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The Art of Ignoring

16 November 2018 on Fiction, Storystorm

16A writer’s voice is their holy grail: key to their success and an absolute nightmare to find. What a strange conundrum, that finding your voice is hard. It should be...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Kim Adrian

09 November 2018 on Nonfiction, The Writer's Hot Seat

Kim Adrian is the author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, a memoir that David Shields calls “a stunning merger of form and content,” and Sock, which is part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series and...

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Writing from Autumn: Contrast and Transformation Or, Yellow Leaf, Blue Sky

02 November 2018 on Storystorm

While running the Sweet Trail through Longmarsh, I watched a yellow leaf tumble from sky to still, blue pond. I stopped, let myself linger there, with fingers balled for warmth...

Poetry

“The Lake, the House, the Bus” by Laurinda Lind

26 October 2018 on Blog, Poetry

Water no, spirit no, water in dreams, water like Lake Ontario, water like mud always spraying stones— a dream about us. In the house, lake under us, big house made...

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Small & Large

26 October 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

I like Small. Always have. Not because of my height, which is average. Not because of my scope, which, I like to think, is Large. But because Small, in terms...

Nonfiction

“Good Neighbors” by Theresa Starkey

12 October 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction

My mother and I lived in a tiny wood panel house shaped like a squat box. We had five sets of neighbors. The family to the left of us had...

Poetry

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Ada Limón

12 October 2018 on Blog, Poetry

Ada Limón, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize in 2006 and finalist for the National Book Award in 2015, has come out with her new collection The Carrying, this past August....

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Why We Love Our Favorite Short Stories

05 October 2018 on Blog, Fiction, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. My tenth-grade English teacher passed around a Tupperware container filled with folded squares of loose leaf—one piece...

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Writing by Hand

28 September 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

There’s something so formal about Word document screens, with their clean, white pages and perfectly straight blinking cursors. They make me feel what I’m about to write must also be...

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From the Editor

21 September 2018 on Blog

Dear Readers, Welcome! If you’re new to our literary journal, we encourage you to check out all that Barnstorm has to offer. If you’re a familiar face, we’re glad to...

Nonfiction

“Holes” By Heather Knowles

04 May 2018 on Blog, Nonfiction

Our house was the only one for miles around with a swimming pool. “Dug that sumbitch with nothing but a pick and shovel,” Dad would say. Roughly twelve feet square,...

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AWP 2018: What I Brought Home was the Swag

04 May 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

I don’t mean to sound shallow. There was much that thrilled me at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2018 conference in Tampa beyond the buttons, pens, and...

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