One of the benefits of attending AWP is getting to meet and discover “new” lit mags on the scene. As saddened as we so often are to hear of magazines folding under economic or other life constraints, it is at the same time with great joy that we see new mags crop up, with invigorated, often “youthful” labor, and somehow enough change in their pockets (or foraging skills) to get the publication started. Who knows where these fresh starts may end up; no doubt some of the long-standing lit mags have staff who remember their start-up days — before they went glossy, before they went 501c(3), before the .com, before finding a comfortable hold within academic walls, or perhaps after leaving academia behind… A smattering of new mags offering an infusion of hope include:
Alehouse, San Francisco, CA. Editor Jay Rubin, Contributing Editors Edward A. Dougherty, Kake Huck, and Gary Lessing.
Cave Wall, Greensboro, NC. Editor Rhett Iseman.
New Ohio Review or /nor, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Managing Editor John Bullock.
Short Story, Columbia, SC. Editor Caroline Lord.
We wish these newbies the best in their endeavors, and hope to see them continue to grace our pages.