Featured Artist Gordon Skinner

At a younger age, Skinner struggled with his own identity as an African-American, and according to his artist statement, he often feels like “he is part of a group that feels fragmented, colonized, and lost.”

So when he started painting, three years ago (really? yes, 2009), he wanted to “vent that sense of invisibility in a tangible way.”

A Bold New Masthead

NewPages reviewer wrote in fall of 2012 that editor Sonya Huber “aims to this university magazine in a new direction.” Those were high compliments, given the fact that Dogwood had just returned from a year hiatus.

In addition to reconsidering the submission process behind our journal, Sonya and staff have also decided that our 10-year-old publication needed a facelift.

Reality Check in the Ram Van

By Anna Wolk, Managing Editor (and soon-to-be rock star) “Don’t do it.” she said. Sleepy, warm and tired I had just muttered to my friend in the Fordham University Ram Van that I was thinking about going into publishing.  Maybe I was in a state of delirium.  I had spent all day shopping and running around […]
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More Lit Mags We Love

This week we present five more favorite literary magazines, with descriptions written by our intrepid assistant editors: The Common: “Inspired by this mission (finding the extraordinary) and the roles of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to recapture an old idea.” The idea of bringing […]
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Litmags our Assistant Editors Love

Adventum Magazine stands out for its innovation concerning its content in relation to aesthetics. Throughout my search, focusing on photography, this is the only magazine that I found which incorporated a photo essay. Although visuals often accompany all forms of writing, you often need to read the whole of the essay to find the sentence that […]
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Fall contest is open… and more

We just launched the Fall 2012 contest (all the details here), with results to be announced in Spring 2013 and to appear in Vol. 12 of Dogwood. This year we have increased our contest Grand Prize to $1000, and we are now accepting entries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry via our online submission system run […]
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Judges for 2013 Announced and Riverwood Poetry Festival

We have an all-star roster of judges for Dogwood’s 2013 contest, which will open on August 1, 2012. I’ll post their bios and more information soon, but I couldn’t wait to share the news. Roxane Gay, fiction Adrian Matejka, poetry Adriana Páramo, nonfiction Wow. Make these judges impressed with your stunning work! In other news, […]
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The First Online Content is from Maya Jewell Zeller

The staff at Dogwood has done a fantastic job not only gathering information about our past issues but also contacting our writers from the past decade. They have also sketched out a plan for how to gradually get permissions to post selections from our back-issue content. The first real step in this direction, from our […]
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Dogwood 2012 Issue, Contents, and Contest Winners!

After a year of hiatus, and a digital rebirth, Dogwood returns this year with a brand new issue, a brand new student staff, and a brand new Editor. Sonya Huber, the new Editor of Dogwood, has taken up the task of building a new foundation for Dogwood that will provide stability and relevancy in the […]
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What Our Writers are Up to Now: 2002

Cecilia Woloch “Ottava Rima: Lear,” “My Mother’s Pillow,” “Nocturne” Cecilia Woloch’s pieces that first appeared in Dogwood’s 2003 issue where published in her 2003 collection, Late from BOA Editions. Susan Kelly-DeWitt  “Valerian,” “Butterfly” Susan Kelly-DeWitt’s is the author of The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press) and eight previous small press collections. Her online chapbook, Season of Change is forthcoming from the online […]
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What Our Writers Are Up to Now: 2008

James Reed  “Priceless Good Will” James Reed has been an instructor of creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While teaching, he was also the Fiction and Marketing Editor of The Nebraska Review. His work has also appeared in Bat City Review, The River Styx, and West Branch.  He has received the Charles B. Wood Award for […]
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What Our Writers are Up To Now: 2005

Lyn Lifshin ” Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941″ Lyn Lifshin has a few forthcoming books including All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead, All True: Especially the Lies, A Gil Goes Into the Woods from  New York Quarterly Books and For the Roses: Poems for Joni Mitchell . Eugene Gloria “Diane Arbus Prowls Our Street” […]
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What Our Writers are Up to Now: 2001

Katharyn Machan “Braiding,”  “Witch” Currently Katharyn Howd Machan now as a full professor, has been teaching on the faculty of the Department of Writing at Ithaca College ever since, with additional active roles in the Women’s Studies Program and the Gerontology Institute. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies/textbooks most recently Belly Words: Poems of […]
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What Our Writers Are Up to Now: 2009

Julie L. Moore, “Harnessing Infinity” & “Ancient Ritual” Julie L. Moore is the author of Slipping Out of Bloom, her first full-length book of poetry, which was published by WordTech Editions in June 2010. Her poetry has also been published in several anthologies, including Becoming: Anthology of Women’s Stories, and Mamas and Papas from City Works Press. Connie Post, “Vessel […]
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What Our Writers Are Up to Now: 2007

Peter Schmitt, “Cat in a Hurricane” and “Swimming Naked with the Quakers” Peter Schmitt is the author of five collections of poems, including Renewing the Vows, in which these selections appear. Lynne Thompson, “More Than a Rhythm Section” Since Lynne Thompson’s worked appeared in Dogwood, she is still writing and had recently completed a manuscript. […]
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What Our Writers Are Up to Now: 2010

Sara Burge, “Geometry” Sara Burge’s first book, Apocalypse Ranch, won the De Novo award and was published by C&R Press in Fall 2010. Her poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, River Styx, MARGIE, Court Green, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry writing at Missouri State University. Andrea J. Nolan, “Sister Hercules” […]
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What Our Writers Are Up to Now: 2004

Joshua Mehigan, “Promenade,” “The Umbrella Man” Joshua Mehigan’s book, The Optimist, was published in 2004, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His work has been published in The New York Times, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. He was also the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment […]
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What Our Writers Are Up to Now: 2003

Since the Dogwood publication in the spring of 2003, our authors have been hard at work striving to further their careers. Many of our authors have made achievements, receiving awards and publishing new works. Marilyn L. Taylor, “Notes from The Good-Girl Chronicles, 1963” Marilyn L. Taylor is the author of six collections of poetry. She is a […]
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2012 Award Winners Announced

Announcing the 2012 Dogwood Award Winners! I’d like to thank our judges, Katie Riegel and Ira Sukrungruang, who received the blind-submission finalists chosen by our editors. Special thanks go to Ira for reading in two categories. Katherine Riegel’s first book of poetry is Castaway (FutureCycle Press 2010). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous […]
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Reading submissions

In the midst of reading submissions for our 2011-2012 issue, I have the opportunity to look over comments from my undergraduate crew of Assistant Editors and occasionally to disagree with their sentiments. Sometimes a piece that seems clunky to them is, to me, beautiful for its lack of pretension. What I am finding today is […]
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