BLACKBERRY: a magazine is an online literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. We hope to illuminate the exceptional work of a newer generation while reaching back to those whose words may have been ignored in the past.
We have published talented up-and-coming artists as well as prize-winning fellows such as Stephania Byrd, Leesa Cross-Smith, Brenda Bell Brown, Tara Betts, Esme-Michelle Watkins, and Cynthia Manick.
We publish print issues quarterly as well as flash and spoken word online.
Previous print issues are available in PDF form for purchase here.
See the original Kickstarter campaign here.
Alisha Sommer, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Alisha Sommer, founding editor of BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a full-time stay-at-home mother of three. When she’s not knee-deep in laundry and lunch-making, she can be found ruminating about life’s truths. She was a reader as the innaugural Chicago Listen To Your Mother Show and her writing has appeared in various places in print and on the web, most recently in Linden Avenue Literary Journal and Quartz Annual. She is currently working on an experimental collection of poetry and creative fiction.
Tara Betts, Poetry Editor
Tara Betts is an author, a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University, and a Cave Canem fellow. Tara’s poetry and prose has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Tara’s work has appeared in: Essence, the Steppenwolf Theater production “Words on Fire,” Obsidian III, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, PMS,Bellevue Literary Review, Meridians, Drum Voices Revue, WSQ, Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, and many others. She believes believe there is so much worth living for and saving.
Ramona Pina, Poetry Editor
Ramona D. Pina is an up and coming poet in the Jersey/Philadelphia area but a native Bostonian. Some of her favorite things, aside from writing, include traveling, learning new languages and blogging about crafting, up-cycling and family friendly ideas. Her work has been seen and heard in an array of publications including Farrago Magazine, Boston’s Book of Peace Vol. V, Blackberry: A Magazine’s blog and magazine, Prompt and Circumstance, and Auchumpkee Creek Review. More of her work will soon publish with Zest Literary Journal. You can follow her interests and pursuits at pinaramona.wordpress.com.
Jamie Moore, Nonfiction Editor
Jamie Moore received her MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Blackberry, Emerge Literary Journal and Moonshot Magazine. She was a featured reader at the 2011 Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, and continues to work to spread stories of the mixed experience on her blog Mixed Reader. She also works as a genre editor for Lunch Ticket Magazine. Jamie is currently working on a novel based in northern California.
Esme-Michelle Watkins, Fiction Editor
Esme-Michelle Watkins lives and loves in Los Angeles, where she practices law and is currently working on her first novel. Born to parents of African-American and Sicilian decent, her writing is influenced by literature of the African-Italian diaspora and has been featured at Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Word Riot, Voices de la Luna, 4’33″ and elsewhere. Interviews, links, press and news can be accessed at www.esmemichelle.com