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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Cagibi: a literary space

What a joy, to find our poetry editor Jeanne-Marie Osterman's book "Shellback" on the poetry reading list of The Academy...
04/19/2021

What a joy, to find our poetry editor Jeanne-Marie Osterman's book "Shellback" on the poetry reading list of The Academy of American Poets.

The Academy of American Poets' Reading List for the 25th Anniversary of #NationalPoetryMonth includes SHELLBACK.
https://palomapress.net/tag/shellback/ Jeanne-Marie Osterman

"Like sparrows on a line when the train comes through, the group went still at the noise we made. All 30 of them. All sh...
03/30/2021
How I Met Your Father - Cagibi

"Like sparrows on a line when the train comes through, the group went still at the noise we made. All 30 of them. All shapes and sizes, teens to middle-aged, in sweats and jeans, mainly, and mostly men. Many were disfigured."

Flash memoir piece from our current issue by Mickey Greaves.

by Mickey Greaves

THE ESSENTIALS: There is still time to submit! Send us your work for our print issue 2021, to be published later this ye...
03/12/2021
Cagibi Submission Guidelines

THE ESSENTIALS: There is still time to submit! Send us your work for our print issue 2021, to be published later this year! We are now accepting submissions — please spread the word!
Visual artists: there is also a photography and artwork category!
https://cagibilit.com/submission-guidelines/

Cagibi accepts and reads submissions year round.

"I woke to a faint aroma of cinnamon that hung in the air.The pungent bark helped my mother’s chronic abdominal pain. Wh...
03/11/2021
Moths to the Flame - Cagibi

"I woke to a faint aroma of cinnamon that hung in the air.

The pungent bark helped my mother’s chronic abdominal pain. When she drank tea she added a sliver of cinnamon bark to help settle her stomach. The backdoor was left open and it was gray outside. In the pale light of dawn I saw her pick peppercorns that came down in deep green jade from a vine around the trunk of an areca.

I didn’t feel like getting up, but I knew I had to get going to catch Chim’s boat."
Continue reading below, a short story by Khanh Ha.
Image Olga Breydo

by Khanh Ha

Tuesday reading: from issue 12, this short story by Carla Miriam Levy."When he was finished he tapped the shaver against...
02/23/2021
Beard - Cagibi

Tuesday reading: from issue 12, this short story by Carla Miriam Levy.

"When he was finished he tapped the shaver against the sink to knock the hairs out of it. He set it back in its case, lying open on the shelf above the sink, and ruffled Carter’s hair on his way out.

She was alone with the shaver, and she gazed at it like it was a holy relic. She reached for it and caressed its chrome body, still warm from her dad’s hand, like a living thing with a heartbeat inside of it."

by Carla Miriam Levy

Submit now for our print issue 2021, to be published later this year! Our editors look forward to reading your work.  We...
02/12/2021
Cagibi Submission Guidelines

Submit now for our print issue 2021, to be published later this year! Our editors look forward to reading your work. We are now accepting submissions — please spread the word!
Visual artists: there is also a photography and artwork category!
https://cagibilit.com/submission-guidelines/

Cagibi accepts and reads submissions year round.

"Our children, at their respective ages of six and three, struggle daily to separate truth from the mires of myth, fanta...
02/11/2021
Dragons and Dinosaurs - Cagibi

"Our children, at their respective ages of six and three, struggle daily to separate truth from the mires of myth, fantasy, and dream. My son dreams that his bed, of which he’s fond, spit at him. For two days afterwards tears spring to his eyes at the recollection of that dream. He just can’t figure out why his bed would do such a thing."

An essay on writing, memory, fantasy and truth, from our current issue.

by Elizabeth Templeman

Issue 12! Contributors Beth Kephart // Boris Kokotov // Carla Miriam Levy // Christine Jones // Claudette Sherlock // Do...
01/27/2021
Issue 12: January 2021 - Cagibi

Issue 12! Contributors Beth Kephart // Boris Kokotov // Carla Miriam Levy // Christine Jones // Claudette Sherlock // Don Boes // Elizabeth Templeman // Gabriella Bedetti // George Franklin // Henri Meschonnic // James Ellenberger // Kathleen Loe // kerry rawlinson // Khanh Ha // Krijn Peter Hesselink // Larisse Mondok // Michael Hetherton // Mickey Greaves // Micki Blenkush // Mikhail Aizenberg // Suzanne Garcia Pino // Ximena Gómez

https://cagibilit.com/issue-12/

Welcome to Cagibi Issue 12.

That is tomorrow! Come back and check it out.
01/25/2021
Issue 12: In flight! Landing Tuesday January 26 - Cagibi

That is tomorrow! Come back and check it out.

Beth KephartBoris KokotovCarla Miriam LevyChristine JonesClaudette SherlockDon BoesElizabeth TemplemanGabriella BedettiGeorge FranklinHenri MeschonnicJames EllenbergerKathleen Loekerry rawlinsonKhanh HaKrijn Peter HesselinkLarisse […]

"Found in the Dictator's Desk" and "Calculations." Two poems by David Allen Sullivan. Or why poetry is always timely.
01/15/2021
Two Poems by David Allen Sullivan - Cagibi

"Found in the Dictator's Desk" and "Calculations." Two poems by David Allen Sullivan. Or why poetry is always timely.

Found in the Dictator’s Desk // Calculations

"There’s a rebellious cornerstone you reach when you’re a kid on the Wirral, children from the new estates roaming dark ...
01/14/2021
2K20 - Cagibi

"There’s a rebellious cornerstone you reach when you’re a kid on the Wirral, children from the new estates roaming dark streets, in a thrill because you know you should be home, but you share a buzz with the street lamps, like they’re trying to show you all the mad sh*t you overlook in daylight, and that if you go home now you might miss a smackhead running in circles, or a lost tenner blowing against a curb, or a game of Truth and Dare with girls who ignore curfews."

This personal essay by Edward Little is quite a ride to read. Hope you enjoy it as we do.
Image by Olga Breydo

by Edward Little

"... Dad seized every opportunity to instill Americana in me, especially when it came to TV, movies, and pop culture. Ho...
12/30/2020
Thank You, Karen Arnold - Cagibi

"... Dad seized every opportunity to instill Americana in me, especially when it came to TV, movies, and pop culture. However, he refused to abandon two sacred tenets from our Filipino roots: eating rice and respecting one’s elders. ..."

Today's entry in our On The Ground series of short nonfiction essays. Enjoy!

https://cagibilit.com/thank-you-karen-arnold/

by Kristen Gaerlan

Cagibi’s nominees for the 2020 Pushcart Prize! Good luck to these writers—we hope to see their work win this prize and a...
12/01/2020
Cagibi’s Nominations for the 2021 Pushcart Prize - Cagibi

Cagibi’s nominees for the 2020 Pushcart Prize! Good luck to these writers—we hope to see their work win this prize and appear in the The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series.

Becca Carson
Hatcher Grey
Chris Stuck
Jared Green
Mathina Calliope
Ranbir Sidhu

https://cagibilit.com/cagibis-nominations-for-the-2021-pushcart-prize/

Join our editors in congratulating Cagibi’s nominees for the 2020 Pushcart Prize! Good luck to these writers—we hope to […]

We're proud too!
11/20/2020
CLMP

We're proud too!

We’re proud to share this list of literary journals—all members of CLMP—launching new issues in late October and November 2020, including Anomalous Press, Broken Pencil Magazine, Cagibi, Chestnut Review, The Common, Conjunctions & Friction!

This story--you must read it in full.  "Magda inspects the carcass, the scars inscribed on its hull-shaped head like anc...
11/15/2020
What We Found Inside the Whale - Cagibi

This story--you must read it in full.

"Magda inspects the carcass, the scars inscribed on its hull-shaped head like ancient writing. She runs her hands along the jagged saw of its open mouth. Her copper tendrils radiate in the rising sun and the crowd barely moves, knowing that they’re before something older than time, and stranger. We prepare to make the incision. The documentarians frame us in tight close-ups. We are serious and somber and I wonder if they can understand how much we are meant to be in love. I wonder if they know what it is they are seeing."

by Jared Green

From Issue 11, "Inland Story" by Christopher Wood, a writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.Above the bed the glass ...
11/13/2020
Inland Story - Cagibi

From Issue 11, "Inland Story" by Christopher Wood, a writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Above the bed the glass had frosted over. Stray droplets of condensation ran down the pane and cleared the odd line, but not enough to let in the world beyond. Darshana instinctively worried about running the air conditioning like this. They don’t charge for it, do they? she asked, but she felt stupid saying it. ...

Read at https://cagibilit.com/inland-story/

by Christopher Wood

From Issue 11, two poems by Brazilian-born Italian and translingual writer Julio Monteiro Martins, from his final poetry...
11/08/2020
In Translation: Two Poems by Julio Monteiro Martins - Cagibi

From Issue 11, two poems by Brazilian-born Italian and translingual writer Julio Monteiro Martins, from his final poetry collection, La grazia di casa mia, published in 2013. Translated by Donald Stang and Helen Wickes.

... There would be another me
awaiting
in my homeland.
A useless wait,
a glitch.
If we encountered each other today
we would not
recognize one another. ...

Read at https://cagibilit.com/in-translation-two-poems-by-julio-monteiro-martins/

trans. Donald Stang & Helen Wickes

From Issue 11! Hot off the press. A short story "Shelf Life" by Kyra Simone "... Her hands are young and unused, like th...
10/30/2020
Shelf Life - Cagibi

From Issue 11! Hot off the press. A short story "Shelf Life" by Kyra Simone

"... Her hands are young and unused, like those of an heiress who has never lifted a finger. She keeps them out of sight, hidden in the sleeves of her new kimono and wrapped around her body, like wings. ..."

https://cagibilit.com/shelf-life/

Photo artwork by Olga Breydo

by Kyra Simone

"Blessed are the deserters. Everydying narcissist wishes on a satelliteto be as memorable asall of the plastic and Styro...
10/27/2020
Anthropocene - Cagibi

"Blessed are the deserters. Every
dying narcissist wishes on a satellite
to be as memorable as
all of the plastic and Styrofoam
we already know will outlive us."

Click to read this poem in full. By Becca Carson
Image Nadia Belalia Design

by Becca Carson

Cagibi's cover photo
10/20/2020

Cagibi's cover photo

Two years ago, Cagibi held its first writing retreat. Imagine this: a bunch of writers, strangers to each other, some fl...
10/19/2020
Alumni of Cagibi Fall 2018 Hudson Valley Writing Retreat - Cagibi

Two years ago, Cagibi held its first writing retreat. Imagine this: a bunch of writers, strangers to each other, some flying from the West coast, coming together to spend a long weekend in a rental home upstate NY. Sharing a house! Some of them a room! And between meals, participating in daily workshops led by the inspiring Terri Muuss and Matt Pasca. What a time!

This year's fall retreat in France was postponed for obvious reasons. But Cagibi will continue to dream and imagine and hopefully soon manifest this again--strangers coming together for food, creativity, place, inspiration, and community.

Thanks again to all of our alumni!

“Cagibi created a perfect environment. I came out feeling motivated and reinvigorated. I came out with specific action steps. Do not change a thing!” —a participant

Cagibi 2020 print issue is out in the world! If you pre-ordered, you should be getting your copy very soon. Thank you to...
10/16/2020
Cagibi 2020 Print Issue - Cagibi

Cagibi 2020 print issue is out in the world! If you pre-ordered, you should be getting your copy very soon. Thank you to all our contributors, our Macaron judges and hundreds of contest participants. And huge thanks to our heroic team at Cagibi--we couldn't have put this together without your continuing work and passion.
To order a copy, click here:
https://cagibilit.com/product/cagibi-2020-print-issue/

CAGIBI’s 2020 print issue. This issue brings you: This year’s Macaron Prize winners and finalists, with introductions from […]

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