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...

Storystorm

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...

Fiction

“You Don’t Live Here” by Krista Diamond

19 April 2019 on Fiction

I’m hunched over a trash can at South Station, vomiting out pools of blue Gatorade, when Mason Riley appears for the first time in years. The milky light streams through...

Storystorm

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....

Poetry

“The Naming” by Monty Jones

12 April 2019 on Poetry

The birds confused him.It was their overflowing presenceor their quick movements,or he was color-blindor tone-deaf, one of the senseslacking something, unable quiteto make everything fit.Each one had to have a...

Storystorm

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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