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Published July 18, 2014

Passages North's 2014 cover is simple but effective. It's done by Jennifer Burton of Vermont: "Her work draws on imagery from old photographs found in family albums, both her own and those of others."


Okay, this cover of Frogpond looks so tasty that I could lick it, seriously, but not really. It certainly says, "Hey, it's a hot summer day. Open me up; it'll be refreshing." The design and photo is by Christopher Patchel of Mettawa, IL.


The cover illustration for Sterling's latest issue is done by Bill Frenec, but, unfortunately, that's all we know about it. It is, however, an excellent homage to Minneapolis—the unofficial theme of the issue—including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. (Plus some awesome buttons featuring elements of the cover art.)
Published July 11, 2014

Magical. That's the word I would use to describe this cover of Cutbank. It's called Cosmic Forest by Matt Green and was created with acrylic on a wood panel.

Smartish Pace's cover is fun, with a mixed media piece called I'm Dying, It's Okay. Let's Go! by Rashawn Griffin with chocolates, fabric, needles, nuts, paper, pigment, plastic, reed, resin, screws, spray paint, and water soluble water paint.

The design of the cover of The Stinging Fly summer issue is fun, and it just makes me smile. It's designed by Fuchsia MacAree. See more of her work here.

Published July 04, 2014
This cover features an old passport of Mavis Gallant, the writer who is being honored and feature within the first half of this new issue of Brick.


The Meadow's 2014 issue features cover artwork from Marti Bein titled "Aurora View."


It's rare that I don't like a cover from Parcel. This one is by Cable Griffith, an artist and curator living in Seattle whose work also graces the inside pages. "Return to the Source" and "Gallatin Passage" are two of my favorites.

Published June 27, 2014
Cimarron Review's front cover message states, "Don't worry, nothing is wrong everything is fine, seriously." It's very tongue-in-cheek as right below the message is a tank of dead sea animals. This piece, along with the image on the back cover ("Keep up the good work" alongside a dead flower), are excerpts from Kat Eng's comic Everything is Fine.


Room's cover features Jade Hill's Dancing with Fire, digital documentation of a fire poi performance. "I take inspiration from the beauty I may find present in all circumstances," she writes, "and from the relationship between life and myself."


Green Blotter's 2014 issue features cover art by Dylan Rigg. I'm not entirely sure what to think of this cartoon elephant headed man, but it has me thinking, and that's the important part.

Published June 20, 2014

Simple, yet a perfect spring cover for Natural Bridge. The illustration and design is done by Nathaniel Gibson.


This image on Rattle's cover is breathtaking, especially in your hands and not on the screen. By Sebastian Lauf.


Kim Aubrey writes in Grain's editor's note: "The haunting prints of our featured artist, Sean Caulfield, show an organic world worked upon by technology and ask questions about what survives from that familiar natural world and what changes beyond recognition."
Published June 13, 2014

This cover of New England Review is titled Blue Vault by Ra
Published June 06, 2014

The cover of the latest issue of Hayden's Ferry Review features Seba Kurtis's Mirrors. It's even more magnificent inside the issue where it is also printed, with more true color and clear image.


In the editor's note of this issue of december, Gianna Jacobson writes that "inspiration is a miraculous notion." And so the cover art, by B
Published May 30, 2014

Tin House's summer reading issue is a beautiful oil on canvas painting by Jocelyn Hobbie titled Forsythia. Dig it? View more of her work on her website.


If you're not afraid of bears, PULP Literature's latest cover will make you question if perhaps you should be. A mutant, robotic bear stands out first, and all you can see of the dark army of bears behind it are their red dotted eyes. The work is by JJ Lee, and he also has another illustration inside the issue to accompany his writing "Built to Love."


Vallum's cover is a drive-in movie of sorts. It may be hard to see on the screen, but there are a bunch of matchbox cars lined up in front of an old television. I loved it even more when I read the title of the piece: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" by Andrew B. Myers.

Published May 23, 2014
While in other parts of the country Spring may have come earlier, in Michigan, our trees have only just started to bloom. So in honor of our first real week of Spring and warmer weather, here's all the covers this week that are both striking and Spring-filled.

Concho River Review's Spring 2014 cover couldn't be more inviting. The photograph is by Danny Meyer.


The Aurorean's Spring/Summer 2014 issue features "Flowering Tree at Emily Dickinson's House" by Cynthia Brackett-Vincent.


So Exit 7's cover isn't quite the aesthetic as the other two, but nothing sounds better now than a nice bike ride. The art is Simple by Jeff Cohen, and his piece Berlin with Bicycle is on the back cover.

Published May 09, 2014

The artwork on the latest issue of Phoebe is by Jaime Bennati, an artist who "makes the viewer question our relationship to things we keep and discard daily" by using materials often overlooked. The center of the issue features more of her work as well as a self-written how-to guide so you can try a piece of your own. Her included collection comes from using bus tickets that were discarded. "On average about 200,000 were discarded per day." As a person who makes jewelry out of discarded materials, I'm intensely interested in her work.


The Fall 2013 issue of Kestrel features artwork by Julie Anne Struck titled A Story which is photo transfer, ink, collage, and colored pencil on panel. It's great to look at up close. Struck "has always touched upon and explored anything that illustrates her interest in dissolving boundaries and celebrating connections between fine art, design, writing, and other creative disciplines." More of her work is featured in full color inside the issue.


Not only are the colors and the actual skill of this cover art for Ruminate fascinating, but Sarah Megan Jenkins's Jean Lafitte Swamp (acrylic and mixed media) feels like today in Michigan. The trees are gloomy, the world looks sad after a harsh, long winter, but the sun is coming up and there's hope on the horizon.

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