Shoulder Me

By John Jay Speredakos / 2018-04-30

Via Dolorosa

By Laura Chavez Silverman / 2018-05-02

Laundry Day

By Natalie Steenbergh / 2018-04-30

Mr. Peregrine

By Debbie Robson / 2018-05-20


By Stephen Ground / 2018-05-20

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Typishly is a new online literary journal publishing short stories and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.

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Launched in November 2017, Typishly immediately began receiving accolades. We’ve been called beautiful, stylish, cool, text-y, smart, calm, minimalist, inspiring, wonderful, eclectic, contemporary, challenging… and sometimes weird. Our editor is an internationally award-winning creative director who loves discovering exciting new writing talent. Typishly is also a welcoming home to more established writers. Submit your work.

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On this page you’ll find a selection of Editor’s Choice short stories and poems for you to read and share.

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10 Editor’s Choice Stories

David Joseph has been published in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Doubletake Magazine, Rattle, and a fiction piece is forthcoming in The London Magazine. A recipient of the John Henry Hobart Fellowship for Ethics and Social Justice, he spent the past two decades as an educator and nonprofit executive in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Southern California’s Graduate Writing Program. At USC, he served as an Editor for the Southern California Anthology and was a recipient of the Kerr Fellowship. He has taught at Pepperdine University and at Harvard, where he was awarded a Derek Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching. He currently lives in San Roque, Spain with his wife Karen and their sons Jackson and Cassius.

The Bullring

Linda McMullen is a peripatetic American diplomat often found in Africa or Asia. Her short stories will be appearing in Palaver, Enzo Publications, Temptation Press and Panoply.

The Announcement

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, journalist and editor. He has been published in Mother Jones, the New Republic, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Mental_Floss, National Geographic Traveler and dozens of other local, national and international publications. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Shenandoah, the Saturday Evening Post and So It Goes by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and more than two dozen other publications. He is the author of non-fiction books including “Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections” (Zest Books, 2016), “Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries” (Zest Books, 2015), and “The Latest Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias” (Fall River Press, 2011).

Guaranteed Age

Natalia Sarkissian lives in Italy where she teaches English and Writing. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing and photographs have appeared in a variety of publications both in Italy and the US. She is currently working on a novel.

The Romance of Ruins

Mark Thomas was on Canada’s national rowing team and has worked as a commercial painter, banjo instructor and philosophy teacher. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, Thoughtful Dog, 365 Tomorrows, The Literary Hatchet, Blackheart Magazine, Dark Gothic and Commuterlit.

Fiery Angelic Herald Borrows Toothbrush

Melanie Faith is a professor of English, tutor, auntie, and photographer. Her fiction will appear in The Lost River Literary magazine; her poetry in Poems in the Waiting Room; and her photography series in The Scene & Heard Journal, Light, and The Wire’s Dream Magazine.

The Project

JoAnna Pollonais is a meditator, a feminist, an adventurer. She has worked as an editor and communication specialist for the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. On the move since 2002—from Berlin to Bangkok, Beirut to Brussels, Hanoi to Copenhagen, and Kigali to Cairo—she now lives in Brooklyn, where she’s writing a novel.

In the Absence of Your Father

Simon Nader is a London-based professional actor, director and writer. He is the author of a collected volume of comedic issues-based poetry called The Alphabet According to Several Strange Creatures, and its sequel The Alphabet According to Several Strange Humans.

Anonymity and Pleasure

Shelagh Powers Johnson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She is an English professor at Bowie State University. Shelagh has been published in Ravishly, Luna Luna Magazine, Night Train, the Grace and Gravity anthologies, Portland Review, apt, Avatar Review, and Clackamas Literary Review, among others.

What We Imagined

Sheldon Seigel has four novels in his top drawer waiting to be discovered. He won a playwriting contest and was short-listed for a 3-Day Novel Contest. His work has appeared in print journals.

So, I’m Dating a Sponge Pocket

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10 Editor’s Choice Poems

John Jay Speredakos is a New York-based professional actor and writer with an MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has appeared on and off-Broadway, in films, TV, and radio dramas for the last few decades, and is a devoted daddy to his daughter, Calliope. More information and photos can be found on IMDb.

Shoulder Me

Kate Hoyle is a poet and visual artist who lives in California. Her five poem series, On America, toured the US and South America on exhibit in U2’s Joshua Tree World Tour 2017. “Survival Dreams of Birthday Cake” is a mark of the conversation between the breaking and the incandescent, the trauma and the breath. It is the dialogue of Kate’s inner and outer worlds. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, The AUDACITY and Handwritten.

Survival Dreams of Birthday Cake

Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. He is a 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominee and received the 2014 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize. His collection Backmasking was winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. His latest, Red Clay Journal, is available from FutureCycle Press.

Vignette for Frank O’Hara

Ailish Annie James is an English literature graduate who is looking for work in the Welsh countryside. She would like to go to Japan to teach English. Ailish wrote this poem as a special project for Typishly, for which we are grateful.


Christopher Watkins is an award-winning songwriter, producer, musician and recording artist. He has released 10 albums under the name Preacher Boy. He is also Senior Writer at Udacity (recently named to MIT’s “50 Smartest Companies” list). His debut poetry volume “Short Houses With Wide Porches” was published by Shady Lane Press (a program of The Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project). His poems have appeared or are appearing in The Massachusetts Review, Redivider, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. He received his MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from The Stonecoast MFA Program at The University of Southern Maine.


Herbert Woodward Martin served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton for more than 30 years. He taught creative writing and African-American literature. Herbert has devoted decades to editing and giving performances of the works of the poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). He also edited four books and wrote nine volumes of poetry. His publications include: The Shit-Storm Poems, Pilot Press, 1972, and Escape To The Promised Land, Bottom Dog Press, 2005. Herbert was born in 1933.

Saturday Nights In The Wash Tub

Taylor Portela is a poet, drag queen, and executive assistant who lives in Washington, D.C. You can find their work online at Potluck Magazine and on Instagram @BookOfTaylor16.


Aya Elizabeth is a recent college grad whose obsessions have included black holes, trees, and more recently, jellyfish. Her poetry has appeared in Konch Magazine.

Let’s Eat

Joshua Lindenbaum has been published in Five 2 One Magazine, Silhouette Press, Mistake House, Blue Lake Review, 3Elements Review, The Oddville Press and The Write Room.


Evalyn Lee is a former CBS News producer currently living in London, UK. Her broadcast work received an Emmy and numerous Writers Guild Awards. She produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London, and wrote for Dan Rather, Mike Wallace and Lesley Stahl while covering both Gulf Wars and many investigative pieces. She has interviewed writers including Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis and Margaret Atwood about their work.

Farewell Street

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