Natural Bridge 2014 Pushcart Nominations

Natural Bridge is proud to present our nominations for next year’s Pushcart Prize (Best of the Small Presses) : “Erosion” by Jaimee Wriston Colbert, “Hurricane Machine” by Kim Bradley, “The Gatecrasher of Hyboria” by Ron Austin, “Charity: a memoir” by L.E. Kimball, “Summer Almanac” by Joe Betz, and “Absence of Elephants” by Walter Bargen. Congratulations and best of luck to all our nominees!

Issue 29 Available Now!

Natural Bridge Issue 29 is edited by Mary Troy and continues Natural Bridge‘s tradition of featuring the best new work from emerging and established writers, including a new three-part interview with Meghan Daum.

From the introduction:

My job as editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, consists mainly of providing oversight or advice to the other UMSL MFA faculty members who take their turns as guest editors and select work for the book we put out twice a year. I also have the privilege of working with our managing editor, invariably a talented MFA student with a bent toward publishing who does all the real work. I also oversee other of our talented and hard working MFA students, the advanced ones, who serve as assistant editors, readers of all the work submitted. Sometimes, as we did for this issue, we allow MA students to join in the selection process, and they make the job that much more stimulating. Oversight of all those listed above is easy, is fun, is uplifting. But every fourth semester, I’m given more fun, for it is then I have the privilege of serving as guest editor, and, along with the assistant editors, I read and sort and select from good work submitted by talented and emerging writers. This book, number 29, is not the result of call for a themed issue, but when I look at what we accepted, I see a theme has emerged: Ways we navigate through ourselves to a relative safety. Broad, yes, but not less fascinating for that.

Continue reading the introduction.

Celebrate Natural Bridge’s 15th Birthday!

To celebrate our birthday (and the University of Missouri’s 50th), we are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Literary Journal Publishing in the 21st Century: What and Why?” and a party on Friday, February 8th.

Want to publish your work? Learn how work is selected? Are you overwhelmed by all the journals out there and cannot decide which to read or subscribe to? “Literary Journal Publishing in the 21st Century: What and Why?” is your chance to learn about new and old journals, to understand how to be published, and to meet and mingle with editors and other writers.

Panelists include: Gianna Jacobson (December Press); Shanie Latham (River Styx); Pete Lucas (Prime Mincer); Michael Nye (Missouri Review); Jessica Rogen (Boulevard); Lindsay Shadwell (WomenArts Quarterly); Jen Tappenden (Architrave Press); Mary Troy (Natural Bridge); and Valerie Vogrin (Sou’wester).

The panel is free and open to the public. It is from 7-10 p.m. in the JC Penney Building at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, One University Boulevard, 63121. Snacks and a cash bar will be provided at the reception. This event is sponsored by the UMSL MFA Program, Natural Bridge, the UMSL Center for the Humanities, and Women in the Arts.

We hope you can join us in celebrating this important event for Natural Bridge and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. If you’d like more information about this event or Natural Bridge, please email Lauren Wiser, Managing Editor of Natural Bridge, at natural@umsl.edu.

Issue 27 Available Now!

Issue 26

Natural Bridge Issue 27 is guest edited by Eamonn Wall and continues Natural Bridge‘s tradition of featuring the best new work from emerging and established writers, including a new three-part interview with Kevin Wilson.

From the introduction:

This new issue of Natural Bridge, coming to you from the MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was edited from late-August to mid-December 2011. We began our deliberations towards the end of a summer that many considered a scorcher when the air, to recall Harold Brodkey’s memorable description of a St. Louis summer, felt like wet noodles. We ended in a mild week, the temperatures rising and thunderstorms expected, the shops seeming more crowded each day, another year winding down

Continue reading the introduction.

Issue 26 Available Now!

Issue 26

Natural Bridge Issue 26, The Living Earth, is guest edited by Drucilla Wall and continues Natural Bridge‘s tradition of featuring the best new work from emerging and established writers.

From the introduction:

The response to the thematic focus for this issue—the living earth—has been wonderfully diverse, complex, deeply examined, and anything but the expected. The voices contained within explore the life we share with all that broadly includes the natural world, with its multitudinous ways of being and becoming, dying and bringing forth, knowing and forgetting. Each writer contributes to the vast web that is the Story of us all—intimate, subtle, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, always alive—the yearnings of human love and loss contained in a jar of cranberry sauce or a spot of swampland with parrots; the unexpected communion with the Sacred at a river’s mouth; or simply the cliff rocks themselves holding the dripping moss at the terrifying waterfall. If there is one unifying aspect, then it is that we ignore our connections to that living Story at our own peril.

Continue reading the introduction.