The most recent issue of Cincinnati Review is unique for a number of reasons. The issue comes with a separately printed, full-color graphic novel, Moth: The Play written by Declan Greene and illustrated by Gabe Ostley. Check out this sweet YouTube video The Making of Moth for a teaser.
The publication also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that allowed the editors to focus on longer forms. “In fiction, this includes several extended stories. In poetry, sequences and long poems lead off each section.” In total, this issue offers almost one hundred additional pages of fiction and poetry.
And finally, the magazine features a unique partnering of music and poetry. Award-winner composer of chamber works Ellen Ruth Harrison has created music to express three poems by Jakob Stein, originally printed in the Summer 2008 issue. The full score for “Sefiros” appears in this issue along with the reprinted poems and introduction by Poetry Editor Don Bogen. Additionally, the art-song will be performed in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music on Monday February 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. A podcast of the performance will be posted on the publication’s website following the event.
I think that’s quite enough to recommend, don’t you?