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Published January 18, 2016
still point arts quarterly
If I had my druthers, Still Point Arts Quarterly would be featured here for every issue, along with just about every page of their publication. Each issue is a true meditation of art an literature. The Winter 2015 issue #20 features Square (XIII) by Susan Breen.

lalitamba 2015
Lalitamba "is a journal of international writings for liberation." This 2015 cover gets my pick because, in the dead of winter, this says SUMMER to me and definitely liberates my mind from the cold and ice. [No credit given for the photo/model.]

fourteen hills
"Equal," acrylic on canvas by Amy Guidry, graces the cover of Fourteen Hills (22.1: 2016), keeping with the publication's tradition for catchy, sometimes bordering on (good) bizarre images.
Published June 01, 2015
american-short-fiction-spring15
This striking mixed media, cut and paste collage on the cover of American Short Fiction is "The Swimmer" by B.A. Lampman, an artist in Victoria, B.C. See more of her intriguing work on her website, where she has some original works, prints, and cards for purchase.
south-dakota-review-51I can't stop loving South Dakota Review's larger format publication, giving true space to the work within, as well as to the cover art. The whole publication has a kind of dark chocolate frosting feel: rich and luxurious. Lee Ann Roripaugh is credited for this cover art.
Published May 25, 2015
stoneboat-spring2015The Spring 2015 issue of Stoneboat Literary Journal features "Creation" by Gordon Gohr, a stunning image which will draw interested readers to the photo essay within by Mariko Nagai, "Hiroshima: The Occupation Period."
main-street-rag-spring15Main Street Rag Editor and publisher M. Scott Douglass also contributes to this issue's cover. A dog will always make my pick for the week, and this one, with animals stacked lazily about just looked too comfortable to pass up.
mamalode-shybaI guess the theme for this week's covers could be "things that are stacked" or something like that. Mamalode makes it for its special edition "Better Together." Jessica Shyba's photo models are two of her four children and her dog, Theo.

Published April 06, 2015
blue-route
The Blue Route is an online national literary journal for undergraduate writers, with each author's school affiliation noted in the table of contents. I like the feel of this cover photo by Taylor Blume, with its intense colors and grainy texture.
tahoma-literary-review
This Spring 2015 cover of Tahoma Liteary Review is from a series by southern California artista Wendy Smith called "Inside the Brain." Inspired by the the work of neuroscientist Camillo Golgi who dyed samples of brain tissue so the neurons could be observed, Smith's images mimic the technique: color washes to illustrate brain cells.
arc-poetry-76
Arc Poetry Magazine #76 features acrylic on canvas artwork of Christi Belcourt both on the cover and inside the publication in full color. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.
Published March 30, 2015
rain-taxi
Well, it is Easter, after all. In addition to the cool cover art by Mary Schaubschlager, this spring 2015 issue of Rain Taxi: Review of Books includes AWP features: "Literary Twin Cities: An Incomplete Overview" by Andy Sturdevant; "Ten Things You'll Need to Survive AWP" by William Stobb; and "[But Seriously Folks] Twelve Tips for Navigating AWP" by Kathryn Kysar.

saw-palm
"An Influence of Snow" by Linda Alexader-Rosas is featured on the cover of the spring 2015 issue of Saw Palm: Florida Litearature and Art, and carries over some of the colors from the cover above while transitioning in image to the cover below.

the-moth
"Camouflage" by artist Phillip Thomas is the cover art for the spring 2015 issue of The Moth, a print magazine of arts and literature from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

Published March 16, 2015
cold-mountain-review
Cold Mountain Review (v43.1) features the photo "Baucho Festival" by Kobby Dagan. I like the mouth set on the young subject, who at first glance made me think of Tom Sawyer, a character sometimes depicted as having a similarly styled hat.

blotterature
"Aqua Globe" by Sheri Wright adorns the cover of the Winter 2015 issue of Blotterature Literary Magazine, an online (Issuu) publication of poetry, prose, and artwork, with an upcoming Ekphrastic! Issue (submission deadline April 15).



Published March 09, 2015
caketrain
This cover photo of Caketrain #12 is "Kingdom of Heaven" by Yonca Karakas Demirel, more of whose work can be found here on his tumblr site. And if you wonder if the cover is refelctive of the contents, you can find out for yourself in a generous 54-page exerpt of the print magazine offered online.

apt
I simply appreciated the simple senitiment on this cover of Apt issue #5. Apt publishes "continously" online, but also offers print publications - holding to their love of long fiction. This issue features only five stories on its 208 pages. There's still enough winter left to sink into this one and enjoy it.

gigantic-sequins-cover
This cover art by Erkembode on Gigantic Sequins 6.1 just made me smile. Sometimes that's all it takes.
Published March 05, 2015
off-the-coast
I'm going for warm colors here, as once again it is snowing, blowing and below zero windchill outside. This front cover image of Off the Coast (Winter 2015) is "Indigo Meditation" by Iryna Lialko. The issue's theme "Get You Some Wings" comes from a Clint Smith poem included within.
cutbank
I love this hypnotic design on the cover of CutBank #82. The image comes from vintageprintable.com with a bit of artistic manipulation by Art Editor Meghan O'Brien.
parcel
Parcel Fall/Winter 2014 features artwork by Juliana Romana, both on the cover (which opens to a full front/back of this oil painting to include one more young girl sitting at the foot of the bed) and within with several full-color images. Also included in this issue is a cool print by Giant Pancake, a screen print studio. The design looks a bit like the iconic reindeer sweater needlework, only with a skull and crossbones, tie fighter, and a hot air balloon "stitched" in.


Published February 23, 2015
grain
What's not to adore about this image on the cover of Grain? The theme for the issue (42.2) became "Artist as Watcher / Writer as Witness" and was influenced by the featured artist Wilf Perreault. "Two Waiting Ladies" (1982) graces the cover.

angle2This cover image of the online poetry journal Angle mesmerized me. Though it's from the Autumn/Winter 2014, Amy Wiseman's photo, "Sunset Through Hag Stone on Cromer Beach," warmed me through and has me looking forward to summer.

adroitThe online Adroit Journal regularly features cool cover art. The last several issues have a "floaty" theme about them. "Whirl" is an award-winning piece by Jedidiah Gist, a freshman at Clemson University.


Published February 09, 2015
west-branch
Still in the bleak of Michigan winter, I'm going for color first this week. West Branch Winter 2015 features Wetlands at Dawn by Sophia Heymans (2012, acrylic, papter mache, oil on board).
a-cappella-zoo
Inappropriate Fear, mixed paints on canvas by Julian Kimmings is the feature image on the cover of A cappella Zoo. "Fear makes the wolf look bigger," is the accompanying text, appropriate perhaps for this publication of magic realism and slipstream stories.

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