Cleaver Magazine

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.
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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 social justice theme), writer-to-writer craft essays, author interviews, travel essays, and reviews of books from small and independent publishers. Our weekly in-house advice columnist, “Ask June” opines on matters punctuational, interpersonal, and philosophical, spinning wit and literary wisdom in response to your ethical quandaries. Our podcast On The Edge is a virtual poetry reading series, available for download on iTunes and SoundCloud. Our radio plays feature original short scrips performed by professional actors. The scripts are available for download as PDF files; the recordings are free for listeners on iTunes and SoundCloud. About our name: “cleave” is a Janus word, also known as an “auto-antonym”, meaning both itself and its opposite. To “cleave” is both to stick tight and to fall away. A cleaver is the most broad-edged and brutally efficient kitchen knife, designed to be swung like a hammer for the most effective channel of force. “Cleave” also means to come together with strong attachment. Submissions guidelines at the Cleaver Magazine website. For book review queries, see the masthead on our website. For other queries, email: [email protected]

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The #CNF writer is a guiding voice in the dark: a storyteller seeking truth, thinking alongside the reader toward a deep...
05/04/2021
TELLING TRUE STORIES, taught by Sydney Tammarine | May 10 - June 11, 2021 • Cleaver Magazine

The #CNF writer is a guiding voice in the dark: a storyteller seeking truth, thinking alongside the reader toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world.

TELLING TRUE STORIES: A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction,
taught by Cleaver Editor Sydney Tammarine begins next week! Practice the essay in its most dynamic form: a verb that means “to test; to practice; to taste; to try to do, accomplish, or make (anything difficult).”

More info:
https://www.cleavermagazine.com/telling-true-stories-a-workshop-in-creative-nonfiction-by-sydney-tammarine-may-10-to-june-11-2021/

For nonfiction writers of all levels | Mostly asynchronous

Flash by Rebecca Entel in Issue #33.
04/19/2021

Flash by Rebecca Entel in Issue #33.

Flash by Rebecca Entel in Issue #33.

#Writers: Cleaver publishes craft essays on writerly topics. If you are a poet, fiction writer, essayist, or graphic nar...
04/16/2021

#Writers: Cleaver publishes craft essays on writerly topics. If you are a poet, fiction writer, essayist, or graphic narrative artist and would like to propose a craft essay, contact the editors with a query before submitting. #craftessay

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/how-to-submit-craft-essays/

#Writers: Cleaver publishes craft essays on writerly topics. If you are a poet, fiction writer, essayist, or graphic narrative artist and would like to propose a craft essay, contact the editors with a query before submitting. #craftessay

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/how-to-submit-craft-essays/

“She has not seen her father for some time now. They used to watch prize fights and play dominoes. ‘He’s going to love a...
04/14/2021

“She has not seen her father for some time now. They used to watch prize fights and play dominoes. ‘He’s going to love another kid,’ she says.”

GIRL IN THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM, short fiction by Sandra Florence, in Issue 33.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/girl-in-the-enchanted-kingdom-by-sandra-florence/

“She has not seen her father for some time now. They used to watch prize fights and play dominoes. ‘He’s going to love another kid,’ she says.”

GIRL IN THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM, short fiction by Sandra Florence, in Issue 33.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/girl-in-the-enchanted-kingdom-by-sandra-florence/

“When I screamed, he told me, ​Pipe down,​ for what was it but the way of things? Then he killed a mother trout, hooked ...
04/14/2021

“When I screamed, he told me, ​Pipe down,​ for what was it but the way of things? Then he killed a mother trout, hooked by her tail and reeled her in backwards.”

FISH FEEL NO PAIN, a flash essay by Michelle Renee Hoppe, appears in Issue 33:

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/fish-feel-no-pain-by-michelle-renee-hoppe/

“When I screamed, he told me, ​Pipe down,​ for what was it but the way of things? Then he killed a mother trout, hooked by her tail and reeled her in backwards.”

FISH FEEL NO PAIN, a flash essay by Michelle Renee Hoppe, appears in Issue 33:

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/fish-feel-no-pain-by-michelle-renee-hoppe/

04/13/2021

Embrace uncertainly. Find your truth.
Cleaver's May writing workshops will help see where your writing takes you or find a guiding voice in the dark. Find out more about EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY with Tricia Park (May 9 - 30) and TELLING TRUE STORIES with Sydney Tammarine (May 10 - June 11) on the Cleaver website.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/writing-workshops/

“My pain comes in waves, small ones that break into white water before swallowing the shore. Other times they are four-t...
04/13/2021

“My pain comes in waves, small ones that break into white water before swallowing the shore. Other times they are four-to-six footers, rising, curling into themselves.”

FUND WHAT YOU FEAR, an essay by Marnie Goodfriend, appears in the current issue of Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/fund-what-you-fear-by-marnie-goodfriend/

“My pain comes in waves, small ones that break into white water before swallowing the shore. Other times they are four-to-six footers, rising, curling into themselves.”

FUND WHAT YOU FEAR, an essay by Marnie Goodfriend, appears in the current issue of Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/fund-what-you-fear-by-marnie-goodfriend/

He looked up to say he just realized /he is more American than he wants to be.—AT A CAFÉ IN VICTORIA, BC TWO GREY-HAIRED...
04/12/2021

He looked up to say he just realized /
he is more American than he wants to be.

AT A CAFÉ IN VICTORIA, BC TWO GREY-HAIRED MEN TALK ABOUT LOVE, a poem by Kate Peterson in the current issue of Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/at-a-cafe-in-victoria-bc-two-grey-haired-men-talk-about-love-by-kate-peterson/

He looked up to say he just realized /
he is more American than he wants to be.

AT A CAFÉ IN VICTORIA, BC TWO GREY-HAIRED MEN TALK ABOUT LOVE, a poem by Kate Peterson in the current issue of Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/at-a-cafe-in-victoria-bc-two-grey-haired-men-talk-about-love-by-kate-peterson/

“Lobsters are not good pets. I wasn’t suited to care for him. He wasn’t suited to be cared for. So we sat, in my warm ki...
04/12/2021

“Lobsters are not good pets. I wasn’t suited to care for him. He wasn’t suited to be cared for. So we sat, in my warm kitchen, discussing the plan for his demise.”

THE LOBSTER, flash fiction by Gabby Capone, in Issue 33 of Cleaver Magazine.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/the-lobster-by-gabby-capone/

“Lobsters are not good pets. I wasn’t suited to care for him. He wasn’t suited to be cared for. So we sat, in my warm kitchen, discussing the plan for his demise.”

THE LOBSTER, flash fiction by Gabby Capone, in Issue 33 of Cleaver Magazine.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/the-lobster-by-gabby-capone/

Does your #WIP need some #TLC? Here is your opportunity for one-on-one editorial feedback on a work-in-progress in eithe...
04/09/2021

Does your #WIP need some #TLC? Here is your opportunity for one-on-one editorial feedback on a work-in-progress in either creative nonfiction or short fiction.

Writers and editors Sydney Tammerine and Andrea Caswell are at the ready!

Register for the ongoing #nonfiction clinic here: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/nonfiction-clinic/

Register for our ongoing #fiction clinic here: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/short-story-clinic/

Does your #WIP need some #TLC? Here is your opportunity for one-on-one editorial feedback on a work-in-progress in either creative nonfiction or short fiction.

Writers and editors Sydney Tammerine and Andrea Caswell are at the ready!

Register for the ongoing #nonfiction clinic here: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/nonfiction-clinic/

Register for our ongoing #fiction clinic here: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/short-story-clinic/

“There were no waypoints, no markers, so Nick would fly through gray nothing for what seemed like forever before coming ...
04/08/2021

“There were no waypoints, no markers, so Nick would fly through gray nothing for what seemed like forever before coming across a new interior, some place he had never seen before.”

SAN ANDREAS HEAVEN, a short story by Nick Olson, in our current issue.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/san-andreas-heaven-by-nick-olson/

“There were no waypoints, no markers, so Nick would fly through gray nothing for what seemed like forever before coming across a new interior, some place he had never seen before.”

SAN ANDREAS HEAVEN, a short story by Nick Olson, in our current issue.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/san-andreas-heaven-by-nick-olson/

“I didn’t know that the recently restored colors would flow in saffron and cerulean waves; that the portraits of prophet...
04/08/2021

“I didn’t know that the recently restored colors would flow in saffron and cerulean waves; that the portraits of prophets and sybils and the scenes from Genesis would play like the arias and choruses of Handel’s Messiah; that it was so full of living, fighting, striving people, so full of thigh meat and flippy little pen*ses and women with fantastically muscled arms and shoulders.”

LOOKING UP, a #flash essay by Sarah Berger, in our current issue. #sistinechapel

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/looking-up-by-sarah-berger/

“I didn’t know that the recently restored colors would flow in saffron and cerulean waves; that the portraits of prophets and sybils and the scenes from Genesis would play like the arias and choruses of Handel’s Messiah; that it was so full of living, fighting, striving people, so full of thigh meat and flippy little pen*ses and women with fantastically muscled arms and shoulders.”

LOOKING UP, a #flash essay by Sarah Berger, in our current issue. #sistinechapel

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/looking-up-by-sarah-berger/

“You come to a dilapidated house, with antlers and boulders strewn through a scraggly garden. There are no signs to conf...
04/07/2021

“You come to a dilapidated house, with antlers and boulders strewn through a scraggly garden. There are no signs to confirm you are at the right place, but a cold-faced ibex glares through the window at your approach.”

LEPIDOPTERA, #flashfiction by Lorette C. Luzajic.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/lepidoptera-by-lorette-c-luzajic/

“You come to a dilapidated house, with antlers and boulders strewn through a scraggly garden. There are no signs to confirm you are at the right place, but a cold-faced ibex glares through the window at your approach.”

LEPIDOPTERA, #flashfiction by Lorette C. Luzajic.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/lepidoptera-by-lorette-c-luzajic/

Spring — time for new beginnings. This Sunday, April 11, join us for one of two (or both!) Cleaver workshops designed to...
04/06/2021

Spring — time for new beginnings.

This Sunday, April 11, join us for one of two (or both!) Cleaver workshops designed to boost your writing project.

WEEKEND WRITING with Andrea Caswell is a 3-week generative session for all levels and genres to help boost your #writingroutine.

A GREAT START with Lisa Borders is a 4-week class to help you take a new look at the opening pages of your #novel.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/writing-workshops/

Spring — time for new beginnings.

This Sunday, April 11, join us for one of two (or both!) Cleaver workshops designed to boost your writing project.

WEEKEND WRITING with Andrea Caswell is a 3-week generative session for all levels and genres to help boost your #writingroutine.

A GREAT START with Lisa Borders is a 4-week class to help you take a new look at the opening pages of your #novel.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/writing-workshops/

“Cost of admission: purchase of two dozen apple cider donuts, delivered to cars by a masked grandmother. As part of the ...
04/05/2021

“Cost of admission: purchase of two dozen apple cider donuts, delivered to cars by a masked grandmother. As part of the donut deal, you earned drive-through privileges to view exotic animals.”

PANDEMIC MOTHER’S DAY, STOKOE FARMS, UPSTATE NEW YORK, #flash fiction by Anne Panning in Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/pandemic-mothers-day-stokoe-farms-upstate-new-york-by-anne-panning/

“Cost of admission: purchase of two dozen apple cider donuts, delivered to cars by a masked grandmother. As part of the donut deal, you earned drive-through privileges to view exotic animals.”

PANDEMIC MOTHER’S DAY, STOKOE FARMS, UPSTATE NEW YORK, #flash fiction by Anne Panning in Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/pandemic-mothers-day-stokoe-farms-upstate-new-york-by-anne-panning/

As you reach out for a drink, /we see a tiny frog, its soft green /curves still as summer, perched /on the lip of your g...
04/05/2021

As you reach out for a drink, /
we see a tiny frog, its soft green /

curves still as summer, perched /
on the lip of your glass.


LAST GESTURE by James Miller in Issue 32 of Cleaver. #poem #poetrycommunity #litmag

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/last-gesture-by-james-miller/

As you reach out for a drink, /
we see a tiny frog, its soft green /

curves still as summer, perched /
on the lip of your glass.


LAST GESTURE by James Miller in Issue 32 of Cleaver. #poem #poetrycommunity #litmag

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/last-gesture-by-james-miller/

Nurture your personal #writing practice. Our next session of WEEKEND WRITING w/ Andrea  Caswell begins Sunday, April 11....
04/03/2021

Nurture your personal #writing practice.

Our next session of WEEKEND WRITING w/ Andrea Caswell begins Sunday, April 11. This 90-minute, generative writing retreat is for all levels and genres.

Register for the three-week session now:

Nurture your personal #writing practice.

Our next session of WEEKEND WRITING w/ Andrea Caswell begins Sunday, April 11. This 90-minute, generative writing retreat is for all levels and genres.

Register for the three-week session now:

I don’t remember Michelle’s last name. /It’s not true, what they say about now: /People can still disappear from you. Ha...
04/02/2021

I don’t remember Michelle’s last name. /
It’s not true, what they say about now: /
People can still disappear from you. Happens /
all the time, even before all this.

LITTLE GRIEF SONG, JULY 2020, poetry by Laura Tanenbaum in Issue 33 or Cleaver Magazine. #litmag
#nationalpoetrymonth

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/little-grief-song-july-2020-by-laura-tanenbaum/

I don’t remember Michelle’s last name. /
It’s not true, what they say about now: /
People can still disappear from you. Happens /
all the time, even before all this.

LITTLE GRIEF SONG, JULY 2020, poetry by Laura Tanenbaum in Issue 33 or Cleaver Magazine. #litmag
#nationalpoetrymonth

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/little-grief-song-july-2020-by-laura-tanenbaum/

Get your #novel off to a great start!Many agents and editors say they will not read on if they are not hooked by a novel...
04/02/2021

Get your #novel off to a great start!

Many agents and editors say they will not read on if they are not hooked by a novel in the first five pages. Yet writers often get wedded to an opening that was the easiest entry point into the novel’s first draft, but may not be the most dynamic place for the book to begin.

Our 4-week class, taught by Lisa Borders, begins Sunday, April 11. Examine narrative strategies used in a variety of novels, study the basics of plot, and discover your novel’s best opening!

Register now! Only a few spots left.
https://www.cleavermagazine.com/a-great-start-your-novels-opening-pages-taught-by-lisa-borders/

Get your #novel off to a great start!

Many agents and editors say they will not read on if they are not hooked by a novel in the first five pages. Yet writers often get wedded to an opening that was the easiest entry point into the novel’s first draft, but may not be the most dynamic place for the book to begin.

Our 4-week class, taught by Lisa Borders, begins Sunday, April 11. Examine narrative strategies used in a variety of novels, study the basics of plot, and discover your novel’s best opening!

Register now! Only a few spots left.
https://www.cleavermagazine.com/a-great-start-your-novels-opening-pages-taught-by-lisa-borders/

But I forgot to tell you spider moms die before the babies are born so /nobody teaches spiders how to make their webs. I...
04/01/2021

But I forgot to tell you spider moms die before the babies are born so /
nobody teaches spiders how to make their webs. I forgot to tell you /
a spider doesn’t bother to go back and fix their mistakes.

I AM THAT GROUP OF PICTURES OF SPIDERWEBS MADE BY SPIDERS ON DIFFERENT DRUGS, a poem by Valerie Loveland, in Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/i-am-that-group-of-pictures-of-spiderwebs-made-by-spiders-on-different-drugs-by-valerie-loveland/

But I forgot to tell you spider moms die before the babies are born so /
nobody teaches spiders how to make their webs. I forgot to tell you /
a spider doesn’t bother to go back and fix their mistakes.

I AM THAT GROUP OF PICTURES OF SPIDERWEBS MADE BY SPIDERS ON DIFFERENT DRUGS, a poem by Valerie Loveland, in Cleaver.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/i-am-that-group-of-pictures-of-spiderwebs-made-by-spiders-on-different-drugs-by-valerie-loveland/

"Of when my father had polio, I’ve heard disjointed details but no narrative. Scalding baths, quarantine, how many adult...
04/01/2021

"Of when my father had polio, I’ve heard disjointed details but no narrative. Scalding baths, quarantine, how many adults held him down for the spinal tap, the iron lung, paralysis that one day disappeared."

WE’VE WAITED FOR VACCINES, a flash essay by Rebecca Entel, in Cleaver Issue 33.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/weve-waited-for-vaccines-by-rebecca-entel/

"Of when my father had polio, I’ve heard disjointed details but no narrative. Scalding baths, quarantine, how many adults held him down for the spinal tap, the iron lung, paralysis that one day disappeared."

WE’VE WAITED FOR VACCINES, a flash essay by Rebecca Entel, in Cleaver Issue 33.

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/weve-waited-for-vaccines-by-rebecca-entel/

How often do you think about s*x?What did you drink on your first date with Janet?Who was she there with?–WEBSITE INSECU...
04/01/2021

How often do you think about s*x?

What did you drink on your first date with Janet?

Who was she there with?

WEBSITE INSECURITY QUESTIONS, #flashfiction by David Galef, in Issue 33 of Cleaver Magazine:

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/website-insecurity-questions-by-david-galef/

How often do you think about s*x?

What did you drink on your first date with Janet?

Who was she there with?

WEBSITE INSECURITY QUESTIONS, #flashfiction by David Galef, in Issue 33 of Cleaver Magazine:

https://www.cleavermagazine.com/website-insecurity-questions-by-david-galef/

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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