What is The Minison Project?

Tom Snarsky and Jo Ianni are credited with popularizing the form of a minimal sonnet, or “minison”, which is a very small poetic form with only one rule (and as with any poetic form, we use the word “rule” loosely): make a poem with only fourteen letters total. For example: « cobalt sea glass » (6 + 3 + 5 = 14). The sonnet is, of course, a classic and highly respected form in English poetry, and there is precedent for this kind of idea in Seymour Mayne’s word-sonnets, as well as in the work of Noelle Kocot.

When Tom and Jo collaborated on a micro-chapbook using this 14-letter format, they decided to share their work, and it invited other inventive poets to create beautiful art in this wonderfully small space (cf. Michael O’Brien’s collection of minisons). That’s when the two decided that it was time to start a passion project.

It started out as a simple call for minimal sonnets, which led to an informal zine release, and then another, and now, although not run by Tom and Jo, The Minison Project is alive and ready to go! We can already see the format blossoming into new, related forms, such as the minison coronet mentioned in our Issue #0, and the 14 letter/14 line poem that our EIC is so very fond of.

A bit over a year later we introduce our literary magazine, TMP Magazine. We are excited to see how we continue to grow and we are so grateful that you’re along for the ride!

Melissa Ashley Hernandez

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Melissa (she/her) has her BA in Acting and Directing and is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from DeSales University. She is the founder of The Minison Project and heads all three projects as Editor-in-Chief.

Her prose can be found in two short stories published in 2021, “The Rum Keg Girl” in the Cemetery Gates Media collection, Paranormal Contact: A Quiet Horror Confessional, and “Lady Killer” in Volume 4 of Kandisha Press’ Women of Horror Anthology, Don’t Break the Oath.

Her poetry can be found in the first two issues of the minison zine, The Daily Drunk Magazine, Fahmidan Journal, and Bandit Fiction, among others.

J. Simpson

Social Media Creative Director

J. Simpson (he/they) is a freelance academic writer, researcher, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural critic who idealistically believes that great art can make the world a better place.

He is the author of Forestpunk, where he writes about the intersection of culture and the supernatural, and Mastering Modernity, where he gives people the tools they need to thrive in the modern world. He makes music and DJs as desiccant and is based out of Portland, Oregon.

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Bel Wolf

Poetry/Nonfiction Reader

Bel Wolf is an undergraduate psychology student whose work has appeared in The Quarry and Sledgehammer Lit. Despite being born in San Francisco, Bel never finished Howl.

Olly Nze

Poetry/Nonfiction Reader

Olly Nze (he/him) is a Nigerian writer, poet, and editor. When he isn’t tending to his cacti, he writes decent poetry and acceptable prose to keep himself sane. He has been published in Roxane Gay’s The Audacity, Serotonin Poetry, and others. You can read his work here.

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Joanne Touhey

Poetry/Nonfiction Reader

Joanne Touhey (she/her) is a writer based in Roscommon with a degree in Social Care Practice and a Master’s in Creative Writing from NUI Galway. Her prose and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in literary journals, Tir na nOg, Lucierra, The Bonemilk Anthology, Bonemilk Mayham, and Olney Magazine. When not immersed in words of her own creation or studies, you’ll find Joanne either spending time with her family, reading, or taking a long walk with her dogs for inspiration.

Shannon Tsonis

Fiction Reader

Shannon Tsonis (she/her) has her B.S in Electronic Media & Film, her M.B.A with a specialization in Marketing, and is currently working towards her MFA in nonfiction from Goucher College. Her work has been published in Little Patuxent Review, Memoir Magazine, The Ocotillo Review, Crack the Spine, Sky Island Journal, Stanchion Magazine, and others.

Natalie Hampton

Fiction Reader

Natalie Hampton (she/her) is a junior at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Creative Writing Department. She is a 2022 YoungArts Finalist in Creative Nonfiction and a Scholastic Gold Medalist. Beyond writing, she enjoys playing soccer, working in activism, and volunteering with individuals with disabilities.

Her work is heavily inspired by her brother with a disability and his passing in 2019. She is also the founder of Special Siblings Connect, a nonprofit designed to support siblings of those with disabilities.

Liam Al-Hindi

Fiction Reader

Liam Al-Hindi (he/him) is a graduate of UNO’s English and Creative Writing programs. For him, essays, poems, and stories are all handholds to grip tightly, to escape the violence of our present circumstances. His work can be found in 13th Floor Magazine, and Touchstone Literary Magazine.

Melissa Martini

Fiction Reader

Melissa Martini (she/her) is a short fiction writer and Capricorn from New Jersey. She studied Creative Writing in both undergrad and graduate school at Seton Hall University. Currently, she serves as Founding EIC of Moss Puppy Magazine. She has three dogs, all of which are fluffballs.