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Posted February 15, 2017

  • Subtitle Maps & Legends
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  • Issue Number Issue 2 Number 2
  • Published Date Spring/Summer 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

Published out of Virginia Commonwealth University, Broad Street: A Magazine of True Stories, bridges personal and researched knowledge in creative nonfiction. The journal furthers what it means to tell true stories. This issue, themed Maps & Legends, goes where no map can lead to find truth: exploring what it means to be a foreigner.

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  • Issue Number Number 23
  • Published Date Fall 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

The Fall 2016 issue of Copper Nickel from the University of Colorado Denver features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and folios of works in translation. All the contributions are worth noting for the broad range of talent and skill, beginning with the variety of poetry, which is definitely of the quality we expect from this selection of experienced poets.

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  • Issue Number Volume 40 Number 2
  • Published Date Fall 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

This issue of The Florida Review begins with a Pulse tribute featuring five Orlando authors—queer authors, Latinx authors, authors from the Orlando community. Lisa Roney in her editorial describes “feelings of being both inside and outside of the events of that day [the Pulse shooting].” The published pieces reflect similar contradictions. The fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and graphic narrative draw tension from contradictions and juxtapositions, striking a balance.

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  • Issue Number Issue 98
  • Published Date Winter 2017
  • Publication Cycle Triannual
Glimmer Train Stories is an amazing publication filled with wonderful, unique, and powerful short stories about love, life, death, loss, and the power of family. Two sisters have produced this literary magazine since 1990 and they delight in publishing emerging writers’ first stories, while also sharing interesting details about the authors’ lives (including photos).
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  • Issue Number Number 30.5
  • Published Date 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

I always look forward to seeing the cover art of jubilat’s new issues, often featuring bright colors or eye-catching images. However, their latest issue caught my eye because it doesn’t fit their usual look. Instead, the editors chose a plain black background behind their title text for this special issue that presents 108 poems by 105 writers who share what’s been on their minds since November 8, 2016. With this issue, jubilat creates something beautiful out of rubble, giving readers something to hold onto when we may feel hopeless, wordless, or disconnected.

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  • Issue Number Issue 16
  • Published Date Autumn/Winter 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

The Autumn/Winter 2016 issue of Structo offers readers a fun read while bringing global voices together in one publication.

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  • Issue Number Volume 51 Number 3
  • Published Date Fall 2016
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly

After reading the Fall 2016 issue, I can certainly see why the Western American Literature magazine is a “leading peer-reviewed journal in the literary and cultural study of the North American West.” This magazine provides a wealth of information, such as studies on emerging authors, a collection of book reviews, and essays that analyze literature or new theoretical approaches in literature about the American West.

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