Women Writers We Love: Catherine Moore

And here we go – another interview! This week we are catching up with the talented Catherine Moore!   Her latest collection Ulla! Ulla! was released in November 2017 and includes two poems that were featured on Dying Dahlia – “Venus Without Nipples” and “The Broken”.  Learn more about this amazing writer and her latest collection.

What inspires you the most?

That one red spot in a lush field of green. The kids who sit by themselves at lunch. A candy tablet in a box of Good & Plenty that didn’t get completely coated. Every moment in the midst of holiday fun where I want to cry.


Who are your favorite women writers?

This feels like a difficult question, because there are too many. Seriously. So, I’ll choose the less traveled answer and say, myself. Shouldn’t we favor our own writing? And for that matter, I like the women writers in my critique groups. There is nothing more inspiring than being along for the journey as we create art.

What does your writing process look like?

I generally have a genre-free approach to writing. Creating unidentified writing objects (UWO’s) that fill my journals. Yes, most of my writing is done with pen and paper. When I have a block of time to “write” then I dive into my journals and see what sparks my interest. Often, I don’t decide on genre or style until I have a first draft. Then, whatever is on page informs the revision.

What advice do you have for fellow women writers?

Applaud your fellow women writers. Like their stuff and share it. Promote their work with no expectations. The best way for women’s art to be recognized is to spotlight it ourselves. And positive energy has a way of finding its way back.

What are you currently working on?

I am focused on small fictions and short stories at the moment. Along the lines of “Burnt Springs, Alabama,” which The Tishman Review graciously nominated to the VERA awards and the Best Small Fictions anthology. I do have poems leak out every now and again, so I’m certain to have another collection, someday.

About Ulla! Ulla!
Ulla! Ulla! is a collection exploring themes of suppression— social and domestic, earthly and human, self-censoring and oppressive. The collection gets its title from The War of The Worlds’ Martian death noise, “Ulla!,” which was censored since the alien cries were deemed too frightening.
For more information on how you can get yourself a copy of Catherine’s book Ulla! Ulla! visit the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore.

A Certain Kind of Cleanse – Lindsay Haber

A Certain Kind of Cleanse

In my fantasy, my ex and I are wrestling in pudding, or Jell-O, or applesauce. We sprint towards each other, tackle—aim below the knees, claw and pull and punch and kick, all without being the type capable of leaving scars. We release aggression that’s been simmering like a bare shoulder in July heat. We scream our how the fuck could you’s and our I should’ve knowns while slipping and sliding and licking the sweet taste of sugar off of fused skin.

When it’s all over, we rinse in separate showers and walk in opposite directions. It is serene. This sloppy dance has cleansed us.

Lindsay Haber teaches in the First-Year Writing Program at Emerson College. She has work forthcoming in The Normal School and Booth. Her writing has appeared in Print Oriented Bastards, FiveontheFifth, Gambling the Aisle, and 365 Tomorrows. Her story ‘Clean’ was awarded second runner-up for Folio Magazine Editor’s Prize and appeared in their Spring 2017 issue. She is thrilled to be a 2016 nominee for the Pushcart Prize. She is a Jewish woman, lover of the outdoors, canine enthusiast, and current Boston dweller, trying to figure out this thing we all call life.

Women Writers We Love: Alicia Hoffman

This week, we are thrilled to feature the very talented Alicia Hoffman.  She is the author of Railroad Phoenix and two of her poems, This Haunting We Know and Elegy, were featured on Dying Dahlia in January 2017.  Learn what inspires her, what her writing process looks like and more!

Railroad Phoenix master

What inspires you the most?

When I was writing Railroad Phoenix, what inspired me most was landscape, and how landscape and nostalgia for that lost landscape created in me sensory experiences that I needed to explore on the page. Images associated with the landscape of a lost youth prompted me to explore those images in many ways throughout the book. Depending on how one looks at it, I am either blessed or cursed with a good memory, and I used many of those memories of my time as a child to ground the poems.

Who are your favorite women writers?

This is such a tough question. I just finished reading Ada Limon’s Dead Bright Things. I am still floored by the beauty; the vivid, unexpected, overwhelming, joyous truth-blasts of those poems. Also, I am lucky enough to live in Rochester, New York, home to so many incredible women writers I admire. Sarah Freligh, author of Sad Math, was the first to recommend Limon’s book. (Thanks, Sarah!) Rachel McKibbens, whose book BLUD came out recently through Copper Canyon Press, is another writer who consistently floors me with her powerful work. Carol McMahon, another Rochester poet I only got to know when we both showed up across the country in Washington State to complete our MFA at the Rainier Writing Workshop, renders beautiful and haunting poems, too. Continue reading “Women Writers We Love: Alicia Hoffman”

Love – Madeleine Gallo


When he told her she was a work of art,
he did not mean that she was a work of art.
What he meant to say was

you remind me of a time when I was seven-years-old and my mother took me to a museum in the city. Dad wasn’t gone yet and Mom still smiled and all was okay. On that day, I saw a painting of a mermaid playing on the shore, her woman’s torso on the sand and her amethyst scales underwater as the sun struck her in brilliant, golden lines. She was more fluid and alive to me than my own body. In that moment, the painting and my mother and my youth together sculpted within me a collage of splendid color, and now you too have evoked my mind’s rainbow.

He called her a work of art — she called him a pig.

Born in Radford, Virginia, Madeleine Gallo is a Virginia Tech graduate and currently a first year MA student at Wake Forest University. Her work has appeared in Susquehanna Review: Apprentice Writer, Fermata, Sun and Sandstone, Belle Reve Literary Journal, The Pylon, Into the Void, and Rattle. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Contemporary American Poetry.

2 Poems – Andrea Capere

To Consume a Woman

The subtle chew
or pilfered sip
I am gnawed
To cherry stems

The slightest hand
A magic trick
Refusal springs

Wrenching bow
Against violin string
Pulled taut

There used to be a warning
A glorious airshow
Now resilience is battered
Worn By nicety
And benefit of doubt

With curiosity I observe
Gazelle made lion’s meal
Necklace made noose
I barely notice
Your walls closing in


No Measure in Loss

The whole of me becomes a wash
undoing sense
abandoning ideology
I cease the politic;
the economy of reason
I am pleasure, wine, meat –
torn from yesterday’s meaning
Here I am
speaking in tongues
believing in ghosts
doing what I said I never would
with fervor
with reverie
I welcome you home
tell you about my day
weep in that solitary space we could never fill
and toast those bitter ashes of you

Andrea Capere is an emerging poet and filmmaker living in Tacoma, WA. She’s been published in college publications Trillium (Tacoma Community College) and The Matrix (Pacific Lutheran University’s Social Justice Literary Magazine).