May 19, 2011


Finally, a literary magazine for the faint of heart! Rather than those uppity literature students with fake British accents and penny loafers.

We at Oatmeal Magazine are looking for your crudest doodles of coffee shop strangers, your most heart-wrenching ballads about spilt cereal, your story ideas, jokes, and whims that you drag beyond the proverbial line, frolic with, harass, and beat into their graves. We want your grit, your fervor, your wit, your flaws. Serve us your words on a platter of steaming flapjacks moist with the butter and syrup of your seething genius brains, and we will throw them back with a mug of scalding black coffee, fueled by our raw desire and keen editorial eyes.

Editors and contributors will form the heartiest connections as we constantly satiate one another’s salivating palates: Send in your work to assuage our appetites, and we’ll publish a magazine to satisfy yours!

November 11, 2017

on a break!

hey, friends! it’s been a while, but we just wanted to let you know that we are on a little hiatus! the truth is, i (claire) now live in los angeles and am becoming a teacher (woo!).
but! we still have lots of copies of our beautiful OATFEELS: THE TENDER ISSUE and come winter break, they’ll be restocked in all the bookstores near you. hopefully we’ll have some oatmeal events in the future, too ! we miss you so much.
happy squash season,
the oats

May 17, 2017

OATFEELS: the tender issue! this saturday!

helloooo, everyone !

holy waffles, it’s been almost a year (oof, only a year?) since we last posted here, so we won’t even try to fill you in on what’s happened since then because… we’ve all aged at least 50 years, and we don’t know where to start (or really feel the need to try) !

anyways. ROASTMEAL: the rage issue is a stunning fireball we can’t stop looking at, and you should all get a copy if you don’t have one yet!

moomin + roastmeal

(just gonna add the event flyer too, in the name of posterity and fun)

roastmeal flyer!!

and! we have a new issue coming out this saturday, OATFEELS: the tender issue. it is BEAUTIFUL and TENDER and will make you WEEP and FEEL THINGS very deeply. we hope you all will come celebrate with us at our favorite EM Wolfman Books and listen to a gorgeous reading by our incredible contributors, and dance to magical dreamboats SPELLLING and Collander, and you know, cry with us!

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huge thanks to our super talented friends at IRRELEVANT PRESS for printing this issue on pink paper and riso printing the covers with blue ink on brown paper !! we are so proud of this issue and grateful to everyone who has been part of it.



see you saturday to celebrate community and tenderness and art and friendship!

love and endless feelings,
the oatmeal babes

July 18, 2016

Submit to ROASTMEAL: The Rage Issue! by September 10th!

Hey homefries,

The time has come to submit to Issue 11, ROASTMEAL: The Rage Issue! We are all about feelings at Oatmeal HQ, and spaces for anger and rage are especially important right now in this world. So, send us all your flames and knives and rage and tears and agro vibes! Roast shitty people and systems and tell us about when you discovered and named your own anger, and send us poems from when the world feels like too much, and maps of the scorched earth your relationship left behind and lists of things you would incinerate if your hands could turn into fireballs. Send us everything! Let’s burn it all to the ground. Submission deadline is September 10th! (We extended the deadline!) We can’t wait to read what you submit.

Please send your goods to oatmeal dot magazine at gmail dot com !

And! Here are some sweet photos from Breakfast for Dinner in May.

Also, we’ll be exhibiting with Trisha + Dylan’s badass zine project Zinesboro at DC Zine Fest this coming Saturday! AND we will be at SF Zine Fest in September. Woohoo! Come hang out and say hello.

Roast beef and peaches,
The Raging Oats

May 19, 2016

May 29th! Breakfast for Dinner Reading // Oatmeal’s 5th birthday! Also, hello!

Lost souls and tumbleweeds!

Hello again! Where have we all even been? We’ve really missed you. It might be too much to get all caught up on almost an entire year (sorry! it’s been a weird year!), so we will be swift, and there will be pictures.

Last July, we released Issue 9, OATHMEAL: The Wedding Issue! It was magical and we had bouquets and strawberry cobbler and we all got married to ourselves, and everyone left feeling a little less lonely in the world, which is really always our hope here in Oatmeal HQ.

Then! We took Oatmeal on our cross-country ROADMEAL tour and ate cheap shellfish and got caught in harrowing thunderstorms on our way to move fearless leader Trisha to North Carolina, where she’s raising a real ruckus in grad school. Claire returned to Oakland and just walked around petting other people’s cats for a couple of months, and then co-built Oatmeal’s new SUPER TEAM, starring the incredible Ali Giordani, Holly Sanderson, and Roz Sternberg (read their bios here!).

Fueled with winter porridge and new friendship and some gut-warming submissions, we all dug our paws into the oatmeal trough and kneaded and seasoned and stirred until we had our beautiful Issue 10, ROADMEAL: The Lost Issue. This issue is fierce and thick with feelings of loss and adventure stories and words that we can hold onto to feel more whole. We released it in March at EM Wolfman, and SPELLLING performed her gorgeous and ethereal songs from her new album, Crayola Church! We also had an easter egg hunt and wrote some postcards to the future.

You can pick up a copy at Pegasus Books or EM Wolfman, or feel free to contact us and we’ll figure out a way to get you one.

And now! We’ve scuttled through the past and now we’re in the NOW, and it’s May 2016, and maybe you don’t know this, but that’s pretty wild! Because it means that Oatmeal (as an idea/Wordpress site/thing that Claire and Trisha would have ‘meetings’ for) IS FIVE YEARS OLD! We made it to kindergarten! And it’s time to celebrate all of you for giving us your art and energy and hilarious jokes and for making this beautiful thing thrive in all its weird ways.

Come celebrate with us at this month’s Breakfast for Dinner reading on May 29th at Claire’s house! We’ll be celebrating 5 years of breakfast magic, Ali’s birthday, moms, and any other cool things you are into. Bring stuff to read or share if you feel like it! There also might be shirts with the image below printed on them, and there will be BBQ and good people and copies of the zine to purchase.

We hope we’ll see you all soon!

To summer fruits and new plants,
The Oatmeal Family

June 22, 2015

July 9th Call for Submissions for OATHMEAL: The Wedding Issue!

Dear lemon curds and melon garnishes,

In May 2011, in the middle of a dining room in a rat-infested co-op, Claire and Trisha banded together to satisfy what they thought was missing in their immediate literary neighborhood: a publication filled with wholesome recipes, gut-churning reads, and high-fiber illustrations to get you through the day. They decided to name it—after dipping their spoons into all the bulk bins in the pantry—Oatmeal Magazine.

That was four years ago this month, and so on this very special occasion we would like to announce that we are engaged… to you! In our most audacious move yet, we’re getting down on our knees and asking you to submit your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, recipes, and literary what-have-you’s to Oatmeal Magazine’s 9th issue, OATHMEAL: The Wedding Issue.

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This issue is about oaths, promises, and marriages, both real and fake. We’re thinking madcap adventures at Girl Scout camp; complicated pinky promises with compulsive liars, best friends, or both; the time you guys eloped to get better financial aid; yes, all of that, and more. We are looking for tales funny enough to make us rip our trousers in giddy amusement and poems that’ll stir us to raise our thrice-filled glasses of cheap-o champagne to the sky in a big, teary, empathetic toast. We are here for you, for better and for worse, in sickness and in health, ‘til technology-geddon do us part, but even then if that happens not for very long, because we’ve now moved to print issues, so. Enough with this blather already, we’ll get to the heart of it, which is is all to say: we oat you! And we want you to send us anything and everything you’ve been writing.

Our submission deadline is July 9th, and our print release party (read: wedding) is on July 24th at E.M. Wolfman (details TBA). Although it may seem like a shotgun arrangement, we are, as always, doing it ginormously, so save the date!

Please say yes,

May 29, 2015

Breakfast for Dinner Reading TONIGHT!

Happy Friday, friends!

We hope you all can make it to tonight’s Breakfast for Dinner reading at Pegasus Books in Downtown Berkeley. Come read and drink! We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been cooking up.

Butter and jam,

April 16, 2015

1 more day until our Totemeal Release Party!

Totemeal: The Baggage Issue is here!

We finished assembling our zines! We’ll be serving them at our Totemeal Release Party (with an open mic reading and a performance by SHRAD DOG) at E.M. Wolfman in downtown Oakland at 8pm and at the Good Mother Zine Fair on Saturday, April 18 at 12pm. Get ’em while they’re hot.

If you can’t come Friday or Saturday, they’ll be in stock at Rock Paper Scissors Collective and E.M. Wolfman soon!

For our Oatmeal fans who are not in the Bay Area, don’t worry! You can buy our prepackaged, whole grain literary breakfasts via our Etsy shop within the coming week, along with our totebags and mugs.

Ciao ciao,


April 9, 2015

Join us April 17th for the release of TOTEMEAL: The Baggage Issue!

To our ever loyal, most worthy, and glamorously-outfitted Oatmeal friends,

Ah, we sure love April, don’t you? It’s the end of tax season, the start of spring. Flowers are blooming, cats are coupling; and whoa hey we are still in a serious drought.

T.S. Eliot once called April the cruelest month, but to that we say: yeah right! It’s all about perspective, friends. We have spent the past few months moving the boxes in our minds from one dusty room to the next, reorganizing — nay, redefining — what Oatmeal means to us. Lately, it means peddling copies of our magazine to bookstores around the country, managing a fundraiserand looking forward to our Breakfast 4 Dinner readings all month, every month.

But onto the future: the print release of Issue #8, TOTEMEAL: The Baggage Issue, is nigh! We were utterly bowled over by this rich batch of submissions and have spent many a sleepless night thanking our lucky stars and wondering how best to fill our bulky tote sacks (not unlike our giant mugs) with so many magnificent and intricate bits. (Think: Tetris!) Our carrier hedgehogs have run Issue 8 to the press this week, and we couldn’t be more excited. This hearty bundle of writing bares the deepest, darkest, sweatiest parts of the human condition — similar in taste to that renegade date hiding at the bottom of your breakfast bowl. So. Without further ado!

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You are cordially invited to 
Oatmeal Magazine’s Issue #8 Release Party
TOTEMEAL: The Baggage Issue!
Friday, April 17th, 8pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
410 13th St., downtown Oakland
free / $5 donation for a copy
Facebook event is here.

Details are still being ironed out, but here’s a taste of what you can expect from this AMAZING night:
– Wonderful readings!
– An open mic!
– Music! by East Bay band SHRAD Dog
– Drinks & hors d’ouvres (feel free to bring more!)
– $5 copies of past and present issues, plus Oatmeal merchandise up the wahoo: TOTE BAGS, mugs, bookmarks, and more!
– Tiffany Xu’s birthday!

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come party with us, so please forward this email to everyone you know! They will be welcomed with open arms and paraded around the room on pygmy ponies.

See you there,
Oatmeal Magazine, 
Oakland, CA
April 8, 2015


Friends! Happy, happy Spring.

There is so much to celebrate. We had staggering amounts of fun at our Breakfast for Dinner in February, with endless thanks to our friends at E.M. Wolfman Books and the riotously fun band SHRAD Dog.

And! Even though we wept so hard that we warped the floorboards, we’ve been invited back to E.M. Wolfman for the release of TOTEMEAL: The Baggage Issue! On Friday, April 17th at 8pm. So, pretty soon! We can’t wait to share this rich batch of oats with you all! Stay tuned for details.

Love & backpacks,