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PBQ Co-Editor Kathleen Volk Miller Featured in Oprah’s O Magazine.

May 18th, 2016

“After a terrible loss, Kathleen Volk Miller and her kids do the unthinkable: choose joy.” Our very own Kathleen Volk Miller was published in Oprah’s O Magazine for an inspirational article centering on


Join PBQ for our May Slam, Bam, Thank You, Ma’m

May 18th, 2016

On May 26th at 7:30pm, PBQ will have our monthly Slam, Bam, Thank You, Ma’m at the Pen and Pencil Club on 1522 Latimer Street! Come participate our writing game!


Drexel Publishing Group’s Week of Writing 2016

May 17th, 2016

Painted Bride Quarterly was at Drexel Publishing Group’s Week of Writing  last week, and we couldn’t be more excited about all of the awesome panels we saw! On Monday we


PBQ Welcomes Elliot James Dickey To The World

May 5th, 2016

The world became a better place at 12:07 p.m. on Friday, April 29; Elliott James Dickey got here. One of our senior editors, Bryan Dickey became a father and PBQ


PBQ to Co-present Literary Death Match April 1st!

March 11th, 2016

PBQ is co-presenting a Literary Death Match like no other. Readings by Amber Tamblyn, Danez Smith, Susan Orlean, and Chris Abani. Judging by Adam Scott (Parks & Rec), Lena Waithe (Master of None), and Martin Starr


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Donnie Welch

Broken down in the Poconos,
driving home for Christmas,
icicles gleam like daggers
on trees and big rigs go zooming
around the hairpin turn I'm stuck on.

If I die here, on Christmas Eve,
next to this shitty Kia, I promise
I will haunt you Pennsylvania:
from your mountains of coal
bleached gray by globalization
to Philly where I'll hover
my spectral ass
inches above William Penn's
statue on the state house.

I will be the reason speedometers
don't calibrate outside of Pittsburgh
and weigh station scales won't
tractor-trailer payloads, just read

I'll make sure Kecksburg
has an outward appearance of
rather than remaining a monument
to something that probably didn't
(in place with a "members only" bar
people must be desperate for the

I don't hate you Pennsylvania,
but your Quaker heritage
and chocolate theme parks
aren't enough to make up
for mountain town towing companies.
And if a tired driver goes
into the brake down lane, off road,
I'll join those ranks at Gettysburg
and remain a dutiful ghost.

The words for next month are soap, perverse, and irritate.

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