Featured Works: Week of Sep. 11 (Rebirth)

By on Sep 11, 2016 in Issue Archives


Our first home page, in 2001


Fifteen years ago, we were deep into our preparations for the first issue of Wild Violet, an online magazine blending high art (poetry, literary fiction) with pop culture (humor, reviews, interviews). Taking advice from a poetry professor who said it was our responsibility to make a place for poetry in the world, we wanted to make a place for the arts.

Now, as Wild Violet comes back from hiatus — me having spent much of the past ten months dealing with my mom’s estate after her sudden death just before Thanksgiving — it’s a good time to celebrate the aspects that make this magazine unique. 

We start with a humor piece. “Barbarian Soiree” by Douglas Ogurek takes a close look at the differences that divide us. And meat.

The first few issues of Wild Violet were almost entirely made up of work by writers and artists who had a connection to myself and my co-founder, Amanda Cornwell, who is also the former art editor. In honor of the magazine’s beginning, I present two talented sisters I first met at a Halloween party more than a decade ago. The Flash Fiction Project by Natalie Okupniak and Genevieve Leonard gives voice and imagery to the unconscious.

Flash Fiction 1” 

Flash Fiction 2” 

Flash Fiction 3” 

Flash Fiction 4” 

Flash Fiction 5” 

And finally, Ruth Dornan reviews “Cooking with the Muse” by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla, a book that blends the literary with the culinary.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.