Interview with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, Authors of Watch Us Rise

To continue to celebrate the release of Watch Us Rise, we were so pleased to offer an interview with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan.

Watch Us Rise — Outtakes

We’re thrilled to help celebrate the publication of Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan’s fabulous new YA novel “Watch Us Rise.” Renée and Ellen were kind enough to share some outtakes from the novel with us. Take a look — and go find this book!

[…]Look at me. No, no—don’t turn away. See all of this.  All this fat girl curve, this belly, these hips. See me. […]

Our Pushcart Prize Nominees

Once again, we’re thrilled to announce our nominees for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Celebrating YARN Alums

We wanted to highlight some of the new YA novels some of our fantastic alums have released in 2018. Perhaps one of these would be perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list!

The Lost Girls

YARN alum Elizabeth Maria Naranjo offers up a wonderful creepy, bittersweet tale, which was one of the runners-up chosen by Rin Chupeco for last year’s Halloween Contest. Enjoy! 

He’d never been to the ocean and didn’t know what the waves sounded like when they broke against the shore, but Timothy knew they didn’t sound like the voices of girls.

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Fiction

Kleptomania

Maybelle could not see over the feathered ears of the owl in her lap.

Poetry

paper lives, femme fatale

Two poems by Caitlin Thomson

paper lives

a desperate heartbeat shakes her paper frame //
and falling rain dissolves her […]

Fiction

Habits

Jess begins to wonder which habits to keep and which to break.

“I really don’t think cocaine is vegan.”[…]

Poetry

Moving and Paper Planes, The Greenhouse

Two poems by Jacqueline Peveto

The Greenhouse

Sometimes //
I wish I were made of leaves //
or cashmere yarn. […]

Fiction

The Fish Suicide

Robbie asks himself again and again — why did I love this girl?

Fifteen minutes ago I was awoken by my phone buzzing…I reached for it, answering without looking at the caller. “Jerome killed himself,” said the tear-muffled voice of the ex-girl-of-my-dreams.[…]

Poetry

How to Tell Astronomy from Astrology, The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Two poems by teen poet Fiona Warnick
Sometimes my tears drip, and you would //
compare them to moonlight and be pleased with yourself. […]

Interviews

Interview with Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely’s “Tradition” explores the ways young men help create and perpetuate rape culture, as well as fight it in alliance with young women. We’re thrilled he agreed to talk about his work.

Poetry

1234, it’s ok

Two poems by teen poet, Eva Hays

it’s ok

brushing away //
the tears and //
blaming them on //
the clouds ahead […]

News

And We Have a Winner!

The time has come to announce the winner of our Surprise National Poetry Month Giveaway!

Fiction

FINO

“FINO” by Maryann Jacob Macias asks who ARE your real friends and allies?

[…]Maybe Rosa and I were part of her flair. The brown bread flanking her white meat sandwich. Sasha considered herself quite the rabble rouser.[…]

News

Let the Humor Begin!

It’s May 1st, and you know what that means?

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