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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.


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.


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."


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.


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."
Published September 27, 2013
Take a look at these covers that came in this past week!

What's not to love about this cover of Lumina? I mean, how often do you see a superhero out grocery shopping, much less dropping his bags on the ground? Titled "Shopping," this piece is done with oil on canvas by Andreas Englund.

This issue of The Jabberwock Review made the girl in me go, "ooo, pretty!" I couldn't find the name of the artist who designed or drew this, but it sure is eye-catching!

And as with most covers of Eleven Eleven, I'm not quite sure what to say, not sure if I should be fascinated or grossed-out. The cover art, which wraps to the back of the issue as well, is titled "Dead Sea" by Howie Tsui. 

Published September 13, 2013
Here's the magazine covers that popped out at me this week. We've got a puppy, an eye-tantalizing, geometric design, and a large green hand with pink fingernails. What more could I ask for?

Cleaver Magazine's "Literature & Art Go Back to School" issue. You can read it online for free.

Heavy Feather Review's Volume 2 Number 2, with cover images by Sam Chiver. Available in print subscription or as an e-pub.

New Letters' cover image is by Peggy Noland. See the full image on the back of the issue as well.
Published September 06, 2013
Here, my friends, are some magazines that came in this week whose covers I simply had to share. There's a crying shark in a pink dress, a dead horse and a staring girl, and the Philosophers' Rock in Austin, TX.

Whiskey Island

Camera Obscura

The Cape Rock


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