The dogs, the tear gas… It haven't gotten no better. 

                                      -- James Cias, 61, Mississippi native, 2014.

But when the war is over
we'll go to Minsk
and pick up Grandmother.

                                     -- Günter Eich, "Old Postcards"

The colonization of language by the state renders that language inaccessible to a poetry that wants to register its protest against such depredations.

                                    -- Carolyn Forché, Against Forgetting, Introduction 41

I don't think avoiding conflict is not caring.

                                    -- Ai Yazawa, Nana, Vol. 12

The Theme of Folio's upcoming Volume 30, Issue 1 is Conflict. We are looking for well-crafted poetry, prose, and art that is bold, self-aware, unforgiving, and urgent. Submissions open August 21, and will close December 31.

Folio is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors.

Past issues have included work by Roxane Gay, Michael Reid Busk, Franny Choi, Billy Collins, Ivan Pinkava, Hettie Jones, William Stafford, Bruce Weigl, Yumi Sakugawa, and Ross Gay, as well as interviews with Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, Walter Kirn, Marie Howe, and Evie Shockley. 

We encourage you to look at a recent issue of Folio to determine the compatibility of your work with our magazine, available for purchase through Submittable. Manuscripts are read between August 21 and December 31. Get in touch with questions, comments, and pie recipes via email-- we're always stoked to hear from you (mostly. But just you. Only you).

Hat tips,

Joellyn & Priyanka.

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In response to budget cuts faced by FOLIO this year, our team doubled down. Instead of scaling back operations, or going digital as a few naysayers advised, we have sought alternate sources of funding, learned key strategies from mentors, and reaffirmed our commitment to featuring contemporary, fresh, and challenging poetry, prose, and art in print. As to "why print vs. digital?" pls see this robust discussion here.

We want to continue growing towards self-sustainability, but we cannot do this without you-- hence this final push 30th anniversary FOLIO fundraiser! For every tax-deductible $100 donation received in this category, fifteen (15) donors will receive (edit, March 29, 2015-- now 12 donors!):
  1. A ticket to Split This Rock's 2015 Freedom Plow Award on April 2nd, 2015 at 6:00PM in Washington DC (transferable until noon April 2, EST), which includes access to the event reception. This year's honoree is Mark Nowaka poet, essayist, playwright, cultural critic, and the author of three poetry collections, including Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2009), a New York Times Editor's Choice. He is the editor of Then and Now: Theodore Enslin's Selected Poems, 1943-1993 (National Poetry Foundation, 1999). Since 1999 he has been the editor of Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and currently directs the MFA program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. FOLIO will in turn donate a portion of every $100 received to Split This Rock, to help support their mission.  
  2. A pre-ordered issue of FOLIO 2015 
  3. A limited edition art print on acid free paper, created by our Art & Layout Editor, Devin Symons. 
  4. VIP access to our 2015 issue launch party on April 25, 2015 in Washington DC (transferable till noon April 25, EST) 
  5. A $5 discount towards the 2016 FOLIO contest (transferable. All other FOLIO submission and contest guidelines apply.) 
  6. A donation receipt for 2015   
  7. A shout-out in our 2016 issue.
Please spread the word! It will only take 15 (now 12) donors for us to secure our budget for paying all our 2015 contributors, and hosting our 2015 issue launch, which is slated for April 25, 2015 (details to follow). We are available to respond to any and all of your questions at
With thanks,
Priyanka Joseph, managing editor 2014-2015
Joellyn Powers, editor-in-chief, 2014-2015