Free State Review is a literary journal that comes out four times every three years.

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Free State Review is a literary journal that comes out four times every three years.

 

Want to know what we’re into? Peruse our site and/or order a copy, then hit us up!

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[Definitions to]

Words in Danger

[of Falling out of the Vocabulary]

by Eric Lindley and Joe Milazzo

Wolf

n.1. The rope in your chest that time pulls so slowly it tickles on the way out.2. That water always flows downhill until it’s heat.3. Any automaton. The mechanism creaks along, its parts soft. Metal strips must be procured, their conductivity rounded, their corners...

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Drain

v., aux 1. You get it; your arms, even, know the dance. It’s so ingrained that the hoop they form looks good even in the shadow-scraped stucco walls of a southern dwelling. You dance like electrons pulled through the conduits of addiction—a horrible and boring...

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Refresh

v., trans.1. To share; to offer a helping of something not necessarily desired because it is generallyaccepted to be of questionable if not limited utility or value.2. To consume any delicacy unknowingly or in an unfeeling, disinterested manner. When...

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Inch

n. Let’s talk baseball. Let’s talk the atomics of the game. Let’s talk the game itself, outside theboundaries of its rules: the spectatorship following whitely, the fields shit-green, shit-verdant,the lines of its reaches and conservations. Baseball is for talking,...

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Blood Histories functions, in part, as an experiment in confession, interrogating how we are educated and educate others into and out of existence … There are lines in this collection that no one has written before—that, perhaps, no one has ever even thought but has only felt.”

– Brenna Womer, author of honeypot

The Bubbler

Will I Forget — by Evalyn Lee

Will I Forget — by Evalyn Lee

It is your birthday, my birthday, your name,my name, you, my everloving, whatsyourname? Is it inevitable, will I say, as you do, as your motherdid, it is so terrible of me, can...

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Why Does This Not Seem Beautiful?

Why Does This Not Seem Beautiful?

Because it aches, you say, and the ache is weighty,weighed down, wings stuck in mud. And not just any mud, but mud of late winter, when the film of ice stillfastens and fetters -...

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Latest Issue

Steven Luria Ablon, Carol Alexander, Ray Ball, J. A. Bernstein, John Bonanni, Jessica Bonder, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Nick Chhoeun, Chelsey Clammer, Douglas Cole, Adam P. Davis, Steve Denehan, Lawrence Di Stefano, Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kari Ann Ebert, Laura Cesarco Eglin, Marc Frazier, Matthew Freeman, Wendy Guerra, Susan Eve Haar, Jennifer Keithi, Evalyn Lee, Terry Lucas, Rue Matthiessen, Sera Miles, Oak Morse, Elisabeth Murawski, Tamra Plotnick, Ankur Razdan, Kathryn Pratt Russell, Will Russo, Esther Sadoff, Michael Salcman, David Salner, Jacqueline Schaalje, Esperanza Hope Snyder, John Struloeff, Andrew Vogel, Elle Cee Wallace, Julia Wendell, Abby Wheeler, Charity Winters, Haolun Xu 

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Free State Review is published in print every 8 months.

We are looking for poetry, fiction, personal essay, and one-minute plays. No more oyster poems, please.

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