Howl-Outs: Pack Publications
Aug31

Howl-Outs: Pack Publications

Readers, friends and contributors of The Woolf are blazing a trail in the literary world. Have a look at their recent successes—there’s something for everyone.

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A Mark on the Wall: High and Mighty is Henry
Jun01

A Mark on the Wall: High and Mighty is Henry

“High and mighty is Henry!” Barbara Nigg’s visual take on The Woolf’s Summer theme: High and Mighty.

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2017 Short Story Competition: Judge’s Report
Feb28

2017 Short Story Competition: Judge’s Report

“… singling out a first-, second-, and third-place winner is a little heartbreaking. Each story owns its own universe and concerns.” A word from our Short Story Competition judge, Anne Korkeakivi.

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2017 Short Story Winner
Feb28

2017 Short Story Winner

“Miniature glaciers crowd together on the path and I find myself waiting to see if they’ll start to melt, before I remember they’re actually glass.” Read Kate Paine’s winning short story.

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2017 Short Story Second Place
Feb28

2017 Short Story Second Place

“I wake and pick. I scratch and claw and I bleed. Every morning, every day, always.” Read runner-up J. Rushing’s story.

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2017 Short Story Third Place
Feb28

2017 Short Story Third Place

“A punch to the gut. Impossible to breathe. No physical impact, yet searing pain. Words, a confluence of thoughts, a convergence of letters that beg to be unscrambled, turned back into their secret gibberish. Instead, she insists, “I’m not scared of it, Mom,” she says, her voice strong.” Read K.C. Allen’s story, third place in our short story competition.

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Tales from the Pit #6
Feb28

Tales from the Pit #6

“A disheveled guy unlocks the doors. While we thaw out inside, he checks our bags, takes a loose roll call and switches from German to English for the most important news: the responsible person will let us into the sound check ‘just as soon as she comes back from the toilet.'” What happened when definitely-not-intoxicated D.B. Miller met Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

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Quiet, clothed
Feb28

Quiet, clothed

“Writing causes all the feels, oh yes. If creativity takes the shape of a parabola, weaving its highs and lows, keeping the creator coming back for one more success, parenting is without shape or limit.” Lindsey Grant tackles this age-old motherhood conundrum. And decides to keep her pants on.

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Writers Resist: Because we need to
Feb28

Writers Resist: Because we need to

“That night […] as some of ‘our’ refugees were coming to the Austrian border, we heard that Germany was closing the border to Austria. This was the beginning of the end of Schengen, Europe and everything we had hoped for as young students studying European law. What have we achieved since that night? What has split the world into two camps of supporters and opponents? What triggered all that hate? And why did I close my heart again after it had been ripped open so badly?” —Angie Weinberger

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Tales from the Pit #5
Dec01

Tales from the Pit #5

“For a second, she thinks about the description of dying her friend intercepted from the spirits: falling and fighting it with every muscle pinched in panic until the horizon tilts, hands float to the surface … and she lets go.” The latest instalment from D.B. Miller.

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Tales from the Pit #4
Sep01

Tales from the Pit #4

“Thirty-four years after the letter, I find myself in the back of an SUV on the way to a Who concert. While my parents discuss dinner options from the front seat, I try in vain to forge a link between the teenage fan and the adult.” D.B. Miller’s latest installment.

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Short Story: The Photo Shop
Sep01

Short Story: The Photo Shop

“Sometimes he wondered how it all worked, how one day flowed into the next, how the money kept coming in, why the train station was always so clean, but resolved that it was best not to ask …” A short story from local Swiss writer, Alex Hintermann.

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Tales from the Pit #3
Jun09

Tales from the Pit #3

“If you slip and almost step on a waterlogged mouse, do not attempt an artsy contortion. You will pull a muscle in your back.” D.B. Miller walks us through eight steps to success when attending Zürich’s open-air festival.

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Poetry: Karin Kaminker
Jun09

Poetry: Karin Kaminker

“In waves / it came / brought on / by the empty garden bench / among the willows …” Karin Kaminker is a Geneva-based poet, and we feature two of her poems in this issue.

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Tales from the Pit #2
Mar03

Tales from the Pit #2

“Fact: If you want to get close to the stage, you have to prepare. Some call it a military operation. I call it war.” D.B. Miller scans the audience in the pit with a series of vignettes.

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Writers Resist: Holding space for the demands of justice
Mar03

Writers Resist: Holding space for the demands of justice

“On November 9th, the day after the US election, I found myself in Houston. Having finished a speaking engagement at the university, I was visiting a dear friend. In need of solace, we went to the Rothko Chapel—a gathering place for civil rights activists from around the world, and an interfaith sanctuary for contemplation.” – Darcy Alexandra, organiser of the Writers Resist event in Zurich.

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Writers Resist: On the power of words
Mar03

Writers Resist: On the power of words

“The result is a sobering realisation of how quickly a society can shift from progressive to reactionary, and how much must be done by those who defend the democratic ideal. Most of all, we acknowledge the power of words.” J.J. Marsh pens a response to January’s Writers Resist event in Zürich.

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Spoken Word: Resurrection by Charles Blass
Mar03

Spoken Word: Resurrection by Charles Blass

Charles Blass, Zürich-based poet and DJ for Radio LoRa, performs his poem, ‘Resurrection’.

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Tales from the Pit: #1
Nov28

Tales from the Pit: #1

“This is punk. This is what it’s for. A woman half my age is my teacher. And she didn’t come here to dance.” D.B. Miller faces off the Petrol Girls and Dead Kennedys in her new series.

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Spoken Word: Beginnings by Claire Doble
Nov28

Spoken Word: Beginnings by Claire Doble

“Get out on the highway! Rouse the rabble, have a dabble. Who am I … to start something?” Zürich-based poet Claire Doble responds to the theme of ‘Beginnings’ with a spoken-word poem.

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In response: Money
Nov29

In response: Money

Zürich-based poet and journalist Claire Doble wrestles with what it means to have money while living in one of the richest countries in the world …

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It’s Much More Important Than That
Aug28

It’s Much More Important Than That

In a short work of fiction, author Paul Knott contemplates the meaning of home through the eyes of an asylum-seeker.

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Seedling’s Muse
Jun02

Seedling’s Muse

Environmental adaptation: contemplative prose from Zürich-based Canadian writer Sherida Deeprose.

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Between the Acts: Emily Bilman
Feb27

Between the Acts: Emily Bilman

Three poems by Emily Bilman The Corn-Cradle Steered by the swallows, we plant our tents on the land, the cradle of corn, olive, sage, fig and barley. In the wild thorn and thistle fields, I tend the goats, as they bolt against the shrubs, ejecting stones as they slip downhill, an indigo cloak screening my skin from the arid swirling dust. Along sombre shades of path, darkness slowly descends upon the sand-fields. A yellow-eyed leopard...

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Between the Acts: Poems (on Plunder)
Nov28

Between the Acts: Poems (on Plunder)

Geneva-based poet, Sue Le Mesurier’s response to the theme ‘Plunder’

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