Nonfiction

“Crushes” by April Vazquez

03 May 2019 on Nonfiction

How old were you when you had your first crush? you ask me out of the blue as I lean over the table, clearing the supper dishes. We’re alone, your...

Storystorm

Out with a Bang

03 May 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Two of Barnstorm’s poetry readers are graduating from the MFA program this spring; before they head out, Milo and Morgan took the time to share their thoughts on the evolution...

Poetry

“Penance” by Terri Kent-Enborg

26 April 2019 on Poetry

In autumn, a bamboo pole sceptered in his fists, Dad thwacked walnuts from the sleepy domes of trees and my sister and me, five and nine, gathered the fallen in...

Storystorm

AWP 2019: I’ll Show You

26 April 2019 on Storystorm

At my first AWP conference, I attended a panel titled “Unrealism: The True Art of Fantastic Fiction,” and I listened reverently as Carmen Maria Machado discussed the origin of her...

Fiction

“You Don’t Live Here” by Krista Diamond

19 April 2019 on Fiction

I’m hunched over a trash can at South Station, vomiting out pools of blue Gatorade, when Mason Riley appears for the first time in years. The milky light streams through...

Storystorm

Being Around People Who Get It

19 April 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

En route to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, I ran into a writer at the airport who I knew from my past life as a newspaper reporter....

Poetry

“The Naming” by Monty Jones

12 April 2019 on Poetry

The birds confused him.It was their overflowing presenceor their quick movements,or he was color-blindor tone-deaf, one of the senseslacking something, unable quiteto make everything fit.Each one had to have a...

Storystorm

AWP: I didn’t do everything

12 April 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Remember:this is just one seaon one beach on oneplanet in onesolar system in onegalaxy. After thatthe scale increases, sothis is not the last word,and nothing else is talking back.It’s a...

Nonfiction

“Missing in Action” by S.C. Beckner

29 March 2019 on Nonfiction

It was somewhere in the mountains of Afghanistan that I was no longer “Mom,” but now “Momma.” At some point while Joshua was carrying ninety plus pounds of radio gear...

Storystorm

Spooling Heart onto the Page

29 March 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

Maybe it’s ironic that the absence of a weakness I identify in my personal life is itself a weakness in my stories. What do I mean by that? I’ve long...

Poetry

“Nothing You Need” by John Ronan

22 March 2019 on Poetry

Main Street’s a Cheese Shoppe,Galleries, and a bright brew pubFeaturing pumpkin harvest ale,Free-range chicken, and kale.A retro pharmacy with show globes.The state bank.  Beyond Bordeaux.Your candles-only.  Your soap-only: Bricks spiked...

Blog

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Maggie Thrash

22 March 2019 on Blog

Maggie Thrash is the author and graphic artist of the memoirs Honor Girl (Candlewick 2015), a nominee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizeand Lost Soul Be at Peace (Candlewick...

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