Writing With Conflict: Do All Good Stories Have to be Sad?

21 October 2016 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

I was in a literature class and we discussed whether all good stories have to be sad. Why does it seem like all of the classics are depressing (looking at...

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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Benjamin Ludwig

14 October 2016 on Blog, Fiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Shannon Slocum and Alix McManus Benjamin Ludwig is a life-long teacher of English and writing in New Hampshire. He and his wife are foster/adoptive parents. His novella, Sourdough, won the...


“Middle-Ear Evolution” by Lois Bassen

07 October 2016 on Blog, Poetry

"So reptiles eat with the bones we hear with." --"Reptiles Eat With the Bones Humans Hear With, Fossil Proves" by John Noble Wilford, April 18, 2011 Chew Schubert’s E-flat Trio for...


Artstorm: Why Art? Why Now?

04 October 2016 on ArtStorm, Blog

  Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. — Edgar Degas Welcome to Artstorm! We’re a new addition to Barnstorm, created with the goal to...


“High Places” by Heather N. Martin

30 September 2016 on Nonfiction

When I was sixteen, I jumped off a bridge. It was the Rexford Bridge in upstate New York—the languid Erie Canal shifting two stories beneath. And the reason was not,...


“I Haven’t Seen You in 13 Years and You Show Up Blind and So Do I” by Christopher Citro & Dustin Nightingale

23 September 2016 on Poetry

    I give up is written on a bathroom stall at a state university on the second floor of the men's library bathroom with books about French pottery, earthquakes, the...


From the Editor

21 September 2016 on Blog

Dear Reader, Welcome to a new year of Barnstorm. Our 2016–2017 staff is excited to launch another great year full of writerly ruminations, interviews, photography, and (of course!) some marvelous...


Storystorm: Joie de Vivre

13 May 2016 on Blog, Storystorm

  I was at a rock concert recently—the kind where the singer is 46, scraggly, parched, and won’t let his career go—watching everyone have more fun than me. This sort...


Storystorm: Home is Where the [Character’s] Heart Is

06 May 2016 on Blog, Storystorm

  Astonishingly soon, I’ll be finishing my coursework for UNH’s MFA program. In the quick months that follow, I’ll spend my time getting ready to live in my fourth state...


Editor’s Blog: AWP 2016 – Los Angeles, CA

29 April 2016 on Poetry

I hate flying. Actually, it’s not the flying so much as the routine that I’ve stuck with ever since I first started travelling: I pack the day I fly. This...

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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Mira Ptacin

22 April 2016 on The Writer's Hot Seat

  Interview by Holland Prior Not too far from our hallowed University of New Hampshire halls you will find Mira Ptacin, a creative nonfiction writer who lives off the coast...


“Zion” by Travis Truax

15 April 2016 on Poetry

  The tall reeds along the river are as tough as an old Ute’s wisdom. This world ends in sand, they say. The canyon walls guide the pooling stars. Talkative...