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...

Blog

Story, picture, painting: an interview with artist Linda Griggs

25 November 2016 on ArtStorm, Blog

Interview by Amy Neswald  Kelly and I were introduced to artist Linda Griggs’ work through my good friend and art dealer, Paul Bridgewater. We were taken with Linda’s work at...

Fiction

“What the Earth Offers” by Kami Westhoff

18 November 2016 on Fiction

For Dad The children sit at the kitchen table. Their eyes, fat with hope, glide from me to their plates to one another like they’re underwater. The youngest, Mary, licks...

Nonfiction

“House of Smokers” by Brent Fisk

04 November 2016 on Nonfiction

I grew up in a house of smokers. Nightstands and dining tables were marred with short black burns from smoldering cigarettes. Smoke drove me outdoors, where I absorbed fresh air...

Poetry

“Theodore Roethke Drinks a Pint of Vodka and Talks About Love” by Jackson Holbert

28 October 2016 on Poetry

I've always enjoyed a song more when I was alone. The Pacific's mist fighting the coast. How you taste it when you cough. I, who have always asked my bones...

Storystorm

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...

The Writer's Hot Seat

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...

Poetry

“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...

Blog

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...

Nonfiction

“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,...

Poetry

“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...

Blog

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...

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