Francisco X. Stork is Back!

YARN is honored to have the one and only Francisco Stork back in the Essays section, with a reply to his earlier essay “Depressed Not Depressing,” about the process of writing the novel that became “The Memory of Light.” This may sound like a craft essay just for writers, but it’s not–it’s about the human condition, juts like all of Francisco’s memorable writing.

#EnchantedYARN Contest Winners

Please join us in congratulating the winner and runners-up in our #EnchantedYARN poetry contest!
The winners Margarita Engle chose include a YARN Alum, a published poet, and a writer just sending out her first novel.

2-7-15, Letters to No One

Two poems by teen writer, Kathryn Hasson.

Letters to No One

Because it’s 12:00 am and the stars outside are beautiful //
They’re freaking amazing //
And I can’t sleep, because it’s 12:00 am […]

Outtakes from “Like Water on Stone”

Outtakes by Dana Walrath.

from “Like Water on Stone”

Together we pray for a time //
when it will be safe //
for our grandchild to know //
his mother was Armenian. […]

Poetry Peddlers Anonymous

Poem by Micah Cronin.

Poetry Peddlers Anonymous

Then you will paint them a mural instead, //
with every color you know.[…]

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Blog

Good. Grief.

Our staffer Lourdes, the only one who’s been with YARN since its very beginning, writes here very movingly of what it was like to read YA after her mother died. It’s quite a tribute to the genre we all love here at YARN, but more importantly to the woman Lourdes loved so deeply and had to let go.

Fiction

The Driver

By Frankie Bolt

Most Saturday nights, I dress up, lie on my side on top of the covers, facing the closed door to my room. Tonight, only sleep can help me forget what I can’t stand any longer—my mother, myself, Hunter—but I’m awake. Forgetting is a threat I can’t make. Not with Mom on the phone constantly talking to Dad. She’s trying to undo all the hard parts of us since their separation. […]

Poetry

3 Poems by YARN Alum, Jacqueline Jules

Three poems by YARN alum, Jacqueline Jules

Watch Me in Water

It doesn’t matter //
that I am large and slow. //
I am majestic. […]

Poetry

Annie’s Windows, “For What It’s Worth”

Two poems by Thomas Michael McDade.

Annie’s Windows

From parking lots she stares //
at dusty windows //
like a pilgrim.

Essays

Francisco X. Stork is Back!

YARN is honored to have the one and only Francisco Stork back in the Essays section, with a reply to his earlier essay “Depressed Not Depressing,” about the process of writing the novel that became “The Memory of Light.” This may sound like a craft essay just for writers, but it’s not–it’s about the human condition, juts like all of Francisco’s memorable writing.

Poetry

3 Poems by Gianna Raimo

Three poems by teen writer, Gianna Raimo

A Dancer’s Decorum

For the dance that we see, //
in a stage jubilee, //
Is the closest thing we have //
to magic.[…]

Interviews

Interview with Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper is one of the young adult authors we at YARN most wanted to talk to this year, and we tracked her down—in Egypt!

Poetry

Solid Geometry, 1908

Two poems by teen writer, Zijing Yang.

Solid Geometry—A Tribute

If I shall fold and reduce the time into //
A pocketful of definite shapes […]

Fiction

How Not to Want Her

By Clare Fielder

You lie awake at night and you try not to love her. You tell yourself things that are true and things that aren’t. She hates you. You’re nothing. You can do better. She’s ugly. You’re ugly. And after every thought your gut says, But, But, But. […]

News

#EnchantedYARN Contest Winners

Please join us in congratulating the winner and runners-up in our #EnchantedYARN poetry contest!
The winners Margarita Engle chose include a YARN Alum, a published poet, and a writer just sending out her first novel.

News

2-7-15, Letters to No One

Two poems by teen writer, Kathryn Hasson.

Letters to No One

Because it’s 12:00 am and the stars outside are beautiful //
They’re freaking amazing //
And I can’t sleep, because it’s 12:00 am […]

News

Outtakes from “Like Water on Stone”

Outtakes by Dana Walrath.

from “Like Water on Stone”

Together we pray for a time //
when it will be safe //
for our grandchild to know //
his mother was Armenian. […]

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