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Issue 93: Unthemed

Issue 93: Unthemed

“Pine Grove” by Albert D. Horner
Medford Lakes, NJ

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Issue 93 is Up Now!

June 29th, 2016

Issue 93: Unthemed is now posted. We had so many great contributors this issue, and we wouldn’t be what we are without their talent! Checkout all the brand new fiction


PBQ Author Shelley Girdner Publishes Book of Poems

June 22nd, 2016

Shelley Girdner’s new book of poetry was published last month with Bauhan Publishing. Her book, You Were That White Bird: Poems, centers on the changing emotions in a relationship over


Our June Slam is Coming Up!

June 20th, 2016

Our monthly Slam, Bam, Thank You, Ma’m is coming up fast! Join us next Thursday, June 30th, at the Pen and Pencil for writing, friends, and fun.  


Slush Pile Episode 10 is Up Now!

June 17th, 2016

Slush Pile Episode 10 is now up, featuring poems by Jen Karetnick and Tria Wood! You can listen here and then let us know what you think on our Facebook event page!


PBQ Author Maya Pindyck Releases Book of Poems

June 16th, 2016

PBQ author, Maya Pyndyck, recently came out with a new book of poetry, Emoticoncert, published by Four Way Books. This is her second collection of poetry. Checkout the awesome book trailer


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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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