The Best of Mad Swirl : v2023 is a 110-page anthology featuring 52 poets, 12 short fiction writers, and four artists whose works were presented on throughout 2023. We editors reviewed the entire year’s output to ensure this collection is truly “the best of Mad Swirl.” The works represent diverse voices and vantages which speak to all aspects of this crazy swirl we call “life on earth.”

This year’s contributors hail from five continents, 13 countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Syria, Wales/UK, UK/England, USA [21 states: AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, IL, LA, MA, MD, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, SD, TX, WA, WY]). This anthology is a excellent introduction to the world of Mad Swirl!

If we’ve enticed you enough to wanna get you your very own copy of “The Best of Mad Swirl : v2023” then get yours right here!


Starting in 2017 we began publishing “The Best of Mad Swirl” anthologies, as well as a few other poetic gems for some mighty talented folks we know. If you haven’t snagged you a copy yet, here’s your one-stop-shop…

Check out these selections from Mad Swirl Press: 2018-2024
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Mad Swirl started with ink on paper. Our very first issue, a self-titled zine was published in 1999 and consisted of 32 glorious Xeroxed pages filled with poetry, prose, art and a whole lotta miscellaneous madnesses. Thru the years we published six issues of our Mad Swirl zine along with a handful of poetry chapbooks for a few local loco DFW poets. Sadly, those projects are now out of circulation… HOWEVER, we’ve digitized these back issues for your trip down memory lane.

Check out these OG back issues: 1999-2008
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