Cagibi / kä • jē • bē / Co-founded in 2017. A literary journal publishing quarterly online issues and an annual print issue.

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Mission: / kä • jē • bē / Co-founded in 2017. A literary journal publishing seasonal digital issues.

A postcard for you to enjoy reading has arrived via Cagibi Express, from Glasgow: "In my mind, once I got here, I’d be...
07/09/2019
Postcard from Glasgow - Cagibi

A postcard for you to enjoy reading has arrived via Cagibi Express, from Glasgow: "In my mind, once I got here, I’d be everything I couldn’t be at home: productive, inspired, thoughtful. I figured that even if those dark, gloomy days turned out to be true, they‘d still be good for writing."

by James Patterson

https://cagibilit.com/postcard-from-glasgow/

by James Patterson

"I think all the books I read as a teenager made me dream of traveling. Certainly all the American novels I read in high...
07/02/2019
Catherine Texier // The Cagibi Express Interview - Cagibi

"I think all the books I read as a teenager made me dream of traveling. Certainly all the American novels I read in high school and in college in Paris (Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and all the classic noir thrillers) made me dream of coming to the US—and maybe they are responsible for me living here!"
Our Cagibi Express interview with author Catherine Texier.

Cagibi interviews Catherine Texier, whose latest novel is Russian Lessons

It was a packed house @kgbbarlitmag for Cagibi’s release party! Thanks to all our wonderful readers, team, and everyon...
06/26/2019

It was a packed house @kgbbarlitmag for Cagibi’s release party! Thanks to all our wonderful readers, team, and everyone who came! #community #nyc #literature #litmag #cagibilit #freereadings #writerscommunity #read @ New York, New York

"But no longer am I just one voice, Dad. We’re an army now, still scattered and often ignored, but we will not stop be...
06/16/2019
To My Father: A Letter From The Other Woman - Nancy Hightower - Cagibi

"But no longer am I just one voice, Dad. We’re an army now, still scattered and often ignored, but we will not stop bearing witness for one another."

For those struggling, for whatever reason, on Father's Day, a powerful essay by
Nancy Hightower from our Cagibi Express pages.

An essay by Nancy Hightower, author of The Acolyte and Elementarí Rising. She is working on a memoir about growing up in the evangelical South and teaches at Hunter College.

An essay by Martha Moore Davis to start off the week! Image Nadia Belalia. Enjoy!“As teenagers, we joked that life beg...
06/03/2019
Snapshots: Rose Hill Farm - Cagibi

An essay by Martha Moore Davis to start off the week! Image Nadia Belalia. Enjoy!

“As teenagers, we joked that life began at the end of the lane when we turned onto the highway, away from the farm, but now I think it began for us at the Old Pond.”

by Martha Moore Davis

Congratulations to contributor Beatriz Seelaender, the 2019 winner of the Sandy Run Novella Award. You can read two of B...
06/03/2019
Beatriz Seelaender, Winner of the Sandy Run Novella Award, 2019

Congratulations to contributor Beatriz Seelaender, the 2019 winner of the Sandy Run Novella Award. You can read two of Beatriz's stories in issues 2 and 5 of Cagibi.

Beatriz Seelaender of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has won our Sandy Run Novella Award for her manuscript, The Only Unessential. Beatriz Seelaender was born in 1998 in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2016 she publi…

A poem for the weekend - Enjoy! Image by Olga Breydo.“You, who whisper. There, in the corner.Approach me invisibly on ...
05/31/2019
Falling Asleep with Carpenter Bees - Cagibi

A poem for the weekend - Enjoy! Image by Olga Breydo.

“You, who whisper. There, in the corner.
Approach me invisibly on high heels.
Barefoot, even. Just be. Here,
next to me. I want to forget this place
where joy is a three-day cold
and sadness the flu. Here’s a look
at what’s no longer possible. Words
without fear. Anger without loss.
In their wake, dreaming becomes obsolete.”

by Romana Iorga

An interview with Ulrich Baer — professor, writer, and translator who speaks with leading thinkers about powerful idea...
05/28/2019
Ulrich Baer // The Cagibi Express Interview - Cagibi

An interview with Ulrich Baer — professor, writer, and translator who speaks with leading thinkers about powerful ideas on his podcast Think About It

"When a word can be used in different ways or when different words seem interchangeable but signal political differences, it’s a good moment to be conscious of our usage."

https://cagibilit.com/ulrich-baer-the-cagibi-express-interview/

Cagibi interviews Ulrich Baer, a teacher, writer, and translator who speaks with leading thinkers about powerful ideas on his podcast Think About It

05/27/2019
The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade

Join Cagibi founding editor Christopher X. Shade in Portland Oregon this Thursday at Broadway Books

Excited to be in Portland Oregon this Thursday at 7, at indie bookstore Broadway Books! Please join, and share with friends and loved ones you have in this area.
About this novel, Elena Georgiou, author of most recently The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, writes: Using Marseille, France, as his canvas, Shade paints a cast of characters who, by their human interactions, invite the reader to repeatedly ask: Is it choice or fate that “leads us to the places we don’t expect to be?” If you want to delve into what it means to be human, when so many are facing loneliness and loss, then The Good Mother of Marseille is your invitation.

"About ten years ago, I had a Feng Shui expert evaluate my writing space and she told me that the sharp edges of the pil...
05/21/2019
Rachel Cline // The Cagibi Express Interview - Cagibi

"About ten years ago, I had a Feng Shui expert evaluate my writing space and she told me that the sharp edges of the piles of papers on my work surfaces were stabbing me repeatedly in the back. That still makes me laugh."
Read the full interview with Rachel Cline in Cagibi Express.

Cagibi interviews Rachel Cline, whose latest novel is The Question Authority

Happy Monday Friends! Here’s an essay by Dein Sofley from our latest issue.  “ ‘We carry our past with us,’ Carl...
05/20/2019
Munch - Cagibi

Happy Monday Friends! Here’s an essay by Dein Sofley from our latest issue.

“ ‘We carry our past with us,’ Carl Jung said. The shadow, that shuts away forbidden feelings, he named. There are parts of ourselves we keep secret.”

by Dein Sofley

05/16/2019
The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade

The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade

A video of Christopher reading from The Good Mother of Marseille at The Writers Studio reading series at Zinc Bar in New York City!
For reading groups and book clubs: See the Book Clubs section of the website christopherxshade.com — there's now a Book Club Kit and an excerpt of the book online. If you know of other reading groups or book clubs, please share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZVya5FFhbo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1JPJ0729tBM7EVEXvfwJD_Bhcq4y5rXUvwaKZ4yJC_aNqGveuTPLgmekc

Follow The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade, Paloma Press, The Writers Studio, Zinc Bar, and Cagibi

Story time! “The Dinner Party” by Judy Locker. Image by Stefan Hengst. “Soon everyone is encouraging me with appla...
05/15/2019
The Dinner Party by Judy Locker - Fiction - Cagibi Literary Journal

Story time! “The Dinner Party” by Judy Locker. Image by Stefan Hengst.

“Soon everyone is encouraging me with applause and I improvise jazz harmonies to one of the pieces, and then my fingers are skimming the keys, imbued with a strength and will of their own.

Grace is suddenly standing in the middle of the room with Sophie right next to her.

‘Look at what happened, Mom.’ “

A short story by Judy Locker, who graduated from Cornell University and then attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is working on a first collection of stories as well as a memoir

Congratulations to George Franklin and Ximena Gomez on the publication of the bilingual collection of poems, Among the R...
05/14/2019
Among the Ruins // Entre las ruinas (book excerpt) - Cagibi

Congratulations to George Franklin and Ximena Gomez on the publication of the bilingual collection of poems, Among the Ruins / Entre las ruinas!

George Franklin’s poem “To the Crow, Cawing is Beautiful” first appeared in Cagibi Issue 3, July 2018. The poem was then included in Among the Ruins / Entre las ruinas, translated into Spanish by Ximena Gómez and published by Katakana editores.

Here is the original poem followed by the Spanish translation.

https://cagibilit.com/among-the-ruins-book-excerpt/

by George Franklin, trans. Ximena Gómez

Whew! What a weekend! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend—a big shoutout to all the Mothers!!! Here’s a poem to start ...
05/13/2019
I Was in My Audrey Hepburn Phase - Cagibi

Whew! What a weekend! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend—a big shoutout to all the Mothers!!! Here’s a poem to start off the week. Image by Olga Breydo.

by Stephen Roberts

A story for today friends - Happy Wednesday! (The weekend is almost here) “I guess I’m not the only one hoping there...
05/08/2019
Me and a Tape - Cagibi

A story for today friends - Happy Wednesday! (The weekend is almost here)

“I guess I’m not the only one hoping there’s something better for me. Something outside this awful town in New Jersey with its huge sky and black streets that absorb all the sun. One day I’ll drive to the beach all by myself, or even a big city. I’ll live in an apartment so I don’t have to take care of a lawn, and I’ll prop my legs up on the coffee table and eat brownie batter straight from the bowl. I won’t have to watch my brother, or wait for Kara to call me back, because she always changes her mind about whether she wants to hang out with me.“

by Jana Llewellyn

Read an exclusive excerpt from John Domini's fourth novel, The Color Inside a Melon!From the publisher, Dzanc Books: “...
05/07/2019
The Color Inside a Melon (book excerpt) - John Domini - Cagibi Journal

Read an exclusive excerpt from John Domini's fourth novel, The Color Inside a Melon!

From the publisher, Dzanc Books: “A disastrous earthquake has Naples reeling. While the government scrambles to maintain appearances, poverty and anarchy rack the people on Italy’s margins—the illegal immigrants out of Africa, known as the clandestini. One of whom has just been horrifically murdered.

Enter Risto, a rare success story. A refugee from Mogadishu, orphaned in his teens, he’s now married the Neapolitan Paola and is the proprietor of a celebrated art gallery. The murder recalls the deaths of his loved ones years ago in Mogadishu, a trauma Risto can’t outrun.”

https://cagibilit.com/john-domini-color-inside-a-melon-book-excerpt/

An excerpt from John Domini's fourth novel, The Color Inside a Melon. The novel is forthcoming June 11, 2019 from Dzanc Books.

Congratulations to the inaugural Macaron Prize winners!The three winners and three finalists will be published in Cagibi...
05/01/2019
Cagibi 2019: The Print Issue - Cagibi

Congratulations to the inaugural Macaron Prize winners!
The three winners and three finalists will be published in Cagibi's first print issue, coming out in June. Big thanks to our judges Chantel Acevedo, Major Jackson and Sheila Kohler Tucker for reading and picking the winners!

Cagibi’s inaugural print issue of Macaron Prize winners + the Omnibus! anthology edited by Jonathan Galassi.

Congratulations to Lisa Bellamy on her Pushcart Prize for her poem "Wild Pansy." You can read it here in this excerpt fr...
04/28/2019
The Northway (book excerpt) - Cagibi

Congratulations to Lisa Bellamy on her Pushcart Prize for her poem "Wild Pansy." You can read it here in this excerpt from "The Northway" published in Cagibi Express.

by Lisa Bellamy, from her forthcoming poetry collection, The Northway

"Contrary to popular belief, the most dangerous monsters believe in redemption and mercy; they can show you a version of...
04/23/2019
To My Father: A Letter From The Other Woman - Nancy Hightower - Cagibi

"Contrary to popular belief, the most dangerous monsters believe in redemption and mercy; they can show you a version of kindness that feels like communion."

Read this powerful essay by Nancy Hightower in Cagibi Express.

Image by Stéphane Cocke

An essay by Nancy Hightower, author of The Acolyte and Elementarí Rising. She is working on a memoir about growing up in the evangelical South and teaches at Hunter College.

A story for today — enjoy Earth Day!"The bridge. It had become her obsession, filling the emptiness Michael had left b...
04/22/2019
The Creek Watcher - Cagibi

A story for today — enjoy Earth Day!
"The bridge. It had become her obsession, filling the emptiness Michael had left behind. When she got to her mom’s, she would put David to bed. She’d kiss him, tell him to be a good boy. She’d take a walk, sit on that bridge, and dream about flying. Yes, she’d dream about flying all the way down."

by Feivel Wolff

Big day! We are launching a new section in Cagibi Express with essays that are in conversation with current cultural or ...
04/16/2019
On the Ground: To The Other Side In Tijuana - Cagibi

Big day! We are launching a new section in Cagibi Express with essays that are in conversation with current cultural or political events. Our first essay is by Karen Laws who writes about her experience working as a volunteer at the US-Mexican border in Tijuana.

by Karen Laws

"This evening, a meeting,me and my team of angelsplotting salvation—it’s what we do."Two poems by Mike Wilson, becau...
04/12/2019
Triplets in Trump Time - Mike Wilson - Poetry - Cagibi Literary Journal

"This evening, a meeting,
me and my team of angels
plotting salvation—it’s what we do."

Two poems by Mike Wilson, because we need angels and poetry to keep us sane.

Two poems by Mike Wilson: "Measure for Measure" and "Hope." He is the author of a biography, Warrior Priest: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and The School of the Americas.

Issue 6 has arrived! Poems, stories, essays, an interview, works in translation, a video poem. Contributors Alice Hatche...
04/05/2019
Issue 6: April 2019 - Cagibi Literary Journal

Issue 6 has arrived! Poems, stories, essays, an interview, works in translation, a video poem. Contributors Alice Hatcher, Andrea Jarrell, Ben Crace, Boris Kokotov, Clare Welsh, Daniel Jenkins, David Rock, Debbie Graber, Dein Sofley, E. J. Myers, Erika Bianchi, Feivel Wolff, Gary Young, George Ryan, Jana Llewellyn, Judy Locker, Keira Sinclair, Laura Lee, Lucy Rand, Margie Sarsfield, Martha Moore Davis, Martha Wolfe, Mike Wilson, Nikolaj Reber, Quinnon Kent, Rachel Schollmeier, Rebecca Kirschbaum, Robert Rubino, Romana Iorga, Sarah Timmer Harvey, Shura Chernozatonskaya, Stephen Roberts, Toby Buckley, Weng Juan (Song), Yanwen Xu.
Cover image Stefan Hengst
https://cagibilit.com/issue-6/

Issue 6, April 2019. Cagibi's journal of stories, essays, poetry, and feaures such as visual art and interviews.

Over at  The Brooklyn Rail this month, co-founding editor Christopher Shade is in conversation with Cagibi contributor B...
04/04/2019
CHRISTOPHER X. SHADE with Beverly Donofrio

Over at The Brooklyn Rail this month, co-founding editor Christopher Shade is in conversation with Cagibi contributor Bev Donofrio on the good mothers watching over us.

I first met Christopher at a monastery on a freezing early spring weekend.

It's coming fast! Next stop: Issue 6 on April 5. Essays, stories, poems, and more from a wide range of contributors. Be ...
03/29/2019
Issue 6: In flight! Landing April 5 - Cagibi

It's coming fast! Next stop: Issue 6 on April 5. Essays, stories, poems, and more from a wide range of contributors. Be ready to hop in!

Alice Hatcher Andrea Jarrell Ben Crace Boris Kokotov Clare Welsh Daniel Jenkins David Rock Debbie Graber Dein Sofley …

One of the Cagibi founding editors, Christopher X. Shade in an interview for Newtown Literary — read the full intervie...
03/28/2019
Q&A with novelist Christopher X. Shade | Newtown Literary

One of the Cagibi founding editors, Christopher X. Shade in an interview for Newtown Literary — read the full interview at the link below

"I recently read and re-read every book translated by Megan Mcdowell because I interviewed her for Cagibi..."

https://www.newtownliterary.org/single-post/2019/03/28/QA-with-novelist-Christopher-X-Shade

Writer Christopher X. Shade's work was featured in issue #9 of Newtown Literary. He is the co-founder of the literary journal Cagibi and his debut novel,

"Unfamiliar landscapes have a very potent effect on me." Poet and novelist James Lasdun on wandering and distraction and...
03/28/2019
James Lasdun // The Cagibi Express Interview - Cagibi

"Unfamiliar landscapes have a very potent effect on me."
Poet and novelist James Lasdun on wandering and distraction and much more in this week's Cagibi Express interview. Lasdun's latest novel "Afternoon of a Faun" is forthcoming in April.

Cagibi interviews James Lasdun, whose latest novel is Afternoon of a Faun

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