The Boom Site Literary Magazine

Volume 1, Issue 2: October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Hello, readers of the St. Croix Valley!

It is our great pleasure to present the second issue of The Boom Site Literary Magazine. It has been wonderful to watch our magazine grow over the past few months. All of the submissions received for this issue were equally impressive as the first and we continue to be proud of our mission as a youth-initiated, youth-centered publication.

As the seasons change, you'll notice us undergoing some changes as well! Our next issue will be a printed, hard-copy publication just in time for the holidays. Submissions for this issue will open next week — check below for more information and make sure to watch your emails and our Facebook page for more details!

Additionally, we are holding a contest to find our new logo! If you enjoy art, I highly recommend you enter this. The winner receives $100! Find out more information below.

Thank you for supporting your local youth literary magazine, and enjoy the prose and poetry!

All my best,




My apple tree

In the backyard

Blooms a red pearl rain,

Flowers a green storm,

Sighs in golden waves...

"Apple​ ​Tree​ ​in​ ​Reds,​ ​Greens,​ ​and​ ​Golds" by Zoe

Bring me back to when

My life wasn't so gray

Back to when my life

Wasn't just the day to day

A sensation in your gut...

"Finished at 4:54 AM" by Adam

People say water is blue,

But they are wrong.

Sky makes the water blue.

Water reflects sky making it

Turquoise, purple, and aqua...

"Mirror of Water" by Zoe


I’m so sorry,


I cannot believe


I was so naive...

"Some Kind of Hell" by Alexander

It was snowing

The day

She left us.

In a blizzard

Of pain...

"Tragedy" by Adam

There is a pond

In a place

No one can see.

The water ripples across

The clear pond...

"Water Lily" by Zoe


Samuel is sitting in his room, simple with a bed, a wooden dresser, and a mirror. It’s night, and he is reading...

"Silent Beauty" by Alexander

Men and women sitting around table. MICHAEL CRAFT sits at the head of the table. Storms are raging outside...

"Untitled" by Abby

A team consisting of middle and high school students from Minnesota and Wisconsin came together in Stillwater every week where at various spots where creativity ran wild. The result...

"HUSH" by Karis

Staff Creative Work

"Our Touches" by Eleanor (Poetry Editor)

"an unsolicited operation" by Elysia (Editor-in-Chief)

"A Heart's Confession" by Evelyn* (Poetry and Visual Arts Editor)

"thank you" by Evelyn* (Poetry and Visual Arts Editor)

"Untitled" by Evelyn* (Poetry and Visual Arts Editor)

"Where am I from" by Evelyn* (Poetry and Visual Arts Editor)

"Infatuation" by Hannah (Poetry Editor and Social Media Liaison)

"Advice from a Bagel" by Ivy* (Prose and Visual Arts Editor)

"His Maple Tree" by Ivy* (Prose and Visual Arts Editor)

"Just Me" by Ivy* (Prose and Visual Arts Editor)

"My Art" by Ivy* (Prose and Visual Arts Editor)

* indicates a new staff member

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Win $100 if your logo design is chosen!

See your work in print! Submit to the Boom Site's end of the year anthology

Like what you're reading? Want to highlight your own creative work? Submit your prose, poetry or visual art to the Boom Site to be considered for submission in our end of the year anthology. Published after Thanksgiving, this hardcopy of the Boom Site Literary Magazine will be sold online and in local bookstores including Valley Bookseller. Be sure to submit as soon as you can! Wouldn't it be cool to see your creative effort in print?
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Thanks to a grant from the MRAC and the hospitality of St. Croix Preparatory Academy, The Shire held the Boom Site Creative Writing Intensive over a two week period in August. Many of the submissions in this issue come out of that experience.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

StoryArk Matters

As the umbrella organization for The Shire, Voices in the Valley, #HUSHpodcast, and The Boom Site Literary Journal, StoryArk nurtures storytelling in all of its diversity across the generations and through multiple media. By sharing our stories, we impact our selves, our community, our culture, our country and even our world.

StoryArk is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization that seeks to serve the greater good.