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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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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 Thing I Call “Inspiration”

08 February 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

I used to think that to be a writer, I have to be creative—to have a well of stories singing within me, to have dreams that will create either chaos...

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What Do We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions?

01 February 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

We don’t read creative nonfiction just to be informed — we also want to be moved. All our readers have wonderfully distinct perspectives, and all are moved by different elements...

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The Score for a Voice

14 December 2018 on Poetry, Storystorm

“Prosody is not much taught or talked about, since it was a form of institutional terrorism in the previous, metrical orthodoxy.” Robert Haas, Listening and Making Prosody is a spooky...

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The Boring Post

30 November 2018 on Storystorm

This fall, during a very, very long run, I wrote an entire story in my head. At its start, I had an inkling of an idea, and by its end,...

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Presence in Poetry

23 November 2018 on Poetry, Storystorm

I write poetry to get weird. I want to be the weirdest me there is and then push that marker; I want to float, magnanimous as a blimp; to pop...

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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...

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