Nonfiction

“Creatures My Mother’s Cat Killed Last Summer” By Meredith Jeffers

15 December 2017 on Nonfiction

Dozens of Shrews plucked from the gaps in our neighbor’s stone steps. Her patio has all but collapsed; thick weeds sprout in its cracks. The shrews dug their burrow in the disrepair....

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Fred Marchant

15 December 2017 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Barnstorm reader Katie Brunero recently talked with poet Fred Marchant about his new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, guidance for new poets, technique versus craft, and the best revision advice he's...

Fiction

“Tough Jobs” by Eric Rasmussen

08 December 2017 on Fiction

Nothing should have survived the garage collapse. Holy lord, if only you could’ve seen it. The outer wall crashed into the alley and the roof fell straight down. The west...

Poetry

“To be Kissed” by Aran Donovan

01 December 2017 on Blog, Poetry

These arable lands To go quizzing about them in hoop skirt To melt humble in an avid sahara To piss, comrades in relief abandon Truly waffle, like a primary in...

Storystorm

The Landscape of Memory, or, My Characters Keep Getting Lost in The Desert

01 December 2017 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

“[E]very pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to the self. There is no place to hide and so we are found.” -Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge I close my eyes...

Nonfiction

“Things to Overcome When Sprung From Prison” by John Langenfeld

17 November 2017 on Nonfiction

After serving a decade-and-a-half in the Texas prison system, you’ll undoubtedly have developed more than a few disabling habits. How could you not? You adjusted as needed to survive. But...

Storystorm

12 Ways to Write Unique Description

17 November 2017 on Blog, Storystorm

We’ve all heard the adages. “Kill the cliché.” “Make it new.” “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.” But how does one do this? There are several...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Lisa Olstein

10 November 2017 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Poetry Editor Dan Haislet Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections: Late Empire; Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal best book of the...

Fiction

“The Art of Pipes and Faucets” by Abbie Lahmers

03 November 2017 on Fiction

Drew slipped out of the hospital last week and has been loafing around the neighborhood ever since. I spot him on my way to Pilates. If I’m late again, Diane...

Poetry

“For C. D. Wright” by John Sibley Williams

27 October 2017 on Blog, Poetry

                          John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections,...

Storystorm

Forest, Meet Trees

27 October 2017 on Blog, Storystorm

As a writer, I feel like I am constantly working on multiple levels. I am deeply involved on a language level, working to create music, working to string together words...

Nonfiction

“The Legacy” by Marlene Olin

20 October 2017 on Nonfiction

My mother-in-law spent the last five years of her life writing and rewriting her will. She used whatever material was available—a paper napkin, a matchbook cover, a page torn from...

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