About wildness

— established 2015

Founded in 2015, wildness is edited by Michelle and Peter.

The journal has featured work from Ruth Awad, Zeina Hashem Beck, Chen Chen, Bhanu Kapil, Salena Godden, Carl Phillips, Mary Ruefle, Richard Siken, Clint Smith, Brandon Taylor, among others.

Personally, I love what wildness does.
Anis Mojgani

We were honoured when Poets & Writers featured wildness in the Nine New Lit Mags You Need to Read feature, mentioning that wildness features formally inventive work by both established and emerging writers that embraces the mysteries of the self and the outside world. Also, when speaking with P&W, Eric Tran said of wildness: When I read an issue of wildness, I’m prepared to be moved and surprised, bowled over by writers who are unafraid, or maybe afraid but still brave and capable, incisive and insightful.

Such a beautiful journal of writing.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley

In her 9 Online Poetry Journals to Read on a Rainy Weekend Morning feature (for little infinite), Lisa Marie Basile called wildness a literary journal unparalleled. The Saboteur Awards shortlisted wildness in the ‘Best Magazine’ category in 2020.

A great and important journal.
Anthony Anaxagorou

We have also answered questions about the journal for some great places, including the Poetry Society of America’s Site Visits section and Moveable Type for AWP Writer.

wildness always leaves me floored.
Elle Nash

Listed on Duotrope, [clmp], NewPages, and Poets & Writers.


Work published in wildness has been featured in or by Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, Bettering American Poetry, and The Best American Essays, as well as on multiple occasions by Poetry Daily and in Verse Daily’s Web Weekly feature.

Poetry Daily

The Best American Essays (selected for the ‘Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction’ section)

The Best Small Fictions

Best of the Net

Bettering American Poetry, Volume 2

Entropy Magazine


The Weekend Review and the Wilds are on indefinite hiatus.

With thanks to the people who made those features possible: Terry Abrahams, Reneé Bibby, Joyce Chong, Hannah Cohen, Lyrik Courtney, Alexandra d’Abbadie, jayy dodd, Philippe Pamela Dungao, Logan February, Andrew Sargus Klein, Xandria Phillips, Ilana Masad, Melissa Mesku, Nicholas Nichols, Ariel Saramandi, Joy Shan, Nix Thérèse, and Yael van der Wouden.