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...

Blog

Find Your Onion

13 October 2017 on Blog

Sometimes I will sit down with a great story in mind, a prefect conglomerate and arrangement of words to express an idea that’s been nagging at me. Sometimes I have...

Poetry

Beth Israel by Dara-Lyn Shrager

06 October 2017 on Poetry

The baby arrived with legs that swung out like doors set backwards on their hinges. Across from the building where he was born, another building to tell us he will...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Devin Murphy

06 October 2017 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Fiction Editor Kaely Horton Devin Murphy's debut novel, The Boat Runner, is out now with Harper Perennial/Harper Collins. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. His fiction has...

Fiction

“The Other Side” by Sara Brody

29 September 2017 on Fiction

When I was a kid, my dad had an affair with his secretary, which might make you think I also had a dog and a picket fence and a mother...

Blog

From the Editor

29 September 2017 on Blog

Dear readers, Thank you for stopping by, and welcome to another great year at Barnstorm! Our staff is excited to bring you a year of excellent fiction, nonfiction, and poetry...

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