Cave Wall, published twice a year (or once a year while our children
are little), is a national literary magazine dedicated to publishing the
best in contemporary poetry. We are interested in poems of any
length and style from both established and emerging poets. We are
open to all voices. Each issue includes black & white art, as well.

Poems first published in
Cave Wall have been featured on Poetry
Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac
, and in the Best American
Poetry, Best New Poets,
and Pushcart Prize awards anthologies.

Editors: Rhett Iseman Trull & Jeff Trull
Assistant Editor: Michael Boccardo
Editorial Assistants: Tracey Nafekh and Kylie Stephens
Official Poem Accepter: Audrey Trull

Contributing Art Editors: Dan Rhett, Margaret Rhett
Contributing Editors: Sandra Beasley, Renee Soto
What folks are saying about Cave Wall:
"Cave Wall is a primal urge you must satisfy."
                       --Anne Wolfe,
"Cave Wall is my new favorite journal. Elegantly printed, thoughtfully edited,
Cave Wall gathers together wonder-filled poems with spare drawings to
create the perfect read. This is how it should be done!
                                                                --Sebastian Matthews
"There's something familiar about Cave Wall...and that's not a comment on
the originality of the poems contained therein. On the contrary, the second
issue of the magazine...includes work that certainly wouldn't be out of place
in one of the "big" poetry journals.
Cave Wall isn't big--not yet. Rather, it's a
slim, minimally designed, serious-minded journal with roughly the same
dimensions and card stock cover as the old
Poetry, before poetry's most
famous chunk of change changed it.
                                     --Kevin Larimer,
Poets & Writers Magazine
Stores carrying Cave Wall:
If you are a bookseller or you know of a store that might be interested in
Cave Wall, please email Rhett at  

In our self-distribution efforts, we try to make the process as easy as possible
for our stores.  Here's what one bookseller has to say about working with

"With just one email or phone call, I can get the new issue of
Cave Wall, plus a
ready-to-mail envelope for the returns, delivered right to my doorstep.  It’s such
a quick and efficient process that supporting an independent publication couldn’t
be any easier for a busy bookseller."
     --Joanne Cavin, Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Charlotte, NC)
North Carolina:

Downtown Books and News
67 N. Lexinton Ave.
Asheville, NC

Park Road Books
4139 Park Rd.
Park Road Shopping Center
Charlotte, NC

Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC

Adams University Bookstore
326 Tate St.
Greensboro, NC

Barnes & Nobles
Friendly Center
Greensboro, NC

Glenwood Community
1206 Grove St.
Greensboro, NC

Open Books: A Poem Emporiu
2414 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA
Barnes & Noble
906 Mall Loop Rd.
High Point, NC

McIntyre's Fine Books & Bookends
2000 Fearrington Village
Pittsboro, NC

Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC

Pomegranate Books
4418 Park Ave.
Wilmington, NC

Barnes & Noble
1925 Hampton Inn Ct.
Winston-Salem, NC

Bear Pond Books
77 Main St.
Montpelier, VT

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room
114 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI
"Cave Wall reminds me of why I started writing poetry in the first place."
                                                                               --Natasha Trethewey
“Living in a city apartment, I’ve adapted to giving away or recycling literary
journals. There is one exception to that rule: Cave Wall. We keep them all."
                                                                      --Sandra Beasley
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