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Attention all literary lovers: Natural Bridge Issue #31

Attention all literary lovers: Natural Bridge Issue #31

Cover art by Nathaniel Gibson All literary lovers out there: Natural Bridge Issue #31, guest edited by poet Steve Schreiner, is here! Get your copy today! The latest issue contains 160 pages of excellent fiction, poetry, and translation from around the world. The beautiful cover art is from Nathaniel Gibson (www.nathanielgibson.com).   We love our [...]

Natural Bridge Issue #31 is here! Get your copy today!

Here is a poem from Natural Bridge Issue #31: Recovery by Dustin Junkert A swallow gulps a bread crumb and the heart rises to meet it at the window.             Everything is half-shut! eyes and curtains! The swallow flutters against the half-glass.   Lover, you have touched a blind clock-worked mind. Cobalt spiderwebs   [...]

Here’s an event to get excited about:

Here’s an event to get excited about:


Readings/Events 4-21-14

Readings / Events   April 21 | The Library of Dreams: Poetry & Song     UMSL Monday Noon Series 12:15   402 J.C. Penny   Howard Schwartz and Gloria Attoun entertain and enlighten us in this program of poetry and song. Schwartz is the author of five books of poems, Vessels, Gathering the Sparks,Sleepwalking Beneath the Stars, Breathing in the Dark, and [...]

Congratulations to our poetry winners!

Here are the results of the UMSL MFA Graduate Prize in Poetry. First Place goes to Matthew Freeman for “The Procovery Sequence.” Here is the judge’s blurb: I love how the poet re-mixes ancient myths in these poems (“Finally a Consistent Poetics,” for example, or “Condition Center”) and makes them relevant. I also admire how [...]

A taste of our journal

In the Rain – Horses A poem by MariJo Moore from Natural Bridge Issue #26, which was part of “The Living Earth” theme: “Four horses keep running in the pasture enjoying the rain seemingly oblivious to the sound of the splintering heart inside the little cabin but then the man has never tried to hear [...]

Graduate Fiction Award Winners

Natural Bridge congratulates assistant editor Ryan Krull for winning the MFA graduate fiction award, and assistant editor Raf Redlinski who received honorable mention in the same prize! Share

GWA presents Joe Benevento

Joe Benevento will be in town for a fiction and poetry reading hosted by UMSL’s Graduate Writers Association at 7 p.m. on February 28 at Melt, 2712 Cherokee Street. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Benevento is author of two novels, The Monsignor’s Wife and The Odd Squad, a short story [...]

Holding The Line: Consistent Standards and the Virtues of the ‘Hold’ Pile

By Amy Milton, Assistant Editor So you’re on the editorial team of a literary journal.  It’s a few weeks into the reading period, and the sum total of your accepted pages is less than 10.  You start to wonder if your standards are too high, if maybe that story about the girl who saves her [...]

Pen Names

By Glenn Boothe, Assistant Editor Pen names, or pseudonyms…why do writers choose to use them?  As a newbie writer in an MFA program, I had not thought about the importance of considering whether or not to use a pen name.  I had thought that using a pen name was just a way to remain anonymous, [...]

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