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Who We Are

Sooth Swarm Journal is an online literary-art magazine, published on a semi-annual basis.


Co-Founder & Editor / Marie Ungar is a writer from Charlottesville, Virginia. She has attended workshops run by the University of Iowa, the Kenyon Review, and the University of Virginia. Marie’s work has been recognized by the Fralin Museum of Art, the Piedmont Council for the Arts, Hollins University, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Reader / Ezra Lebovitz is a writer and student from New Jersey. A former poetry reader with The Blueshift Journal, he has participated in Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship, and has had his work recognized by organizations such as the New Jersey Council of English Teachers and Scholastic Art & Writing. Recent work has appeared in decomP Magazine, YA Review Network, L’Ephemere Review and Polyphony HS, among others.

Co-Founder & Editor Emeritus / Erin Jin Mei O’Malley is an Asian American writer who lives in Philadelphia for most of the year. They are the Managing Editor of The Ellis Review and have received a scholarship from the Lambda Literary Foundation and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Erin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIALOGIST, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. You can find them online at

Our Vision

"A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth" 


--Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

Sooth: noun, archaic. Meaning truth. Truth: synonyms: fact, verity, certainty, certitude. This definition falls far from its mark when it shouldn't be aiming for a specific target altogether. We want poetry that examines your uncertain truths and truths that are unafraid to redefine themselves. We want words that live outside the fear of being the wrong ones.

We look forward to reading your most honest work.

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