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Published February 07, 2014
So it's been a while since I posted about magazine covers, but don't worry--I'm not stopping now! The holidays and AWP have put me a little behind with these posts, but there are plenty in store. If only you could see the boxes and boxes of litmags I have to go through! And one of the delights is discovering some amazing artwork and photography and design on the covers:

Room's cover features a house with one side removed so that you can see the, what do you know, rooms. The Dollhouse: Blue Night #2 was constructed in 2007 by Heather Benning with wood, plaster, paint, mixed media, and an existing abandoned house.

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Salmagundi Magazine's cover just looks like fun. It features Untitled (Hunterdon County, NJ) by Meredith Moody from about 1984.

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 This cover of The Fiddlehead features the work of Deanna Musgrave's acrylic on canvas, Crown.


Published January 15, 2014
The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review's Winter 2013 issue is exciting, right from glancing at the cover. When I received the NewPages copy, I had to look closely. Is that Sharpie on the cover? I flipped right to the editor's note, and saw this:

"And isn't this, we could say, 'uncontrollable' element of art one of the things that makes it so indispensable? I think so. When we publish the magazine each year, it is no longer, literally, in our hands, but in the hands (and eyes and ears) of our subscribers and readers. To that end, this year's cover is something rather unusual. Each copy of this issue has an individually illustrated cover. Some may be signed, others may be anonymous. The artists range from professional illustrators and visual artists to college students, to academics, to elementary art school teachers to elementary school students themselves. They've all been done in a the simple medium of a permanent marker or two . . ."

Nathaniel Perry goes on to say that just like you can't control what will be on the cover of your copy, you can't control how you will read or react to any of the poetry. But here are the writers you can expect to find in this issue: Claudia Emerson, Maria Hummel, Christopher Howell, Robert Wrigley, and more.
Published December 20, 2013
Meaty Gonzales writes in this "bones" issue of Meat for Tea: "This issue will get under your skin and cut through the fat to get to the very bone. Bones. To get to the bare-boned truth, to reveal the skeletons in your closet, to sip a healing broth, bones evoke many conflicting emotions and memories . . ."

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The 2013 issue of The Idaho Review features Bill Carmen's "The Earialist" which is a 5x7 acrylic on copper made in 2010. It's slightly creepy, unsettling, but oh-so-interesting to look at!

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Read this about the latest Tin House cover: "This issue's cover art, Yellow Book, is about connections forged through books. [The artist, Sophie Blackall, says] 'So many of the missed connections I read [on Craigslist] mention books, 'You were on the F train, reading As I Lay Dying . . .' but lots of us have also found friends and lovers through books. The only thing better than a beloved book is a book shared with a beloved.'"


Published December 13, 2013
This cover of The Missouri Review's Fall 2013 issue is a photo by Beth Hoeckel titled "Tip Toe." This is a special "transcendence" issue, featuring Nick Arvin, Claudia Emerson, Jane Gillette, Jason Koo, Dorothea Lasky, and more.

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In general, I just love The Common's cover designs; they always feature a common object. And just as they aim to "find the extraordinary in the common" for their writing, they follow the same example with their covers. It just makes sense.

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And speaking of covers that just make sense, check out the recent cover of Iron Horse Literary Review. Does it really need any explanation? The artwork is metal sculptures located at Landmark Bank, N.A. in Kingston, Oklahoma, constructed and designed by Doug Owen.


Published December 06, 2013

This cover of Gulf Coast is part of a collection by Mary Reid Kelley called The Syphilis of Sisyphus. Jenni Sorkin writes in the introduction to the pieces, "Shot by collaborator Patrick Kelley in high-definition video in a stark palette of black and white, there is a mournful quality to the hand-drawn stage sets and highly stylized actors. Reid Kelley herself takes on the role of Sisyphus, yet all the characters are only recognizable as archetypes, hidden by bulging golf balls for eyes."

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A storm-trooper clone doing ballet. I'm sorry, but what is there not to love about this? The cover art for The Literary Review is titled "Corps de Clone" by Rebecca Ashley. "The work in this exhibit brings my worlds of dance, parenting, and photography into one sphere where, like a dancer on stage, belief is often suspended and being in the moment is all," she writes.

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The latest cover of Graze, a literary magazine centered around food,  features different items of food hanging out in a library. An ice cream sandwich lays in the middle of the floor reading a book. And on the back, there is also a melting popsicle, a book-reading piece of pizza, and other assorted foods. The art is by Kyle Fewell.

Published November 08, 2013

Transference is a brand new lit mag out of Western Michigan University that features translated work. The cover image is by Er
Published November 01, 2013


"Even in the digital age, the letter exerts a mysterious pull . . . ," write the editors. "But for the young girls on our cover [of Poet Lore], walking to the mailbox was a serious rural ritual, the day's post a lifeline linking farm routes and cities, family and friends . . . What kind of lifeline does poetry offer, what kind of 'news'?"

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I found that the colors on this issue of Cutbank are stunning, and if you look closer, you realize it's a collage of birds. It's a mixed media painting on canvas titled "The Birds of Wonderland" by Nanuka Tchitchoua in 2009.

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Lost in Thought's new cover (and the design of the issue as a whole) is definitely eye-catching. Unfortunately, I can't locate the artist of the cover image, but it does indicate that the issue contains art by Haley Friesen and ink work by Nobuhiro Sato.
Published October 25, 2013

Photography for this cover of Image comes from Fritz Liedtke, titled "Swimming Hole Boys" from the series Welcome to Wonderland. There is more of his work inside.




American Letters & Commentary's new issue has a special feature on Suspended Animation. The cover features a piece of Matthea Harvey's ice cube art, with more on the back cover and inside.




Cover art for issue 3 of Phantom Drift is "Hypnagogia" by Chris Mars. It definitely has a creep look; I can't stare for too long.

Published October 18, 2013

The Stinging Fly, from Dublin, puts forth this special translation issue, listing the names of the pieces in their original language, all spanning out in a web from the fly logo in the middle. Included are translations from French, Dutch, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Greek, and more.




Gargoyle Magazine's second issue for 2013 features cover photography by Cassia Beck and includes almost 500 pages of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork.




The Georgia Review's cover definitely had me staring for a while. Celeste Rapone's Blue Dress is a painting done by oil on canvas, and she has more art, too, featured on the back cover and inside.


Published October 11, 2013
We got these issues in a couple of weeks ago, actually, but they are still totally worth seeing:


Pacifica Literary Review's second issue features a moose at an old drive-in theater, Pacifica Drive-In Theater, to be exact. Cover art is by Andrew Belanger.




Salt Hill's issue 31 features cover art by Hollie Chastain: "Community Chorus" and "Adalyn's Party Trick I."




The Intentional, a brand new print mag, features a sort of connect-the-dots over top of their cover image, but this person isn't quite filled out yet--the perfect imagery for this magazine that aims to "capture the twenty-something experience and explore innovations that might augment quality of life for millennials."
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