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Fiction

“Wild Animals” by David Braga

20 April 2018 on Blog, Fiction

The last time I saw Allison Moore, there was a cougar loose in our town. This happened from time to time. Every couple of years, a cat would come down...

Poetry

“The Ice on the River” by Brookes Moody

13 April 2018 on Blog, Poetry

I’m always just             saying new things about waves— like how when ice forms on a river, despite the currents,          ...

Nonfiction

“Love in Marble” by Jenne Knight

30 March 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction

Ten years ago, my mother and I flew to Italy on an open-jaw, two-week tour, where we snaked through the country from Milan to Rome. Because we lived in different...

Storystorm

AWP 2018: Consider the coffee

30 March 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

Every year, just in time for the zombie-like resurgence of winter in New England to bury all transportation in snow, twelve thousand writers spill into a cavernous convention center to...

Poetry

“Loading Zone” by Tara Deal

23 March 2018 on Blog, Poetry

There can be only one New York morning when you discover the gingko trees lose their leaves all at once, give up, make a mess. Velvet is elsewhere and then...

Poetry

I Stare at Passing Clouds (After Tu Fu) by George Freek

09 March 2018 on Blog, Poetry

I stare at passing clouds, above the quiet street. The evening is peaceful. Half drunk, I sway in the doorway. The moon lights the twilight sky. Stars glisten like leering...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Alice McDermott

09 March 2018 on Blog, Fiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

National Book Award Winning author and UNH alumna Alice McDermott recently visited University of New Hampshire as part of UNH’S Department of English Writers Series. Enshrined in the glow of...

Nonfiction

“Laying on of Hands” by Matt Muilenburg

23 February 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction

I unwillingly entered the priesthood in seventh grade. My name appeared on the slip of paper my teacher drew from the fake chalice we would later use during our staging...

Storystorm

Magnetic Irony

23 February 2018 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Future generations may define our period style by its pervasive sincerity. Irony is what's missing from much contemporary poetry. For example, the popular political poems are earnest, if angry, and...

Storystorm

What do we look for in fiction submissions?

09 February 2018 on Fiction, Storystorm

Barnstorm’s fiction readers have varied reading tastes and interests, but they share a common passion for stories. Recently, they weighed in on what they look for as they read fiction...

Poetry

“Return No. 2” by Laurel Milburn

02 February 2018 on Blog, Poetry

We step outside an axis where the magnets scrape to a dry thinning spark. Things to do: Things to do to turn a nocturne to a waltz. Today is red....

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Mira Ptacin

02 February 2018 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

Mira Ptacin reports on women in trouble—in trouble with the law, with the economy, with their bodies, with ghosts. Her memoir, Poor My Soul, has been called “a funny and...

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