Katie McClendon, Managing Editor and Founder, along with Bridgette Hahn, Poetry Editor, and Jessi Bee, Designer and Prose Editor, have released the first issue of Saltwater Quarterly, a print literary journal “devoted to publishing works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that exemplify the craft of writing while remaining free of oppressive language or themes” with a focus on works by “underrepresented authors, specifically members of oppressed communities.”
The first issue is a simple 31-page, 5.5 x 7, saddle stitch chapbook-style publication, but the layout and design are elegantly done, with attention paid and credited to typography (a basic publishing concept so readily overlooked by new publications these days). Writers featured include Nicholas YB Wong, Bo Schwabacher, Marita Isabel, Luca Penne, David Glen Smith, Michael Lee Rattigan, William Doreski, Edmund Sandoval, Jeremy Halinen Heather C.D. Davis, Teresa Chuc Dowell, and Caroline Picker.
Submissions for fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry are open for issue #3 until July 15. Single copies and subscriptions can be ordered from the site, and some samples from issue #1 are also available for reading.