Check out Issue 45, Spring 2024!
Stories by Katie Tonellato, Sofi Guven, T.S. Bender, Julian Shendelman, Kim Magowan, Nicole Brogdon, and Sofia Drummond-Moore. Creative Nonfiction by Ariana Kelly, Darcy Lohmiller, and Rachel Toliver. Poems by Susan Goslee, Jess Yuan, Peter Grandbois, Luke Koesters, Michael Grinthal, Sofia Sears, and Richard Parisio. Flash by Claudia Monpere, Kathryn Silver-Hajo, Federico Escobar, Rebecca Entel, Sophie Nunberg, and Sven Birkerts.

ISSUE 44 (Winter, 2024) features: Fiction by Monique Danielle, Marie Manilla, Hannah Smart, Joshua Ambre, Richie Zaborowske,  J. Bradley Minnick, and David Waters. Poems by Todd Robinson, Michelle Bitting, Gideon Huan-Lang,  Matt Thomas, Erin Mizrahi, and Ginger Ayla. Flash by Meg Pokrass, Patricia Flaherty Pagan, Kelli Short Borges, Jeff Friedman, Sue Mell, Beth Broome, Matthew Guenette. Creative nonfiction by Jennifer Jussel, and Robbin Farr.

And, introducing  Story Seek, a multimedia love letter to Philadelphia’s streets, neighborhoods, and secret, favorite places. Work by Yolanda Wisher, Beth Kephart, L M Feldman, Krys Malcolm Belc, and Alyssa Songsiridej. Story Seek’s unique desktop app is part immersive theater, part video game, and part neighborhood poetry slam, offering users a new template for interactive, place-based digital art that celebrates contemporary urban life. Story Seek is a collaboration between Cleaver and the Drexel Entrepreneurial Game Studio, funded in part by the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Cleaver is Philadelphia’s international quarterly literary magazine, now celebrating eleven years of publishing the finest in contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction, flash, poetry, visual narrative, interviews, essays on craft and the writing life, and book reviews. Cleaver is an independent online magazine, free to all subscribers. We are an all-volunteer organization staffed by artists and writers who work together as promoters and stewards of literary and visual arts. Cleaver also offers affordable online generative workshops in flash, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual narrative, poetry, and narrative collage.

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