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, Best New Poets, and The Best American Essays, as well as on multiple occasions by Poetry Daily and in Verse Daily’s Web Weekly feature.
- Chen Chen – Quintessence: the Quotidian [⧉]
- Tolu Agbelusi – prosopagnosia [⧉]
- Clint Smith – When people say, “we have made it through worse before” [⧉]
- Tim Carrier – Dreams of Love [⧉]
The Best American Essays (selected for the ‘Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction’ section)
- Walter M. Robinson – Of Birds and Men and Night [⧉]
- Devin Kelly – From a Window [⧉]
- An Uong – My Sometimes Vietnamese [⧉]
- David Rompf – Yesterday Is a Wild Parrot [⧉]
Best New Poets
The Best Small Fictions
- Inua Ellams – Fuck / Conferences
- Catherine Wong – Polaroid
- Omotara James – What We Leave Undone
- Ryo Yamaguchi – The Future
- Benjamin McPherson Ficklin – There will only be one funeral
- Clint Smith – The New York Times reports that 200 Iraqi civilians have been killed by U.S. military airstrikes
- Gen Del Raye – The Truth About Distance
- Alvin Park – tree rot
Best of the Net
Bettering American Poetry, Volume 2
- Chen Chen – A Favorite Room
Verse Daily’s Web Weekly
- Richard Siken – Velocity
- Sara Lupita Olivares – Moonscapes
- Monica Rico – Five Things Borrowed
- Serrina Zou – Split Ends
- Zefyr Lisowski – Poem Only About Girl Work
- Sybil Ponnambalam – The Smallness
- Megan Denton Ray – Persephone
- Ruth Awad – Moral Inventory
- Clint Smith – When people say, “we have made it through worse before”
- Abigail Chabitnoy – Quliyangua’uciikamken
- David Mucklow – inheriting ghosts
- syan jay – Among Wreckage
- Bryce Emley – A List of Waters
- Kirun Kapur – By Wind Is the Tree Cut Back
- Chelsea Dingman – Of Those Who Can’t Afford to Be Gentle
- Trish Hopkinson – A Man Misplaced
- Logan February – Stillbirth, Yemoja
- Nate Pritts – A Reverent Green
- Maggie Smith – Lacrimae
- Favorite Poems Published Online
- Claudia Delfina Cardona – I am always busy wanting others lives
- Bhanu Kapil – Verge Notes
- Hari Alluri – Yes, Crosshatch, I Feel You.
- chekwube o. danladi – Black Lagoon
- K-Ming Chang – Lone wolf narrative
- Nancy Huang – Lore
- Favorite Online Fiction
- Karishma Jobanputra – This Constant Living
- Sydney S. Kim – The Haenyeo’s Daughter
- Yeji Ham – [ Nests ]
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.