Drumroll please: here’s our submission call for TEEN SEQUINS 2017! 

We’re excited to announce that our annual feature is now not ONLY open to 14-19 year old writers, but to 13 year old writers as well ! We want to make sure that all the varieties of shining teen voices can and will be heard.

If you’re not already familiar with Teen Sequins, check out our story. We can’t wait to see what this year holds in store. Take a moment to read the featured poems from previous years, and join us however you can – whether you’re a student, a teacher, a parent, a pal, or all of the above, share this submission call with the teens in your life! Download our flyer and fling it from the rooftops!

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Still Life With Book

#StillLifeWithBook is a little corner of our blog where contributors and staff share a snippet and a snapshot of their current reads.

16009888_10158008221175587_361750258_oKamden Hilliard | 7.2 Poetry Contributor and current GS Reader 

Reading: IMAGINATIONS by Williams Carlos Williams | Currently on page: 181 | Favorite lines so far: “The brutal Lord of All will rip us from each other– leave the one to suffer here alone.” (55) | Book’s origin: The now, sadly deceased REVOLUTION BOOKS in Honolulu 😞


meg willing | Assistant Production Editor / Designer  

Reading: Work by Bloodlight by Julia Bouwsma | Currently on page: 45 | Favorite lines so far: “how snow drops its fast blanket on this / woodlot night: black-bellied night: smell it: how want bends the mouth / so low you nearly kiss the ground.” | Book’s origin: A gift from the author.


GS 8.1: Available For Pre-Order!

…Not to mention: COVER REVEAL! Yessss! We love it. We can’t wait. The issue is due out in January 2017, which is closer than you think. Spread the good news, pre-order here! (If you live outside the USA, please pre-order here instead.)

In case you forgot, here are the contributors featured in our forthcoming issue:

ART: Yokim Snow (cover), Sarah Shields, and Miguel Angel Soto

COMICS: Jason Hart and Anna McGlynn

CNF: Benji Alvey, Jacob Little, and Bailey Pittenger

FICTION: María Isabel Alvarez, Andy Myers, Elizabeth Gibson, Kim Hagerich (5th annual Flash Fiction contest winner), and Saul Lemerond

POETRY: Zoë Bodzas, Kristi Carter, Brian Clifton, Emily Corwin, Dan Encarnacion, Dana Fang, p.e. garcia, Marlin M. Jenkins, Paige Lewis, Xandria Phillips (5th annual Poetry contest winner), Katie Prince, and Michael Martin Shea

BOOK REVIEW: Craig Chisholm reviews THE VOYAGER RECORD (Rose Metal Press, 2016) by Anthony Michael Morena


GS 8.1 Contributors

We’re psyched to announce the contributors for our 8.1 issue, debuting this winter!

ART: Yokim Snow, Sarah Shields, and Miguel Angel Soto

COMICS: Jason Hart and Anna McGlynn

FICTION: María Isabel Alvarez, Andy Myers, Elizabeth Gibson, Kim Hagerich (5th annual Flash Fiction contest winner), and Saul Lemerond

CNF: Benji Alvey, Jacob Little, and Bailey Pittenger

POETRY: Zoë Bodzas, Kristi Carter, Brian Clifton, Emily Corwin, Dan Encarnacion,  Dana Fang, p.e. garcia, Marlin M. Jenkins, Paige Lewis,  Xandria Phillips (5th annual Poetry contest winner), Katie Prince, and Michael Martin Shea

Still Life With Book

#StillLifeWithBook is a little corner of our blog where contributors and staff share a snippet and a snapshot of their current reads. 


Leesa Cross-Smith | 4.2 Fiction Contributor 

Reading: DRUMS OF AUTUMN by DIANA GABALDON | Currently on page: 227 | Favorite lines so far: Gabaldon’s writing is so detailed and feely, it’s hard to say! But I love her descriptions of clothes and smells so much. She writes re: Jamie, “He smelt of wine and candlewax, of herbs and Highland wool.” And earlier, describing Jamie’s clothes she writes “The coat and waistcoat were not spectacular, but quite acceptable, courtesy of Cousin Edwin; a quiet gray broadcloth with a good hand and an excellent fit, buttons not silver, but not of wood or bone either—a sober pewter, like a prosperous Quaker…and the missing button on the waistcoat was hidden by the graceful fall of his lace jabot, the sole extravagance he had permitted himself in the way of wardrobe.” I get happily immersed so quickly in her world and with descriptions like these, she keeps me there and I never want to leave.| Books’ origins: I got into Outlander because I asked my dear friend Sarah what she was reading and she got this dreamy look in her eyes when she told me. Not long after that, I went to the used bookstore and prepared myself to read the entire series because I fell in love. My husband helped me carry all of the books out because that’s how huge and heavy they are. Years later, I’m forever listening to Outlander podcasts, rewatching the show when it’s Droughtlander waiting for the new season, just got an Outlander cookbook in the mail, I’ve knit more than four Outlander cowls for my girlfriends, etc.



meg willing | Assistant Production Editor / Designer  

Reading: Little Boat by Jean Valentine | Currently on page: 14 | Favorite lines so far: The poem “Photographs at her Wake” takes my breath away (pictured above in full). It ends with the lines, “Can you feel / a hair under a page of the telephone book? / under two pages? / under three?” | Book’s origin: On loan from my local college library. I love walking to the library on rainy days and filling my bag so full of books it almost breaks. But I hate not being able to underline and write in the margins, so I photocopy the poems that pop and tape them to my studio wall. The due date is a friendly push to finish reading whatever I check out.


Long time, no sparkle. While we’ve been chugging away at getting our next issue out, our poetry contributors have been busy, busy, busy. Here’s a small smattering of what they’ve been up to.

First up: check out all of these shiny poets glittering new work in other literary journals:

Morgan Parker (5.1) in Buzzfeed!

Jane Wong and Nicole Steinberg (7.1) in American Poetry Review

Jared Joseph (7.1) in glittermob!

Daniel Rzicznek (2.1) Candice Wuehle (3.1) & Laura Kochman (7.1) in PITH!

José Hernández Díaz (7.1) in Green Mountain Review!

Jennifer Hanks (7.2) in Permafrost Magazine!

Gina Abelkop (3.2) and Chris Tonelli (6.2) in Lute & Drum!

Emily O’Neill (5.1) in Adroit!

Billie R. Tadros (7.1) in WordRiot!

Alex Lemon (4.1)  in AGNI!

Xandria Phillips (8.1 & 5th annual poetry contest winner!),Tyler Brewington (6.1), & Jameka Williams (7.2) Powder Keg Magazine!

Speaking of glittering, here’s some other shiny news of notes, including forthcoming books, workshops, reviews, and readings:

“Poetry exists in these interstitial spaces. It’s kind of like an orgasm. You can’t remain with it for fourteen hours or else you’re going to end up in the E.R.” Hear more of this great #CoffeewithCreatives podcast with 3.1’s Laura Goode here.

Toby Altman (3.2/4.1) is reading on Wednesday, September 14th, in Chicago!

Carrie Lorig (6.1) & Nick Sturm (3.2) read this Friday, September 16th, in Tuscaloosa!

Mel Bentley (4.1) is reading Wednesday, September 28th in Brooklyn!

3.2’s Jane Wong‘s book OVERPOUR is available October 1 from Action Books! Jane was also the recipient of the 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize!

7.1 contributor and 4th annual poetry contest winner Heather Bowlan has a blog about the Urban Pastoral up on the Ploughshares blog!

Keetje Kuipers (5.1) is teaching a poetry workshop at Hugo House starting September 28th! She will also be reading on Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm as part of the Beacon Bards series at the Hugo House, as well as in NYC on Thursday, September 22 as part of the Best American Poetry anthology launch at the New School.

You can find a review of 5.1’s Emily O’Neill’s book YOU CAN’T PICK YOUR GENRE here!

7.1’s Jennifer Fossenbell reviews Ginger Ko’s MOTHERLOVER for The Volta blog!

You can now buy Notes on the End of the World by 3.2’s Meghan Privitello through Black Lawrence Press!

And, lastly, in some Shiny Poetry Editor news:

Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Ann Southwick was featured in Amazon’s Day One!

Contributing Editor Sophie Klahr has poems in Mid-American Review and BOAAT, as well as three poems in California Journal of Poetics.

Assistant Poetry Editor Tafisha Edwards’ poem was featured as the poem of the week on Split This Rock! [tw: rape]

Poetry Editor Christine Friedlander’s first book AVANT GAUZE is now available from Magic Helicopter Press. Her book is also being featured by Small Press Distributors as a #SPDHandpicked selection for the month of September, making you eligible for a discount! [tw: rape, graphic images]


Welcome to day six of Teen Sequins 2016! Today’s poem is “Scene from a Western” by Brad Trumpfheller.


“Landscape is character,” wrote Henry James, and perhaps nowhere is this remark more visibly true than in the traditional genre of Western films, where landscape saturates and governs every character’s action. In Brad Trumpfheller’s “Scene from a Western,” a family is fused with the mythical Western landscape. In this poem an absent father’s palms are plains, his eyes “like the rolling yucca trees,” and the land itself gives a ragged cough “which the wind would then fashion / into the shape of my mother.”  A newborn foal drags itself down the steps of a family home, no—Trumpfheller, the actor, the director, the author, draws a newborn foal down the steps of a family home, “..and this is how / the audience knows my father….” This a poem of clear pulse, astute attention, and wide horizons, swallowing a rider in the sunset. -Sophie Klahr




Below the canopy of day, a foal

drags itself down the stairs


of my childhood home, threadbare

mane slick with blood. & this is how


the audience knows my father

is never home for any of my birthdays.


I will only see him when the night swallows

the sun or something needs


to be fixed. & after my mother came home

from the hospital, the storm


door had come off one of its hinges. O God –

his hands like flat & empty plains, his eyes


like the rolling yucca trees. Now do you see

how the sandstorm crawled its way across


the desert? A dead landscape mustering up

some slow seize, some cough of dirt & bone


which the wind would then fashion

into the shape of my mother: bed-ridden


for days, thighs reddened

into clay. But there is something honest


about the sand. How it shocked the windows

with rattling. How the house was buried


& unburied while my mother’s pillows etched

epitaphs into themselves.


Before the audience leaves the theater,

or before my father can disappear


again – the scene ends with the foal, collapsed

in the desert, its body curled into the shape

of an empty crib.  


Brad Trumpfheller is a student at Emerson College, studying literature & musicology. He was raised in the south, but spent time all over the United States. His writing has appeared in / will appear in the Nashville Review, Lambda Literary, Red Paint Hill, and elsewhere. He reads poetry for Winter Tangerine and handles business development for The Adroit Journal. In his free time, he writes about music.


Honorable mentions: Ariella Carmell (University of Chicago, Chicago, IL), Deepali Gupta (DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India), Samantha McLaughlin (Denison University, Granville, OH), Eloise Sims (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand), Em Sutliff (Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH), Oriana Tang (Yale University, Livingston, NJ), Eli Winter (University of Chicago, Chicago, IL)