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Spring 2021 is Live

Rust + Moth’s Spring 2021 issue is live! With new work from such writers as Suzanne Langlois, Becki Hawkes, Christopher Blackman, and Nikita Bhardwaj, 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.

We’ll be publishing new poems online every week and building toward a finalized print edition in March. Join us online as the issue unfolds!

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!

Autumn 2020 in Print: The Dying of the Light

Rust + Moth’s Autumn 2020 issue is now available in print! This issue does its level best to wrest language back from the ashes. These pieces own themselves, they resist simplicity, and they rise like lions.

With new poetry from Renee Agatep, Phil Goldstein, Annie Phan, Kashvi Chandok, Kristian Macaron, Adam Gianforcaro, Tyler M Michaud, Jennifer Chiu, Elane Kim, Stefan White, Corine Huang, Caleb Curtiss, Ali Nuri, Katherine Fallon, Maria Isabel Pachón, Cynthia Atkins, Nancy Hightower, T Dallas Saylor, Jennifer L Freed, Uma Menon, Michael Steffen, Gaia Rajan, Ron Stottlemyer, Sarah Renee Beach, John Amen, Melanie Robinson, Probal Basak, Sasha Wade, Sarah Elkins, Hiya Chowdhury, Molly Reitman, Tiffany Wu, Audrey Gradzewicz, Terry Tierney, and Abigail Swoboda.

If you anticipate waiting in a long line to vote this fall, we invite you to take these pages with you. Also available on Kindle. All profits from this issue will be donated to the Movement for Black Lives.

Good luck out there, everyone.

Best of the Net 2020

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 2020 nominees!

Best of the Net Anthology

Summer 2020 in Print: Rage, Rage Against

Rust + Moth’s Summer 2020 issue is now available in print! This issue reads like an empty city thoroughfare. We offer it up during this troubled season with commingled grief and wonder.

With new poetry from Jane Zwart, Taylor Hamann, Martha Silano, Judy Kaber, Vismai Rao, Tara Kustermann, Marc Alan Di Martino, James W. Gaynor, Ivan Acero, Jen Finstrom, Tiffany Babb, Benjamin Aleshire, Iretomiwa Xaron, Claudia M. Stanek, Guy Elston, Daniel Fuller, Divyasri Krishnan, Clare Welsh, Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Shadya Abu-Naim, Crystal Condakes Karlberg, Will Cordeiro, Adam Grabowski, Anastasia Vassos, and Ellie Gomero.

Good luck out there, everyone.

Spring 2020 in Print: Lub Dub

Rust and Moth’s Spring 2020 issue is now available in print and for Kindle! This issue surprised us with its heavy and serendipitous focus on the body — and on the heart that keeps the body burning.

With new poetry from Lorrie Ness, Beth Davies, Tara Tamburello, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Malisa Garlieb, Benjamin J. Brezner, Melinda Clemmons, Diana Anhalt, Kevin Stadt, Marc Huerta Osborn, Remi Recchia, Spencer Riggi, Janice Northerns, Alan Chazaro, K.J. Li, Liz N. Clift, Michael Quinn, Ken Hada, Disha Trivedi, Danny Duffy, Angela Maria Spring, Joe Frye, Jennifer Hansen, Leland Seese, Rachel Lauren Storm, Olivia J. Kiers, Brandon McQuade, Robbie Gamble, Barry Peters, and Ceilidh Barlow Cash.

Winter 2019 in Print: Watching the Ghost Dissolve

Rust + Moth’s Winter 2019 issue is now available in print! These pages break without bending. On the eve of a dark and critical year, may this fistful of wildflowers flow free through your blood.

With new poetry from Jeri Theriault, Maggie Blake Bailey, Michael Garrigan, Chelsea Hansen, Adam Levon Brown, Al Ortolani, Layla Lenhardt, James Adams, January Pearson, Marisa P. Clark, Rebecca Hawkes, Sheila Wellehan, Brooke Matejka, Cynthia Lu, Kathryn de Lancellotti, Christina Maria Kosch, Jeni De La O, Susan Trofimow, Ron Stottlemyer, Stuart Royle, Joshua Gage, Marc Frazier, Seth Jani, Veronica Kornberg, Leonard Orr, Laurel Radzieski, Clara Trippe, Amee Nassrene Broumand, David Ruekberg, and David Hanlon.

Best of the Net & Pushcart Nominees 2019

The Best of the Net Anthology gives well-deserved recognition to authors and journals who publish online, and the Pushcart Prize honors the best of America’s small presses. Our nominations are off, and Rust and Moth is proud to announce our 2019 nominees!

Best of the Net Anthology

Pushcart Prize

We invite you to take a deep dive into these poems and then explore the larger work of the writers who penned them. It took us weeks to distill these eleven pieces from the many wonderful poems we published in the last twelve months — thank you to all of our contributors for making this such a difficult decision. And good luck to our nominees!

Autumn 2019 in Print: Go Marching One By

Rust + Moth’s Autumn 2019 issue is now available in print! These poems explore the dark side of trees, tragic sweets, and the destructive beauty of nature.

With new poetry from Courtney LeBlanc, Kathryne David Gargano, Lee Potts, Mary Buchinger, Andrea Livingston, Scott Moncrieff, Priyanka Yap, Shannon Austin, David Andrews, Victoria Nordlund, Benjamin Cutler, Megan McDermott, C.C. Russell, Sheree La Puma, Taleen Mardirossian, Stefan Lovasik, Kassandra Montag, Jennifer Mahoney, Joshua Lavender, WJ Lofton, Tomo Lazovich, Jonel Abellanosa, Barbara Daniels, Michele Karas, Samantha DeFlitch, Ash Bowen, Cara Waterfall, Sarah Lyons-Lin, Suzanne Langlois, and Marissa Glover.

Also available for Kindle.

Summer 2019 in Print: Prism

Rust + Moth’s Summer 2019 issue is now available in print! Here you will find sarcophagi, nucleic acids, multiple tornadoes, and burning incense — all things beating back against the current as they rise.

With new poetry from Deirdre O’Connor, Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Clair Dunlap, Suzanne Grove, Caitlin Conlon, E.A. Petricone, Diane Callahan, Audrey Lewis, Imran Khan, Clint Margrave, John Amen, Bojana Stojcic, Rachel Roupp, Michael Mercurio, Emma Easy, Adina Kopinsky, Veronica Kornberg, Nels Hanson, Laura Lee Washburn, Marie Baléo, Emily Lake Hansen, Katherine Fallon, Alice Pettway, Cynthia Atkins, and Noor Alali.

Also available for Kindle.

Spring 2019 in Print: Aqueduct

Rust + Moth’s Spring 2019 issue now rises from the depths! This ominous volume, now available in print and on Kindle, is a treatise on fluidity, thirst, and water.

With new poetry from Ann V. DeVilbiss, John L. Stanizzi, Hannah Carpino, Robin Moss, Rhiannon Conley, Michael Martella, Adelina Sarkisyan, Patricia Caspers, Spencer Riggi, Natalie Solmer, Elizabeth Ruth Deyro, Vincent Petruccelli, Diana Clark, Theo LeGro, Mary Hanrahan, Arah Ko, Julia Roth, Theadora Siranian, Ben Togut, Emry Trantham, Emily Schultz, Steven Duong, and Suzanne Langlois.

In memory of the great Sharon Mansfield. Every student should be so lucky to have had a teacher like you.

Winter 2018 in Print: The Catchfly Window

Rust + Moth’s Winter 2018 issue is now out in print! These poems are liminal, evening-dark, and determined. Come leaf through the year’s last pages and take notes when you can — this is a graduate-level class on how to carry a silence.

With new poetry from Tanya Singh, Brandon Melendez, Kristy Bowen, Reilly D. Cox, Kanika Lawton, Keith Carver, Aldo Amparán, John Sweet, Yuan Changming, Jennifer Wolkin, Darren C. Demaree, Mariya (Masha) Deykute, Anthony Lawrence, D.W. Struthers, Luisana Cortez, Catherine Rockwood, Emily Paige Wilson, Ron Stottlemyer, Emily Tuttle, and Jen Stewart Fueston.

Also available on Kindle.

Best of the Net & Pushcart Nominees 2018

The Best of the Net Anthology gives much-appreciated recognition to authors and journals who publish online, while the Pushcart Prize honors the best of America’s small presses. This fall, Rust + Moth devoted time, love, and a few stamps to nominating our favorite poems for these anthologies, and we are proud to shout their names from the rooftops now.

Best of the Net Anthology

Pushcart Prize

Electricity, innovation, and language rarely strike the same hilltop like this. We invite you to take a closer look at these pieces and see with fresh eyes what poetry is capable of.

Also, if you’re thinking of contributing to Rust + Moth, there’s no better place to get a feel for our journal than these selections. It took us weeks to distill these twelve from the many wonderful poems we published last year — thank you to all of our contributors for making this such a difficult decision. And good luck to our nominees!

Autumn 2018 in Print: The Heavy Dark Water

Rust + Moth’s Autumn 2018 issue is now out in print! This is a heavy one, dear readers, laden with ink and black water. We invite you to fill your pockets, go deep, and hold your breath as long as you can.

With new poetry from Laura Passin, James Croal Jackson, Rebecca Kokitus, Brian Randall, Alexandre Ferrere, Pat Hanahoe-Dosch, Ashley Underwood, Jen Davis, Kate Wright, James Reidel, Alyssa Hanna, Catalina Righter, Phillip Watts Brown, David Gilmore, Erin Wilson, Daniel Pieczkolon, Deanne Napurano, Peter E. Murphy, John Grey, Gabe Herron, Amy Strauss Friedman, Christina Thatcher, Cynthia Atkins, Savannah Cooper, C. Samuel Rees, Mela Blust, Emma Bolden, Martin Ott, Brendan Stermer, Kimberly Dawn Stuart, Effy Winter, Sally J. Johnson, Cameron Morse, Susan Richardson, Neva Bryan, and Kathleen Mitchell-Askar.