K'in Literary Magazine Issue 2 is Out!

We’re so excited about the new issue!

Beautiful poetry, fiction, and nonfiction! And definitely check out our new amazing Young Writers section!

And we’re reading for the next issue!

Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.  

Read, Celebrate, Submit Your Work Here!

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Beaten Drum Woman by Stephanie Deal

Stephanie Deal grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s. "My father was full blooded Native-American: Tohono O'odham, and I have never laid eyes upon him. My mother is a gentle woman who never deserved to be treated as the world saw fit. I learned to read for the first time when I was ten years old; I took to it like a fish to water. Books are one of my greatest joys, followed only by my husband and my children. I have made many mistakes in my life, and for it I have suffered. But I have survived and persevered, and am better for that suffering. I write about a number of topics, but closest to my heart is the topic of surviving domestic violence." Stephanie is currently attending college to become a teacher. This is her first publication. 

Read Stephanie's Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Burial Practices by Caroline Malone

Caroline Malone was born and lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Her forthcoming poetry collection Dark Roots explores the meaning of family, heritage, and identity.

Read Caroline's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Down the Hall by Frannie McMillan

Frannie McMillan’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Coachella Review, Broken Bridge Review, Front Range, and others. She is currently at work on her first chapbook, A Map of Beautiful Things.   

Read Frannie's Beautiful Poem Here! 

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Call for Submissions! K'in Seeking Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction!

We want to hear your voice! 

K'in, an online literary magazine, is seeking and accepting submissions through Submittable, for our second issue.

Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. 

We're particularly interested in voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities.

We also are introducing our brand new Young Writers Section, for submissions from writers aged 12-17. 

Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us.

Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.  

Visit K'in Online

General Submission Guidelines

Young Writers Guidelines

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! To My Struggling Son by John Berry

John Berry is a native Virginia poet writing from his home in the Shenandoah Valley. John has published two books of poetry, Wobbly Man (Red Dashboard Press, 2016) and Medicine (Foothills Publishing, 2017). John hosts The Sock Drawer Poetry Series on WinLife TV, and is working on his next book, The Lawnmower Poems to be released in late 2018. 

Read John's Beautiful Poem Here

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Call for Submissions! K'in Seeking Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction!

We want to hear your voice! 

K'in, an online literary magazine, is seeking and accepting submissions through Submittable, for our second issue.

Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. 

We're particularly interested in voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities.

We also are introducing our brand new Young Writers Section, for submissions from writers aged 12-17. 

Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us.

Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.  

Visit K'in Online

General Submission Guidelines

Young Writers Guidelines

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Introducing K'in Young Writers! Call for Submissions from Writers 12-17

Now we're celebrating Young Writers too! 

K'in is thrilled to announce the inclusion of our new Young Writers Section, specifically dedicated to publication of writers aged 12 to 17 years. Check out our Submit Page for specific guidelines for young writers! We're thrilled that this section will be edited by Courtney Rose and Kaitlyn Crow, both talented writers themselves who love, write, and read young adult and children's literature. Please share this exciting news with any young writers you know!

We can't wait to hear from you! 

Complete Young Writers Guidelines Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Listen by Georgia Dennison

from Listen

For years, 
    oral lore was decanted,
        the sediment disturbed, distributed,
by hasty men. 
 
    Until, women, who were uninvited, 
            came anyway, respirate, 

aerating the narrative....

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Georgia Dennison was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and now resides in Montana where she is an MFA candidate and writing instructor at the University of Montana. She hosts the Second Wind Reading Series and is a poetry editor for Cutbank Literary magazine. Her work has appeared in Pacifica Literary Review.

Read Georgia Dennison's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Aids to Navigation: A Dead Man Ode by Lauren Reed

Lauren McKenzie Reed received her MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, where she taught for six years. She also has an MA in TESOL and, in addition to teaching and publishing, she has studied and worked in several countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, China, Ukraine, Mali, and Germany. 

Read Lauren's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Fiction Spotlight! Gertrude's War by C.M. Chapman

"As Gertrude gazed at Clay in his dress uniform on the dresser, grainy and dead, she thought of war. Vague armies clashed in her mind. She remembered a painting she’d seen once at the museum; Napoleon’s horse reared, his red cape flowing like blood as he cried the charge. Trumpets sounded from the far reaches of her dreams, and Jericho fell, somewhere far away. She didn’t look at the photograph often, though it was always there, beside the gold pocket watch hanging under a glass dome with a grooved wooden base. As soon as she’d opened her eyes some moments earlier, she’d known the date. It was June 1st, a Sunday, the same date and day of the week it had been sixty-seven years earlier when she married Clay Strickland, a year home from the war...."

READ GERTRUDE'S WAR HERE

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C.M. Chapman has appeared in Cheat River ReviewLimestoneDark Mountain in the U.K., and the anthology, So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut.  He is the author of the chapbook, Music and Blood, from Latham House Press, and his novel-in-stories, Suicidal Gods, is tentatively scheduled for release by Unsolicited Press in October of 2019.  He is a graduate of the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor of English.

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! "There Are Six People in this Bed and All of Them Are Women" by Rowan Lynam

Rowan Lynam is a genderqueer writer and journalist living in Chicago.

Read This Amazing Poem Here! 

 

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! "A Dead Sailor with a Date Kernel in His Fist" by Stipe Odak

Stipe Odak was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and currently lives in Bruxelles. Art, theology, social sciences, divided in equal parts of profession and fun, beat the rhythm of his everyday life. He graduated Comparative Literature, Sociology, Theology in Croatia and Belgium, and published two books of poems.

Read This Amazing Poem Here! 

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Congrats to K'in Fiction Contributor Erica Plouffe Lazure!

Congratulations to Erica Plouffe Lazure!  

Two of Erica's flash stories made the long and short lists for the London Independent Story Prize!

Check out the winners of The London Independent Story Prize 2nd Q. and read their wonderful stories! 

Read Erica's wonderful flash How I Learned to Sew here in Issue 1 of K'in!

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Two Poems by Jessica Tyner Mehta

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a Cherokee poet and novelist. She’s the author of seven collections of poetry including the forthcoming Savagery, the forthcoming Constellations of My Body, the forthcoming Drag Me Through the Mess, as well as Secret-Telling Bones, Orygun, What Makes an Always, and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo as well as the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian. She’s been awarded numerous poet-in-residencies posts, including positions at Hosking Houses Trust and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Paris Lit Up in France, and the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, NM. Jessica is the recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund in Poetry. She is the owner of a multi-award winning writing services business, MehtaFor, and is the founder of the Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement. Visit Jessica’s author site at www.jessicatynermehta.com. 

Read Jessica's Poetry Here! 

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K'in CNF Spotlight! Southern Storm by Cumi Ikeda

"My mother tells me that my emotions are fast and fleeting, altering the constants of calm and content that she understands to be me. I slam doors and I cry, I harm with intention, and I fragment myself to stay intact.  

In South Carolina, the South, my home, humid summer days meander endlessly on, and thunderstorms fragment time. Tablespoon raindrops wash away all memories of the day’s existence before the rain, and a cool calm settles as the storm passes...."

Since writing this piece, Cumi Ikeda has moved from the Pacific Northwest to Pittsburgh, where she feels a bit more at home with the rain. There, she teaches nonfiction and wonders about poetry. "

Read Southern Storm Here! 

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Two Poems by Monty Campbell, Jr.

Must Read K'in Poetry! 

Monty Campbell, Jr. is a citizen of the Cayuga Tribe of the Iroquois Six Nations. He lives in Seneca Falls, NY, where he write’s recipes, poems and works for his tribe. Monty has worked as a chef for many years in NY, Montana and Utah, but now lives the quiet life on Cayuga Lake and his ancestral homelands. He was raised on and around the Cattaraugus reservation and in Rochester, NY’s inner city. Monty’s poetry appears in literary journals such as paces Lit Mag; Amerinda’s Talking Stick; Yellow Medicine Review; and in both volumes of Native anthology Was Indian (Before Being Indian Was Cool). His book Large Dent in the Moon, is a part of Foothills Publishing’s Re-Matriation Chapbook Series of Indigenous Poetry.

Read Monty's Tough, Beautiful Poetry in the First Issue of K'in! 

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K'in Fiction Spotlight! Check Out Come and Take Me Home by Lena Nguyen

"She was waiting in the park for her robot to pick her up when the bombs went off. She was waiting in the park because it was embarrassing for a girl of her age to be picked up by a robot from school; such a thing was only necessary for small children, who needed chaperones to guard them against getting lost or kidnapped. But she, Grace, was no longer a child: she was tall and light-boned and beginning to develop breasts, and so it was embarrassing to have her robot pick her up, where all of her classmates could see...."

Read Come and Take Me Home Here

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K'in CNF Spotlight! Check out Balloon Bodies by Molly Kessler

"... (I knew a girl once. She stayed at school too late. The military man put his machete on her desk. The military man put his eyes on her chest. The military man put his hands on her neck. The military man put his tongue on her lips. Twist, twist, twist, she unscrews like a bottle top, unwrapped like a Tootsie pop.)...."

Read Balloon Bodies Here! 

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