This year, phoebe has the pleasure of announcing two events in partnership with Virginia’s Fall for the Book literary festival.

Phoebe Journal Reading
Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm EDT

Join us for a reading from a select group of recently published writers, including Jocelyn Johnson, Kira Homsher, Irene Cooper, and Bradley Bazzle. The reading is free to attend, but registration is required. 

Jocelyn Johnson will read from her upcoming debut collection, My Monticello, five short stories and a novella all set in Virginia. Phoebe’s 2020 Nonfiction award winner, Kira Homsher, will read from her work, which has also garnered her a Shirly Jackson award nomination. 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for poet Irene Cooper with the release of not only a collection of poetry but also a speculative spyfy novel. Finally, continuing phoebe’s 50th-anniversary celebration, special guest Bradley Bazzle will return to read from his upcoming collection, Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, due in October from C&R Press.

Bradley Bazzle

is the author of the novel Trash Mountain (Red Hen, 2018) and the story collection Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, due in October from C&R Press. In addition to Phoebe (41.2, “The Case Against Dr. Smetana”), his short stories appear in The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Epoch, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Athens, Georgia. Find him at

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

has stories or essays that have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Short Stories (2018), The Guardian, Guernica, phoebe, Shenandoah, Prime Number Magazine and elsewhere. My Monticello, a debut of five short stories and a novella, all set in Virginia, sharing themes of lost and found belonging and freighted inheritance, will be published in 2021 by Henry Holt in the US and Harvill Secker in the UK. A public school art teacher for 20 years, Jocelyn lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Find her at

Irene Cooper

has had poems, stories and reviews appear online and in print. She writes copy, facilitates creative writing workshops in community, in educational settings, and at a regional prison, and co-edits The Stay Project. Committal, a speculative spyfy novel about family, is out from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press in September 2020. spare change: poems is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2021. A psychological thriller set in a Colorado resort town is in the can. Irene lives with her people and a corgi in Oregon.

Kira Homsher

a Philadelphia native, is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She won Phoebe Journal’s 2020 Nonfiction Contest and was short-listed for CRAFT’s Flash Fiction contest. Her writing also appears in SmokeLong Quarterly, Ghost City Review, and others. You can find her at

Phoebe’s Meet with an Editor
On Sept. 26 at 7 pm EDT

Writers, come to this unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with an editor for phoebe, GMU’s graduate literary and arts journal, publishing original poetry, prose, and visual art since 1971. All attendees will have ten minutes to talk about a particular piece they’re working on, craft, submissions, or anything else a phoebe editor may be able to help with. Phoebe staff on hand will include Editor-in-Chief Melissa Wade, Managing Editor Timothy Johnson, Assistant Poetry Editor Christian Stanzione, Assistant Non-Fiction Editor Lena Crown, Fiction Editor Zachary Barnes, and Assistant Fiction Editor Kevin Binder. Register for the event using the button on the right, and phoebe staff will contact you with access information for the event.