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!

[Definitions to]

Words in Danger

[of Falling out of the Vocabulary]

by Eric Lindley and Joe Milazzo

Snide

adj. 1. It latches onto nouns like butter latches tinily onto the pitted face of toast. As in, “Television is snide, because it better hides the difficulties of living.” As in, “I was sincere, but my cheeks got too red to control that other person’s head with the...

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O’clock

adv.1. Of, by, or according to an “old-timey” feeling.As in, “A Sunday’s supper, chiming o’clock.”2. Reminiscent of the limited dimensionality upon which the use of objects depends, thatliminally studded flatness that shines like a knife’s molybdenum flat.3....

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Submission

n. 1. Euphemistically, a “procurer” or agent employed exclusively for the currying of goodwill and / or renumeration. Said agent is only awarded the status of a submission should he or (infrequently) she be successful at his or her task, appellation thus being...

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Touch

adv. At a great distance. As if by magic.As in, “I communicated touch, and it was never enough.” As in, “Our technology operates touch.” As in, “And with that I ascend into the regions of the ice mountains and am lost touch.”adj.Realer-than-real. Like talking to...

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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

Place by Alexis Ivy

Place by Alexis Ivy

Spent three years with a viewof the reservoir, the train wakingme and the sun waking me, nakedand no one sees. I'll missthe brass-gate do-it-yourselfelevator. Fifth floor, end of...

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Amy Bagwell’s Ode to 2020

Amy Bagwell’s Ode to 2020

are these early bumblebees mating? no. they’re dyingof thirst I learn when I forget not to look anything upuntil this long year of universal hallucination is donewith us. ready...

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Latest Issue

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

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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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