poems,” just as we are finishing out our season here. The free, online publication goes on to present works by nearly three dozen contributors, poetry and artwork, often provided several works by a single author. Love that. Among those featured in this issue: Jo Richardson, Hope Jordan, Kevin Ridgeway, S Stephanie, Mary Carroll-Hackett, Kevin McIlvoy, Richard Baldasty, Marc Frazier, E. D. Watson, Matthew Flamm, Jennifer Sheridan, Kevin Adam Flores, Katrinka Moore, Yvonne Amey, Christine Penney, C.W. Bigelow, Chris Bullard, Robin Young, Hilary Sideris, and lots more.
Hippocampus Magazine, with a three-fold mission to “entertain, educate, and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction,” strikes again with its newest issue, featuring works by Charlotte Adamis, Diane Simmons, Charlotte Maya, Christian Harrington, Mikaela Osler, Laura Stanfill, Sophie Ezzell, Deborah Sherman, Danielle Joffe, and Celeste Hawkins. Also included are interviews with Mary Laura Philpott, Andrea Thatcher, “Imagine You Are Ophelia in Hamlet’s Castle, and Other Craft Ideas Borrowed From Acting” by Lori Yeghiayan Friedman, and a Writing Life feature with Brian Watson. All free and open access – check them out today!