Posts By: Ryan Bloom


Ecotone (issn 1553-1775) is published twice yearly by the Department of Creative Writing and The Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We are grateful for funding from the UNCW Department of Creative Writing and the National Endowment…

Notes and Recent Awards

The editors would like to congratulate the following writers:   Best American Essays 2022 Notable Special Issue The Climate Issue (vol. 17, no. 1) Notable Essay Austin Gaffney The Possum Queen (vol.

Before All This

When Teresa laid wide awake in her sleeping bag on the floor next to Andreia’s bed, breathing her ice-cream breath and asking her to tell another story, sometimes Andreia wanted to sit up, flip on the lights, shake the kid hard, and tell her: Don’t you know? People pretending everything is fine is the first-best sign that things are about to go bad.


It wasn’t easy to see, to say: I carried / in my body all the silences: the king laughing / while the men climbed out of my mouth….