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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 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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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 Poetry Spotlight! Two Poems by henry 7. reneau, jr.

Must Read K'in Poetry! 

henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words in fire to awaken the world ablaze: free verse that breaks a rule every day, illuminated by his affinity for disobedience, a phoenix-flux of red & gold immolation that blazes from his heart, like a chambered bullet exploded through change is gonna come to implement the fire next time. He is the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers. Additionally, he has self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and is currently working on a book of connected short stories. His work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by LAROLA.

You don't want to miss his beautiful poetry in the first issue of K'in! 

Check it out HERE!

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First Issue of K'in Is Live!

Our first issue of K'in is live!

Thanks and Love to all of the contributors who honored us with the privilege of sharing their beautiful work.

And endless gratitude to the staff, for their passion, commitment, and hard work!

Check it out HERE

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Submissions Open for February! Send Us Your Beautiful Work!

K'in submission forms are open for February!

We can't wait to read your work!

Submissions Details Here

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"Maker of the Song She Sings...." Good Morning from K'in!

We are the makers of the songs we sing! 

Read 'The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens at Poetry Foundation

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Good Read: "The Immigrant's Song" by Tishani Doshi (From Poetry Foundation)

"...Let us not speak of men, 

stolen from their beds at night. 

Let us not say the word

                                            disappeared...."

from "The Immigrant's Song" by Tishani Doshi

Read the rest of this beautiful poem HERE on Poetry Foundation

 

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"Song" by Muriel Rukeyser, from Poetry Foundation

Song
by MURIEL RUKEYSER


Make and be eaten, the poet says,
Lie in the arms of nightlong fire,
To celebrate the waking, wake.
Burn in the daylong light; and praise
Even the mother unappeased,
Even the fathers of desire.....

Read the rest of this gorgeous poem at Poetry Foundation

 

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GOOD READ: "20 Writing Tips From Fiction Authors" from iUniverse

"Writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work. iUniverse Publishing fires up your creative spirit with 20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors.....

"Tip 1: "My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on...."

READ MORE HERE

 

 

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Celebrate the New Year by Sending Us Your Beautiful Work! K'in Seeking Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction

Reading Now For Our Inaugural Issue! 

Submission Details

Prose: 5000 words or less, open to content, form, structure.

Fiction: We welcome short stories of all shapes and sizes, from the mind-blowing traditional story to fiction that blurs the lines between forms, genre fiction, experimental fiction, etc. We also welcome flash and micro fiction.

Nonfiction: We’re looking for slow burns in a world of hot takes, questions asked instead of answers proved. We welcome a wide variety of nonfiction—traditional essay, narrative nonfiction, micro/flash memoir—and encourage experimentation, though not at the expense of factual truth. Too many true stories go untold, and we want to offer space to honor those voices.

Poetry: 3-5 poems, open to content, form, structure. Please don’t forget the power voice, sound, and time can have in poetry.

For all submissions, simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please let us know. To withdraw one part of a submission, please add a note in Green Submissions so that the information is instantly available to all editors. We will not process emailed withdrawal requests.
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 Here

Complete Submission Guidelines Here

 

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It would be neat if with the New Year by Jimmy Santiago Baca

"It would be neat if with the New Year

I could leave my loneliness behind with the old year.

My leathery loneliness an old pair of work boots...."

Read more of  

It would be neat if with the New Year by Jimmy Santiago Baca

at Poetry Foundation

 

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Good morning from K'in!  Some thoughts on poetry and healing....

"In Dante’s time, books were sold in apothecary shops: literature as medicine. I learned this when I was very ill, during an acute episode of manic depression, and I was struck by the profound metaphor behind this commercial fact. The apothecary of literature can heal, and I would need it desperately...."

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/jun/18/poetry-can-heal-it-helped-me-through-depression

 

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