Summer 2023 is Live

Rust & Moth’s Summer 2023 issue is live! These pages roam the parchment of the west in search of life-sustaining water. Here you’ll find meditations on regret, the wisdom of desert fathers, and experiments with form, easier to see now that the water is gone.

Featuring new work from Michael Bazzett, Carina Solis, Nadia Arioli, John Delaney, Evan Wang, and many others, we’ll be publishing new poems online every week and building toward a finalized print edition this June. Join us online as the issue unfolds!

Spring 2023 in Print: From a Great Height

Rust & Moth’s Spring 2023 issue is now available in print! This is a collection of vertical movement: rain falling, roots seeking rain, pears leaving branches, and feet lifting from the surface of the Earth.

With new poetry from Aliyah Cotton, Jonathan Lenore Kastin, Reyzl Grace, Annie Stenzel, Maria Surricchio, Kelly Gray, John Amen, Michelle Hendrixson-Miller, Jeff Ewing, Melanie McCabe, William G. Gillespie, Mackenzie Duan, Jingyu Li, B. Fulton Jennes, Emily Jaster, Jennessa Hester, Emily Ruth Verona, Lane Henson, Kent Leatham, Luke Johnson, Rashna Wadia, Dagne Forrest, Gus Peterson, Suzanne Langlois, and Daniel Revach.

You can also find full-length poems from the issue at Post, our new social media outlet:

Pushcart 2022

The Pushcart Prize honors the best of America’s small presses, and Rust and Moth’s nominations are in the mail! Please enjoy these fantastic pieces from our 2022 nominees.

Tender Is a Weakness I Keep Repeating, by Ann DeVilbiss

Utah, by Adriano Noble

Aubade for the Body (25), by Phoebe Reeves

Shrub, Blackbirds, Silence, by Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí

Poem that Ends with Garden, by Lauren Elaine Jeter

Domestic, by Lea Page


Autumn 2022 in Print: A Doll’s House

Rust and Moth’s Autumn 2022 issue is now available in print! This issue is unavoidably present. In the present tense, tense, and a gift by any other name, these poems explore the pain and wonder of being here, now.

With new poetry from Jessica Berry, Fiona Jin, Emily Patterson, Hannah Schoettmer, Melissa McKinstry, Nathan Manley, Julie Weiss, Molly Greer, Ciaran McDermott, Lorna Martin, Eugene O’Hare, Susan L. Leary, HLR, Tammy Greenwood, Ron Stottlemyer, Frances Boyle, Ben Groner III, Katie Kemple, Mimi Yang, Hayley Bowen, Anna Laura Reeve, Allisa Cherry, Janice Northerns, Matthew Murrey, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Lindsay Clark, Jared Beloff, and Sarah A. Etlinger.

Update: Form Submissions in June

The Rust and Moth editors recently learned about some technical issues with our submission form. Our in-house submissions manager incorporates elements of Google technology, and it appears that recent updates on Google’s end temporarily disabled the form. Most form submissions from June 17th — June 30th were auto-discarded; emailed submissions during that time were unaffected.

We’ve now responded with a yes or no to every submission we received in June, so if you’re waiting for a response still, it means that your submissions wasn’t received. We apologize for the trouble; we know how much care goes into prepping a submission and the inconvenience isn’t lost on us.

We should have everything up and running just fine by our next open reading window, which opens in September. Thanks for thinking of us, and sorry again for the hassle! We hope to read your work next time around.

Summer 2022 in Print: Before the Eye

Rust + Moth’s Summer 2022 issue is now available in print! This issue is about time – our collaboration with it, its war on us, and what time can do to a country, a language, a family, or a home.

With new poetry from Lorraine Carey, Leo Kang, Frank Paino, Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, Sandra Crouch, Sara Fetherolf, David Colodney, Jennifer Saunders, Lauren Nelson, Bethany Reid, Suzanne Langlois, Lily Greenberg, E. Bowers, William Welch, Diana Donovan, Hannah Craig, Cambra Koczkur, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Kip Knott, Matthew King, Christine Barkley, Annette Sisson, Jeffrey Hermann, Elisheva Fox, Megan Gieske, Michelle Ortega, Eli Shaw, Jennifer L Freed, Chiara Di Lello, and Pamela Manasco.

Spring 2022 in Print: Dageraad

Rust + Moth’s Spring 2022 issue is now available in print! This issue holds predator and prey a page’s length apart. We invite you to crack open the door of spring that same small distance, or at least cup your hands to the door.

With new poetry from Mary Francesca Fontana, Susan Cossette, Leah Claire Kaminski, Ayrton Lopez, David Donna, Konstantinos Patrinos, Kimberly Ann Priest, Rachel Marie Patterson, Theodore Eisenberg, Merna Dyer Skinner, Lucia Owen, Elizabeth Pierson, Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí, Mo Fowler, Brenda Edgar, Amy Williams, Theresa Burns, Natalie Marino, Angeline Schellenberg, Maggie Greaves, Matthew J. Andrews, Regina Cassese, Lea Page, Diana Whitney, Mia Bell, John L. Stanizzi, William Doreski, Melissa Anne, Michael Quinn, Cameron Morse, Brendan Bense, Sher Ting, Emily Franklin, and Tiel Aisha Ansari.

Winter 2021 in Print: The Endless Year

Rust + Moth’s Winter 2021 issue is now available in print! This crepuscular issue cries out to what we’ve lost over the horizon. Join these talented writers as they sing out the endless year.

With new poetry from Ellen Stone, Kindall Fredricks, Becki Hawkes, Suzanne Langlois, Kristin Camitta Zimet, Calvin Olsen, Samantha Padgett, Melanie McCabe, Jill Kitchen, Richard Lister, Danae Younge, Catherine Ormell, Alex Vigue, Cassy Dorff, Katherine Hagopian Berry, Callie S. Blackstone, Kevin Grauke, Marc Alan Di Martino, Carla Chinski, Jack Rockwell, Laura Reece Hogan, Jed Myers, Elizabeth Steinglass, Shannan Mann, Romana Iorga, Stefanie Kirby, Charles Kell, Alicia Elkort, Melissa Tuckman, Art Nahill, and Gregory Wolff.

Pushcart 2021

The Pushcart Prize honors the best of America’s small presses, and Rust and Moth’s nominations are in the mail! Please enjoy these fantastic pieces from our 2021 nominees.

Pushcart Prize

Autumn 2021 in Print: Shinrin-yoku

Rust and Moth’s Autumn 2021 issue is now available in print! These many poems glow with a strong memory of place. Crunching leaves, ghostly streetlights, burning lines in the earth and the people who cross them.

With new poetry from Jamie Sullivan, Ella Bartlett, Pepper Cunningham, Jory Mickelson, Meghan Sterling, Issa M. Lewis, Heather Truett, Tresha Faye Haefner, Wesley Wang, Sheila Wellehan, Barbara Daniels, Paul David Adkins, Nadine Klassen, Lucia Owen, Somendra Singh Kharola, Joshua McKinney, Nancy Hightower, Audrey Gidman, Nat Dodd, Zoe Cunniffe, Claire Drucker, Brittany Atkinson, Alexandra Munck, Rachel Chen, Alain Goulbourne, Sarah Carey, David Higdon, Isabel Su, Lorrie Ness, Dilys Wyndham Thomas, Michael Quinn, Lynne Schmidt, and Lynne Thompson, Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles.

All profits from this issue will be split evenly and donated to the Texas Equal Access Fund, Clinic Access Support Network, Frontera Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center, Jane’s Due Process, the Lilith Fund, The Bridge Collective, and West Fund. Abortion is health care and Texas is where our journal was born.

Best of the Net 2021

The Best of the Net Anthology gives well-deserved recognition to authors and journals who publish online. Our nominations are off, and Rust and Moth is proud to announce our 2021 nominees!

Best of the Net Anthology

Summer 2021 in Print: Enantios

Rust and Moth Summer 2021 is now available in print! This giant of an issue pulls no punches. Crack the page and lift a glass to the selves we’ve had to leave behind, over oceans, over time, through violence, storms, and survival.

With new poetry from Michael Quinn, Sarah Yang, Rebekah M. Devine, Rita Feinstein, Keshe Chow, Dani Putney, Heidi Seaborn, Bill Siegel, Rosa Canales, Judy Kaber, Katie Gleason, Yvanna Vien Tica, Anthony Immergluck, Samyuktha Iyer, Nathaniel Buckingham, Meg McCarney, Monica Cure, Joan Kwon Glass, Christianne Goodwin, Katie Li, Ron Stottlemyer, Hannah Senicar, James Diaz, Maud Welch, Raphael Jenkins, Beverly Summa, Doug Bolling, Lane Fields, Ellen Austin-Li, Sarah Bridgins, and Elisabeth Adwin Edwards.

Spring 2021 in Print: Ommatidium

Rust + Moth’s Spring 2021 issue is now available in print! This issue plants its feet firmly in the past. Here, the moon rises in the west, and bright memories wage war upon a dark and blighted year.

With new poetry from Suzanne Langlois, Dana Blatte, Matthew Schultz, Lindsay Hargrave, Karla Daly, Shannon K. Winston, Jeffrey Haskey-Valerius, Becki Hawkes, Ronda Piszk Broatch, Yasmeen Eliana Namazie, Adam Day, Christopher Blackman, Nikita Bhardwaj, Stacy R. Nigliazzo, Michael Goodfellow, Daniel B. Summerhill, Brett Cortelletti, Vikram Masson, Justin Groppuso-Cook, Jake Bailey, Nicole Markert, Matt McBride, Naomi Ling, William Welch, Serrina Zou, Kim Logan, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Pat Hanahoe-Dosch, Khalisa Rae, and John L. Stanizzi.

Winter 2020 in Print: The River Man

Rust + Moth’s Winter 2020 issue is now available in print. These are quiet, dawn-dark pages, meant for early morning walks, pocketed grief, and deep breaths in before beginning anew.

With new poetry from Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Sheila Dong, Suraj Nanu, Darby Joyce, Anthony Aguero, Grace Q. Song, Taylor Lauren Davis, Aneska Tan, Emma Miao, Alanna Offield, Ann V. DeVilbiss, Eliza Browning, Christina Miles, Amanda Auchter, Elizabeth Vignali, Kandala Singh, Ashley Hajimirsadeghi, Michele Penn Diaz, Theresa Senato Edwards, Lucia Owen, Joan Kwon Glass, Alexandra Savage, Jean Theron, Caithlin Ng, and Aiden Heung.

R+M is also excited to announce that our print issues will now be released through the print service Lulu. We’ve been using Amazon for one-off printing for years, but we were getting increasingly frustrated with the Amazon backend (to say nothing of the sick amount of personal wealth that Bezos made off the pandemic) so we’re relieved to finally find Lulu, who offered us a practical alternative to the unethical and unwieldy giant. Catch our winter issue and a host of wonderful writers, hot off the Lulu presses today!

Pushcart Prize 2020

The Pushcart Prize honors the best of America’s small presses. Our nominations are finally off to Wainscott, NY, and Rust and Moth is proud to announce our 2020 nominees!

What My Father Says About Brooklyn, by Judy Kaber

Heritage Unwound, by Jennifer Chiu

From Childhood, We’ve Known, by Iretomiwa Xaron

Contemplating antinatalism on day two of my period, by Sarah Renee Beach

Speaking Water, by Uma Menon

Leaving, by Jennifer L Freed

With profound thanks to all of our contributors this year. Thanks for reading, and good luck to our nominees!