JONATHAN STARKE is a former bodybuilder and boxer. He's harvested seaweed in Ireland, given free hugs in Spain, and flipped pancakes in Denmark. He loves riding trains and wondering about the lives unfolding outside the window. His biggest passions are learning and travel, and he's ventured to 60 countries via hitching, couch surfing, and working exchanges. He plays piano and thrives on diverse workouts, organic food, artwork, street markets, and anything related to helping others, especially in the arts. He's the founding editor of Palooka.

MFA: Colorado State University
BA: University of Iowa

You've Got Something Coming
Winner of the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction

"Starke's knockout punch of a debut...a tough and tender novel...will remind readers of Hemingway's punch-drunk 'The Battler,' as well as the broken dreamers of F.X. Toole's Rope Burns and Leonard Gardner's Fat City. Starke's bruising, brooding book is a real heartbreaker." Publishers Weekly

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River Teeth, "Small Parts of Us" (Fall 2020)


You've Got Something Coming, Black Heron Press, 2020


The Sun, "The Unraveling Ties of the Universe"
Missouri Review, "What Happens to Heroes"

Threepenny Review, "Sling and Stone"
North American Review, "From Makhachkala with Love"

Gettysburg Review, "Distance"
Chattahoochee Review, "Sometimes Salvation"
Southeast Review, "Some Things You Should Know About Me Now"
Brevity, "The Wound"
Fourth Genre, "We're Going to Stop Here"

Gulf Coast, "In the Small Hours"
Michigan Quarterly Review, "It's Not Always Like This Here"

Carve, "The Iron Kid"
River Teeth"West of Cody" & "The Museum of Broken Relationships"
Post Road, "I Probably Let Some of It Slip Once"

The Pinch, "Manatee"
Baltimore Review, "The Radio Men"
The Normal School, "In Regard to the Sock You Left in the Community Dryer"
Monkeybicycle, "Theory of Relativity Between Colorado and Iowa"
100 Word Story,
"Skinning the Gloves"


Greensboro Review, "Broken Leather"
, "The Work" 
Passages North
, "A Constant Stream of Abrupt Movements"
Third Coast, "Stitches"

Green Mountains Review, "Why I Say This Now"
Crannóg (Ireland), "Everything After"
Yellow Medicine Review, "Remedy"
The Galway Review (Ireland), "There's Nothing Out There"

Word Riot, "Those Who Know Better Are Sleeping"
Bull: Men's Fiction, "Could Haves"
Eclectica, "Rift"
Blood Orange Review, "The Shoebox"


The Moth (Ireland), "Where in the World We Had a Mason Jar"
PANK, "Between Them"