"Life itself is a quotation."
—  Jorge Luis Borges

Caper Literary Journal is a literary and artistic publication founded in 2009. It is published by Patasola Press [Caper Books]. See the masthead below. Contact CLJ here.

Caper Literary Journal currently publishes a few pieces weekly — poetry, prose and interview.

We also periodically feature a guest editor who will solicit fresh work. Additionally, we publish art and e-chapbooks. CLJ publishes high-quality poetry and prose from American and international established and emerging authors. Though CLJ is an online publication, our anthologies and other books and chapbooks are printed through Patasola Press.

CLJ's aesthetic leans toward the surreal or slipstream. We enjoy magic realism, surrealism, complex characters, feminism, reinvention of mythology and folklore, oddities, writing focused on culture and heritage, detail and beauty.

Caper aims to encourage unique writing, publish work that transcends fleeting, academic literary trends and present words that exist on the fringes of the real and unreal.

Caper holds contests, literary events and nominates for major prizes.

CLJ can be found in
Poets & Writers Magazine
Duotrope's Digest,
Every Writers Resource,
Lit List
, New Pages and Six Questions For.

CLJ is published by
Patasola Press.



Lisa Marie Basile, Editor-in-Chief, founded CLJ in 2009 and Patasola Press in 2011. She's the poetry editor of Commonline.  She is an M.F.A. candidate at The New School, concentrating in poetry.

Her chapbook, White Spiders, (2010) was released on Gold Wake Press. Her full-length poetry collection,  A Decent Voodoo, will be released by Cervena Barva Press. She is a member of the Poetry Brothel, an arts organization produced by the Poetry Society of New York, LLC. She performs under the name Luna Liprari. She has been published in Word Riot, elimae, Moon Milk Review, Metazen, Poets and Artists Magazine, > kill author, Per Contra, Prick of the Spindle, Willows Wept Review and The View from Here, among others. Read more here.

She currently works with PEN American Center's Prison Writing Program and as a bookseller at NYC's McNally Jackson Bookstore. She attended Pace University in NYC for an undergraduate degree and worked with magazines Billboard, Cosmo!Girl and Maxim as well as Aphros Literary Journal.


Sarah Gerard, Fiction Editor, is an MFA candidate at The New School, screenwriter, poet and short story writer. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, elimae, Word Riot, DOGZPLOT, the St. Petersburg Times, and Creative Loafing, among others. For paychecks, she specializes in children's literature at a New York independent bookstore, McNally Jackson. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, the artist Timm Mettler, and sleeps very little.