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Published March 06, 2017
hotel amerika"Calmly on Fire," a found photograph and collage on paper by Lorna Simpson, makes it difficult for readers to look away from Hotel Amerika Winter 2017.
into voidPublished in Ireland, this spring 2017 issue of Into the Void cover features "Two Boys in the Woods" by Refael Salem.
animal magazineUnusual beauty seems to be my theme this week, finishing off with "Red Heart Boat" by Andy Levine on the cover of the online Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.
Published February 27, 2017
sewanee review"This iteration of the Sewanee Review [Winter 2017], designed by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday, signifies the first substantial redesign this magazine has undergone since Allen Tate's commissioning of legendary printer P.J. Conkwright in autumn, 1944," writes Managing Editor Robert Walker. He thanks the designers "for their beautiful, idiosyncratic vision, which so seamlessly incorporates the old into the new." NewPages agrees.
gettysburg review spring 2017The Gettysburg Review Spring 2017 whimsical cover is a detail of "The Young Owl" by Kevin Sloan.
missouri review"Stress Test" by Eugenia Loli is the eye-catching cover art on The Missouri Review v39 n4 (2016)
Published February 13, 2017
boilerThe Boiler winter 2017 online quarterly of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction features this stunning scene "Horses in Winter" photograph by Ellumyne.
chargrin river reviewChagrin River Review online journal of fiction and poetry is edited by faculty at Lakeland Community College, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The cover photo for their December 2016 issue, with its unique road reflections, is by Michael Kinkopf.
cleaverI'm pretty sure that's a cockroach orchestra portrayed on the cover of Cleaver online lit mag #16: "The Maestro” by Orlando Saverino-Loeb.
Published February 06, 2017
carolina quarterlyAimee Bungard is the featured artist in the Winter 2017 issue of The Carolina Quarterly, with "Eyeris" on the cover and a portfolio of her work inside, in a style which she describes as "ecological expressionist."
mud seasonMud Season Review publishes one story, one portfolio of poems, one essay or piece of narrative nonfiction, and visual art online monthly. The newest issue features artwork by Talal Alyan, who "renders loss into concise and vivid images that feel like an assault on the soul."
positPosit online publishes "finely crafted, innovative, contemporary literature and visual art. Our tastes are broad, but we lean towards the experimental." And the cover art of issue #12 is proof positive, featuring Steve DeFrank's “Big Hairy Mess."
Published January 30, 2017
malahat reviewLawrence Paul Yuxweluptun 's "Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls" draws readers to the Winter 2016 cover of The Malahat Review, with guest editors Philip Kevin Paul (poetry), Richard Van Camp (fiction), Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (CNF) making selections for the theme "Indigenous Perspectives."
fiddlehead winter2017I was mesmerized by Ann Manuel's "Blur I" on the Winter 2017 cover of The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal.
salamander plainAnd just one more splash of color to brighten a winter's day: "Gouache on Newspaper" by Elizabeth Doran on the cover of Suffolk University's Salamander #43.
Published January 23, 2017
writing disorderThe Writing Disorder online quarterly literary journal continues to publish some of the most provocative artwork from emerging artists. Paintings by Cameron Bliss are featured on the Winter 2016-17 cover as well as within the issue.
superstition review 18 cover"My Beating Heart" by Rossitza Todorova welcomes readers to Superstition Review's issue 18, a fully accessible online literary magazine produced by creative writing and web design students at Arizona State University.
Published January 16, 2017
zone threeThis week's theme for covers seems to be 'the fantastical from the literal.' Philippe Pirrip's "Curved Plan" is featured on the cover of Zone 3 Fall 2016. Pripp describes his artistic approach as "a visual play of identities" and "a resistance to conform to literal figurations of what is and what has been depicted as being queer."
southampton reviewOf the cover of Winter/Spring 2017 The Southampton Revi Editor-in-Chief Lou Ann Walker comments: "Because this issue's theme is the muse, all of the art in this issue was chosen for its emphasis on story and the fantastical places imagination can go. Take, for example, the cover, 'Stopping by Woods,' created by Corinne Geertsen. How did that ballerina in her tutu come to be juxtaposed with that extraterrestrial spaceship?" Indeed.
chattahoochee reviewThe Chattahoochee Review Fall2016/Winter2017 cover art "War Bonnets: Never Out of Style for Long" by Lucy Julia Hale is representative of her artistic approach, which she describes: "I am drawn to see deeply into paper artifacts / mass-produced photographic images of our interiors and exteriors - / where we have lived."
Published January 09, 2017
concho river reviewThe most recent issue of Concho River Review: Literature from Texas and Beyond features a photograph by Tim L. Vasquez, Ziva-Gato Impressions, that provides me with a ray of warmth during just the start of our coldest months of winter here in the north.
skidrow penthouseWith cover art by Ric Best, the color scheme of issue 19 of Skidrow Penthouse is another kind of warming image - one that invites readers into what Editors Stephanie Dickinson and Rob Cook consider "our best issue yet."
crazyhorseThe reproduction can't quite seem to do justice to the vibrancy of the blue, red, and orange hues on the Fall 2016 cover art of Crazyhorse. "City" by W. Case Jernigan provides a unique perspective, as does the content of this publication. A full list of contents for the current issue can be found here.
Published December 05, 2016
woven tale pressIssue #9 of the monthly online journal The Woven Tale Press features the steel scupture "Facing the Elements Blindfolded" by Ruud Schrijvershof, with addtional images of his works included inside the publication. The Woven Tale Press is a fine arts and literary magazine with the mission to grow Web traffic to noteworthy writers, photographers, and artists.
sounder review"Lion" by Cesar Valtierra draws readers in to Issue 6 of The Sounder Review, an online and print jounral of art, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Based in Upstate New York, TSR "strives to question, redefine, and challenge conventional viewpoints; to usurp the definition of reality and truth."
Published November 28, 2016
fiddlehead“to pursue the unattainable” (2011; mixed media on paper; 22" x 30") from Carol Collicut's  Marcus Aurelius Series is featured on the autumn 2016 cover of The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal and looks similar to a form of asemic writing.
into voidPublished out of Dublin, Ireland, this second issue of Into the Void Arts and Literature features "In the Dream I'm Falling" by Zach Moroney on its cover.
southeast reviewNewPages will always favor any lit mag cover that features the Detroit Tigers "D" on its cover. Though the black and white rendition of "An Ode to Farad #1" by Jamea Richmond-Edwards doesn't quite do it justice, readers can find the full-color image inside The Southeast Review v.34 n.2, as well as and interview with the artist by Jessica Reidy.
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