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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.
Published November 21, 2016
new guardThis whimsical "Dinosaur Feeding Frenzy" by Robert C. Jackson on the cover of Vol. V of The New Guard is an oil on linen, three panels sized 48" x 36" or 48" x 108". The issue itself is a contest winners frenzy, featuring winners, finalists and semifinalists of the The New Guard Vol. V Knightville Poetry Contest and the Machigonne Fiction Contest.
catamaran literary readerI couldn't look away from this child's searching expression on the fall 2016 cover of Catamaran. "Via Mal Contenti" by Bo Bartlett is an oil on linen (82 x 56; 2006) is as haunting as Founder and Editor in Chief Catherine Segurson's closing words in her editor's letter: ". . . please remember to vote this November, because we are responsible for the world our children will inherit."
Published November 14, 2016
fieldJorge Mayet's De Mis Vivos y Mis Muertos (2008, electrical wire, paper, acrylics, fabric) is featured on the cover of the poetry journal Field's fall 2016 issue. Inside, readers can find a symposium on the work of C.D. Wright, with essays by Jenny Goodman, Laura Kasischke, Pamela Alexander, Sharon Olds, Kazim Ali, and Stephen Burt.
river teethThis fall 2016 cover of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative features the photography of David FitzSimmons, "Sweet Gum and Moon, Ashland, Ohio."
the gettysburg reivewIn keeping with what seems to be a 'tree' theme, this acrylic on panel by Eric Green, entitled "Pole," is just sample of the kinds of stark yet lush images included in his full-color portfolio inside The Gettysburg Review, winter 2016.
Published October 24, 2016
black warrior reviewI think Black Warrior Review covers make the pick every issue, with Luanne Redeye's (Self)Image on the Fall/Winter 2016 cover just another example of why. More from her "Genre Paintings 2011 - " series can be found inside the publication, as well as here on her website.
mssachusetts reviewThe cover of The Massachusetts Review (v57 n3) features Nina Chanel Abney's What, 2015 (unique ultrachrome pigmented print, acrylic, spray paint on canvas). More of her work is also featured in the publication and can be viewed in her online portfolio here.
subprimal poetry artThe cover of the seventh issue of Subprimal Poetry Art features Three Shadows by Kate Viola, who says the painting was "inspired by the haunting arias often found in operas." Subprimal Poetry Art is a open access online publication of words with music, words alone, and artwork.
Published October 10, 2016
crabfat magazinePhotographer John Chavers' kaleidoscope image is featured on the October 2016 online issue of Crab Fat Magazine, a journal "founded on the principles of inclusive & diverse writing/publishing." And they mean it.
georgia reviewThe Georgia Review has been turning heads for 70 years and will be celebrating through the year with a variety of special events that they will update on their website. The Fall 2016 cover art ("#1637") is by Masao Yamamoto, whose work is also featured with an introduction and full-color, twelve-page portfolio within.
Published October 03, 2016
raleigh reviewThe Raleigh Review Fall 2016 issue features "Red Madonna" by Geri Digiorno on its cover, an appropriate welcome to its contents, which Editor Rob Greene comments: "Many of us enter the arts as a way to heal . . [the arts] is about real people trying to make a better world. We hope the work in this volume guides you a better understanding of humankind."
carolina quarterly"Jenna's First" by William Paul Thomas adorns the cover of The Carolina Quarterly Fall 2016, with a full-color portfolio of his work within. "I paint representations of disembodied heads of people in my social circle and sometimes scrawl text directly over their likenesses," Thomas writes in his Artist's Statement. "As it relates to my portraits, whatever the viewer derives from looking is the correct interpretation. I embrace symbolic ambiguity while clinging to observational specificity."
haydens ferry review"My work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world around us," writes Hanna Dansie in her Artist's Statement. Her work is featured both on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2016 Hayden's Ferry Review and with several internal pages as well.
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