Thread is an independent online literary publication featuring short personal essays (Thread) and flash nonfiction (Stitch) that illuminate moments of human experience by established and emerging writers. For more about the people who help craft Thread and Stitch, go to the Contributors page.

The publication celebrated its fifth anniversary in May 2019!

Essays in Thread have earned spots on the Best American Essays Notable list. Kudos to Richard Holinger for his essay “The Art of Passivity” and Randy Osborne for “Seaside Bohemia” for their well-deserved praise! Thread received a four-star review in The Review Review.

As Thread and Stitch‘s editor and publisher, I am committed to supporting contributors. I work with every writer on every line of every essay to be sure that we agree on all editorial changes. I submit essays to the Best American Essays every year and I offer Thread/Stitch writers space on the site to showcase and sell their books.

The publication is supported through the Thread Reading Series with a mission to make Thread and Stitch self-sustaining. These dollars help cover web hosting for the publication and graphic design.

If you would like to support Thread outside of admission and attendance at the live lit events, consider contributing by way private donation, cross promotion or subscribing. Support is good for all of us!

About the Editor

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Ellen Blum Barish

I’ve spent my professional life in publishing and communications but creating Thread is the result of a long-time dream to publish poignant and provocative essays that expose and connect us. I believe that’s what we do when we make art from life.

In June 2018, I was honored by my hometown with it’s Artistic Award of Excellence. You can read more about that here. You can also hear more about the origins of Thread in my first podcast interview. Find out more about my writing, teaching and coaching on my website or LinkedIn page. You can also read an interview with me in my hometown newspaper here.

If you are looking for a taste of my essays – the writing I love the most – check out the Writing page of my website. My pieces have appeared in Full Grown People, Tablet, Literary Mama, The Chicago Tribune and Northwestern Magazine. Several of my essays have aired on Chicago Public Radio and my book of essays, Views from the Home Office Window: On Motherhood, Family and Life  is available on Amazon.com.

Photo by Suzanne Plunkett