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Posted May 18, 2015

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  • Issue Number Issue 3
  • Published Date December 2014
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
What initially drew me to The Austin Review was the delivery. A sucker for small-sized publications, the compact journal called out to me as soon as I saw it. Even putting biases aside, the beautiful cover art, “Iron Age” by John Mulvany, which features a serene night scene with a ghost lighting up the sky, would’ve been enough to draw me in.
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  • Issue Number Volume 40 Number 2
  • Published Date March/April 2015
  • Publication Cycle Bimonthly
Boston Review: A Political and Literary Forum, which publishes six issues per year, recentlycelebrated its fortieth anniversary, and that level of time and experience is evidenced by the high quality of the writing and the magazine’s simple yet elegant design. Aesthetically, I enjoyed how the poems were contained within thinly outlined boxes, the dimensions of which changed to best suit the need of each individual piece.
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  • Issue Number Volume 25 Number 1
  • Published Date Winter 2015
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
The 25th Anniversary Issue of Freefall includes only a little over 100 pages of refreshing entertainment. “Only” is an apt inclusion because it would be commendable if we could have even more as soon as possible.
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  • Issue Number Issue 17
  • Published Date Spring 2015
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly
Midwestern Gothic is “dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived here.” On their About page, the editors say, “we take to heart the realistic aspects of Gothic fiction. Not every piece needs to be dark or twisted or full of despair, but we are looking for real life, inspired by the region, good, bad, or ugly.”
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  • Issue Number Volume 36 Number 1
  • Published Date Spring 2015
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly
New England Review is a giant among literary magazines, published quarterly by Middlebury College, a small liberal arts college in Vermont. The current issue shows why New England Review deserves its sterling reputation. At 200 pages, it is filled with quality poetry, fiction, essays, and translations. There is no artwork, but as for literature, there is something for everybody: avant-garde free verse, stories set in slums and in high-rent New York, an academic piece on Herman Melville, and a reprint from an 1871 book on the old New England courtship rite called “bundling.”
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  • Issue Number Issue 35
  • Published Date Winter 2014
  • Publication Cycle Annual
Quite notable in the 35th issue of Passages North is a section called Hybrid Essays that pushes creative nonfiction to daring forms of inventiveness and complexity. Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s hyper-short, personal pieces are exercises in compression, gleaming with economy and calculation; each less than a page long, one might mistake them for flash-fiction pieces, such as “In Gratitude to the Dream Sequence,” which meditates on power in the confines of the bedroom against power in the confines of the boardroom: “Afterward, be glad because she will not turn into your boss and tell you you’re fired.”
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  • Issue Number Issue 34
  • Published Date Spring 2015
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
Syracuse, New York was the center of a major salt-mining industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, such that it acquired the nickname “Salt City.” This fact may explain the name of the literary magazine Salt Hill, which bears the logo of a little glass salt shaker. The magazine itself only says: “Salt Hill is published by a group of writers affiliated with the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.”
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