Cagibi / kä • jē • bē / Co-founded in 2017. A literary journal publishing quarterly online issues and an annual print issue. Also, an annual Macaron Prize in poetry & prose, and writing retreats.
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Mission: / kä • jē • bē / Co-founded in 2017. A literary journal publishing seasonal digital issues.

This story by Wynne Hungerford--a perfect read on this Memorial Day. Read it by clicking on the link below."The fee was ...
05/25/2020
City of Angels - Cagibi

This story by Wynne Hungerford--a perfect read on this Memorial Day. Read it by clicking on the link below.

"The fee was $25. The artist handed Fran the glass bottle. She held the vessel, felt the coolness of the glass, and looked inside. It was not exactly what Fran had expected. There was a miniature Pacific Ocean lapping a miniature Venice Beach. There was nobody on the beach except for miniature versions of Fran and Morris kissing and rolling around in the surf. It was like that famous kissing scene in From Here to Eternity with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. Miniature seagulls dotted the beach. Waves fell again and again. To listen very carefully was to hear the powerful swell of the ocean and lost within that powerful swell was the tiny sound of their sucking. Fran said, “Won’t they get tired of it?” and even as she spoke she knew it was not 'they' but 'we.''

by Wynne Hungerford

"Erkko was the poster boy of couch surfing hosts. He gave me a comfortable place to sleep, shared his resources, left me...
05/13/2020
Sleeping With Strangers - Cagibi

"Erkko was the poster boy of couch surfing hosts. He gave me a comfortable place to sleep, shared his resources, left me alone during the day to explore, and spent time with me as his schedule permitted. After my two days with him I felt rested and energized. On the morning of my departure I hoisted my backpack and set out on foot for the twenty-minute walk to the train station, from where I would continue north to Oulu, in the Finnish subarctic."
What was once possible...! Read this essay by Robert Klose on his experience couch surfing through Finland.
Image by Olga Breydo

by Robert Klose

“How long have you been here?” he asked.“Oh, I live here now,” she said.“In this town?”“In the train station. I live her...
05/11/2020
Did You Also Get Lost? - Cagibi

“How long have you been here?” he asked.

“Oh, I live here now,” she said.

“In this town?”

“In the train station. I live here with my family. See, it’s not so bad here, and who knows where we’ll end up if we get on another train. So we all decided to stay.”

Fynn couldn’t imagine anyone living in the train station.

“You could stay too.” She continued. “It’s quiet here.”

Click and read this surreal and haunting short story by Giulia Moriconi.

by Giulia Moriconi

"Yes, I do think fiction is a good place to think about philosophical questions. What is meaningful? What is beauty? Wha...
05/08/2020
Going Rogue: Deb Olin Unferth - Cagibi

"Yes, I do think fiction is a good place to think about philosophical questions. What is meaningful? What is beauty? What is freedom? Who is a person?"

Read the full interview with author Deb Olin Unferth about her latest novel, "Barn 8." By Cagibi interview editor Lavonne Roberts.

by LaVonne Elaine Roberts, an interview with Deb Olin Unferth on her book Barn 8

Read the outstanding poems in our last issue. We love this one by Christie Towers, an MFA candidate at the University of...
05/07/2020
TV Crush: Agnes Moorehead - Cagibi

Read the outstanding poems in our last issue. We love this one by Christie Towers, an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Boston where she also teaches creative writing.

by Christie Towers

So thrilled to include these letters in our last issue, beautifully translated by Amy Newman, poet and author of Howl (d...
05/05/2020
On Writing, God, and Friendship: Antonia Pozzi's letters to Tullio Gadenz and Dino Formaggio - Cagibi

So thrilled to include these letters in our last issue, beautifully translated by Amy Newman, poet and author of Howl (dancing girl press, 2019), and On This Day in Poetry History (Persea Books, 2016)

Poet and photographer Antonia Pozzi, born in Milan in 1912, lived a brief life, dying by suicide in 1938. In this selection from her correspondence, Pozzi writes to her friends Tullio Gadenz, whom she met in San Martino in 1933, and Dino Formaggio, whom she met at the University of Milan in 1937.

by Antonia Pozzi, trans. Amy Newman

"No one realized it when it started. The line between normality and this new, unnamable state was crossed in silence or ...
05/04/2020
In Translation: Epidemic // Epidemia - Cagibi

"No one realized it when it started. The line between normality and this new, unnamable state was crossed in silence or perhaps with no more than the silent sigh of some unknown victim."

A timely and utterly original take on what might kill us all. A story in translation from issue 10.

Photograph by Stefan Hengst

by Luis Henao Uribe, trans. Charlotte Gartenberg

Issue 10 is here. X, in the midst of it all. https://cagibilit.com/issue-10/ There are stories, poems, essays, and some ...
04/21/2020

Issue 10 is here. X, in the midst of it all. https://cagibilit.com/issue-10/ There are stories, poems, essays, and some great features: Amy Newman's translation of Antonia Pozzi's letters, interviews with Darcey Steinke and Deb Olin Unferth, and What Makes a Poem Hot, a craft essay by Ellen Akers. As always we are grateful to all the contributors as well as to our editorial team and artwork contributors for making this possible. Thank you for keeping art essential.
Cover image: "City Behind Glass" by Christopher X. Shade

"Did you ever have to hide in an uncomfortable space in order to write? Where, and how long did you stay in there?"From ...
03/31/2020
From the Archives of the Cagibi Express Interview - Cagibi

"Did you ever have to hide in an uncomfortable space in order to write? Where, and how long did you stay in there?"
From the pre-pandemic days, some words of wisdom found in the answers to that last question, from our Cagibi Express interviews with a wide range of authors.

Since “shelter in place” has become a necessity, and many of us find ourselves confined to the cagibi …

What to read! Online at Cagibi read an exclusive excerpt from Ann Lewinson's debut novella, forthcoming this April from ...
03/27/2020
Still Life with Meredith (book excerpt) - Cagibi

What to read! Online at Cagibi read an exclusive excerpt from Ann Lewinson's debut novella, forthcoming this April from publisher Outpost19.

"I met Meredith in the museum one disastrous Saturday afternoon, after an accident in the emerging artists wing during the carnival show. ..."

https://cagibilit.com/still-life-with-meredith-book-excerpt/

Still Life With Meredith is Ann Lewinson's debut, forthcoming April 2020 from Outpost19. Read an exclusive excerpt at Cagibi.

What to read next:  Deb Olin Unferth's new novel, Barn 8Learn more in this book essay by Cagibi Interview Editor LaVonne...
03/18/2020
Reading Deb Olin Unferth: Humanizing the Hen - Cagibi Literary Journal

What to read next: Deb Olin Unferth's new novel, Barn 8

Learn more in this book essay by Cagibi Interview Editor LaVonne Elaine Roberts, and check back for her interview with Deb Olin Unferth in Issue 10, April 7!

"I first met Deb Olin Unferth while volunteering at Austin’s homeless shelter, the ARCH, where she visited one of their free creative writing workshops. ..."

https://cagibilit.com/reading-deb-olin-unferth-barn-8/

On Deb Olin Unferth's new novel, Barn 8. A book essay by LaVonne Elaine Roberts. "I first met Deb Olin Unferth while volunteering at Austin’s homeless shelter, the ARCH, where she visited one of their free creative writing workshops."

A new Postcard, Cagibi's short nonfiction series via Cagibi Express: "Postcard From the Halifax Pier" by Sara Carroll, a...
03/10/2020
Postcard From the Halifax Pier - Cagibi

A new Postcard, Cagibi's short nonfiction series via Cagibi Express: "Postcard From the Halifax Pier" by Sara Carroll, a writer based in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

"The Halifax pier smells of fish, of course, but also of other things: french fries from a chip wagon parked at a picnic area; briny air blown in from the North Atlantic; hot melted butter wafting out the wide-open windows of seafood restaurants; exhaust from cars chugging along the waterfront roads. ..."

READ at https://cagibilit.com/postcard-from-the-halifax-pier/

by Sara Carroll

These poems! An exclusive excerpt of three poems from the new collection of poetry by Terri Muuss As memoirist Beverly D...
03/09/2020
godspine (book excerpt) - Cagibi

These poems! An exclusive excerpt of three poems from the new collection of poetry by Terri Muuss

As memoirist Beverly Donofrio writes of the poems in this book: "...the images and moments so raw and sensual, so frightful and beautiful and painfully true—they shake us out of our culturally inflicted stupors and induce awe."

READ at https://cagibilit.com/godspine-book-excerpt/

Three poem excerpts from Terri Muuss's new collection of poetry, godspine, published by 3: A Taos Press.

"I travel to escape the mundane and routine. My writing is mostly interior and idea driven. A new place may allow for de...
02/25/2020
Jill Bialosky // The Cagibi Express Interview - Cagibi

"I travel to escape the mundane and routine. My writing is mostly interior and idea driven. A new place may allow for details of the landscape, or the dialogue of inhabitants to trickle in."
Our Cagibi Express Interview with Jill Bialosky, who will be judging the 2020 nonfiction Macaron Prize.

An interview with Jill Bialosky, whose new collection of poetry, Asylum, is forthcoming August 2020

It is happening! Cagibi 2020 Writing Retreat will take place in France, this fall! We found the perfect village in Prove...
02/18/2020
Writing Retreat in Provence, Fall 2020

It is happening! Cagibi 2020 Writing Retreat will take place in France, this fall! We found the perfect village in Provence, near the beautiful Luberon region. Morning workshops, free afternoons to explore the area, evenings to socialize, and enjoy the culinary excellence of the region. And much more:
https://cagibilit.com/retreats/

At the end of this September join a small group of writers for our next Cagibi retreat: a week of dedicated writing time and workshops co-led by teachers and editors in a village in Provence, France.

Celebrating pub date of Kathleen Donohoe's new book! Here's an exclusive author essay from her, on this new novel Ghosts...
02/11/2020
Book Passage: Kathleen Donohoe // The Night on Inis Mór - Cagibi

Celebrating pub date of Kathleen Donohoe's new book! Here's an exclusive author essay from her, on this new novel Ghosts of the Missing, which is published today by Mariner Books and available wherever books are sold.

"It’s dark at midnight on Inis Mór. Stepping out of the pub was akin to being blindfolded. ... "

READ at https://cagibilit.com/book-passage-kathleen-donohoe-ghosts-of-the-missing/

#amreading #books

by Kathleen Donohoe

Great fun and fantastic talent at Cagibi Reads! event last night. Thanks to all the readers and everyone who came by. Gr...
02/05/2020

Great fun and fantastic talent at Cagibi Reads! event last night. Thanks to all the readers and everyone who came by. Grateful for this wonderful community.

"55 million years ago, a fault opened between the Eurasian and North American plates. A violent upheaval of volcanism fo...
02/04/2020
Are there Copper Pipes in Heaven // Eru Koparrør Í Himmiríki (book excerpt) - Cagibi

"55 million years ago, a fault opened between the Eurasian and North American plates. A violent upheaval of volcanism followed, creating the Faroe Islands. From upheaval, comes creation. It is precisely at such points of tension and unrest, volcanic as they sometimes are—that great art is born. Are there Copper Pipes in Heaven is a product of fault lines, both personal and culture, the surface pulled apart to make new ground, raw, difficult, and beautiful." ~ From the preface by the translator, Matthew Landrum. Read more along with some of the translated poems in this book except published today in Cagibi Express.

by Katrin Ottarsdóttir, trans. Matthew Landrum

A postcard from Brazil!  "Postcard from Florianopolis, Brazil" by M. Lee Alexander, author of the collection Spinning th...
01/24/2020
Postcard from Florianopolis, Brazil - Cagibi

A postcard from Brazil! "Postcard from Florianopolis, Brazil" by M. Lee Alexander, author of the collection Spinning the Compass, and the chapbooks Observatory and Folly Bridge.
(In the picture, these are brigadeiros ... !)

"Saturday is family day in Brazil, and everyone goes to the nearest park. Wanting to fit in, I join them: riding my bicycle along the silt-sand crescent shore on the way to the botanical garden I stop for caldo de cana, sugarcane juice with lime squeezed fresh by the vendor ... "

READ at https://cagibilit.com/postcard-from-florianopolis-brazil/

#amreading

by M. Lee Alexander

*DEADLINE EXTENDED* until January 30. Winning prize in each category is $1000; winners and finalists will be published i...
01/21/2020
The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2020 - Cagibi

*DEADLINE EXTENDED* until January 30. Winning prize in each category is $1000; winners and finalists will be published in the Cagibi 2020 Print issue in the fall. All submissions will be considered for publication in our online quarterly issues. Last chance to send us your work!

The annual Macaron Prize awarded by Cagibi literary journal.

Cagibi's cover photo
01/16/2020

Cagibi's cover photo

Our third year at Cagibi officially begins! New issue has landed with 15 poems, 4 essays, 6 stories, 1 interview, and 4 ...
01/14/2020
Issue 9: January 2020 - Cagibi Literary Journal

Our third year at Cagibi officially begins! New issue has landed with 15 poems, 4 essays, 6 stories, 1 interview, and 4 works in translation. Read and enjoy, escape and engage...
Also...an announcement regarding our second writing retreat is coming soon! Stay tuned.
Cover issue image by Olga Breydo.

Issue 9, January 2020. Cagibi's journal of stories, essays, poetry, visual art, and feature essays.

Almost there! New issue landing on Tuesday Jan 14. #newissue #litmag #literature #lovereading #amreading
01/13/2020

Almost there! New issue landing on Tuesday Jan 14. #newissue #litmag #literature #lovereading #amreading

Our second Macaron Prize contest is on! Deadline is January 20th--there is still time to submit your story, essay, poem(...
01/06/2020
The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2020 - Cagibi

Our second Macaron Prize contest is on! Deadline is January 20th--there is still time to submit your story, essay, poem(s), or cartoon! Winners and finalists will be published in our second annual print issue, along with the Omnibus anthology, this year selected by guest editor Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions.
Click for more info.

The annual Macaron Prize awarded by Cagibi literary journal.

"I look out from our balcony at the hospital across the road, at the groaning traffic, at the waters of the Straits and ...
01/02/2020
Rain of Tears: On the Ground in Reggio Calabria - Cagibi

"I look out from our balcony at the hospital across the road, at the groaning traffic, at the waters of the Straits and Sicily beyond. It is dark, chilly and wet. Will any of the migrants be left overnight at the port or will they all have been moved on to sheltered destinations by now? Will the dead be kept across the road from here at the hospital mortuary or will they be housed somewhere else before burial? It’s a very small place. It won’t have space for twelve. What will they do?"

An unique perspective on the refuge crisis in Europe, and more, in this essay by Michael Cronin. From our ongoing "On The Ground" series in Cagibi Express.

by Michael Cronin

A Berber cagibi! Families used them to hide food, documents, jewelry, storing all that mattered in those safe deposit bo...
12/27/2019

A Berber cagibi! Families used them to hide food, documents, jewelry, storing all that mattered in those safe deposit boxes to keep safe against raiders. @ Aït Kine, Taroudannt, Morocco

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Thanks to my colleagues/friends Sylvie and Christopher for the lovely layout of my essay, Big Breaks.