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Announcements from Poor Yorick

  Hello from Poor Yorick! A couple of announcements from our editorial team:  Our submissions are cu…

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Submissions Closing May 1-September 1

Poor Yorick will be closed to new submissions between May 1 and September 1.

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“Words Matter” by Ellen O’Donnell

When history unfolds before our eyes, someone captures in words what our emotions cannot articulate.…

Submissions Closed: The Poet’s Mask

Announcing our latest call for submissions in honor of National Poetry Month

Uncovering My Grandfather’s Past by Michaela Lawlor

As I begin my second semester of the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, I am excit…

Now Accepting Submissions: Hallow’s Eve Horror, a Poor Yorick Special Publication

Show us your best flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or photo essays that will make our hearts poun…

“This Piece Just Didn’t Grab Me:” Reflections on Rejection from the (Former) Editor

As the Poor Yorick Editor, I didn’t want to wear an ermine cape. I went into the experience steeled …

Protected: So Art Deco

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Obscure Items in Obscure Places

During one of my many travels through abandoned insane asylums, I stumbled upon a forgotten object t…

A New Home for a Historic House in Trumbull

I. John Naeher, director of operations at Christian Heritage School of Trumbull, Connecticut, was in…

Anna’s Billy Club

Grandma always blamed the pain in her arthritic knees on the diner. Anna was a small-framed, round-s…

Ode to a Bright Idea

A common household annoyance begins with a flash and a small puff of smoke. It’s time to change a li…

A Mysterious German Bible from 1898

When I was sixteen, a European exchange student enrolled at my small-town high school for the year. …

Campbell Soup Kids

I found a toy that may have belonged to your great-grandparents once upon a time. A little thrift st…

An American Lord in the British Court

My boyfriend Travis’s family can trace its lineage all the way back to Sybil Ludington. Having…

The Crying Ghost

A direct ancestor of a friend was hanged as a witch in Salem, Mass. “My great-great-great-great-grea…

Creating a Racket

A film recently came out starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone titled Battle of the Sexes. It’s a dra…

New York’s Letter System

While I was staying at the Roosevelt in New York for a writers’ conference, courtesy of my dad…

Uncle Aron, His Chairs, and a 103-Year-Old Postcard

I was digging around the house recently for something old and vaguely interesting, when I uncovered …

What’s in a Name?

One day, a random conversation with a friend named Joukje—pronounced “Yaaook”—led to a d…