The goal of Wild Violet, an online literary magazine, is to bridge the gap between academia and pop culture, bringing the arts to the mainstream, to make a place for the arts.

According to herbalism, the wild violet symbolizes the essence of optimism and exploring new options. To find a balance between caution and courageous decision making. To be able to trust new opportunities despite unknown outcomes, so as not to stop oneself from experiencing Life.



Alyce Wilson has an MFA in poetry from Pennsylvania State University and has been published inThe Leading Edge, Poetry New York, The Texas Poetry Journal, Mad Poets, Kalleidetrope and Zuzu’s Petals Quarterly Online. Her chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs, and book of essays and columns, The Art of Life, are available from her portfolio site.


Proofreaders, past and present

Elizabeth Bragg

S.K. Monroe is a librarian and lifelong reader.

Mary Matus is an aspiring Dave Barry/aspiring Stephen King (and will acknowledge the weirdness of that combination) who has lived all her life in rural Pennsylvania (otherwise known as the Land of Cows and Corn.) She has previously worked for several Pennsylvania newspapers, in both the editorial and the composing departments. When not writing, she works as a customer service representative, and she has learned the joys of dealing with the public. She is a 1999 graduate of Susquehanna University, where she received a bachelor of arts in English literature and journalism. She has previously written articles for Standard-Journal Newspapers and The Luminary and has also been published in the online magazine Wilmington Blues. In her free time, she is an avid bookworm, reading anything ranging from Toni Morrison to Dean Koontz.

Stacy Danielle Stephens was born in Omaha’s Near North Side, attending Central High School, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she majored in Secondary Education Language Arts. Her formal writing classes included Journalism as well as Poetry and Fiction Studio.

Her story, “The Tin Scarab” appears in Volume 2, Issue #1 of The Medulla Review, and she has three collections of stories available in paperback on Amazon, which can be found at her author page.


Mike Ryan has a distressingly common name. He’s not the lawyer or pharmaceutical salesman or the pool club owner. He’s the Web development coordinator. The one that loves anime and science fiction. No, not the one from New York, the one from Pennsylvania, the one married to Alyce Wilson. Yeah, that one.

Citing Wild Violet

When citing pieces that appeared in Wild Violet after August 27, 2012, there is no issue number. Instead, you can use the publishing date, as you would with a periodical, such as a newspaper. That can be found on the article’s header. Works that appear prior to August 27, 2012, also include an issue number and date, which can be found by following links from any piece to the Content page for that issue.

For information on how to cite Wild Violet using the Chicago style, visit the Ultimate Citation Reference. For information on how to use MLA (Modern Language Association) style citation, visit MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications). Please note that, unlike the Chicago reference page, that comes from a secondary source, so for absolute certainty, confirm it with an up-to-date version of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Either Chicago style or MLA would be an appropriate format for citing works in a CV (curriculum vitae) or resume, provided you use it consistently.

The extremely useful Citation Guide provided by onlineschools.org provides information on how to cite online works for MLA and Chicago styles as well as for APA, Turabian, Harvard, AMA, ACS, and CSE.

About the Issue Archives

From the founding of Wild Violet in October 2001 until the beginning of the weekly format in 2012, issues came out on a quarterly, or in later years, a semiannual basis. Links to all of the issues published with the old numbering format (Vol. I through X) can be found in the “Issue Archives” category, under the “Content” tab. All of the more recent, weekly issues are designated as “Featured: Week of [Date]” and also appear under the “Issue Archives” category. You can also use our Google custom search to look for individual pieces.