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!
Words in Danger
[of Falling out of the Vocabulary]
by Eric Lindley and Joe Milazzo
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...
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...
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...
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,...
“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
February, 2017. We’re sitting at a swank, expense account kind of restaurant. I’m in D.C. for the AWP conference and visiting my cousin is an added perk. Since I’m stranded...
My poetics are grounded in a spirit of inquiry and dishevelment that speaks to my affinity for language, speech, and the many vastitudes of voice. Spiritually, I’m always quoting...
Jesper Andreasson, Amy Bagwell, Nancy Christopherson, Marisa P. Clark, Cynthia Good, James Grinwis, Susan Haar, Alison Hazle, William Heath, Elizabeth Carrothers Herron, Matt Hohner, Cory Hutchinson-Reuss, Emily Hyland, Clara Jeske, Natalie Jill, Sheree La Puma, Lisa Lewis, Kathy McMullen, Pete Miller, Jose Oseguera, Gregory Pelley, Kimberly Ann Priest, Mary Lynn Reed, Michael Rogner, Batya Rossberg, Jacqueline Schaalje, Beate Sigriddaughter, Jocelyn Ulevicus, Austin Veldman
Cover art by Saraiya Kanning
How to Read Our Journal
Want to hold a copy? Pay a sawbuck for the luxuriously designed 100+ pages of poetry, fiction, and essay, and it’ll get in the mail promptly. Click the button to shop here.
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.
Want to help us keep doing what we’re doing?
Check out the ordering information below. Buying a copy is the best way to keep our balloon aloft. Or? Go ahead, tip us! Don’t worry, it won’t affect your acceptance chances, but it will put a smile across our bow. Choose your amount—we’re not looking.