We’d like to invite editors and writers to participate in our new series on issues and representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in independent publishing. How do these issues affect you as an literary magazine editor interested in publishing underrepresented communities, or a writer who wants to challenge dominant notions of identity? What are your thoughts, concerns, ideas about how literary communities reinforce, respond to, and confront racism, classicism, sexism, and homophobia? Contact Marcelle Heath at

"Little magazines are the furnace where American literature is being forged."

George Hitchcock, Editor of Kayak (1964-1984)


SERIES: Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality in Indie Publishing

You Girls (pt. 2)
By Helen Sedgwick

"As an editor, I would not publish a piece of writing that contained attitudes I find unacceptable anymore than I would publish a story that I thought was badly written."

You Girls (pt. 1)
By Kirsty Logan

"As an editor, I do not care about writers' gender or sexuality; I'm just interested in exciting short fiction. But I'm a woman and I'm queer and I'm a feminist. As such, I'm more likely to be interested in characters that I can identify with and themes that I agree with."

Questions of Authenticity
By Michael Copperman

"The question of authenticity, then, especially authorial authority conferred on the basis of phenotype or racial background, is the wrong line of inquiry."

Community and the Body
By Sherisse Alvarez

"My work has appeared in various publications interested specifically in issues of identity. I still struggle at times with the notion of the “mainstream,” how my work relates or does not relate to the canon."

Jarrett Haley, BULL: Fiction for Thinking Men
With Jarrett Haley

"That I am not a sociologist or gender-studier by trade I should make clear to begin with."

I Don't Know How to Write About Race
By Roxane Gay

"This is only about race."


Megan M. Garr, Versal

Jarrett Haley, BULL: Fiction for Thinking Men

Laura van den Berg, Part II

Laura van den Berg, Part I

Allison Seay, The Greensboro Review

Mary Miller

Eilis O'Neal, Nimrod International

Erin Fitzgerald, Northville Review

Don Bogen, Cincinnati Review

Andrew Porter

Nam Le

Benjamin Percy


Luna Digest, 1/5

"One of the more interesting literary magazine discussions to come about in recent months has happened via email, twitter feeds, and blogs about Andrew Whitacre’s post titled “The End of the Small Print Journal. Please.” on the identity theory editors’ blog."

Luna Digest, 12/15

"The Atlantic Monthly decides not only to be the first magazine to sell single short stories for the Kindle, but they will also charge 4 times as much as One Story does for a single story. And One Story will actually print the story out and mail it to your house."

Luna Digest, 12/8

"Today’s the day The San Francisco Panorama from McSweeney’s hits the streets. The idea is to put out an exciting newspaper edition to show the power of the medium in a world of declining newspaper publishing incentives."

Luna Digest, 12/3

"For most people who read fiction and spend much time online, this won’t be news: Electric Literature recently twittered the entirety of Rick Moody’s story “Some Contemporary Characters” over three days with the assistance of several co-publishers, of which Luna Park was one."

Luna Digest, 11/24

"I’ve been stumbling across some great excerpts recently from David Shields’s upcoming book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto..."

Luna Digest, 11/17

"Just how much did Salman Rushdie have to do with Alex Clark’s resignation from Granta? (Nothing at all, according to him.)"


Strong Recommendations
By Greg Weiss

"I had the feeling, when I finished reading, that I had been spending my time well, not just in relation to the time that I had actually spent reading it, but more generally. And I often don’t feel that way."

By David Backer

"But then I read the other stories and felt the good things they have to offer. I felt their quanta of colors and semantics congealing together and I began to like it. Because, to some degree, this is how we experience life: through concatenations of colors and emotions and words, mixtures stippling into the stories of our existences."

Between Earnestness & Irony
By Greg Weiss

"The largest problem with irony as a dominant literary device is that, similarly to Surrealist painting, it is easy to do fairly well but very difficult to do greatly."

People Like People
By David Backer

"After reading a lot of online fiction last month, I'm noticing something: people like people. People like reading about people, anyway."

The Cellist's Disorientation

"I would like to believe that in the midst of loneliness and worry (the anxious, questioning voice at the end) the world feels perfectly made for us and that we assist in its making."

There Is No Visible Circus

"Jennifer Atkinson's "A Leaf from the Book of Cities"— an ekphrastic poem written after Paul Klee's painting of the same name—caught my attention in the most recent issue of Cave Wall..."

Panorama Week Part 5: All the News

Panorama Week Part 4: The Comics

Panorama Week Part 3: Section One (or The News)

Panorama Week Part 2: The Book Review of the Future?

Panorama Week Part 1: Opening the Package

Teachers: Use Literary Magazines
By Nicholas Ripatrazone

"Before I go any further, I should admit that I could be doing a much better job in my financial support of literary magazines....but those who have worked in public education know the difficulties of working within community-voted budgets.  Literary magazine subscriptions at the classroom level are an educational luxury, not a need.  But that’s not a sufficient excuse."

Aiming High: The Impossible Ambitions of Versal
By Sam Ruddick

"I have no experience with gorilla suits or child soldiering, myself, but I think it’s reasonable to suspect that standing around in a gorilla suit is better than being coerced into shooting people, or getting shot at."

Espresso Book Machine
By Marcelle Heath

"On Demand Books's digital photocopier, book trimmer and binder, and desktop computer that can produce a trade paperback book in five to ten minutes."

Poets Publishing Poets: A Review of Cave Wall 5
By George Held

"When a young prize-winning poet decides to publish her own poetry journal, readers get to see how her taste compares to her talent."

I Don't Know How to Write About Race
By Roxane Gay

"This is only about race."

Interview with Former Greensboro Review Poetry Editor Alison Seay
By Jordan Elliott

"I don't know that it's a matter of being comfortable in our skin as much as it is our belief in the importance of the tangible book."

On Nimrod International: An Interview & Notes
By Jeffrey Tucker

"For poetry, we dislike poems that are actually more like journal entries rather than poems. For fiction, we see a lot of stories that are really just “talking heads,” stories in which people stand around and talk and yet nothing happens."

Dismissing Africa
By Greg Weiss

"One of the many risks of Witness, 'the magazine of the Black Mountain Institute,' presenting an issue dedicated to the theme of Dismissing Africa is that the very notion of dismissing 'Africa' already dismisses the individuals who live in Africa."

Poets and Prose: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Fiction Theory
By Nicholas Ripatrazone

"Robert Olen Butler is careful in his definition...he is not arguing that yearning is individual to the short short story form. Rather, yearning is endemic to fiction."

Literary Magazines in Peril?
By Travis Kurowski

"At least part of the problem is the usual one: All of these magazine have no doubt a vastly greater number of people desiring to be published in their pages than they have readers willing to financially support their endeavors."

Interview: Erin Fitzgerald, Northville Review
By Marcelle Heath

"I like when someone's very quietly or very openly fooling with an emotional manipulation dial."
"While my stories aren't autobiographical, I really do believe in the whole write-what-you-know thing. One time I wrote a story from the point of view of an old sick man and it was just terrible. It was like really bad Carver. The man sat around watching daytime television and eating pie."

Sort-of Prose Poems
By Nicholas Ripatrazone

"James Harms offers a contemplative effort in a lean essay that turns the prose poem discussion in a noteworthy direction..."

Poetry 2.0
By Marcelle Heath

"Setting aside, for now, its ideological nomenclature, its appeal lies in the interpretative dynamic between text and image..."

Greetings from Knockout
By Brett Ortler

"We started KO because we wanted to try something that was different than we'd seen in other literary magazines, both in terms of thematic slant and in terms of mission..."
"He said that if he were asked to be poetry editor of a magazine, he would aim for unity. I told him that was more or less the exact opposite of what I wanted to do..."

Bon Voyage
By Marcelle Heath

"I imagine party-goers huddled around a fire pit as they share stories about stalking a would-be lover..."

In Brief: The Appeal of Brevity
By Nicholas Ripatrazone

"Contemporary flash fiction has been slugged, whipped, and slapped: dragged through the literary mud, pegged as incidental..."
"Kayla Soyer-Stein recreates the wonderful magic and sense of the uncanny that fairy tales offer..."
"Recently I won a best humorous poem competition, and it appears I have a knack for healthy self-ridicule..."
"I think about that a lot—about the balance of light and dark and about allowing my characters to have an open destiny. I think that’s one of the most important aspects of story writing..."
"It calls itself the 'farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts,' which sounded a bit suspicious to me, so I did a little poking around to verify the assertion..."
"The history of Poetry is a history of resistance in all directions..."
"The 1990s was a wild, wonderful, idealistic decade in Prague. Excellent exchange rates and the possibility of a relatively uninhibited way of life lured expatriates in droves to the Czech capital. In short, it was the perfect time for the founding of a literary journal..."
"One author climbs to the top of a tree trunk support beam that’s part of the architecture of the writing space. Another is balancing a couch cushion on his head and explaining wog: a dog who uses a dog-sized wheel chair to get his back end around San Francisco..."

Avian Arts: The LBJ
By Nicholas Ripatrazone

"While literary niches often result in suffocation, eighty pages of plaid, The LBJ’s aviary focus proves malleable enough..."
“'In consideration of what looks like a total collapse of our economic system,' he said, 'I thought the bookfair went very well...'"
"There are two wooden figures on my husband’s desk. Figurines. They are meant to resemble humans, black humans. African-Americans..."


Creative Nonfiction editor Lee Gutkind interviewed in Wag's Revue 3

In the Huffington Post, Jürgen Fauth talks about the ideas behind Fictionaut

New iPhone literary journal, Scarab, debuts

Electric Literature has a new blog: The Outlet

The last interview with George Plimpton

The Collagist editor Matt Bell interviewed at Dark Sky Magazine

Triquarterly to move online only (...and a follow up subscription-only piece in the Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Five Dials 7 is up (Five Dials 8, "the second half of this double album," is just around the corner)

Jesse Ball's novella Pieter Emily to be published in three parts on Guernica

Electric Literature’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Hunter, has written on the future of independent publishing for Publishing Perspectives

Upcoming McSweeney's 32: " work by Wells Tower and Chris Adrian and Jim Shepard and Sheila Heti—and every piece takes place in the year 2024"

Poet Jim Carroll has died (via NYTimes)

Gigantic magazine has a sparkling new site

A stunning short story trailer—yes, trailer—from Electric Literature for Jim Shepard's "Your Fate Hurtles Down at You"

Literary magazine as postcard

Knee-Jerk magazine debuts

Bookforum redesigns website

Electric Literature is the first literary magazine to develop and launch an iPhone application

Susannah Breslin on writing for Significant Objects

Essay in Meanjin about funding the arts in Australia

New lit mag, Paul Revere's Horse

Wallace Stegner publishing (and almost working for) VQR

LP assistant editor Marcelle Heath's story from Pindeldyboz gets nice review from the Short Story Reader

In their 50th anniversary issue, Massachusetts Review asks, "Who hasn't dreamed of starting a magazine?"

Blake Wilson writes on Paper Cuts about latest New York Review of Books fiction issue, w/ Messud, Chabon, and others

Drunken Boat releases gigantic 10th anniversary issue

Poet Victoria Chang blogs about money issues and the New England Reviewand again here

Michael Kimball interview Unsaid Magazine founding editor David McLendon in latest issue of elimae

Blake Butler interviews Keyhole Magazine founding editer Peter Cole on HTMLGIANT

Kevin Larimer talks with Howard Junker in latest P & W about why he is remaining editor of ZYZZYVA

New York Observer reports Thomas Frank's magazine The Baffler will resume publication

Seattle's The Stranger says "Monkeybicycle Is Better Than the Rest of the Lit Mags"

More postcard stories from Geist Magazine

Lapham's Quarterly's latest summer travel issue attracts readers such as James Franco, Frank Bidart, and Suketu Mehta

New Granta editor John Freeman writes in The Independent about the necessary roles his and other literary magazines still fulfill

Harvard Review editor Christina Thompson on how to write a ten years

Editors of Pank Magazine posts a clear and concise tract on what it takes to run a literary magazine

Ron Charles writes in The Washington Post about new magazine Electric Literature and a possible new direction for literary publishing

In case you missed it in May: One Story founding editor Hannah Tinti won the PEN/Nore Magid Award for editing

The Rumpus says no, or, more accurately, NO, to Amazon

HTMLGIANT posts on the controversy surrounding Narratvie Magazine writing contest

New literary magazine from Dzanc Books, The Collagist, edited by Matt Bell (in case you forgot, we are fans of Mr. Bell)

Granta teams up with Flavorpill for The Rehearsal Project Short-Film Contest

Isotope—literary/science hybrid magazine—looks like it will be losing its funding from Utah State University

Waldo Jaquith of Virginia Quarterly Review busts Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson for wiki-plagiarism

Canadian magazines such as Malahat Review threatened by national funding changes

John Freeman steps in as new editor of Granta—previous editor Alex Clark stepped down after just 18 months in the job

Ted Genoways & Michael Lukas blog at VQR on threats to New England Review and The Southern Review

New literary magazine out of Oxford, Mississippi: Kitty Snacks

Utne Reader announces 2009 Independent Press Awards, winners include VQR, Lapham's, and etc.

New literary magazine wordriver dedicated to creative writing of all non-tenure instructors at universities

io9 blogs about "New Wave Fabulists" issue of Conjunctions [our Luna Park featured magazine for July 2009]

Jason Stanford announces 2009 Million Writers Award ten finalists—click here to vote for your favorite. [Roderick Crooks' "Fuckbuddy" is in the lead...]

Online journals offered up as new corporate advertising territory

Poetry magazine contributor Craig Arnold goes missing on Japanese Island

Matt Briggs writes about the social network of literary magazines, with graphics [via claudiaweb]

Photographer Bruce Connew talks about his cover for the new issue of Granta and censorship in China

Poet Victoria Chang blogs on Carl Phillips essay "On Restlessness" from New England Review

New Letters highlights filmmaker James Bogan's work on Brazil

The storySouth Million Writers Award notable stories of 2008 list is online

British author J. G. Ballard has died at the age of 78—and Granta publishes writers on the impact of Ballard's work

New York Tyrant, Agriculture Reader, and Noon featured in Time Out New York

Slovokian literary magazine, Dotyky, published poems by former Bosnian-Serb wartime leader indicted for genocide crimes Radovan Karadic

Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko are the winners of Poetry Foundation's sixth annual Pegasus Awards; Howe to receive $100,000 Ruth Lily Prize

Latest issue of Creative Nonfiction "First Lede/Real Lead" focuses on magazine editing process

New Walker Percy story in Spring 2009 issue of Hopkins Review

Betty Sargent, longtime Georgia Review staffer and civil rights activist, has died at 96

Canadian literary magazines worry about loss of national funding support—and more on the topic from Calgary Herald

The Strand Magazine to publish recently discoverd Mark Twain story "The Undertaker's Tale"

Humid, a new undergraduate SFA literary journal, to debut summer 2009

Every Writer's Resource on Hawaii's recycled literary magazine, Tinfish

Virginia Quarterly Review offers all 1975-2003 issues free online

American Short Fiction announces new website—and first Web exclusive, "Paper Planes," by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Exquisite Corpse to publish a print annual at University of Central Arkansas

Poetry offers free copies of April 2009 issue to book groups to celebrate National Poetry Month

Controversial Bolaño essay "The Beach" was published last year on Eyeshot [via Maud Newton]

Like Being Killed author Ellen Miller died last December

Flatmancrooked debuts new, improved website

Esquire blogs about the best online literary magazines

Washington Post's Book World section goes out of print

Bookfox publishes list of "oldest literary magazines"

Swink magazine consolidates its print and online publications

The Southern Review announces new managing editor, Cara Blue Adams

Bordercrossing Berlin has ceased operations

Win McCormack, Tin House publisher/editor, was proud financial contributor for Obama

The Morning News 2009 Tournament of Books roster is now online

Poet W. D. Snodgrass has died at age 83.

Narrative becomes first literary magazine available on Amazon Kindle

Magazine Cadenza publishes its final issue

Publisher Richard Seaver has died

Creative Nonfiction seeks new essays by or about doctors and lawyers

Literary journal Here & Noun launches in Edmonton

First issue of new literary magazine Quicksilver is available.

Perpetual Folly's annual Pushcart Prize roundup

Luna Park writer Nigel Beale interviews Dylan Thomas Prize winner Nam Le

Carol Houck Smith, editor-at-large for W.W. Norton, passed away

HBO plans new show based on creator's experiences at The Paris Review


mcsweeney's 32

Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern 32; Editor: Dave Eggers; Published: San Francisco; Est: 1998.

Luna Digest on Fictionaut Blog every Tuesday:

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Joseph Brodsky's literary executor launches new poetry magazine: Little Star

New lit mag: Artifice

New indie publishing wiki is launched by Dave Housley and Roxane Gay

CLMP's Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Students

Upcoming Creative Nonfiction redesign

Galley Cat says Rick Moody's Twitter story generates Twitter backlash

"Fictionaut and the Future of the Literary Journal" at Galleycat

More editors leave Granta after magazine "restructuring"

Trailer for Colson Whitehead's short story "The Comedian" from Electric Literature #2

McSweeney's offers preview of their upcoming newspaper issue, the SF Panorama

On the lit blog Bookish Us: “Why Don’t Aspiring Writers Read More Literary Magazines”



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