January 18, 2024
Pleiades congratulates Mitchell Jacobs, winner of this year’s Prufer Poetry Prize, judged by Nicky Beer. He will receive an award of $1,000 and his winning poem, “At the Immersive Van Gogh Multimedia Projection Exhibit,” will be published in the Spring 2024 issue of Pleiades.
Mitchell Jacobs is a writer from Minnesota, with work in journals such as Black Warrior Review, the Massachusetts Review, ...
December 17, 2023
S. J. Ghaus
Under The Sargam, The Sea
S. J. Ghaus is a Pakistani American writer, artist, and cultural worker for the people. They are a Tin House alum and resident, VONA/Voices of Our Nations fellow, and recipient of the 2020 Vera Meyer Strube Prize from the Academy of American Poets. You can find their work at poets.org, Poetry Daily, Hayden’s ...
December 11, 2023
This Is How I Fight
I learned how to kiss a man easy
when he held a gun to my neck. I pulled a thread off my shirt &
watched the end become a beginning—
At school I was taught how to hide from a storm,
never how to stop one.
When I was a child, I collected fireflies every night.
For years I ate them, hoping one day my insides could hold light.
October 30, 2023
It was an eventful year. A year that found me eighteen, on my own, and pregnant.
The news wove in and out of my personal story. US soldiers massacred men, women, and children in the village of Mai Lai as the war against the Vietnamese people dragged on. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4th; fury burned in my hometown of Washington, DC, and all over the United States. ...