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Posted July 19, 2016

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  • Issue Number Volume 42 Number 2
  • Published Date Spring/Summer 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

The Black Warrior Review (BWR), published out of the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, mixes the bizarre with the familiar in issue 42.2. Best summed up by Megan Milks in their chapbook “The Feels”— a legitimization of queer pairing in fanfiction communities—this issue expands “what is possible in both the actual world and the world of the text.”

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  • Issue Number Volume 38, Number 3
  • Published Date May/June 2016
  • Publication Cycle Bimonthly

The May/June 2016 issue of Kenyon Review is so of-the-moment with its new section of “EcoPoetry,” wherein each poet gives a personal take on the deterioration of the world’s environment. Poetry Editor David Baker showcases 31 poems “awash with warning,” he says. “The devastation and peril often feel so massive they are already beyond words. But in important ways poetry is always about what is beyond mere words, just past our grasp and our understanding.”

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  • Issue Number Volume 45 Issue 1
  • Published Date Fall 2015
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

“A short story should always move forward in time!” and “Use strong action verbs” and “Only leave the words that do the most work emotionally” are phrases former students of Alan Cheuse may have heard often. “He pushed for more drama, more emotion, fewer words,” writes Phoebe Editor-in-Chief Amanda Canupp Mendoza. “He wanted us to live up to our full potential not only as writers, but as humans.” In July of 2015, Alan Cheuse passed away and this issue, in collaboration with Alan Cheuse Literary Review, opens with a special section dedicated to the late George Mason University professor.

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  • Issue Number Volume 12 Number 2
  • Published Date July/August 2016 online
  • Publication Cycle Bimonthly

In this technological age, the ping of a new email can at times seem exhaustive, from weekly ads from every place you’ve ever shopped, to growing piles of submissions and chainmail forwards from your mom. But one email to look forward to is the bimonthly announcement for a new issue of Ragazine.CC. Returning from their six-month hiatus, Ragazine.CC brings more to the table than ever before.

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  • Issue Number Volume 31 Number 1
  • Published Date Spring 2016
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

The Spring 2016 issue of Zone 3 opens without preface or fanfare, allowing the writing to speak for itself.

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