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 from the introduction

We ask you to step into the dark forest with us, with these women and girls in poem—their sharp knives, those long fangs may protect you. Reach out—take the hand of the one beside you. Don’t worry if she seems hungry; she’s always hungry; she has her mind already made, blade sharpened to meet the wolf’s heart. (Porkbelly Press, 2017)


Sarah Ann Winn, Donna Vorreyer, Robin Turner, Phoebe Reeves, Lori Propheter, Susan Milchman, Melissa Atkinson Mercer, Rebecca Macijeski, Minadora Macheret, Lindsay Lusby, Sally Rosen Kindred, Sonja Johanson, Alicia Hoffman, Jenn Givhan, Emily Corwin, Emily Rose Cole, Ava C. Cipri, Erinn Batykefer, Stacey Balkun, Stephanie Bryant Anderson, E. Kristin Anderson, & Cassandra de Alba.

covers & binding

bramble & thorn is a limited edition, handbound anthology. We use matte paper for the cover, inkjet printed in an edition of 125. Each is numbered by hand and sewn with heavy thread.

Our cover imagery was provided by Olivia Edvalson.


Some of the poems herein are reprints, previously appearing in: Faerie Magazine, Blinder’s Journal, Madison Review, Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story, Luna Luna, Moonsick Magazine, Watershed Review, Fourteen Hills, Joys of the Table: An Anthology of Culinary Verse, Yemassee, Fugue, Glass: a Journal of Poetry, Kudzu, Heron Tree, Dying Dahlia Review, Prick of the Spindle, Hot Metal Bridge, Star-bind in the Family of Fortune Keepers, and Gingerbread House.

“What is it that waits / inside her, a nest / or a knife, a huntsman / or an open door.” ~ Sally Rosen Kindred