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“Return to Sender” by Natalie Homer

20 September 2019 on Blog, Poetry

My doe with the limp is one fawn short since spring.Some time later, in the low moan of a snowstormshe canters back to the woods, alone. Yearly pilgrimage to Ohio—past...

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Putting Pen to Page

19 September 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

Sometimes, the most difficult part of writing is simply getting yourself to write. It’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed by “real life,” to tell yourself that you’ll start working...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Peter Mishler

15 March 2019 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Peter Mishler is the author of Fludde (Sarabande, 2018), a book of poems selected for the Kathryn A. Morton prize in poetry by Dean Young, who said, “Fludde makes us feel,...

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Throwing the Orange

08 March 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

Recently I read the short story collection Refund by Karen Bender. Her stories awakened something in me: I could finally make my characters do things! It sounds ridiculous, but I...

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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Keith O’Brien

22 February 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Keith O’Brien’s bestselling 2018 release, Fly Girls, received rave reviews from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher’s Weekly, among many others, and was listed as...

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How We Select Poems to Publish

15 February 2019 on Blog, Poetry

In order to shed light on one aspect of the submission process, the Barnstorm poetry team answers the question, “How do you select poems for possible publication?” Morgan: When looking...

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