Storystorm

Does Taking a Break Mean You’re a Lazy Failure?

17 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

This past weekend, I was going to be super productive. I was going to revise an old story, draft the first few pages of a new one, write this blog...

Nonfiction

“Aubergine” by Cara Lynn Albert

11 October 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction

“His name is Eggplant,” said John as we examined his dying fish inside the large aquarium in the middle of his living room. This was before we started dry humping...

Storystorm

The Deadline Dilemma

10 October 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

I work best on a deadline. When I’m feeling charitable, I tell myself it’s the journalist in me. Years of working under pressure, all those late nights in the newsroom....

Poetry

“Where Deer Sleep” by George Payne

04 October 2019 on Poetry

My three-year-old son asked me where deer sleep. So I took him into a space that is not meant for fathersand sons. There, we found a ritual thathas nothing to...

Storystorm

Entering the World of Poetry: The Lines that Changed Me

02 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

In my poetry form and technique class we were discussing the lines that changed us, that made us into writers. This conversation stemmed from reading Light the Dark edited by Joe...

Fiction

“I Will Return” by Samantha Kolesnik

27 September 2019 on Fiction

I tell myself the trail is an amenity. It’s not something to be feared; it’s a blessing. A privilege. When my single friends from apartments downtown come over, they first...

The Writer's Hot Seat

Cracking Open the MFA: Exploring Science Writing with Bethann Merkle

25 September 2019 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

"What are you going to do with your MFA?" We've all heard this question before. Most people with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing use their degree...

Poetry

“Return to Sender” by Natalie Homer

20 September 2019 on 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...

Storystorm

Putting Pen to Page

19 September 2019 on Blog, 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...

Nonfiction

“Crushes” by April Vazquez

03 May 2019 on Nonfiction

How old were you when you had your first crush? you ask me out of the blue as I lean over the table, clearing the supper dishes. We’re alone, your...

Storystorm

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...

Poetry

“Penance” by Terri Kent-Enborg

26 April 2019 on Poetry

In autumn, a bamboo pole sceptered in his fists, Dad thwacked walnuts from the sleepy domes of trees and my sister and me, five and nine, gathered the fallen in...

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