Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stoneboat Literary Journal Welcomes Guest Poetry Editor

Contact:  Signe Jorgenson
Stoneboat Literary Journal
PO Box 1254
Sheboygan, WI 53082-1254

Sheboygan, WI –May  4, 2017 – Stoneboat Literary Journal is pleased to announce that Katie Amundsen will serve as Guest Poetry Editor for the Fall 2017 issue. Amundsen will take on the Poetry Editor role that is normally filled by Lisa Vihos, who will spend the coming months focusing on building a children’s reading garden in Malawi.

Amundsen was a natural choice for the guest editor role because she interned for Stoneboat from 2013-2015 and performed a variety of tasks critical to the journal’s operations.  When Vihos decided to take a leave of absence, she presented the Stoneboat editorial staff with a list of potential guest editors. “We knew right away that Katie was our first choice,” said Co-Editor in Chief Signe Jorgenson. “She made an enormous impact during her internship, and we’ve missed her ever since she left us to pursue a graduate degree in poetry. We’re thrilled that she’ll be our guest editor, and we’re also excited to see the direction that the fall issue will take with someone new selecting the poetry.”

Amundsen graduated from Sheboygan South High School in 2011 and went on to major in writing at Lakeland College, graduating in 2015. She is now studying poetry in the creative writing MFA program at Wichita State University.  She was recently named as a winner of the prestigious AWP Intro Journals Project for her poem “Whale Soup” and will serve as Editor in Chief of Mikrokosmos and Mojo, WSU’s literary journals, beginning this fall. Amundsen says, “I’m excited! Stoneboat has a special place in my heart.”

Stoneboat has published two issues of poetry, short stories, essays, and black and white artwork each year since 2010. The journal features local writers as well as writers from around the globe. Additional information about Stoneboat and its editorial staff can be found online at

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Stoneboat & Pebblebrook Need Your Help

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, our co-editors in chief, Rob Pockat and Signe Jorgenson, have taken part in the Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser at Sheboygan's lake front for the last three years, jumping into the lake in sub-zero temperatures on New Year's Day to solicit your support for Stoneboat literary journal and its imprint Pebblebrook Press.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Introducing our newest INTERNal recruit

Hello! My name is Brittany Beckmann—avid coffee drinker, reader, and writer. I will be interning with Stoneboat over the next several months. I graduated from Lakeland in May of 2015, earning a degree in both creative writing and vocal performance. Like so many who frequent this blog or follow Stoneboat, I also have a passion for writing—mostly nonfiction—and reading. During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to intern with Seems under the direction of Karl Elder and am looking forward to working alongside editors and publishers once again. In my free time, you can find me singing with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, tutoring at the Mead Public Library, or playing piano for a church somewhere out in the boonies. I’m excited to work with Stoneboat and to learn more about the inner-workings of literary journals.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Call for Submissions: “Beyond Red and Blue: Voices for America”

Stoneboat Literary Journal seeks submissions of poetry, literary prose, cartoons, b&w artwork, graphic literature, and photo essays for a special section of the Spring 2017 issue, tentatively titled “Beyond Red and Blue: Voices for America.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Remembering the Vineyard

Listen to the voice
of each dead poet
as if it were yours.
It is.

Philip Dacey
From Mosquito Operas, 2010

The sad news came today that a poet and good friend to Stoneboat, Philip Dacey, has died after struggling with leukemia for quite a while. I only met Philip in person on one occasion, and that was at the Great Lakes Writers Festival at Lakeland College back in 2007. At the time, I had not tried to write a poem for many years. I was on major hiatus as far as poetry was concerned. But meeting Philip and hearing his work, I was impressed by his poems and by his welcoming nature. He was not snobbish about poetry. He did not make it seem like an enterprise for only some special sect of people. He helped me see that poetry is there for anyone who wants to partake of it. He was a true mentor in that regard.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Break Out Your Dancing Shoes, Poetic Pairings Are Coming

Lisa Vihos, Stoneboat's poetry and arts editor, reporting here:

I have been long fascinated by the way in which poetry, when spoken aloud (as opposed to read in silence from the printed page) is in fact a form of theater. This hit me upside the head a few years back when I staged a reading from my then-new chapbook, The Accidental Present, and instead of me droning on reading poem after poem, I had my friends and neighbors read the majority of poems in my stead. I cast my poems in the voices of people of all ages and walks of life, and the result was pretty nearly breathtaking. Seriously, it was very cool. Even people who had not come to Paradigm coffeehouse that night for poetry looked up from their laptops to listen.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Forthcoming from Pebblebrook Press

Pebblebrook Press, an imprint of Stoneboat Literary Journal, is proud to announce the forthcoming release of its fifth poetry collection, Thomas J. Erickson's The Biology of Consciousness. The book is scheduled for release on May 1st, 2016.