>>  As Luck Would Have It: A Review of A Lucky Man Jamel Brinkley // Book Review by Robert Hunsberger

“All at once an acute ugliness shuddered into being, a face revealed within his face, and he must have seen it within mine too. It has been that way with people in my life, with people I have loved: a fine dispersal, a rupture as quiet as two lips parting, a change so sudden one morning, so slight, you wonder if they had ever been beautiful at all.”



Duende is the national literary journal of Goddard College's BFA program. Along with an issue published
each fall, we regularly update our website with
new stories, poems, & art.


featuring fiction by Destanie McAllister, nonfiction by Robert Knox, and visual art by Seigar

States of mind feature

>> my grandma feeds the cats and other poems // by Angie Sijun Lou

"my mother says / 'letting 奶奶 raise you is regret i take / to the grave' / inside her grave there is / a disinfected suburbia..."

>> Khawaaga: Eyes Always Watching // nonfiction by Maryah Converse

"My experience of khawaaga did, however, open something of a side door for me into understanding privilege and oppression. In my travels abroad, my white privilege had magnified into American privilege, the advantages it gave me so pronounced that I couldn’t fail to see them."

>> How to Devastate Yourself // hybrid by Maya Isai

"Watch the other black and brown kids with longing. See how the girls are girls together, how they laugh while they walk, how they celebrate each other...Look down at the floor, hug your arms against your chest, and remember that you do not yet feel free with your body."

and other work here!

 Olivia Inwood

Olivia Inwood

 Mary Curtain

Mary Curtain

 Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson

 Katie Anhalt

Katie Anhalt




(stay awhile, browse, reflect, enjoy)

THE COSMIC MILLIMETER // poetry by Alessandra Narváez-Varela

"eyes so green, a face so round, they had / to be tasted / by a man who hugged so hard her hymen / broke, who said without / music: 'pull your pants down, Chilean princesita"

THE INCIDENCE IN WOMEN IS HIGHER AFTER 30 // collaboration by Trinity Tibe and Cameron Cox

"Please let me be the mirror in the bowl of a spoon / where physics moonlights as magic / and bent light convinces the optic marble / it's abandoned gravity"

and more HERE!


>> EXODUS WITH COW // fiction by Elena Georgiou

"Just before my death I saw my own country’s flag and my own country’s army, coming towards my village to bulldoze our homes. When the soldiers were close enough that I could see their guns, I knew that I had to abandon the place in which I had lived since birth..."

>> POEMS // by Summer Edward

"At night, my pillow / composes my skull; earth’s / revolution breaks out / a flag of stars"

>> A MEMOIR ABOUT RETURNING // nonfiction by Mireidys Garcia

"We all have moments that bring us back. Moments that tug at our strings and pull us home. Even if we’re not ready, not done soaring. Even when we don’t want to come back."


and more HERE!


...The duende is a force not a labor, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: ‘The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning, it’s not a question of skill, but of a style that’s truly alive: meaning, it’s in the veins: meaning, it’s of the most ancient culture of immediate creation.
— Federico García Lorca
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Thanks to the Gunst Foundation for its major support of Duende.

Note: This website is produced and managed by Goddard BFA students. The material 

that appears on it does not represent the views of Goddard College.