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




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

Threepenny Review, "Sling and Stone" (essay)
North American Review, "From Makhachkala with Love" (essay)
Gettysburg Review, "Distance" (essay)

Greensboro Review, "Broken Leather" (fiction)
Chattahoochee Review
, "Sometimes Salvation" (essay)
Southeast Review
, "Some Things You Should Know About Me Now" (essay)
River Teeth
, "West of Cody" & "The Museum of Broken Relationships" (essays)
, "The Wound" (essay)
Fourth Genre, "We're Going to Stop Here" (essay)
Gulf Coast
, "In the Small Hours" (essay)
Michigan Quarterly Review
, "It's Not Always Like This Here" (essay)
Passages North
, "A Constant Stream of Abrupt Movements" (fiction)

Shenandoah, "The Work" (fiction)
Third Coast
, "Stitches" (play)

Post Road, "I Probably Let Some of It Slip Once" (essay)
, "The Iron Kid" (essay)
Green Mountains Review
, "Why I Say This Now" (fiction)
The Pinch
, "Manatee" (essay)
Baltimore Review
, "The Radio Men" (essay)

The Normal School, "In Regard to the Sock You Left in the Community Dryer" (essay)
Bull: Men's Fiction"Could Haves" (fiction)

Yellow Medicine Review, "Remedy" (fiction)
, "Theory of Relativity Between Colorado and Iowa" (essay)
100 Word Story
, "Skinning the Gloves" (essay)
The Moth (Ireland), "Where in the World We Had a Mason Jar" (poetry)
(Ireland), "Everything After" (fiction)

Eclectica, "All We Have Left" (fiction)
Word Riot, "Those Who Know Better Are Sleeping" (fiction)
PANK, "Between Them" (poetry)
Blood Orange Review, "The Shoebox" (fiction)