State of the Obra – A Letter from the Founding Editor-in-Chief

   Rebecca Anne Renner

Greetings from the O/A editors!

Six months ago, the adventure called Obra/Artifact began in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Since then, it has grown from a mere idea to a graduate literary magazine. All of this is thanks to our submitters and supporters, especially Juan Carlos Reyes and the MFA of the Americas.

Over the past several months, the editors—Jared Smith, Lucianna Ramos, and I—have been reading, judging, and arguing about your submissions. As of last week, we have made all of our poetry and prose selections for the first digital issue. (But we’re still in the market for visual art. Submit your art today!)

In January, the first issue of Obra will go live on this website. This coincides with our MFA program’s residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. During the residency, final decisions for the Artifact postcards will be made.

These postcards will be for sale at the AWP Conference and Bookfair in Washington, DC, February 8th to the 11th. Our entire editorial staff will be there. Connect with us on Facebook for more information!

Going forward, we are accepting submissions for our next digital issue, which will be available in April. Here are a few things we would like to see more of:

  • experimentation,
  • multimodal media,
  • hypermedia,
  • hybrid texts,
  • genre interplay,
  • ekphrasis,
  • combinations of unlike mediums,
  • socially conscious visual art,
  • essays for our blog!
  • book reviews!

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of the publications we enjoy:


Hinchas de Poesia

Burrow Press: Fantastic Floridas

Barrelhouse (defunct, but still cool)


If you have any questions, please comment on this post or email the editors at

We’re looking forward to reading your work!


                       Rebecca Renner

                       Founding Editor-in-Chief



                                                   Feature Image (c) Jared Smith, 2016.

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