At Horse Egg Literary, we sincerely believe this third grader. As two women who have recently graduated from the University of British Columbia, breaking out of our shells in the midst of a global pandemic, we believe horses sometimes hatch from eggs. Life and love, as well as poetry, are eggs which contain the unexpected, the playful, the beautiful, and the strange.
We hope to share snippets of imagination written in the yolk of horse eggs instead of ink, should you wish to share it with us. As poets ourselves, we know how vulnerable the act of sharing one’s writing can be, to crack yourself all over the paper and not know if you’ll get a neigh of approval; but isn't that what life is all about? At Horse Egg Literary, we hope to find a scrambled stallion, a whinnying egg, a poem that is both vulnerable and dreamlike with the way it tells its story.
We want to give everyone the opportunity to show us their weird words, their deepest feelings, their hatched ideas. We publish poems which prove that poetry is more than Walt Whitman tearing up lawns or Robert Frost lost in the forest. We want poems that live and breathe the air we do today, poems that dream the unimaginable and flirt with the unexpected. So what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to receive your funkiest creations, your imagination gone wild!
FOUNDER | MANAGING EDITOR
Arielle Shakour (she/her) has a bachelor's degree from The University of British Columbia in English literature, with a minor in creative writing. She is the author of a self-published poetry book, called Exposed Bones & Broken Poems. She has work published in Room Magazine, yolk literary, and others. Her work revolves around memory, whimsy, and fragmentation. Currently she is writing a chapbook about the color blue. Arielle has one dog and a plethora of potted plants that desperately need to be watered. She is a dreamer and loves planning spontaneous dinner parties. When she’s not writing poetry, she is a scrambled egg just trying to figure her life out.
FOUNDER | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kristen Kalicharan (she/her) is a biracial poet and artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She recently received her BA degree in English literature and creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Her creative work centres on love, identity, the body and the subconscious. She is the proud author of a poetry zine, dreaming of boxes, and is currently working on a collection of comics about a soft and sardonic skeleton. In her spare time, you can probably find her baking biscuits, developing her sixth sense, or watching ATLA for the millionth time.
Rebecca Herrera (she/her) is a Salvadoran American, strawberry-haired girl born and raised in New York. She received her bachelor’s in Art History and Museum Professions from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has two associate degrees in Visual Arts and English. She has work featured in The Aurora Journal, Stuck in Notes, Hecate Magazine, and others. Her writing primarily involves culture, mythology, nostalgia, and history. She currently lives in an apartment with her two plants, Orpheus and Eurydice, and is usually either at her 9-5 or buying pints of raspberry gelato at the local grocery store.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Quinn Christensen (she/they) is a writer from St. Paul, Minnesota. Their work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Journal of Erato, and others. She is currently working towards a BA in English at Bryn Mawr College and finishing a short story about a missing goat. Quinn loves good writing, good food, and the MTV show Are You the One? When they were little, they wanted to be a scientist, a princess, and a writer. Her plans have not changed.
A BRIEF HISTORY (OR HORSESTORY)
Horse Egg Literary began when Kristen and Arielle decided to combine their last brain cells into a two-horse power literary machine to bring creativity and life into the new-age pandemic world. The origin of Kristen and Arielle’s friendship is, shockingly, a poetry class. They were workshop mates who evolved into good pals. You may be wondering, “Why name your magazine Horse Egg Literary?” Your question is valid. On the first day of class, their teacher had a quote on the chalkboard which read, “A poem is an egg with a horse inside”, written by a 3rd grader. Inspired, they decided to put all of their horse eggs into one basket, creating Horse Egg Literary.
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