The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
―Walt Whitman

 

Founded in 2015, Door is a Jar Magazine is an emerging bi-annual online and print publication of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork. Our publication steers away from mere academic writing, and focuses on writing that is accessible for all readers. We publish well-crafted writing that has cadence, personality, and uses familiar language to take readers on a journey. Furthermore, we celebrate the diversity of our readers, artists and writers; no matter one's social class, race, sexual orientation, lifestyle, religion, gender, education or experience, we want to publish your work and we invite you to read our publications. 

In addition to the accessibility and diversity of our publication, we have a strong belief in community involvement. In February of 2016 we launched the Lower Mississippi RIVERKEEPER® award. Through this award we are bringing awareness about this local organization, thus bringing awareness about the water quality concerns along the Mississippi River. In the years to come, it is our mission to partner with similar organizations as a way to make a positive difference in local communities around the world. Mother Teresa said it best: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." This is what we long to do through our community involvment, we long to cast stone, after stone, after stone: making ripple, after ripple, after ripple. It is our hope that you will join us by submitting work, or by simply reading our current or archived issues. 

Staff

THE EDITOR/CO-FOUNDER AHREND TORREY is a poet, educator, tea enthusiast, spiritual seeker, a lover of nature and a lover of animals. He is an English Literature and Creative Writing graduate. When he's not working or writing poetry, he is usually painting next to the Mississippi River, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

THE EDITOR/CO-FOUNDER

AHREND TORREY is a poet, educator, tea enthusiast, spiritual seeker, a lover of nature and a lover of animals. He is an English Literature and Creative Writing graduate. When he's not working or writing poetry, he is usually painting next to the Mississippi River, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

FICTION EDITOR NINA LONG holds a degree in elementary education and an M. A./M. F. A. in Creative Writing. She loves to read, write, and bake. Most of her writing inspiration stems from her hilarious 2nd graders and watching ridiculous amounts of television. She lives in Pennsylvania. 

FICTION EDITOR

NINA LONG holds a degree in elementary education and an M. A./M. F. A. in Creative Writing. She loves to read, write, and bake. Most of her writing inspiration stems from her hilarious 2nd graders and watching ridiculous amounts of television. She lives in Pennsylvania. 

DRAMA EDITOR CORINNE ALICE NULTON had her 14 Symptoms produced at the Brick Theater's Game Play Festival in 2014, and her ten-minute-play "Flesh" was a finalist at the Kennedy Center in 2011. Currently, Corinne is an adjunct instructor at Penn State Worthington Scranton and also a grader at Penn Foster. 

DRAMA EDITOR

CORINNE ALICE NULTON had her 14 Symptoms produced at the Brick Theater's Game Play Festival in 2014, and her ten-minute-play "Flesh" was a finalist at the Kennedy Center in 2011. Currently, Corinne is an adjunct instructor at Penn State Worthington Scranton and also a grader at Penn Foster. 

MANAGING EDITOR/CO-FOUNDER MAXWELL BAUMAN is an M. A./M .F. A.  graduate from Wilkes University. He is a wizard with Legos. He plays guitar and banjo. Maxwell has never had a strawberry. He currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina.  

MANAGING EDITOR/CO-FOUNDER

MAXWELL BAUMAN is an M. A./M .F. A.  graduate from Wilkes University. He is a wizard with Legos. He plays guitar and banjo. Maxwell has never had a strawberry. He currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

POETRY EDITOR CLEMONCE HEARD is a poet who hails from the well seasoned city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B. F. A. in graphic design. He is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. 

POETRY EDITOR

CLEMONCE HEARD is a poet who hails from the well seasoned city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B. F. A. in graphic design. He is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. 

NONFICTION EDITOR LEAH VERNON is an African-American Muslim writer and style enthusiast living in Metro Detroit. She holds a business degree and an M. A./ M. F. A. in Creative Writing. Leah enjoys fashion blogging, creating gritty dystopian worlds with strong female leads of color, and compelling non-fiction pieces that will interrupt her daily realities.

NONFICTION EDITOR

LEAH VERNON is an African-American Muslim writer and style enthusiast living in Metro Detroit. She holds a business degree and an M. A./ M. F. A. in Creative Writing. Leah enjoys fashion blogging, creating gritty dystopian worlds with strong female leads of color, and compelling non-fiction pieces that will interrupt her daily realities.

ART DIRECTOR AZEEZ ALLI is a concept artist and graduate student at ArtCenter College for Design in Los Angeles, California, studying Industrial Design. When he is not designing, he can be found wandering the wilderness sketching bystanders or discussing politics with strangers on park benches.

ART DIRECTOR

AZEEZ ALLI is a concept artist and graduate student at ArtCenter College for Design in Los Angeles, California, studying Industrial Design. When he is not designing, he can be found wandering the wilderness sketching bystanders or discussing politics with strangers on park benches.

COPY & DESIGN EDITOR JONATHAN DACULA is an educational equity advocate, singer, and writer who lives and works in the Greater New Orleans area. He is a proud English Writing graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Outside of work, he spends his time singing, fostering meaningful connections, and dedicating time to personal spirituality.

COPY & DESIGN EDITOR

JONATHAN DACULA is an educational equity advocate, singer, and writer who lives and works in the Greater New Orleans area. He is a proud English Writing graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Outside of work, he spends his time singing, fostering meaningful connections, and dedicating time to personal spirituality.

EDITORIAL INTERN JACK FABIAN is an undergraduate student at Staffordshire University in the UK, studying English and Creative Writing. His interests include dystopian fiction and pugs. His writing focuses on gritty, urban dystopia, and in his spare time he listens to The Smiths and hopelessly pursues a healthy lifestyle.

EDITORIAL INTERN

JACK FABIAN is an undergraduate student at Staffordshire University in the UK, studying English and Creative Writing. His interests include dystopian fiction and pugs. His writing focuses on gritty, urban dystopia, and in his spare time he listens to The Smiths and hopelessly pursues a healthy lifestyle.