twelfth issue

If music be the food of love, play on.
— William Shakespeare in his comedic play, Twelfth Night

           Born in Gemini season, Issue 12 is complex and clever, eager to communicate the severity of life as well as life’s joys and vast surprises through the work of talented writers and artists. Be advised that this issue contains emotionally intense work and mature material, so if you may be sensitive to such content and are unsure, feel free to message me at and I can be more detailed as to the themes.

           Boston Accent is thrilled to announce the contest winners of our Boston Uncommon Chapbook Series, which will launch this August along with Issue 13. These chapbooks will be free to download and share. We will also host a Boston Uncommon Series reading event (date TBA) in Boston, MA that will be free to the public. Congratulations to the following poets for their forthcoming books:

Boston Uncommon Chapbook Series


Home is Hyperbole — Sneha Subramanian Kanta — August 2018

A GREAT scholarship awardee, Sneha Subramanian Kanta is pursuing her second postgraduate degree in literature in England. Her poem "At Dusk with the Gods" won the Alfaaz (Kalaage) prize. Untold stories of refugees, writing from the margins, and postcolonial literatures are causes that resonate. Her work is forthcoming in Brickplight, Dialog Journal, Madcap Review, and elsewhere.


The Roses That Bloom at the End of the World — Catherine Fahey — September 2018

Catherine Fahey has an MA in English from Salem State University, where she was Managing Editor & Poetry Editor of Soundings East. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Raven Chronicles, Sheila-Na-Gig Online, Dime Show Review, and The Bitchin' Kitsch. She spends her days as a librarian and her evenings dancing. Find her online at


Maybe the Trumpet is Human — Alejandro Pérez — October 2018

Alejandro Pérez is a Creative Writing major at Emory University in Georgia. His poems in English have appeared or are forthcoming in Star 82 Review, Right Hand Pointing, Foliate Oak, and elsewhere. Being part American and part Guatemalan, he is caught between two cultures, just as he is caught between his desire to live in the real world and in the world of his imagination.


With Sorrow As My Window (& Forgiveness As My Shield) — Tom Snarsky — November 2018

Tom Snarsky teaches mathematics at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts, USA.


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