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Published February 22, 2016
tishman review 2 1The Tishman Review quarterly is available online as a PDF, but it's also wonderful to hold this full-size, 8.5 x 11 perfect bound print copy. The pages provide generous space for art and poetry, with prose cut to two columns for easier reading. The gorgeous cover art Of Skin and Earth by Stephen Linsteadt in just the invitation readers need to continue on inside.

new madrid 2016The theme for New Madrid Winter 2016  is "Evolving Islands" and features a selection of essays, poetry, and fiction in response to this theme. The cover art is courtesy of NASA, "Eluthera Island, Bahamas, 2002."

creative nonfictionIn keeping with Creative Nonfiction's theme "Let's Talk About the Weather," this cover image comes from artist and designer Mark Nystrom's "wind drawings" series. Driven by the weather, this series is a drawing process Nystrom developed using weather instruments and custom electronics that collect wind data that is then digitally interpreted. Nystrom's images accompany each essay in this issue of CNF.
Published February 15, 2016
mississippi review 43 3This week's cover picks' theme could be whimsy, as there was something in each of these covers that made me laugh, with a blend of curiosity to want to look inside. This cover image of Mississippi Review (43.3) by Allison Campbell is a throwback to the Brady Bunch, with writers included in the issue on featured on both the front an back cover.

gettysburg reviewThe Spring 2016 issue of The Gettysburg Review features a full color section of the paintings and collages of Jacqui Larsen, as well as this cover work (oil and collage), Trotting a Fenced Field.

missouri review winter 2015The most literal of the 'making me want to look inside' covers this week is The Missouri Review, themed "Behind the Curtian." This cover image, "Matter," by Logan Zillmer reveals summer behind the curtain of winter - appropriate considering the below zero winchill outside.
Published February 01, 2016
2beloit poetry journalThe Winter 2015/2016 cover of Beloit Poetry Journal features Alexis Lago's "Tree of Indulgences," watercolor on paper, 2009. Lago is a Cuban visual artist now living and working between Toronto and Florida. See more of his works here:
massachusetts reviewThe Massachusetts Review Winter 2015 includes two outstanding art features: Selections from Chuck Close Photographs which were on exhibit Sept. - Dec. 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art and Selections from Women's Work: Feminist Art from the Smith College Museum Art Collection which were on exhibit Sept. 2015 - Jan. 2016. The cover features Bill T. Jones (2008) by Chuck Close.
writing disorder2It would appear that human faces have captured my attention for this week's picks. The Writing Disorder online lit mag features the illustrative art Alina Zamanova on its homepage as well as with a selection of her works in this quarter's issue.
Published January 25, 2016
georgia review
I'm only selecting one cover this week because it is so profound. This cover image for The Georgia Review Winter 2015 is Mavis in the Back Seat by Cynthia Henebry, one of the photographers featured in The Do Good Fund: Southern Poverty Initiative. The Do Good Fund, a public charity based in Columbus, Georgia, is focused on building a museum-quality collection of contemporary Southern photography. Do Good's mission is to make its collection broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues, and to encourage complimentary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition. (Text excerpted from Do Good's website.)
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
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
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.
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 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
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.

"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.

"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 (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.

"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).


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