Empty Mirror

Empty Mirror, established in 2000, is an online-only literary and arts magazine. Our focus is on poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, literary fiction, and art. Oh, and we have a soft spot for the Beat Generation writers, too.

New content is published several times a week and we accept submissions continually.

We hope you enjoy exploring Empty Mirror!

On Writing

dealing with rejections

Six Steps to Deal with Rejections

Whether we like it or not, ever so often, like an unwelcome houseguest, rejections creep upon us. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career or the number of books you have published; rejections lurk around us writers like shadows. Even after having nine books in the market, every time that I receive a […]


The Beat Generation

Wordworth & Kerouac

Wordsworth and the Beats: The Longevity of Influence

Although William Wordsworth once stated that he was “not a critic” and, in fact, “set little value upon the art” (Leitch 556), in his “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” he nevertheless proposed and discussed several controversial ideas that would become key … [read more...]


Top Ten Books Lists

V - Pynchon

Top Ten Books List Contributed by John W.

1. V. by Thomas PynchonOpened my eyes to what modern writing could do2. Little, Big by John CrowleyThe best American magic-realist novel ever3. Dhalgren by Samuel R. DelanyBlew my mind4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldDeceptive … [Read More...]

Desolation Angels

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Leah

1. Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac2. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway4. A Defense Of Poetry by Gabriel Gudding5. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare7. The Great Gatsby … [Read More...]