Referential Magazine was launched in 2010 with the purpose of connecting its poems, stories, and essays with other work on its site. It has become a community where writers give a nod of acknowledgement and a wave of the hand to other’s works. Beginning in Fall 2013, our new editors have taken over with the same enthusiasm for creative connectedness. We hope you will follow the connections around the magazine and enjoy the content we have been honored to receive.

About.com’s Catherine Sustana described us in her Eight Innovative Online Magazines: “Referential Magazine calls itself ‘a celebration of the interconnectedness of the written word,’ and reading it is not quite like reading anything else I’ve encountered on the web. Some of the pieces are previously unpublished; others are reprints. Most pieces are followed by a reference to at least one other work—one that inspired it or one that resonates with it (though sometimes a piece is just followed by a statement from the author). The references sometimes lead to other works on the Referential Magazine site, but often, they lead to other sites. The effect is to put literary works in conversation with each other, creating a sense of context and community rather than the isolation so often created by the abundant material available on the internet.”

[As of winter 2016, the magazine has ceased publication, though will be live on the internet for the foreseeable future.]


Editor-in-Chief/Nonfiction Editor

Image of Sean Finucane TonerSean Finucane Toner is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best of the Net finalist whose creative nonfiction has found homes in The Best of Hippocampus, The Best of Philadelphia Stories, Ardor, Brevity, The MacGuffin, Opium, Apiary, Word Riot, The Monarch Review, Perigee, Writers on the Job, and “The Book of Worst Meals,” as well as at a Literary Death Match at the World Café in Philadelphia. Sean has an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has served as vice president of the Philadelphia Writers Conference. He has been sightless since 1995. His website is seantoner.com.

Fiction Editor

Image of Robin ParksRobin Parks is the author of the story collection Egg Heaven (Shade Mountain Press 2014). Her stories and essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, The MacGuffin, Hippocampus, Perigee, Prism International, and other journals, and her fiction has won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. Robin has an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was the Presidential Fellow in Creative Writing. Her website is robinparks.com.

Poetry Editor

Image of Ona GritzOna Gritz‘s poetry collection, Geode, was a finalist for the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Bellevue Literary Review, Seneca Review, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, and many other journals and anthologies. In 2007, she won the Inglis House Poetry Contest and the Late Blooms Poetry Postcard Competition. Her chapbook, Left Standing, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Ona is also a children’s author, essayist, and longtime columnist for Literary Mama. Her website is onagritz.com.

Poetry Editor

Image of Dan SimpsonDan Simpson‘s collection of poems, School for the Blind, was published by Poets Wear Prada in October 2014. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Cortland Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Passager, The Atlanta Review, The Louisville Review and Margie, among others. Cinquo Puntos Press published his essay “Line Breaks the Way I See Them” and four of his poems appear in Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, now in its second printing. The recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, he writes a blog titles Inside the Invisible, which can be found at www.insidetheinvisible.wordpress.com.



Image of Ethan JoellaEthan Joella teaches English and psychology at University of Delaware. He was a staff reader at Ploughshares for many years, and his work has appeared or will appear in Best New Writing 2008, The International Fiction Review, The MacGuffin, Rattle, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Cicada. His website is ethanjoellacommunications.com.


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