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I’ll keep this simple: thank you.

That’s a big thanks to all the readers, contributors, and editors who have spent time with “Referential Magazine” since it launched back in 2010.

“Referential” is transitioning to new leaders. They will introduce themselves soon. I can’t wait to see where they take the magazine.

Best wishes all, and don’t forget to be awesome 🙂


Welcome new contributor Janeen Rastall and her three new poems:

Enjoy your week!

Moustache Monday

New poetry to start off the week: Charlie Chaplin Wants Us to Stare At His Lips by Valerie Loveland which refers from the poem The lips were the worst by Laura McCullough.


There’s no such thing as too much poetry which is why we’re bringing you another poem today: Vacancy by Christopher Grillo refers from “silhouette” in the story Inscription by Nicolette Wong.

Over the Hump With Poetry

How about getting over the hump of the week with some poetry? Today we present Grocery Store at Night by Kathleen Kirk which refers from the poem Soon by Helen Losse.

Polar Bears Playing Strip Poker

Yes, you read that right. And because we don’t want to leave you in suspense much longer, we introduce Gemma Cooper-Novack’s poem Strip Poker at the Arctic Circle which refers from Rosalyn Marhatta’s poem Shark Snark.


We had a lot of great submissions during our last Featured reading period, and we are pleased to present our newest featured writer: Stephen S. Mills. His three featured poems are available via his contributor page. Enjoy! Maybe you’ll find something in these poems (or other items on our site) to refer from/to? We should open for referred submissions again in the near future. Have a great week!

Water and Ice

This week we are sharing two poems by Cindy Droege:

Enjoy these poems, and your week 🙂

Want to Edit?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a literary magazine? Or, have you worked on one before, but want to have a bigger role? We are looking for editors! Send us an email at refermag(at) or contact Jessie Carty or Andrea Beltran directly via other sources to discuss.

Bird’s-eye View

Joshua Gray ‘s back with his new poem By the Hand of Django which refers from the poem Flowers, yellowing by Carol Stephen. Joshua’s also earned himself a new contributor page.