From the Editor

From the desk of Jason D. Ramsey.

A Statement on #BlackLivesMatter

Dear Readers, We at Barren Magazine stand firmly alongside the #BlackLivesMatter movement in effort to uproot and eradicate systemic racism against Black people and people of color. We mourn the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Antwon Rose II, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and every single Black individual who has been [...]

A Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Dearest friends, I am writing to you from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As only some of you know, I manage a respiratory care department at a large regional hospital in southwest Michigan. We are one of only two hospitals in a 50-mile radius that is a 'funnel' for all patients under investigation [...]

On Safety and Inclusion

Dear Readers,   It has been a pleasure getting to know so many of you in the writing community. This is our official statement on safety and inclusion: We want to make it crystal clear to everyone that Barren Magazine is a safe space that embraces the beauty of the human condition and celebrates diversity, inclusion, and [...]

Backstory: Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,   When I was in high school, I picked up a copy of The Sun magazine, a diamond in the rough of wannabe-smart lit mags. It spoke to me: a corner logo color burst atop a monochrome photo of an African boy with a water pail, mired in dirt and poverty, eyes wide and white. [...]

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