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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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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Haiku by Verse Novelist, Leza Lowitz

Haiku by Leza Lowitz.

The Single Pine

everything //
I want to become, //
frozen at 2:46 […]

Poetry

Paper Planes, The Seven Seas

Two poems by teen writer, Noor Dhingra.

The Seven Seas

There is a strange and //
eerie line //
that divides the //
oceans[…]

Interviews

Chat with Verse Novelists, Leza Lowitz and Dana Walrath

To kick off the first day of National Poetry Month, YARN staffers Kip, Justin, and Lourdes sat down for a chat with verse novelists, Leza Lowitz and Dana Walrath, who were both out in Los Angeles for AWP.

Fiction

New Story by YARN Alum

We’re welcoming back YARN alum Laura Williams McCaffrey, who has a brand new book! “Marked,” a dystopian mixed-media fantasy for kids, was published by Clarion Books last month; Kirkus calls it “an original, textured page-turner.” […]

Interviews

Interview with Nova Ren Suma

YARN is honored to share this interview with one of our favorite young adult authors, Nova Ren Suma. Her award-winning, NYT-bestselling book, “The Walls Around Us,” releases in paperback today!

News

From World Poetry Day to National Poetry Month

From World Poetry Day to National Poetry Month, the next few days and weeks are a poet’s dream. Here at YARN, we are celebrating with all kinds of poetic goodies in the pipeline.

Fiction

Foster Kid

By Frances Koziar

She had thought the first one would be perfect.

It had seemed straightforward then: leave and everything would everything would be all right.

It hadn’t been like that.

She hadn’t considered she might miss her home […]

Fiction

Short Story by Debut Novelist Natalie Haney Tilghman

We were so psyched to get this beautiful short story by debut novelist and award-winning writer Natalie Haney Tilghman. She co-wrote the novel “A 52-Hertz Whale” with Bill Sommer, and it’s getting some amazing reviews! What a way to open YARN’s 6th season! Happy reading.

Fiction

Pop-Up! “540 °”

A last Winter Pop-Up for you: Happy Valentine’s Day! Awww, we love you, too! xoxo, YARN

By Nichole Charbonneau

[…] She’s smaller than me and darker, with straight black hair that juts out of her red patrol hat. There’s a confetti-sized beauty mark on her upper cheekbone. Plump lips break into a smile. My insides twist like the snowboard trick I just tried. […]

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Poetry Contest! Enchanted Places & Spaces

In honor of World Poetry Day, and inspired by the award-winning memoir, ENCHANTED AIR, by YARN alum, Margarita Engle, YARN has created an invitational poetry event called “Enchanted Places and Spaces.”

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