1. I skip to the end of the sidewalk, my feet skidding as I smile at my mom. The sun beats down on my unshielded head and I squint at an approaching figure, the haze disfiguring Mom’s outline. “Hurry up mom you’re so slow. Did you see how fast I went?” I jump up, arms reaching for a yellow butterfly. It flutters up and out of reach. I stand impatiently on the stained, cracked pavement waiting for my mom and brother Elvis to catch up.  We walk towards a rectangular patch of cement with a silver pole plunked in the middle. Mom stops beside the gleaming pole, leaning in its slim shadow. The shadow darkens her red blazer and deepens her faded blue jeans. Minutes pass and we three remain standing there…. bla


  2. New Spoken Word up on the blog: 

    McBride-Ahebee’s work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Kindling, Damazine; A Literary Journal of the Muslim World, Fingernails Across The Chalkboard: Poetry And Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora, Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast Cancer, Sea Breeze- A Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writing, The Journal of the National Medical Association, Art in Medicine Section, International Quarterly; Faces of the Americas and the Beloit Poetry Journal. Assuming Voices, her first poetry collection, was published by Lit Pot Press. Her newest collection of poetry, Where My Birthmark Dances, is published by Finishing Line Press.


  3. You can now find all issues and subscription options in our store on Big Cartel!


  4. Submissions close August 1st. Still seeking art, photography, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.


  5. Next issue’s theme: “Time”  


  6. We’re celebrating National Poetry Month with a poem every day on our Facebook page.


  7. Celebrate National Poetry Month with an issue of BLACKBERRY: a magazine


  8. What you should be reading on Spring Break

    BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Issue 3, "Where the light is"

    By BLACKBERRY a magazine in BLACKBERRY: a magazine

    44 pages, published 2/28/2013

    Issue 3, “Where the light is”Art, photography, and words by: Jacquese Armstrong, Miracle Austin, Tara Betts, Danielle Boodoo-Fortune, Valentina Cano, Nikia Chaney, Latorial Faison, Ernestia Fraser, Gerri Gibson, Jamila Kareem, Kristie Kennedy, Inda Lauryn, Lecia McHargue, Ayanna Muata, Khaliah D. Pitts, Seletta Raven, Gizelle S., Cynthia Staples, Esme-Michelle Watkins

  9. Now, time to put together March’s issue. If you missed the submissions deadline for this issue, we’re open to submissions for the June issue. Theme: Time.


    And hey, where my fiction writers at? I need your words!


  10. Seeking art, photography, fiction, non-fiction, poetry.