What are we reading?

Sometimes it can be a little frustrating trying to figure out what the editors are looking for. What in the world do they want? What do they read? What do they like? So we thought it might help to briefly list the books we're currently reading or we've recently read. Hopefully, it will give you an insight into our mindsets (haha).

If there's a book here you haven't read, we definitely recommend them, and if there's a book on this list that you have read, let us know what you think! What are you reading? Please comment! We'd love to hear from you.


Eric Raanan Fischman (2014-2015 Guest Editor)
"I am rereading William Carlos Williams from the beginning, his 2-volume collected works. I am trying to get into dialogue with him. He has this profound respect for the simple beauty of ordinary reality, for plain objects and plainer people. His written portraits of the patients he serviced as a house-call doctor, from high society to struggling immigrant families, from the teenaged and lovesick to the elderly and terminally ill, are utterly gut-wrenching!"


Melissa Barrett-Traister (Visual Art Editor)
"So many things, but Bluets (Maggie Nelson) again right now. It's a very real text. Honest. No holding back."


Janelle Fine (Cover Design & Book Artist) "The last book I read was a book that housed three of Samuel Beckett's novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable.

The book I am currently reading is The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters by Bernadette Mayer. These letters are uninterrupted and true.Clark Coolidge says it best when he says. 'Here is the endlessly inclusive Bernadette, the one from whom comes. And so at last these once secret letters are addressed to everyone.'"


Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey (Founder & Co-Editor)
"I'm rereading Lisa Linn Kanae's Sista Tongue. As an immigrant and enthusiastic (now, but not always) learner of languages, I am interested in language and diaspora and architecture. Lisa Linn Kanae weaves post-colonial theory, history, and personal anecdotes - complicated/ complex subjects - to pose profound questions: how do you communicate in a language that holds a history that isn't yours? What are the politics of a tongue?"

Welcome to our 2014-2015 Guest Editor: Eric Raanan Fischman!

We are pleased to welcome guest editor, Eric Raanan Fischman to the team at Unpublished Narratives. Eric will be guest editing the inaugural online issue for May 2014 as well as the first print issue coming out in 2015.

Eric Raanan Fischman
2014-2015 Guest Editor


Eric Raanan Fischman is a poet and native New Yorker. He received his BA in Creative Writing from Hunter College and his MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where he co-founded Semicolon, a student-run publication utilizing letterpress and hand-made book technologies whose mission is to make available the means and techniques of self-publishing to the student body at large. His work has appeared in Nerve Lantern, Sixers Review, Shampoo, The Love Shovel Review, The Siren, and Lunamopolis.

Check out Janelle Fine's Editorial Feature with Bombay Gin!



Janelle Fine, our cover designer and artist, is also the Art Editor for Bombay Gin Literary Journal. She curated the first ever "Taste of Gin" editorial feature. It includes work by April Joseph, one of our co-editors.

Read the editorial feature! Click here.

Welcome to new team member: April Joseph, Co-Editor

It's official. Well, actually, it has been official for awhile. I was just waiting for a photo and a biography.

Anyway, I am pleased to announce that April Joseph and her dog Bello have joined the team!

Read her bio below:

april joseph is a clarinetist-poetess who loves to p(art)icipate in musical collaborations that explore the human condition. april received her BA in Literatures of the World from the University of CA, San Diego. s)he then spent some time between San Francisco, Oakland, and Arcata, CA—frolicking between graffiti streets and Redwood oceans. s)he recently received her MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. “Offer a Line That Could Cry” and Rose Body Fell, investigations of healing ancestral trauma are forthcoming. april’s work has been published in Bombay Gin, and the chapbooks BellowHeart-lip Spider, Lunamopolis,and Kerosene. april has taught K-12, undergraduates and is currently working with high school seniors in Las Vegas. april’s latest work on Dharma Poetics and Contemplative Practice in Las Vegas, NV will be a featured lecture at the 40th Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. You can read more of her thoughts and poetics at wordpress. aprilandbello.com.

Call for Submissions: May 2014 Inaugural Online Issue


Who are you? 
Why are you here? 
What do you want?

We seek the most ordinary. The quietly resilient. The warrior who, as Sufi poet Hafiz describes, courageously takes off his or her mask and "sits, giving, like an illumined planet on the earth." The unassuming heroes and heroines who, perhaps inspired by their own experiences, are finding creative ways to make a difference. Send us your unpublished narratives, the ones held in the body and etched in skin. Send us your real and authentic and inspiring stories. Witness. Speak up. Be witnessed.

Submission Guidelines

The submission period for the inaugural online issue is currently CLOSED. Thank you to all those who submitted. The reading period will re-open in September 2014.

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the mission before submitting. All submissions should be approximately 2000 words or less. We accept:

Creative Nonfiction/ (Anti)Memoir - experimental prose, poetry, hybrid, video, audio, etc.
Critical and Lyric Essays - include proper MLA citations with endnotes
Interviews - also, if possible, include a photograph of the interviewee
Book Reviews - also, if possible, include a photograph of the book
Visual Art - high resolution, 300 dpi, original artwork/ photography only

Please send previously unpublished work as an attached Word document (.doc) or for visual art and media, please send as a high quality .jpg file or video/audio file. Email it to: submit [at] unpublishednarratives [dot] com. In the body of your email, please include your full name, email address, a brief bio and your artist photo.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

We will respond to all submissions within one month of the deadline.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey & April Joseph
The Editors


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