A photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli of a town corner in winter, sun setting, and ice lining the road greets readers at the Apple Valley Review website, foreshadowing the Michigan winter waiting for me around the corner. The pieces in this issue are all exciting in their own way, and I found myself quite taken by a number of them. Many of the fiction pieces in this issue are stellar.
Though the stories range in style from straight-up literary realism to magical realism with a touch of the surreal, the one thing they share in common is a strong emotional core. Celebrating their 20 th anniversary, Brevity is a staple in both concise writing, and skillful nonfiction. As one might expect out of an anniversary issue, the September edition contains masterful nonfiction, exemplary of the quality work readers have come to expect.
When is a treat too rich? This tenth anniversary edition is a fine tribute to the vision and efforts of its editors. The second issue of The Arkansas International contains an impressive range of eclectic writing. In the latter poems and stories, black and brown lives are pulled apart by oppressive forces emboldened by a complicit public. Post Road Number 32 is a complex mix of storytelling that bobs and weaves, delights, and, in some moments, disappoints. The cover piece, a bland, semi-abstract digital drawing by Henry Samelson, is one such low moment, contrasted, incredibly, by the remarkable work of Charles McGill, which sits just inside the issue, seventeen pages away.
McGill, who repurposes vintage golf bags to critique class inequality and racial injustice, exhibits a powerful aesthetic that would have made for a much stronger point of entry. Basalt is formed from surface lava cooling, and the poetry and art within the issue mimics its namesake, rising up as a strong finished product built from an eruption of words.
Published out of Dublin, Ireland, Into the Void pushes the boundaries of comfort and vulnerability. Nothing is safe or simple. Into the Void refuses to apologize for the imperfections, and vulnerabilities. BOMB puts artists in conversation with each other. In the Summer issue, art is broadly defined and equally celebrated: poets and directors and architects, all are welcome at the table to open up the discussion on art, its legacy, history, and future.
A discipline may have branches, these are called sub-disciplines. Dozens of students will be showing off posters of their conference work from biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and psychology. Poetry Flash , a poetry and literary review for the west, offers an article celebrating the selection of Janice Mirikitani as the poet laureate of San Francisco in The folder includes a photograph of Flenniken, the Writing Project Agreement August 16, , four mailed packets from Flenniken to Goldbarth January , September , November , undated that include correspondence, book reviews and poetry written by Flenniken. His various projects can be viewed at jessegoolsby.
I spent days pouring over the pages of this journal, unwilling to set it down, each piece reaching out to me in happiness or in sadness, painting stories I could dive into. Some of my favorite literary magazines are those that introduce and connect me to artists and writers I was unfamiliar with prior to reading.
The latest issue of Driftwood Press accomplishes this twofold. First, it introduced me to a cover artist I was unfamiliar with. Second, it connected me to writers, each piece accompanied by an interview with its creator. Short fiction almost literally as far as the eye can see!
The Summer issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by James Randall. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers. Ploughshares Summer Guest-Edited by Thomas Lux book. Read reviews from world's largest community for readers. The Summer issue of.
The more recent fiction pieces have a lot to offer in terms of subject matter and character. With no offense to anyone, it is refreshing to review a multi-genre collection coming from outside a university. As a group, the contributors to Mudfish 19, are not aspiring student writers; they are practiced artists providing us with practiced skills that encourage thoughtful reading and reflection.
The independence of a private press also gives us a much larger selection of authors, painters, and photographers than we can hope for in any one issue of a university press. In fact, in searching for a singular descriptor for the type of poetry readers can expect to find here, it was not possible.
Filled with evocative language and eerie imagery, the pieces here straddle the lines between prose poetry and flash fiction, sometimes almost seamlessly.
Chtenia is a unique publication that focuses on translating, sharing, and re-discovering Russian literature, both classic and modern. Each issue has a special theme and Volume 10 Issue 2 focuses on happiness. It contains a variety of pieces, including plays, poems, short stories, and chapters of books, each one circling around the theme of happiness. A mystical melancholy permeates the summer issue of The Gettysburg Review.
In fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, writers have tapped into the underground spring of emotion and pulled up some of the ambivalent detritus that accompanies life. This is not to say that the themes in the works included in this issue are dismal; there is a life-affirming quality in acknowledging human emotion in literary texts where strength can be summoned in what may seem like weakness but is more resolute and evolutionary.
The annual publication is worth the wait. With prosy poems and poetic prose, Cimarron Review provides fodder for intelligent readers. Of the 25 writers, 14 are male, and a different 14 had published one or more books, while 8 were either MFA graduates without publications, or had published in fairly-unknown magazines.
This issue holds timeless treasures, including the winners and honorable mentions of the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poems and the Short Fiction Prize. Living in Michigan, it's hard not to be near water. Surrounded by the Great Lakes and oodles of smaller inland lakes and rivers, residents are never farther than a few miles from fresh water. Whether one enjoys swimming, fishing, kayaking, or tanning on the sidelines, they never need to travel far. The Lake , the online, UK-based, poetry magazine, fulfills a similar function: editor John Murphy provides readers with poetry and book reviews that refresh and entertain.
With a new issue arriving every month, readers are never very far away from new poems. This issue of Dogwood features winners and finalists of their annual prizes for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. I can honestly say, of all reviewers, this focus fell on the wrong person. The last thing in the world I want to spend my mind space on is waxing stupidly over the past.
There is something mesmerizing about a lightning storm; each flash lasts for only a moment, but holds tremendous power that electrifies the air and the imagination. Good flash fiction has the same effect on the senses of the reader, and the online magazine Vestal Review delivers the same power with each story.
Weber: The Contemporary West , published by Weber State University, highlights literary and artistic talents from its home state of Utah and along the Wasatch mountain range. Each cover features a unique portrait image of the writer made especially for the publication by Susan Avishai.
With so much to do in a day and so much to read in a lifetime, I always appreciate a little magazine that I can read in one sitting or fit into the straining seams of my bag. Produced by the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, PA, each issue makes sure to feature a portion of regional writers, seven of whom are in this edition. At the beginning of each month, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine brings readers one piece each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, all with an animal theme.
With only three pieces per issue, readers can fully enjoy each piece at their own pace, strengthening their appreciation for animal inspiration. Regular readers of the Alaska Quarterly Review should already know that this journal rarely disappoints. This issue of the review meets the highest of expectations as it has set the bar in so many issues at an altitude that allows the inclusion of veteran writers as well as those writers only just setting out on their professional journeys. This issue contains works that may set the standards for contemporary literature even higher still.
If you appreciate finely-crafted stories that draw you into their worlds so that you become unaware of yourself as a physical being, then you will want to read this issue of CutBank. The poetry, nonfiction, and fiction pieces blend language and form in such ways that permit them to exist somewhere in a writerless universe where they come into being, yet seeming to have always been there.
The writing is done with such skill and attention that makes it possible for readers to be unaware of the writing in a metaphysical sense. For me, this is the best type of writing: work that does not draw attention to itself as writing but rises above its own existence to breathe the air of higher altitudes; readers enter this oxygenated space for the duration. Each piece highlights the beauty of country life or the flurried activity of city life, celebrating how we live in both worlds.
If readers aren't hungry before reading the Spring issue of Poetry East , they will be by the time they are done. Like introducing a friend to your favorite dishes at your regular restaurant, let me tell you my favorites in the Spring menu. Every month, it's a struggle not to pick up True Story and immediately begin reading as soon as the new issue arrives at the office.
As a fan of both the little, single-author nonfiction magazine and true crime, Issue 7 reeled me in and refused to let go. I had to read the first few pages at my desk.
Having read the Fall issue of Nano Fiction, I am sorry to see that this will be their last issue. After ten years, the editors of this publication have chosen to end their journey in the world of underappreciated forms.
The poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction pieces unmask us, forcing readers to tackle our culpability and shame in order to approach art with greater humanity, vulnerability, and an open mind. Several longer stories dominate their plump issue, one of which is R. Looking back through old family snapshots, a majority include a four-legged family member: Sadie our German Shorthaired Pointer.
Upon seeing the German Shorthaired painting by Katie Erickson on the cover of the Winter issue of the Jabberwock Review , I was flooded with nostalgia, a bittersweetness that followed me throughout the issue. In the Open Issue, Iron Horse Literary Review opens its doors to two new types of writing: translation and graphic literature.
It's the graphic piece that opens this issue which ultimately grabbed my eye and ushered me in to the rest of the work. This issue achieves the former, providing readers with a place to chill out, unload, and just read. The editors go above and beyond as they create an issue filled with timely poetry, prose, interviews, and more.
Since , The Hudson Review has served as a platform for emerging authors and poets in a wide variety of genres, appealing to many aspects of American literature and culture. The Autumn issue shares poetry, fiction, essays, review, chronicles, and comments, each one truly unique and showcasing a wide variety of talents. Unlike so many other literary magazines, Thrice Fiction is, in itself, a work of art.
Self-identified as an alternative zine, each page tells a unique story from a unique voice, illustrated with unique art. The issue is one to keep by the bedside for easy access to multiple reads. The pieces in Issue 8. The works seem to have a common source with connections to surrealism and themes of nature, violence, blood, and the moon.
From p. World Literature Today certainly lives up to its name, containing amazing pieces of literature from all over the world. This particular issue focuses on Dystopian Visions and the country of Montenegro, but also contains fiction, essays, nonfiction, reviews, and poetry from other countries, with many of the pieces translated from their original language to English. They reject the flashy for a simple, quiet website.
Many of the pieces found in this issue coincidentally left me with the chills, fitting choices for inclusion in a winter issue. In addition, each poet provides a voice recording of their poetry, resulting in a complete, cohesive collection as it intimately connects reader to writer. PANK publishes work that plays with form and expectations to confound readers with possibility. The published essays can be divided into two segments: essays about the craft of writing and essays following a more literary and narrative vein. Both segments best utilize the theme of joy when the authors bring the reader into the moment so we experience joy by their side.
Start with cover photos by Alexandre Nodopaka, who interprets the chaos of the cosmos. In a tribute to the major changes the United States has undergone since the election last November, the editors of Camas chose to make this issue one that commemorates the many beautiful aspects of our country. Through poetry, art, photography, fiction, and nonfiction, each piece celebrates the beauty of nature, diversity, and the true American spirit.