June 11, 2019

In March, in Portland, a young man in a wheelchair asked me if I shape my poems the way I often do—long lines, a continuous strophe down the page—as a means of experiencing velocity, speed, and I said, yes, smiling, gratified by the insight. We were in a crowded space, the din of passers-by almost too much to hear his quiet voice, and I leaned over to better hear him. To give my attention in the b...

January 30, 2019

When the ambulance doors opened up, sunlight fell in, too bright and caustic and nothing like the warmth I mourn each fall, just a little bit and then more fervently with winter’s gray advent. When that day rushed back at me, there in the belly of the ambulance, I blinked and blinked, and though an oxygen mask was tied over my mouth, I struggled to breathe. I was hurt, badly. I think now of the gl...

November 2, 2018

Matthew: Good to speak with you again, Brooke! So what are you reading these days? What sort of ideas, books, poems are you obsessing over lately?

Brooke: I’ve been fixated on this Hélène Cixous essay about Nancy Spero called “Spero’s Dissidences.” It’s about Spero’s panels on war, torture, and cruelty. Cixous does a lot of deep-dives into the belly of the painter to talk about psychic labor behind...

July 16, 2018

Iron Horse Literary Review is pleased to announce that Tyehimba Jess has selected Jed Myers's Dark's Channels as the 2018 IHLR Chapbook Winner! About Jed's chapbook, Tyehimba said he was taken with the great imagery and the arresting angles of light and shadow.

We are thrilled to publish Jed's chapbook and look forward to its release in October 2018.

Jed Myers lives in Seattle. He is the author of W...

This year, we received twice as many Trifecta submissions as we've ever received before! It's exciting to know that word is spreading about IHLR's summer e-edition of marathon-long manuscripts: we know writers are looking for a good home for their lengthier works, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to publish them for our readers, who travel during the summer months and enjoy having readin...

February 12, 2018

In celebration of love this Valentine’s Day, our issues that meditate on connection will be on sale from Tuesday, February 13th until Thursday, February 15th for $3 each! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s a list of the issues to choose from for this sale (or get all 5 for $15):

10.1 Valentine’s Day

Including prose by Mark Pearson and Amy Lee Scott; poetry by Rumit Pancholi, Eryn Green, Dan...

February 6, 2018

All of us at Iron Horse are happy to welcome our new poetry editor, Geffrey Davis, to our team! We are thrilled and feel so lucky to have such a talented poet join our staff.

Davis is the author of Revising the Storm ​(BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist, and Begotten (URB Books 2016), coauthored with poet F. Douglas Brown. Da...

February 2, 2018

This week, we've announced the judge for our 2018 Chapbook Competition and opened the submission gates.

We're so lucky that Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Olio, has agreed to serve as judge. Jess has published two books of poetry, Leadbelly (winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series and named one of “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Revie...

September 28, 2017

Every October, Iron Horse accepts submissions for its annual Trifecta, which is your chance to publish those marathon manuscripts most journals won't consider. Poets should submit a single poem, 10-20 pages long. Prose writers should submit a story or essay that runs between 25 and 40 pages. The entry fee is $10, which includes a year's subscription. The winners--a poet, an essayist, and a fiction...

June 22, 2017

Poetry is a beautiful, joyful art—no matter how dark its subject matter. It’s a celebration of our voices, our ability to raise them, the lives we’re inhabiting and sharing, and, yes, also, a celebration of those who are willing to read and listen. We answer our recent State of the Union issue with this, our 2017 National Poetry Month issue, and we’ve filled it with jubilation and triumph, a mix o...

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