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Cleaver Magazine Cleaver Magazine shares “cutting-edge” artwork and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices.We publish a quarterly literary magazine with poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, visual art, graphic narratives, and visual art.

Look for the literary quarterly in March, June, September, and December. In each issue we present several emerging writers and alongside established writers and artists. We see ourselves as facilitators and stewards of the literary and artistic work that we publish. In addition to our literary quarterly, we publish weekly and daily features, including Life As Activism (poetry and prose with a soci

Look for the literary quarterly in March, June, September, and December. In each issue we present several emerging writers and alongside established writers and artists. We see ourselves as facilitators and stewards of the literary and artistic work that we publish. In addition to our literary quarterly, we publish weekly and daily features, including Life As Activism (poetry and prose with a soci

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The unsung hero of the creative process is revision, but the aversion to it that so many of us feel can be laid at the f...
10/15/2021

The unsung hero of the creative process is revision, but the aversion to it that so many of us feel can be laid at the feet of most of our experiences of formal schooling, wherein NO ONE ever showed us how to engage with work past the first draft. In this technique-based master class, Lise will teach you strategies and practices that will take your creative nonfiction projects from their jumbled beginnings to polished, publishable gems.

REVISING *IS* WRITING:
Unlocking the Creative Potential of Self-Editing in Creative Nonfiction
A Master Class in Craft
with Cleaver Creative Nonfiction Editor Lise Funderburg
SINGLE SESSION: Sunday, Nov 21, 2021

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/revising-is-writing-unlocking-the-creative-potential-of-self-editing-in-creative-nonfiction-a-master-class-in-craft-by-lise-funderburg/

The unsung hero of the creative process is revision, but the aversion to it that so many of us feel can be laid at the feet of most of our experiences of formal schooling, wherein NO ONE ever showed us how to engage with work past the first draft. In this technique-based master class, Lise will teach you strategies and practices that will take your creative nonfiction projects from their jumbled beginnings to polished, publishable gems.

REVISING *IS* WRITING:
Unlocking the Creative Potential of Self-Editing in Creative Nonfiction
A Master Class in Craft
with Cleaver Creative Nonfiction Editor Lise Funderburg
SINGLE SESSION: Sunday, Nov 21, 2021

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/revising-is-writing-unlocking-the-creative-potential-of-self-editing-in-creative-nonfiction-a-master-class-in-craft-by-lise-funderburg/

Please join us as we hear from the work of contributors to Cleaver's latest issue. Readers will include: Peter Amos, Dan...
10/14/2021

Please join us as we hear from the work of contributors to Cleaver's latest issue. Readers will include: Peter Amos, Daniel Cooper, Sara Davis, E.A. Farro, Tom Laichas, Tanya Liu, Tricia Park, JM Parker, Regan Puckett, Sarah Schiff, Kathryn Silver-Hajo, Kimm Stammen, and Melody Wilson.

Register Here: https://bit.ly/Issue35Readings

Please join us as we hear from the work of contributors to Cleaver's latest issue. Readers will include: Peter Amos, Daniel Cooper, Sara Davis, E.A. Farro, Tom Laichas, Tanya Liu, Tricia Park, JM Parker, Regan Puckett, Sarah Schiff, Kathryn Silver-Hajo, Kimm Stammen, and Melody Wilson.

Register Here: https://bit.ly/Issue35Readings

“Most novels in the genre come off a bit preachy, warning us page after page that X, Y, and Z will be our downfall. Perh...
10/14/2021

“Most novels in the genre come off a bit preachy, warning us page after page that X, Y, and Z will be our downfall. Perhaps even more grating, they go through the trouble of explaining exactly how it will end, as if we can be certain of that from our pre-apocalyptic world. Tapiero looks at these conventions and casually walks past them.”

PHOTOTAXIS by Olivia Tapiero and translated by Kit Schluter —
reviewed by Dylan Cook:

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/phototaxis-a-novel-by-olivia-tapiero-reviewed-by-dylan-cook/

“Most novels in the genre come off a bit preachy, warning us page after page that X, Y, and Z will be our downfall. Perhaps even more grating, they go through the trouble of explaining exactly how it will end, as if we can be certain of that from our pre-apocalyptic world. Tapiero looks at these conventions and casually walks past them.”

PHOTOTAXIS by Olivia Tapiero and translated by Kit Schluter —
reviewed by Dylan Cook:

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/phototaxis-a-novel-by-olivia-tapiero-reviewed-by-dylan-cook/

Cleaver frequent contributor Dylan Cook reviews PHOTOTAXIS, novelist Olivia Tapiero's take on a post-COVID apocalyptic w...
10/13/2021
PHOTOTAXIS, a novel by Olivia Tapiero, reviewed by Dylan Cook

Cleaver frequent contributor Dylan Cook reviews PHOTOTAXIS, novelist Olivia Tapiero's take on a post-COVID apocalyptic world. (Translated from the French by Kit Schluter, from Nightboat Books.) "There’s something refreshingly laid-back about Olivia Tapiero’s take on apocalyptic fiction. Most novels in the genre come off a bit preachy, warning us page after page that X, Y, and Z will be our downfall. Perhaps even more grating, they go through the trouble of explaining exactly how it will end, as if we can be certain of that from our pre-apocalyptic world. Tapiero looks at these conventions and casually walks past them...." Read the full review today on Cleaver.

h/t Ryan Strader, review editor

PHOTOTAXIS by Olivia Tapiero translated by Kit Schluter Nightboat Books, 128 pages reviewed by Dylan Cook There’s something refreshingly laid-back about Olivia Tapiero’s take on apocalyptic fiction. Most novels in the genre come off a bit preachy, warning us page after page that X, Y, and Z will...

Plunge into the murky waters of what is meant by “voice” in poetry. In this 5-week workshop, participants will be encour...
10/12/2021

Plunge into the murky waters of what is meant by “voice” in poetry. In this 5-week workshop, participants will be encouraged to find themselves within their language and explore the ways in which they may take on an identifiable style while maintaining flexibility across different pieces.

VOICE LESSONS: Identifying and Creating Perspective in Poetry, taught by Cleaver Senior Poetry Editor Claire Oleson
October 16 – Nov 20
Asynchronous with optional Zoom meetings

https://bit.ly/CleaverVoiceLessons

"I showed up that night looking like I cared too much and right in front of everyone she called me this other name. I re...
10/11/2021

"I showed up that night looking like I cared too much and right in front of everyone she called me this other name. I realized how inconsequential I was no matter how perfectly I applied my makeup."

TELL ME HOW TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE WHILE YOU MOVE YOUR ARMS AND LEGS LIKE SERPENTS & SCARVES IN THE DARK OF A CATTLE RANCH, #flashfiction by Kelly Gray in our current issue.

https://bit.ly/3iz8pcW

"I showed up that night looking like I cared too much and right in front of everyone she called me this other name. I realized how inconsequential I was no matter how perfectly I applied my makeup."

TELL ME HOW TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE WHILE YOU MOVE YOUR ARMS AND LEGS LIKE SERPENTS & SCARVES IN THE DARK OF A CATTLE RANCH, #flashfiction by Kelly Gray in our current issue.

https://bit.ly/3iz8pcW

"At the bar for artists, glaring, middle-aged men and goateed boys with glasses danced slowly, foot to foot. A mustached...
10/11/2021

"At the bar for artists, glaring, middle-aged men and goateed boys with glasses danced slowly, foot to foot. A mustached Turk in a baseball cap looked on, shuffling his feet now and then. Jean-Pascal and I danced. Frédéric got drinks."

AUTOPSY OR, THE HOUSE OF YOUTH (LIKE A RUSSIAN MOUNTAIN), short fiction by J.M. Parker, in Issue #35.

https://bit.ly/3Fj01rz

The fingertips know things. Their ridgedwhorls …. confess… the … whole.. body’swhereabouts.The fingernails know things t...
10/08/2021

The fingertips know things. Their ridged
whorls …. confess… the … whole.. body’s
whereabouts.

The fingernails know things too, and knew
them even before the teeth.

FLOUNDER, a poem by Tom Laichas, in Issue 35.
https://www.cleavermagazine.com/flounder-by-tom-laichas/

Don’t talk.Don’t say a word.Keep your mouth shut.Unless he talks first.And if he talks first, listen carefully.–A FEW NE...
10/08/2021

Don’t talk.

Don’t say a word.

Keep your mouth shut.

Unless he talks first.

And if he talks first, listen carefully.

A FEW NECESSARY HOUSEHOLD RULES FOR SYBIL, #flahsfiction by Gay Degani, in Issue 35.

https://bit.ly/2YiE3Vf

“…a testament to Siranian’s ability to make each poem feel like we are gazing at a fresh, open wound, that is, at the sa...
10/07/2021

“…a testament to Siranian’s ability to make each poem feel like we are gazing at a fresh, open wound, that is, at the same time being tended to with great care.”

SHE (Seven Kitchen Press) by Theadora Siranian was reviewed by Juniper Jordan Cruz on Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/she-poems-by-theadora-siranian-reviewed-by-juniper-jordan-cruz/

“…a testament to Siranian’s ability to make each poem feel like we are gazing at a fresh, open wound, that is, at the same time being tended to with great care.”

SHE (Seven Kitchen Press) by Theadora Siranian was reviewed by Juniper Jordan Cruz on Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/she-poems-by-theadora-siranian-reviewed-by-juniper-jordan-cruz/

"I couldn’t name it at the time, but I know now that I was wary, especially in those first weeks, of spoiling her solitu...
10/07/2021

"I couldn’t name it at the time, but I know now that I was wary, especially in those first weeks, of spoiling her solitude, of pinching her while she dreamed, of who she might have become with her eyes closed and how much of it she’d remain if I woke her too early."

NIGHTS WHEN I’M TIRED, short fiction by Peter Amos, in Issue #35.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/nights-when-im-tired-by-peter-amos/

PITCHING YOUR ESSAY, taught by Claire Rudy Foster, begins this Sunday, October 10. Don’t miss this chance to hone your f...
10/06/2021

PITCHING YOUR ESSAY, taught by Claire Rudy Foster, begins this Sunday, October 10. Don’t miss this chance to hone your first impression with editors!

During class, writers will build confidence in their pitches as they craft an all-purpose pitch letter that is adaptable and versatile. We will discuss our writing from a business angle and learn to understand what editors are looking for in a pitch.

More info: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/pitching-your-essay-taught-by-claire-rudy-foster/

“Bea’s smiling face shone out from behind Teddy’s Old Spice aftershave, hair trimmer, and zippered shoe polish kit neatl...
10/06/2021

“Bea’s smiling face shone out from behind Teddy’s Old Spice aftershave, hair trimmer, and zippered shoe polish kit neatly arranged on the bureau top, a stack of accounting ledgers and a fountain pen off to one side.”

THOUSAND-WATT SMILE, flash fiction by Kathryn Silver-Hajo, in Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/thousand-watt-smile-by-kathryn-silver-hajo/

“It’s not as if falling was something new. Early on, I fell from my crib, I fell through haystacks, I fell from grace, I...
10/06/2021

“It’s not as if falling was something new. Early on, I fell from my crib, I fell through haystacks, I fell from grace, I fell behind the church to kiss the bridesmaids, I fell between heaven and hell then into marriage and when my good husband was taken off to war I fell into despair.”

SEVEN STARTS TO THE WOMAN WHO WENT OVER THE FALLS IN A BARREL, short fiction by Frankie McMillan, in Issue #35.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/seven-starts-to-the-woman-who-went-over-the-falls-in-a-barrel-by-frankie-mcmillan/

“I’ve never slept with a man of my own. Even my almost-husband started as someone’s boyfriend, the kind that couldn’t re...
10/04/2021

“I’ve never slept with a man of my own. Even my almost-husband started as someone’s boyfriend, the kind that couldn’t resist me. Something about me screams I’ll be what your girlfriend isn’t right now.”

“Leftovers,” short fiction by Regan Puckett, appears in our current issue.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/leftovers-by-regan-puckett/

In this masterclass we’ll discuss the differences between reading and acting, as well as various strategies for connecti...
10/02/2021

In this masterclass we’ll discuss the differences between reading and acting, as well as various strategies for connecting with an audience to leave them wanting more. We’ll talk about your choice of material, how long you should read, and how you can fully prepare in order to feel confident your listeners will be engaged and entertained.

The Art of Reading Your Work in Public, A Masterclass by Author and Actor Dinah Lenney

SINGLE SESSION: Sunday, October 17, 2021, 3-5 pm ET
Limit 6 participants

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/presentation-and-performance-the-art-of-reading-your-work-in-public-a-masterclas-by-dinah-lenney-october-17-2021/

In this masterclass we’ll discuss the differences between reading and acting, as well as various strategies for connecting with an audience to leave them wanting more. We’ll talk about your choice of material, how long you should read, and how you can fully prepare in order to feel confident your listeners will be engaged and entertained.

The Art of Reading Your Work in Public, A Masterclass by Author and Actor Dinah Lenney

SINGLE SESSION: Sunday, October 17, 2021, 3-5 pm ET
Limit 6 participants

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/presentation-and-performance-the-art-of-reading-your-work-in-public-a-masterclas-by-dinah-lenney-october-17-2021/

“Some of our fathers die drunk in head-ons or face down on the factory floor, their rotted hearts knotted as pine trees....
10/01/2021

“Some of our fathers die drunk in head-ons or face down on the factory floor, their rotted hearts knotted as pine trees. Some of our fathers carry their coffins and try not to cry.”

“Our Fathers,” flash fiction by Sarah Freligh in our current issue. #flashfictionfriday

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/our-fathers-by-sarah-freligh/

“In this city of nearly ten million people, I’m invisible most days. On this day, I was finally visible but only because...
09/30/2021

“In this city of nearly ten million people, I’m invisible most days. On this day, I was finally visible but only because I was a spectacle. I scrambled up as quickly as I could, but I was dazed and embarrassed. And hurt.”

“The Distance From Here to There,” an essay by Tricia Park, in #CleaverMagazine. #litmaglove

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/the-distance-from-here-to-there-by-tricia-park/

My sister and I recall that old Stingraywhile we sit a vigil in the critical care unit.She melts into the vinyl cushions...
09/30/2021

My sister and I recall that old Stingray
while we sit a vigil in the critical care unit.
She melts into the vinyl cushions
and I lean sideways, balanced like a circus
acrobat one moment before falling.

“Stingray,” a poem by John Cullen in Issue 35.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/stingray-by-john-cullen/

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A recent workshop, Telling True Stories by Sydney Tammarine was energizing for this emerging writer. And a positive way to spend time during COVID.
Cleaver's Wintry Mix is here, and it's incredible. Congrats to all the talented authors in this issue.
Just came upon " Constance Comes Home"-- wow, so good! Congrats David Priest
Announcing a new creative writing class led by Cleaver prose editor, Miriam Camitta. Workshop your perfect character Led by Miriam Camitta, MFA, PhD Have a great story to tell but have questions about a character? Bring three to five pages of your short story or novel to this one day workshop and we will help you develop nuanced, complex, and compelling characters. The class will follow the workshop format, with participants reading and responding to each other’s work. If time allows, there will be generative writing in the afternoon portion of the workshop in which you will have the opportunity to apply the lessons of the morning to the development of your character. The workshop will take place on Temple’s Ambler Campus between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 8th. There will be a 30-minute lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions. Please bring a snack or brown bag lunch. You may register for this course by calling the Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education (ONCE, Temple University Ambler: Dept. Phone: 267-468-8500 Or, register online: noncredit.temple.edu/nce
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"NOTHING MUCH FOR MINORS" Minors are those less than eighteen, As they don't have knowledge in keen. They don't have a driving licence, As don't have driving sense. Minors are given just pen and page, Their life is not more than a cage. Holiday is not given even on sundays, As their age is negligible for fundays. Parents are worried not to get blame, From minors they just want their fame. Circumstances are same for every minor, Parents are just their life designer. -Sahaj Sabharwal. -Chowk Chabutra, -Jammu. -11th Class. ©sahajsabharwal Delhi Public School, Jammu #India #Poem #Jammu #sahajsabharwal12345 #DelhiPublicSchool #DpsJammu #copyright #INDIA #TALENTPOET
"Sparks" by Chris Connolly, winner of the 2018 Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest. http://GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.
Thank you so much to the folks at Cleaver Magazine for this interview about editing YA and Children's book reviews for Cleaver, and a little about my own books and writing.
Great interview with Cleaver Magazine's #poetry editor Matthew Girolami! h/t Rosie Huf and Natalie Kawam
Solstice In the dim light of my madness softness drapes your wanton eyes beside me waiting... a wince of faith remains engraved outside my peripheral silence vibrating... undulations of those lost words stolen by pride resound inside me desecrating... dashing out sometimes to find your laughing eyes praying... aura of that boundless flight sings from hidden lights inside me strangling... your wind swept touch always dancing within me beside every firelight craving... below the moons solemn incantations that held your lasting clutch of kindness always finds your silhouette amidst my flickering blindness as a glowing ember of your weeping tides you catch my last held memory within an emotional mirror I dine with trials of lucidity .................... Oh I can still remember like the taste of Summer your eyes always held Autumn and I Mid-Winter but we drove fast so deep into each other and swam against the currents headlong past milestones we tore the curtains making love past midnight all... for that final call that's always certain ..................... and why do I miss you every single day yet still running blindly from your love Doran Hutchinson©2018