Poem up at Linebreak

My poem “Mission School, 1922: What She Remembered” is the featured poem this week at Linebreak, one of the most interesting online literary journals out there. From the website:


Linebreak is a weekly magazine with a bias for good poetry. We look for poems that we wish we had written, poems that take us somewhere we didn’t even know we wanted to go.

Two Weeks

My poem “Letter to My Son Concerning Our First Night of Birthing Class” is included in Linebreak’s fascinating new project, Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. You can buy the book (and listen to a reading of my poem!) via the link above.

Here’s a bit more about the project from the website:

Two Weeks is a new anthology of contemporary poetry, released exclusively in ebook format. The book was compiled, edited, designed, coded, and published in exactly 14 days.

Our purpose was to test how quickly a book of poetry could be crafted given new technologies, and to prove that neither speed nor technical limitations need diminish editorial standards or strip essential formatting. We hope you enjoy the result.

New poems from Bruce Bond, Geoffrey Brock, Dorianne Laux, Seth Abramson, T.R. Hummer, Oliver de la Paz, Joe Wilkins, Hannah Miet, Jazzy Danziger, Randall Mann, Jeffery Bahr, Matthew Henriksen, Mary Meriam, Amanda Auchter, Ernest Hilbert, Matthew Zapruder, Brian Spears, Rachel Richardson, Christina Stoddard, Kimberly Grey, David Roderick, Josh Kalscheur, Kerry Krouse, Benjamin Glass, Rose Hunter, Lauren Camp, Jon Tribble, Patricia Lockwood, and more …

Two Poems in Cave Wall #8

I have two poems in the most recent issue of Cave Wall, which also features wonderful new work by Robert Bly, Jillian Weise, and many others. Though Cave Wall is relatively new to the scene, editor Rhett Iseman Trull has really put together a wonderful magazine of verse.

Here’s a bit more from their website:

Cave Wall, published twice a year, is a national literary magazine dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary poetry. We are interested in poems of any length and style from both established
and emerging poets. Each issue includes black & white art, as well.
Poems first published in Cave Wall have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and in the Best New Poets awards anthology.

 What folks are saying about Cave Wall:
“In a community that is thriving with literary productivity, a fresh poetry journal has made its debut. Cave Wall…released its premier issue this winter to a flood of positive reaction and readership.”
                                                                    –Jennie Thompson,
Go Triad

“[Cave Wall‘s] goal is to offer poetic wonders. This first issue succeeds wildly.”
                                   –Charles Wheeler, Greensboro’s
News & Record

Cave Wall is a primal urge you must satisfy.”
                                    –Anne Wolfe,


Alaska Quarterly Review

I’m truly delighted to have two poems in the current issue of Alaska Quarterly Review, which is, for my money, one of the best literary magazines in the country. Here’s more from their website:

“That one of the nation’s best literary magazines comes out of Alaska may seem surprising,  but so it is.”–The Washington Post Book World

“Fresh treasure.”— The New York Times Book Review 

“Alaska Quarterly Review is playing an impressive part in our national literature. Congratulations on publishing such wonderful stories.”–Laura Furman, Series Editor O. Henry Prize Stories

“AQR is highly recommended and deserves applause.”— Bill Katz, Library Journal

“The magazine has a wonderful sense of place about it, and it conveys Alaska without being parochial. It’s not pushing a particular agenda. There’s no coterie of writers made up of the editor’s friends. The work is original and fresh.”— Stuart Dybek, Contributing Editor

“When all is said and done, Ronald Spatz and his crack team of editors put together one hell of a magazine. Read it cover to cover; put it on your coffee table; impress your friends. This magazine’s so hot, it makes any number of editors in the lower-48 look like they’re living in the ice age.”John McNally
 Literary Magazine Review

“…Among the top literary journals in America… Alaska Quarterly Review is holding its creative course and staying true to its original vision of promoting new writers and giving a home to fresh voices on the writing scene. …This is storytelling at its finest.”–Phoebe Kate Foster, PopMatters Associate Books Editor

“A national presence.”–Patricia Hampl, Contributing  Editor

“Good fiction shows us the inside of things–a community, a job, a relationship, the human heart. Great fiction can sometimes show all of these things working together; it lifts us briefly above the event horizon of our own day-to-day existences and gives us a dreamlike (and godlike) sense of understanding what life itself is about. Cary Holladay’s “Merry-Go-Sorry” is one of those rare and always welcome stories.” —Stephen King, Prize Jury, O. Henry Prize Stories,

“Adding to the poetry, fiction, and essays that the Alaska Quarterly Review has been publishing for twenty-three years, at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, the Fall/Winter issue of the journal, edited by Ronald Spatz, includes an eighty-page photo essay (eighty pages!) that is unique in both content and scope. In “Chechnya: A Decade of War,” photojournalist Heidi Bradner documents the Chechen Republic’s decade-long battle for independence from Russia. An image of Russian soldiers searching a mass grave in Grozny is balanced by the image of a family returning to the shattered remains of their home in a Chechen village. The feature includes photographs from both sides of what Brander calls “Europe’s longest-running but least visible war.” —Kevin Larimer, Senior Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine

“AQR is an impressive publication, comprising as diverse and rewarding an aggregation of work as a reader is likely to find in any literary journal.” — Patrick Parks, Literary Magazine Review

Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the top ten literary magazines in the country.” — Sherman Alexie

Willow Springs

I’ve long admired Willow Springs, the literary magazine out of Eastern Washington University’s MFA program, and am jazzed to see my poem “Theodicy Envoy” in the latest issue. Here’s a bit from Willow Springs’ website:

Willow Springs publishes the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with some of the most notable authors in contemporary literature, including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, and Robert Bly. Founded in 1977 and published twice yearly, Willow Springs features two interviews per issue, as well as arresting essays, fiction, and poetry by a diverse variety of writers—from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. An indispensable resource for writers and readers, Willow Springs engages its audience in an ongoing discussion of art, ideas, and what it means to be human.

In our 30 years of publication, Willow Springs has looked for and published fresh and established voices in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including those of Tobias Wolff, Jorge Luis Borges, Yusef Komunyakaa, Louis Jenkins, Denise Levertov, James Grabill, WS Merwin, William Stafford, Charles Bukowski, Chris Offutt, Robert Olmstead, Michael Martone, Robert Hass, Michael Heffernan, Tomaž Šalamun, Bret Lott, Sam Hamill, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alice Derry, Paulann Peterson, Osip Mandelstam, Patricia Henley, Thomas Reiter, Bill Tremblay, Tom Crawford, Mark Halliday, D. Nurkse, Elizabeth Murawski, and hundreds of others from around the world.

Beloit Poetry Journal

My poem “Hayrake” is in the latest issue of Beloit Poetry Journal. Lots of fine work in this issue, including poems by Christopher Howell and Karen Lepri. Here’s a review of BPJ from The Literary Magazine Review:

Once in a while, I’ll pick up a lit mag and read a great poem by someone I’ve never heard of. A poem that knocks me down and steals my shoes and makes me walk back to my own poor town over rocks and thorns. A poem that knocks the oomph out of my status quo. A poem I want to read to everybody. One that works and risks while it works. The Beloit Poetry Journal offers such poems.

The Literary Magazine Review