November 7, 2016

Got a long, wild beast of a poem? A story that's not exactly short, not exactly a novella? An essay that needs to sprawl a bit? Here at Iron Horse we publish an annual issue just for these lengthier pieces of creative work. We publish three each time: one poem, one story, and one essay. And our submission gates have just opened for this trifecta issue. So get those marathon manuscripts ready—...

October 27, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that final judge Rebecca Gayle Howell has selected In the Temple of Shining Mercy by Robin Carstensen as the winner of our 2016 chapbook competition. Congratulations, Robin Carstensen—we can't wait to share this wonderful collection of poems with all of our readers. 

Here is what our judge had to say about Robin Carstensen's winning manuscript: 

"Where do you find/yo...

September 26, 2016

A celebration of poetry, poets, and all the people who make this ancient art form still utterly vital, National Poetry Month occurs every April. The event was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and will be entering its twenty-first year in 2017. Many journals contribute to National Poetry Month, or NaPoMo, in their own lively, idiosyncratic ways. Here at...

June 14, 2016

The following interview with prose writer Saadia Faruqi is the third installment in a series of short interviews with emerging writers of color. This series explores the intersections between the literary, the cultural, and the activist in the contemporary landscape, in light of Best American Poetry 2015 and other moments of problematic representation, appropriation, or er...

April 25, 2016

Chen:First, thank you for agreeing to do this interview, and welcome to Iron Horse. You've described in other interviews how your second collection, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions), is a turning toward the dirt, an act of digging, asking, What strange and crucial relation do we/can we have to our dead? Your third collection of poems, the black maria, is out now (also with BOA) and is oriented towa...

February 29, 2016

The following interview with poet Monica Sok continues the series I began back in December when I interviewed fiction writer and visual artist Swati Khurana. The series explores the intersections between the literary, the ethical, and the activist in the contemporary landscape, in light of Best American Poetry 2015 and other moments of problematic representation, appropriation, or erasure. I hope...

February 11, 2016

The new year (Gregorian as well as Lunar now) has brought some exciting changes to the Iron Horse office. In this post, I'm extending a big welcome to our new poetry editor, Camille T. Dungy, and our new nonfiction editor, Elena Passarello. We feel so lucky that these two stunningly talented writers have joined our editorial team. 


At this same moment, I want to give many,...

February 8, 2016

I am so excited to announce that gates are open—through March 31st—for our chapbook competition! Send Iron Horse your best short (28-36 pp.) collection of poetry, with each poem starting on a new page. Submissions will be read blind, so please make sure your manuscripts are stripped of any identifying information (this includes bios and acknowledgment pages). $18 reading fee is required and gets y...

December 21, 2015

Introduction to the Series

This series of mini-interviews invites participants—all emerging writers of color—to reflect on the Best American Poetry 2015/Michael Derrick Hudson debacle (or other literary debacles) as a way into perhaps rethinking their own work and their visions for a different literary world. The interviews are quick in order to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules and to give mor...

September 29, 2015

Poets! And writers who work mainly in other genres but who (unfairly) also write amazing poems! We are pleased to announce our new submission period and "theme." Well, it's not really a theme. It's poetry—any form, any subject. Submit, now till Oct. 31st, your best, beautiful, wow-boom-life-altering work for Iron Horse's 2016 National Poetry Month Issue. 


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