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 this year’s nominees.
Black paintings, by Lisa Bickmore
Magdalene, by Amy Thatcher
Abecedarian For My Grandmother’s Missing Toe, by Arielle Kaplan
20/20 Lexicon, by Michael Bazzett
Going Home, by Suzanne Langlois
Peeled Apples, by Carly Wheelehan Gelsinger
Rust & Moth’s Winter 2023 issue is live! These quiet, solstice-dark pieces rumble with buried light. Here lie bodies on fire, faerie ships, and ribs striking flint on steel.
Featuring new work from Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Suzanne Langlois, Caleb F. Stocco, Heather Qin, and many others, we’ll be publishing new poems online every week and building toward a finalized print edition this December. Join us online (and on Bluesky) as the issue unfolds!
Rust & Moth’s Autumn 2023 issue is now available in print! This one is a study in long-form — with deeper breaths before each piece, line-lengths that stretch for the horizon, and growing fear for the future and its weather. All of this in the service of an old and glowing collection of orchids, scales, roots, apples, ashes, paper… and feathers.
With new poetry from Ronnie Sirmans, Jingyu Li, Smile Ximai Jiang, Richelle Buccilli, Margie Duncan, Michelle Ott, Arlene DeMaris, Victoria Melekian, Amy Lin, Alexandra Romero, Carly Wheelehan Gelsinger, Cecil Morris, Callie S. Blackstone, Isaiah Newman, Lisa Bickmore, Siddharth Dasgupta, Barbara Daniels, Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Jonathan Frey, Ziyi Yan, Julián David Bañuelos, George Chang, Linda Laderman, Jason R. Montgomery, Andrew Alexander Mobbs, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Eugene Datta, JC Alfier, Iris Rosenberg, Scott Ferry, Kimberly Ann Priest, John Powers, Judy Kaber, and Jillian Clasky. Find these and other poems at our new home on Bluesky
Rust & Moth’s Summer 2023 issue is now available in print! 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 Andi Myles, Inkyoo Lee, John Philip Johnson, Amy Thatcher, Denise Bundred, Sergio Ortiz, Lane Falcon, Robin Turner, Jules Jacob, B. A. Jansen, Jennifer Greenwood, Francis Walsh, Lana Crossman, Pamela Wax, Beth Boylan, Gabriella Garcia, Nathan Erwin, Dana J. Graef, Merrie Snell, Ron Stottlemyer, Alecia Beymer, Arielle Kaplan, Michael Rogner, Nadia Arioli, Evan Wang, Laura Vogt, Richard Jordan, Andrea Krause, Laurie Klein, John Delaney, Michael Bazzett, Lisa Rhoades, and Carina Solis.
We’re also trying out a brand new home on social media. If you’re able, please look for us at Bluesky! rustandmoth.bsky.social
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: post.news/@rustandmoth
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.