January 30, 2020

"You fall in love with a boy and you tell him you’ve had enough. You fall in love with a boy and he tells you he sees no future. You fall in love with a boy and he tells you it’ll be nothing but heartache. You fall in love; you can’t be certain if the love is true. You’re very very tired tired of falling falling in love. You begin to fall in love with yourself; she says not yet.” – Freda Epum, Ent...

October 24, 2018

Walk One

The women at the center of my writings are walled off in some way; there is a layer between them and the world. I’ve been told over and over in the writing workshops I’ve attended that my fictional protagonists and the speakers of my poems feel “detached,” that I should remedy this problem. It’s not that I think these are assessments are wrong really, but I do wonder if their corrective in...

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 1, 2016

While Texas Tech University has graciously funding the production of Iron Horse since we launched our first issue in 1999, routing the request for budget support through each of the various administrator's offices was a three- to four-month-long process. And every year, we worried, terribly, until we heard each August that we did in fact have financial support for the next production year.

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