Barnstorm is an online literary journal sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. Started in 2009, we strive to publish the best creative nonfiction, poetry, and short stories. We accept submissions from all types of writers from all walks of life and do not require an MFA degree to submit.  Email us at barnstormjournal@gmail.com.

More information: MFA Program | UNH home.

Editor-in-Chief // Elise Wallace

Elise is an essayist. Her writing is inspired by coffee-shop anecdotes provided by years working as a barista, her Appalachian Trail thru-hike, life experiences rooted in emotional memory, and the tenuous division of truth and fiction. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A in English (2008). She and her dog Sadie will always call Winston-Salem, NC home.

Managing Editor // Sam Bradbury-Koster

Samantha Bradbury Koster is a 2020 MFA fiction candidate. She is a freelance writer, artist, and occasional farm hand. She’s the author of short story "The Heart of the Machine”, published in Decameron Days and the 2021 recipient of the Dick Shea Memorial Award for her short story "Seeking Advice." Samantha lives in Rollinsford with her partner Ben and their rescue dog Banjo.

Nonfiction Editor // Claire Sasko

Claire Sasko is a second-year creative nonfiction student. Her writing, which also includes fiction and poetry, tends to center on gender and relationships between the self and loved ones, the cultures we participate in, the past, nature, and the world at large. She previously worked as a staff writer and assistant editor at Philadelphia magazine, where she was twice nominated by the nation’s oldest continuously running press club as the city’s best general news reporter and where she published articles on political and social issues, cultural trends, transportation, climate change, feminism, and more. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her at Horseshoe Cafe in Newmarket eating a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on Milk Bread (with pepper jelly) or, during the summer (and sometimes in the winter, too), swimming at a local beach or lake.

Fiction Editor // Heidi Turner

Heidi Turner is a fiction writer, poet, and musician originally from Maui, Hawai'i. She graduated with an MA in English from Azusa Pacific University and spent three years working as a manager at an ukulele store while writing her first book, The Sacred Art of Trespassing Barefoot, which won the Heritage Future Great Story Project in 2019. Aside from writing, Heidi is an avid guitar player, a reader (unsurprisingly), and caffeine enthusiast.

Poetry Editor // Johnathan Riley

Johnathan Riley is a poet from Maine. There, he was raised in a house made of blueberries, and rode a moose to school where Stephen King was rumored to be a janitor. After losing a bad bet the night of his high school graduation Riley spent a brief stint in Costa Rica hitch hiking and living in the jungle. He eventually emerged from the thickets of Central America to attend Florida State University where he found spoken word poetry. Riley left FSU with publications in the Kudzu Review and Vellichor Magazine and in 2018 was the recipient of FSU’s Poetry Literati award. He spent the next year in Southeast Asia learning to navigate traffic on a motorbike and teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City. Currently, Riley’s in his second year of the MFA Poetry program at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches an introductory poetry course.

Arts Editor // Benjamin Savard

Benjamin Savard is a writer who specializes in creative nonfiction with an eye toward chronic illness, queerness, and disability. Prior to UNH, he studied film and media culture at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, but to this day doesn’t know what “media culture” means. Since receiving his BA he has worked as a producer and video editor, primarily in Minneapolis. The writers he most admires are Eli Clare, Jia Tolentino, Maggie Nelson, and Ottessa Moshfegh.


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