Nonfiction

“Good Neighbors” by Theresa Starkey

12 October 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction

My mother and I lived in a tiny wood panel house shaped like a squat box. We had five sets of neighbors. The family to the left of us had...

Poetry

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Ada Limón

12 October 2018 on Blog, Poetry

Ada Limón, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize in 2006 and finalist for the National Book Award in 2015, has come out with her new collection The Carrying, this past August....

Poetry

“Revenant” by Forrest Rapier

05 October 2018 on Poetry

    night before last together we made azalea-shape bite-mark ornaments on our weak thighs yesterday lacewing flies hummed shaky songs across the buzzing micro kitchen countertop scatter my cup...

Storystorm

Why We Love Our Favorite Short Stories

05 October 2018 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. My tenth-grade English teacher passed around a Tupperware container filled with folded squares of loose leaf—one piece...

Fiction

“No Fireworks Tonight” by Annie Schoonover

28 September 2018 on Fiction

Once, in a fit of rage, Megan Kennedy cut off all of her daughter’s hair. They had less than an hour before they had to leave for Carrie Mullen’s birthday...

Storystorm

Writing by Hand

28 September 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

There’s something so formal about Word document screens, with their clean, white pages and perfectly straight blinking cursors. They make me feel what I’m about to write must also be...

Poetry

“Post Card to a White Dwarf” by Jose del Valle

21 September 2018 on Poetry

The sun sparkles on the bay. Race day. Sailboats the color of ecological catastrophe jostle at the start. A vendor sells a local clam & children shout much louder than...

Blog

From the Editor

21 September 2018 on Blog

Dear Readers, Welcome! If you’re new to our literary journal, we encourage you to check out all that Barnstorm has to offer. If you’re a familiar face, we’re glad to...

Nonfiction

“Holes” By Heather Knowles

04 May 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction

Our house was the only one for miles around with a swimming pool. “Dug that sumbitch with nothing but a pick and shovel,” Dad would say. Roughly twelve feet square,...

Storystorm

AWP 2018: What I Brought Home was the Swag

04 May 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

I don’t mean to sound shallow. There was much that thrilled me at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2018 conference in Tampa beyond the buttons, pens, and...

Poetry

“Earthbind” by Laura Post

27 April 2018 on Blog, Poetry

He asks me casually if I ever want to get married, and I think about how I can’t even stand guided tours. A little girl at the top of the...

Storystorm

AWP 2018: Among My Own – For a Few Days, Anyway

27 April 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

The flight left Boston on the billowing forefront of a Nor'easter that would shut down the Eastern Seaboard the following week. We touched down in Tampa’s breezy 65 degrees. It...

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