Fiction

“No Fireworks Tonight” by Annie Schoonover

28 September 2018 on Fiction

Once, in a fit of rage, Megan Kennedy cut off all of her daughter’s hair. They had less than an hour before they had to leave for Carrie Mullen’s birthday...

Storystorm

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...

Poetry

“Post Card to a White Dwarf” by Jose del Valle

21 September 2018 on Poetry

The sun sparkles on the bay. Race day. Sailboats the color of ecological catastrophe jostle at the start. A vendor sells a local clam & children shout much louder than...

Blog

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,...

Storystorm

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...

Poetry

“Earthbind” by Laura Post

27 April 2018 on Blog, Poetry

He asks me casually if I ever want to get married, and I think about how I can’t even stand guided tours. A little girl at the top of the...

Storystorm

AWP 2018: Among My Own – For a Few Days, Anyway

27 April 2018 on Blog, Storystorm

The flight left Boston on the billowing forefront of a Nor'easter that would shut down the Eastern Seaboard the following week. We touched down in Tampa’s breezy 65 degrees. It...

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...

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