Monday, April 15, 2013

Acceptance: Vine Leaves Literary Journal


Vine Leaves Literary Journal is expanding and resplendent. It attracts a lot of attention, and I don’t think it is because they offer payment upon acceptance. The editors are alive in some special way, the antipode of the ordinary. They have absorbing and even magical bios, emanate a telekinetic aura of passion and purpose, and they have actualized this brilliantly by revivifying the idea of the vignette in a new iconoclastic way.

As Jessica Bell, one of the two lead editors says in her interview with The Review Review: “Vignette originally meant something that may be written on a vine leaf.” And:

I figured it would be a great idea to dedicate a journal to this form of writing for all those writers out there like me. It turns out there are a lot of you!

Dawn Ius, the other lead editor adds:

I love how Vine Leaves has opened the door for so many talented people whose stories may not have been heard because they don’t conform to a certain style.

The journal, organized and produced with sensuous flair, is about a state of mind, or the hunt for a state of mind, one that the writer must flesh out with their own personality. The vignette, as conjured by Bell and Ius, seeks essence or realness without prioritizing form or even catering to form at all. It is sort of like mining for sapphire in your churning core, a substance only you can shape into succinct excellence.

I am honored to be included in the April Issue (#6) and I envision Vine Leaves trellising high into the light of the literary blogosphere! My thanks to the whole Vine Leaves coterie, which also includes Amie McCracken (assistant editor & reader), Julie Haring(reader) and Susan Wenograd (reader).


PS: The poems accepted were “Clique Dynamics” and “Hiroshima Shadow.” The latter was workshopped at the Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, in a session led by Lissa Kiernan. I hightly recommend The Coop to anyone! (

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