Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue featuring a visual narrative by Jennifer Hayden; flash by Rebecca Entel, David Galef, Gabby Capone, and others; poetry by Ann de Forest, Laura Tanenbaum, Valerie Loveland, James Miller, and Kate Peterson. See more contributors at the Mag Stand.
Looking to attend writing workshops this winter? Cleaver Magazine has you covered. With courses on Zoom and Canvas held throughout the coming weeks, they have plenty of options for your workshop needs.
Upcoming workshops include “Weekend Writing” with Andrea Caswell; “The Art of the Scene” for creative and nonfiction, taught by Lisa Borders; “TRANS (Is Not An Abbreviation),” taught by Claire Rudy Foster; and more.
You can find additional information on how to register and what to expect from your workshop at Cleaver‘s website.
In the newest issue of Cleaver Magazine, now on the Mag Stand, find: poetry by Meggie Royer, Amy Beth Sisson, Heikki Huotari, and more; nonfiction by Jinna Han, Christina Berke, Susan Hamlin, Claire Rudy Foster, and others; a visual narrative by Michael Green; short stories by Dylan Cook, L.L. Babb, and Mike Nees; flash by Steve Gergley, B. Bilby Barton, Darlene Eliot, and more; and paintings by Morgan Motes.
In this issue, find three collaborations: “Reparations Wine Label” with text and concept by J’nai Gaither and art by Phoebe Funderburg-Moore; “The Esperanza Project” with music by Richard Casimir, video editing by Michael Casimir, and a poem by Herman Beavers; and “Terra in Flux” with poetry by Mark Danowsky and photography by John Singletary. See what else the issue offers at the Mag Stand.
Emily Steinberg takes a walk “In the Woods” with her dog, Gus, in her visual narrative found in the Midsummer 2020 issue of Cleaver. During her walk, she focuses on Gus and her surroundings, reflecting on the way the real world and its real problems seem far away. In the woods, “All human makings disappear . . .” and there is only the sounds of the wind in the trees and the creek and Gus’s paws around her. This moment doesn’t last forever, though. She has to cross the threshold back into the real world where everything “comes sweeping back. Crowding my brain. Not letting me breathe.” But for a moment there is peace.
This short visual narrative gives readers a moment of peace as well as we soak in the quiet moment of respite along with Steinberg. Each panel features only Gus, a fluffy scribble of a dog padding through the woods, a dog always good comfort when it’s needed. The piece works as a good reminder to take a moment to find calm and quiet in the midst of the tragedies and turmoil swirling around us. By taking these moments, we’re able to recharge as we head back into the real world to face everything once more.
This issue features art by Madeline Rile Smith, a visual narrative by Emily Steinberg, and an essay on the art of Jan Powell by Melanie Carden. Also in this issue: short stories by Reilly Joret, Elaine Crauder, Melissa Brook, and Marion Peters Denard; flash by Susan Tacent, Brenna Womer, Michelle Ephraim, Leonard Kress, and others; and poetry by Roy Bentley, Stella Hayes, and more. Find more contributors at the Mag Stand.