Ten minutes had passed since Otto’s ‘be right out’ text came in. The sun was getting low, and the last family had already scooped their children up to go eat dinner. Continue reading Stories No. 93 – Josh Dale
The baby, on entering the world, already trails her ghost. If it were visible to humans, the ghost would look like a dark puff of smoke leaking from the mother writhing on the bed. Continue reading Stories No. 92 – Heidi Kasa
A virtual reading to celebrate the book publication of our Poetry Series 2022. Hosted by series editor Ernesto Abeytia. With an introduction by Digging Press publisher and editor Gessy Alvarez. Continue reading Zoom Reading Event – Sunday, 11/6/22
November 16, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Frank Haberle, Melissa Castillo Planas, Andrea Ruggirello, and Tariq Shah Music by: Sagit Shir (Hank & Cupcakes) Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 5
Doug Jacquier is a former not-for-profit CEO. His poems and stories have been published in Australia, the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and India. Continue reading Community No. 78 – Doug Jacquier
Nayt Rundquist (they/them) is the Managing Editor of New Rivers Press and teaches publishing, creative writing, and literature courses at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Their writing can be found in The Citron Review, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Up North Lit, Etchings, and anthologized in Unbound: Composing Home. They live just outside of space and time with their artist-jeweler wife and their fifth-dimensional dogs. Continue reading Flash No. 21 – Nayt Rundquist
Hadley Moore’s collection NOT DEAD YET AND OTHER STORIES won Autumn House Press’s 2018 fiction contest and received many other commendations. Her work has appeared in MCSWEENEY’S, WITNESS, ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW, INDIANA REVIEW, and elsewhere, and she is an alum of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Continue reading Community No. 77 – Hadley Moore
October 23, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Joanna Acevedo, Tobias Carroll, JP Infante, Swati Khurana and Karen Levy
Music by: Shira Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 4
Kim Farleigh has worked for NGO’s in Greece, Kosovo, Iraq, Palestine and Macedonia. He takes risks to get the experience necessary for writing. He also likes painting, art, bullfighting, photography and architecture, which might explain why this Australian lives in Madrid. Continue reading Stories No. 91 – Kim Farleigh
Anna Stolley Persky, a lawyer and award-winning journalist, lives in Northern Virginia. She’s pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University. Her fiction has been published in Mystery Tribune, The Satirist, Bright Flash Literary Review, and The Plentitudes. Her poetry has been published in the Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Sad Girls Club Literary Blog, and The Closed Eye Open. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Pithead Chapel. Continue reading Flash No. 20 – Anna Stolley Persky
Catherine Martinez Torigian (she/her/hers) is a native of Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and mini-dachshund Olivier. She began writing fiction after earning a Ph.D. in Classics at Brown University and has taught Latin and ancient Greek in four of the five boroughs of New York City. Her fiction has appeared in Bellowing Ark and Digging Through The Fat. Continue reading Flash No. 19 -Catherine Martinez Torigian
Just a Girl in the Whirl
by Annie Wood
Lauren is counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday. For the last two years, she has been thrust into the role of primary caregiver to her two younger sisters and her mother after the sudden departure of her father. Addressing everyone else’s needs before her own, the real Lauren is relegated to dreams and middle-of-the-night writing sessions in the privacy of her bathtub. When her father makes an unexpected return into their lives, Lauren’s carefully kept façade begins to unravel, and she must re-establish her precarious balance in order to keep herself afloat. Continue reading Excerpt No. 5 – Annie Wood
September 15, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Grisel Y. Acosta, Dorothy Barnhouse, Swati Khurana, Grace Jahng Lee, and Thea Matthews
Music by: Rili Newman
Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 3
Ben Umayam moved to NYC to write the Great American Filipino Gay Short Story. He worked for pollsters, then became a chef and then retired. He is working that short story in CO. He was published recently by The Midway Journal, BULL, The Phare, , Metaworker, and others. Continue reading Community No. 76 – Ben Umayam
Jonah Meyer is a poet, writer, and editor in North Carolina. His poetry and creative nonfiction has been published widely. Jonah plays guitar and piano, shoots photography, and studies neuroscience and Buddhist philosophy. He serves as Poetry Editor of Mud Season Review and Assistant Poetry Editor with Random Sample Review. Continue reading Community No. 75 – Jonah Meyer
Halsey Hyer is the author of [deadname] (Anhinga, 2022) and Everything Becomes Bananas (Rinky Dink Press, 2022). They are currently the Margaret L. Whitford Fellow at Chatham University where they’re earning their MFA in Creative Writing. They’re a collective member of The Big Idea Bookstore and the Events Coordinator at at White Whale Bookstore. Their work can be found or is forthcoming in North American Review, The Boiler, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Continue reading Poetry No. 79 – Halsey Hyer
Sreekanth Kopuri is an Indian poet from Machilipatnam, India and current poetry editor of Kitchen Sink Magazine. He recited his poetry in University of Oxford, John Hopkins University, Heinrich Heine University and many others. His poems appeared in Christian Century Arkansan Review, Chicago Memory House, Heartland Review. His book Poems of the Void was the winner of Golden Book of the year 2022 & finalist for the Eyelands Books Award Greece, 2019. Continue reading Poetry No. 78 – Sreekanth Kopurii
July 24, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: T.B. Grennan, Elinol López, Sue Mell, and Lucia Orellana Damacela
Music by: Curt Mercy Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 2
Hannah Loeb is an English PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, focusing on ghost meter. She earned her BA from Yale in 2012 and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015. Her poetry has appeared in Booth, The Moth, Ninth Letter, American Chordata, and elsewhere. Continue reading Poetry No. 77 – Hannah Loeb
Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently “a child walks in the dark”, (Harbor Editions, December 2021). He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. Continue reading Poetry No. 76 – Darren C. Demaree
Kathy Kremins (she/her) is a Newark, NJ native of immigrant parents and a retired public school teacher. Her poetry chapbook, Undressing the World, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Kathy’s recent work appears in Soup Can Magazine, The Night Heron Barks, Paterson Literary Review, Stay Salty; Life in the Garden State Anthology, The Stillwater Review, Lavender Review, Divine Feminist: An Anthology of Poetry & Art By Womxn and Non-Binary Folx and other publications. Continue reading Poetry No. 75 – Kathy Kremins
henry 7. reneau, jr. is the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press.) His work is published in Superstition Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Zone 3; Poets Reading the News, and Rigorous. His work has also been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Continue reading Poetry No. 74 – henry 7. reneau, jr.
Mario Duarte is a Mexican American writer and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems and short stories have appeared in Aaduna, Abstract Elephant, American Writers Review, Emerald City, Pank, Plainsongs, Rigorous, Typishly, and Zone 3. New work is forthcoming in Journal X, Native Skin, and New Croton Review. Continue reading Poetry No. 73 – Mario Duarte
June 15, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Dena Igusti, Dolan Morgan, Aida Zilelian, Haolun Xu.
Music by: Iris Lune. Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 1
Mercedes Lawry is the author of three chapbooks, the latest, In the Early Garden with Reason,was selected by Molly Peacock for the 2018 WaterSedge Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize. Her book, Vestiges, will be published in 2023. Continue reading Poetry No. 72 – Mercedes Lawry
Digging Press is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of Awabi: A Duet of Short Stories by Mandy-Suzanne Wong. Winner of the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. Mandy-Suzanne Wong deftly explores the complex world of the ama – ocean women, mostly elderly, who eke out a living while diving deep to capture abalone, snails, and otherworldly sea creatures for food. The ama battle … Continue reading Awabi, 2nd Edition Now Available
Andrew Rihn is the author of Revelation: An Apocalypse in Fifty-Eight Fights (Press 53, 2020) and the chapbook O Hungry Star (Beir Bua, 2021). From 2019-2021 he wrote The Pugilist, a monthly boxing column for Into the Void magazine. He currently writes for The Fight City, a premier independent boxing site. Continue reading Community No. 74 – Andrew Rihn
Kevin R. Farrell, Jr. is an artist, poet, and educator whose work has been published in The Poetry Society of New York, BONED – Every Which Way, Burning House Press, Rumble Fish Quarterly, Adroit Journal, Ink in Thirds Magazine, Foxhole Magazine, Yo-NEWYORK! and others. Continue reading Poetry No. 71 – Kevin R. Farrell, Jr.
Haylee Millikan is a poet originally from Spokane. Haylee’s work focuses on themes of intimacy, disability, self, & the elusive concept of home, and is featured or forthcoming in Sunspot Lit, Equinox, Litro, Beyond Words, Susie Magazine, Textploit, pioneertown., and others. They currently reside in Long Beach with their two Flatbush rescue cats. Continue reading Poetry No. 70 – Haylee Millikan
Kathy Kremins is a retired public school teacher and coach. Her chapbook Undressing the World is forthcoming (Finishing Line Press, 2022). Kathy’s work appears in Soup Can Magazine, The Night Heron Barks, Lavender Review, The Stillwater Review, Divine Feminist: An Anthology of Poetry & Art by Womxn & Non-Binary Folx, Stay Salty: Life in the Garden State, and other publications. Continue reading Community No. 73 – Kathy Kremins
Abigail Carl-Klassen is a writer, researcher, poet, educator, translator, and activist. Raised in the oil fields of the Permian Basin, she earned an MFA in Bilingual Creative Writing from the UT El Paso. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, and Guernica, among others. The 2nd printing of her chapbook, Ain’t Country Like You, is forthcoming from Digging Press. Continue reading Community No. 72 – Abigail Carl-Klassen
A first-generation Romanian American poet and educator, Roxana Cazan is the author The Accident of Birth (Main Street Rag, 2017) and Tethered to the Unexpected (Alien Buddha Press, 2022). She co-edited Voices on the Move: An Anthology by and about Refugees (Solis Press, 2020). Continue reading Community No. 71 – Roxana L. Cazan
henry 7. reneau, jr. does not Twitter, Tik Tok, Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram. It is not that he is scared of change, or stuck fast in the past; instead, he has learned from experience that the crack pipe kills. His work is published in Superstition Review, TriQuarterly, Poets Reading the News, Prairie Schooner, and Rigorous. Continue reading Community No. 70 – henry 7. reneau, jr.
Before Don Robishaw stopped working he was a Sailor, PCV, world-traveler, professor, and circus roustabout. Most recently he ran educational programs for homeless shelters. ‘Bad Paper Odyssey’ was a semi-finalist in the Digging Press Chapbook Series Competition. Multiple works have appeared in Literary Heist, Drunk-Monkeys, Crack-the-Spine, FFM, and other venues. Continue reading Community No. 69 – Don Robishaw
Christie Cochrell’s work has been published by a wide variety of journals and won several awards. Chosen as New Mexico Young Poet of the Year while growing up in Santa Fe, she’s recently published a volume of collected poems, Contagious Magic. She lives by the ocean in Santa Cruz, California. Continue reading Community No. 68 – Christie Cochrell
Stories by Jeanne Althouse (she/her) have been published in numerous literary journals, most recently in Catamaran Reader, Connotation Press, The Penman Review, The Closed Eye Open, Potato Soup Journal and The Plentitudes Journal. Her work has won several awards, been collected into a Chapbook, and twice nominated for a Pushcart. Continue reading Community No. 67 – Jeanne Althouse
Aida Zilelian is a first generation American-Armenian writer and educator. She is the author The Legacy of Lost Things, recipient of the 2014 Tololyan Literary Award. Continue reading Community No. 66 – Aida Zilelian
I try to explain what you’re like and all I can say is: birthday party. Sound of herons. Continue reading Poetry No. 69 – Joanna Acevedo
Within the hawk’s belly lies
the fox and her hundred arts
The obedient will survive
warns the foot soldier Continue reading Poetry No. 68 – Angela Dribben
Morgan Christie – People Without Wings (fiction) and Rachelle Parker – Together We Remember the Gazelle (poetry)
Continue reading 2022 Digging Press Chapbook Results
They once knew fame:
tomatls, pommes d’amour,
ornamentals sought only
for their beauty. Continue reading Poetry No. 67 – Joanna Cleary
There’s a message in a bottle
Floating somewhere for me to find
Addressed by time and
Inside is a ticket home. Continue reading Poetry No. 66 – Vincente Perez
Ash the milk.
Ash the caped-boy hero snapshot.
Ash Blacktop, signboards,
white t-shirt boy. Continue reading Poetry No. 65 – Patrick T. Reardon
Let’s not kid ourselves;
the night is not beautiful Continue reading Poetry No. 64 – Virginia Laurie
my younger sister lights a candle; she sings Continue reading Poetry No. 63 – Ceridwen Hall
She is born knowing how to swim. Her first few days of life, she spends suspended in the plankton with all the other drifters, larval fishes, jellyfishes, just-hatched cephalopods, copepods, diatoms, microscopic flora, plastic nurdles following the ocean’s whims. Continue reading Hybrid No. 2 – Mandy-Suzanne Wong
On every counter and beside
the entertainment center,
space is claimed by little wings plucking harps.
an unknown charge of credit cards. Continue reading Poetry No. 62 – Dimitri Reyes
A stranger called and I picked up my phone.
“Hello, how are you doing today?” said the voice from the other end. The voice belonged to a woman, an older woman. It was deep and luxurious, a perfect balance of grace and authority. Just from that simple hello, I could hear the weight of experience, a lifetime of training in forming the perfect first impression.
Before I met you, we went to the same party, but I don’t remember seeing you there. I like to pretend I was strangely compelled by the sight of you staggering around in a threadbare coat and loosened tie, your lips red from the bottle of wine you clutched, its green neck peeking halfway out of a paper bag. Continue reading Flash No. 26 – Jannitt Ark
A car’s life can be hard to imagine, but maybe not so difficult when the automobile comes back home one last time. Like most objects in the physical universe we occupy, it’s not hard to see when a car is going to wear out. Continue reading Flash No. 25 – Jason Arment