Storystorm

Writing Farsickness

24 March 2017 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

“Fernweh is a longing to be away from home, a desire to be in a faraway place,” writes Teju Cole in the essay “Far Away from Here.” As a writer-in-residence...

Nonfiction

“Working Against the Current” by Keith Rebec

17 March 2017 on Nonfiction

Drag Boy, Drag Whenever my grandmother’s brother visited Michigan from the Ozarks to fish, it was assumed that I’d accompany him. He usually arrived, beer-gutted and wearing stained blue chinos,...

Poetry

“Wait Till Your Father Gets Home” by John Buckley

10 March 2017 on Poetry

He’s not dead anymore; he sent Michael Landon walking and Della Reese down, Neo to be wracked for our sins. So says the post- Nietzschean hot-dog vendor, inter- rupting his...

ArtStorm

What Are We Looking For? What Do We See?

01 March 2017 on ArtStorm

When Kelly and I first talked about the possibility of furthering Barnstorm’s story-telling mission with the addition of potent, colorful, and thematically resonant artwork, we weren’t sure how it would...

Fiction

“Golden Boy” by J. T. Townley

24 February 2017 on Fiction

So maybe I’m not old and wise, far from it, leave that to Barb, minus the wisdom, but I’ve seen a lot of wacky shit in my twenty-some-odd years, even...

Poetry

Can’t Get a Break?

17 February 2017 on Blog, Poetry

When writing a poem, how do you decided where to draw the line? That is, when you crack a sentence in half, what determines where you make the break? After...

Poetry

“Culvert” by Matt Sumpter

09 February 2017 on Poetry

I loved the toxic run-off, tentacles of algae, and corrugated zinc that tripped me as I hunched in the culvert, following Will Macon’s echoing hard steps, listening to loaded pick-ups...

Nonfiction

“Countdown to Day One” by Melissa Rosato

03 February 2017 on Blog, Nonfiction

Two Weeks After When I drive up, he turns away and leans inside the open window of his Camaro. The hatchback and passenger seat are filled completely with bags and...

Blog

Snowstorm: Holiday Reading Recommendations

22 December 2016 on Blog

As the Barnstorm staff wraps up another calendar year, we want to thank all of you for your continued support and dedication. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule in February,...

Poetry

“Rue Musette” by Sarah Sloat

16 December 2016 on Poetry

France cast a columnar silhouette.  In the travel brochure the people who vandalized Dijon’s church were called revolutionaries.  They studied the smoke instead of the fire.  Another guide claims it...

Fiction

“Strange Birds” by Lisa Bubert

09 December 2016 on Fiction

Wyeth Normund, cowboy all of forty years, sandy hair that grayed considerably the winter prior, no stranger to the oddities of life, stood before the sycamore tree at the west...

Poetry

“Bathtub Grading” by Jodie Liedke

02 December 2016 on Poetry

-2010 tornado touches down in La Crosse, WI In the dark with my headlamp on, I grade essays in my bathtub, while the tornado gorges two blocks over. I call...

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