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The Writer’s Hot Seat: Fred Marchant

15 December 2017 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Barnstorm reader Katie Brunero recently talked with poet Fred Marchant about his new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, guidance for new poets, technique versus craft, and the best revision advice he's...

Poetry

“To be Kissed” by Aran Donovan

01 December 2017 on Blog, Poetry

These arable lands To go quizzing about them in hoop skirt To melt humble in an avid sahara To piss, comrades in relief abandon Truly waffle, like a primary in...

Storystorm

The Landscape of Memory, or, My Characters Keep Getting Lost in The Desert

01 December 2017 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

“[E]very pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to the self. There is no place to hide and so we are found.” -Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge I close my eyes...

Storystorm

12 Ways to Write Unique Description

17 November 2017 on Blog, Storystorm

We’ve all heard the adages. “Kill the cliché.” “Make it new.” “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.” But how does one do this? There are several...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Lisa Olstein

10 November 2017 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Poetry Editor Dan Haislet Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections: Late Empire; Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal best book of the...

Poetry

“For C. D. Wright” by John Sibley Williams

27 October 2017 on Blog, Poetry

                          John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections,...

Storystorm

Forest, Meet Trees

27 October 2017 on Blog, Storystorm

As a writer, I feel like I am constantly working on multiple levels. I am deeply involved on a language level, working to create music, working to string together words...

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Find Your Onion

13 October 2017 on Blog

Sometimes I will sit down with a great story in mind, a prefect conglomerate and arrangement of words to express an idea that’s been nagging at me. Sometimes I have...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Devin Murphy

06 October 2017 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Fiction Editor Kaely Horton Devin Murphy's debut novel, The Boat Runner, is out now with Harper Perennial/Harper Collins. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. His fiction has...

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From the Editor

29 September 2017 on Blog

Dear readers, Thank you for stopping by, and welcome to another great year at Barnstorm! Our staff is excited to bring you a year of excellent fiction, nonfiction, and poetry...

Fiction

The Importance of Change: What Does Your Character Want?

10 May 2017 on Blog, Fiction

Last year, our fiction team brainstormed what Barnstorm looks for in a short story.  The outline included strong, specific writing and surprising plot points. Our strongest desire, however, was for...

Fiction

What is a Writer?

03 May 2017 on Blog, Fiction

I have a hard time calling myself a writer. With my final semester at UNH moving full steam ahead and the first draft of my thesis turned into my adviser,...

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