In 2009, 2010, and 2011, Todd coped with winter by publishing "wintry poems, intermittently" in an online journal he called Flurry*. It was only published seasonally, between the winter solstice and spring equinox. Poems were solicited and submitted. Todd served as editor and publisher. The journal is no more.
In its inaugural year, Flurry* published poems exclusively by fellow Minnesotans. Todd expanded to welcome Wisconsin poets in its second year; then North and South Dakota poets in its third. It featured poems by Ethna McKiernan, Alex Lemon, Raúl Sánchez, Deborah Keenan, and many other fine poets.
We all need a little light and loveliness to get us
through the darkness of deep winter. Todd Boss understands that.
—Laurie Hertzel, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Over the course of its three-year span, Flurry* published nearly 100 poems about snow and the snowy season. Subscribers received new "precipitations" on an irregular basis, singularly and in accumulations.
Starting a literary journal was my way of celebrating the poets whose work I admired, while encouraging those whose work was new to me. I liked how regional, time-sensitive, and thematic the endeavor was. Those limitations made it more special somehow. And it made the cold winter a little warmer.