Emerging Artists

Cleaver’s Emerging Artists!

Cleaver Magazine publishes work by writers and artists at all stages of their careers. We are especially committed to celebrating work by emerging writers and artists alongside established practitioners. We define “emerging” as young artists (under 30) or those of any age who are still in the early stages of their career.

Our Emerging Artists range from teenage poets to new writers who have established careers in other disciplines. Cleaver‘s Emerging Artists have been listed among The Best American Essays and selected for republication by plain china, a national literary anthology that showcases the best undergraduate writing from across the country. If you consider yourself an Emerging Artist, feel free to identify yourself as “emerging” when you make your submission.

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Issue No. 17, March 2017
Kristen Brida, Describe to me your initial reaction when you got here, Poetry
Shannon Cothran, Brothers, Boys, and What I Can Do, Creative Nonfiction
Sean Flood, Hydroquinone, Poetry
Youssef  Helmi, More, Flash
Christine Hennessey, Anatomy Lesson, Flash
Kyle Kouri, Fuck Donald Trump, Fiction
Nadia Laher, Snake, Flash
Rachel Oestreich, Housekeeping in Seven Cigarettes, Fiction
Ajay Patri, Salvage, Flash
Elizabeth Schmidt, True Salt, Flash
Sydney Tammarine, Barycenter, Creative Nonfiction
Jeevika Verma, dark, darker, Poetry
Madeleine Wattenbarger, Future Ecologies, Poetry

Issue No. 16, December 2016
Sam Brighton, Tiny’s HeartCreative Nonfiction
Elisabeth Lloyd Burkhalter, Don’t Touch
Alexander Cendrowski, The Observationalist, Fiction
Michael Corrao, Beat Boy, Poetry
Michael Fischer, Welcome Home, Creative Nonfiction
Ben Nardolilli, Affirmation
Olivia Parkes, The Half GlassFlash
Kelly R. Samuels, Phase Three of Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Trilogy, Fiction
Casey Whitworth, A Land More Beautiful Than Here
Jack Wills, Intern, Flash

Issue No. 15, September 2016
David Ishaya Osu, What Was Told, Poetry
Meggie Royer, Testimony, Poetry*
Cady Vishniac, Panhandle, GulfPoetry
Crystel Sundberg-Yannell, Dancing Doe and the Go-Go-Go, Fiction
Alec Hill, Persimmons, Fiction
Connor Fieweger, A Family, Fiction
Kaitlyn Burd, * fictitious forces, Flash
Daniel Aristi, Benthic, Flash

Issue No. 14, June 2016
Kenzie Allen, Light Pollution and Letters I Don’t Send #4, Poetry
Evan Anderson, In the Beginning Was the End, Flash
Daniel Aristi, Askew / Torcida, Flash
Kea Edwards, Enchantment!, Fiction
Matthew DiPaoli, A Comedy in One Act, Fiction
Christian Anton Gerard, Aubade in Afternoon, Poetry
Robert E. Heald, River Rising, Poetry
Harley Lethalm,On playing an old Jackson guitar…Fiction
Meg Pendoley, Birch Waters, Fiction
Ushshi Rahman, Lee the Baptist, Poetry
Jon Riccio, Insular, Poetry
Lisa Romeo, Break A Leg, Creative Nonfiction
Meggie Royer, Graduation Day, Poetry
Marya Zilberberg, Cutting Corners, Flash

Issue No. 13, March 2016
Kristen Herbert, Mouettes, Fiction
Emanuel Melo, TiagoFiction
Svetlana Beggs, The Love NoteFlash
Rebecca Lee, Mouse MeatFlash
Erika Dane Kielsgard, The ScorpionPoetry
Odelia Fried, ProphetPoetry
Niyathi Chakrapani, Ode to the Quiet RoomPoetry
Aaron Graham, GethsemanePoetry
Tyler Kline, CockcrowPoetry
Meggie Royer, SugarPoetry
Mark Schoenknecht,  Vaseline SandwichesPoetry
Smriti Verma, News DeliveryPoetry
Carmella de los Angeles Guiol,  Night OwlCreative Nonfiction
Bryanna Licciardi,  The Baby TrainCreative Nonfiction

Issue No. 12, DECEMBER 2015
Laurel Hooker, Why Draw Trees?, Art
Nigar Alam, More Than A Pause, Fiction
Grace Singh Smith, The Very Diverting History of Maya, Fiction
Susannah Betts, a little handsy, Poetry
Eliza Callard, Shadows, Poetry
Samuel Hovda, Angel of the Meridian, Poetry
Lena Popkin, Pinto los Flores Para Que No Mueren, Poetry
Teniola Tonade, To the Haughty Visualist, Poetry
Alex Vidiani, Stone Food, Poetry
Erin Victoria Bradley, The Secret World of Yayo, Flash
Chua Yini, Action at a Distance, Flash
Betsy Campbell Stone, My Father’s Arms, Creative Nonfiction
Robert Henway, The Insignificant Remains, Creative Nonfiction

 Issue No. 11, SEPTEMBER 2015
Paula Rivera, The Dogs of San Juan and the Fish of PhiladelphiaArt
Eliza Callard,  Nature PoemPoetry
Samuel Hovda, Eternal CalmPoetry
Mica Evans, Get Behind Me, SatanPoetry
Michal Leibowitz, BirdshotPoetry
Zoe Stoller, Something Special About This StreetPoetry
Laurin DeChae, Alpha ∞ OmegaPoetry
Kylie Lee Baker,VoltageFlash*
Caitlin McGill, WaningFlash
Rachael Tague, My Boyfriend’s Estranged GrandfatherFlash
Shannon Viola, Touched from the SkyCreative Nonfiction
Kirsten Aguilar, The Death of a BabyCreative Nonfiction
Tasha Coryell, The Yellow FacemaskFiction

 Issue No. 10, JUNE 2015
Svetlana Beggs, AlinaFiction
Shmu’el Bashevis Ben’yamin, Black Wings Flapping, Fiction
Kamden Hilliard, the energizer bunny leads a march on washington, Poetry
Chelsea M. Harris, Cream Flavored & Cherry Scented, Flash
Agatha Hinman, In the Headlights, Flash
Megan Magers, After Donnie Darko, Flash
Eliza Callard, Pills, Poetry
Autumn McClintock, Arles, Poetry
Charnell Peters, Synesthesia and You, Flash*
Jessi Terson, Women and Losers, Nonfiction
Hannah Allen, Judging Distance, Nonfiction

Issue No. 9, March 2015
Elizabeth Alexander, Tony, Flash
Patrick Ball, Geology, Fiction
Ariella Carmell, Double Feature, Fiction
Donald Collins, Jeep, Red, Fiction
Nadia Laher, Zumba Fever, Flash
Rebecca Lambright, Just Read, Nonfiction*
Cheryl Smart, Horses in the Wrinkle, Nonfiction
Tara Stella, Hidden in Plain SightArt
Leticia Urieta, Querencia, Fiction

Issue No. 8, December 2014
Charlie Keys Bohem, Your Royal Highness, Flash
Alina Grabowski, BergamotFiction
Sanaë Lemoine, The Slow Acts, Fiction
Charles Ramsay McCrory, No-BakeFiction
Annika Neklason, The HerdFiction
Amanda Silberling, Variations on Second ChildrenPoetry
Ingrid Claire Wenzler, A ReplacementFlash

 Issue No. 7, September 2014
Alli Katz, Cats, Art
Caleb Murray, Metempsychosis, Fiction
Jan-Erik Asplund, Emily, Fiction
Carly Eathorne, Making Eggs, Poetry
Michael Head, Small, Flash Fiction
Amelia Fowler, Space and Time, Nonfiction**
Amber Officer-Narvasa, Borderland, Nonfiction

Issue No. 6, June 2014
Ilana Ellis, Portraits of Friendship, Art
Erin Peraza, The Thing About a Boat-in-a-Bottle is Nobody Steers, Fiction
Brooke Schifano, The Insides, Poetry
Shaun Turner, Kentucky Snakes, Flash Fiction
Devin Kelly, Growing Up, Flash Ficton
Tricia Park, On the Q, Nonfiction

Issue No. 5 March 2014
Anastasiya Shekhtman, The Old Man and the Pool, Art
Brennan Cusack, How to Master Social Media, Fiction
Alina Grabowski, Scorcher, Fiction
Juniper Green, Degenerative Diseases of the Brain, Fiction
Molly McGinnis, Better, Fiction
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Places to Walk Out To, Fiction
Shannon Viola, In My Time, Nonfiction

Issue No. 4 December 2013
Brian Druckenmiller, Vinyl,Fiction
Emma Greenberg, The Ferry, Fiction
Mohammadreza MirzaeiFrancesca, Fiction
Peter LaBerge, Testimony After the Varicocelectomy, Poetry
Catherine Mosier-Mills, Christmas 2009, Flash Fiction
Kristen Sharp, Telescopes, Flash Fiction
Kaori Fujimoto, In the Absence of Culinary Mentors, Nonfiction

Issue No. 3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Morgan Gilbreath, The Ground Beneath My Feet, Art
Julia Hogan, Remnants, Fiction
Ashley Paxton-Turner, Liney’s Sense of It, Fiction
Sarah Van Name, The Wasps and the Queen, Fiction
S.I. Adams, Pesante Con Moto/Allegro Barbaro, Poetry
David Poplar, Navigation by Spoonlight, Poetry
Lydia Pudzianowski, Ghost Story, Flash Nonfiction
John Michael Mumme, On (And Off) Consistency, Nonfiction
Hannah White, Adventures in Gym Class, Nonfiction

Issue No. 2 June 2013
Leah Koontz, Bi-Product, Art
Chris Ludovici, Daisy, Fiction
Caleb True, The Pain, Fiction
Anna Strong, from Aposthropes, Poetry
Amber Lee Dodd, Crocodile Hands, Flash Fiction
Carly Greenberg, Wash, Rinse, Repeat, Flash Fiction
Anya Lichtenstein, Beating Ploughshares into iPods, Nonfiction

Issue No. 1 March 2013
Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Photographs, Art
Darlene P. Campos, And We Slept in a Wigwam, Fiction
Max McKenna, Gary’s Sister, Flash Fiction
Kristen Martin, Between the Frames, Nonfiction

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Martha Cooney, Cormac, Flash Fiction
Anna Strong, Dear Couch, Poetry
Samuel Thompson, Sonata for Clavier and Violin, K. 526 (September 2008)

*Selected for republication by plain china, a national literary anthology that showcases the best undergraduate writing from across the country.
**Recognized among the Notable Essays by The Best American Essays

from "The Old Man and the Pool" by Anastasiya Shekhtman

from “The Old Man and the Pool” by Anastasiya Shekhtman