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Published March 22, 2016
Copper Nickel 22I simply couldn't look away from Copper Nickel #22, even though I found it somewhat disconcerting. "Samy" by Christine Stormberg is an oil on canvas.
haydens ferry review"Borderlands" is the theme of Hayden's Ferry Review Fall/Winter. Issue 57. "Borderlands are complex spaces filled with treacherous enthymemes, conflicting traditions, and a certain loneliness and search for identity," writes Editor Chelsea Hickok in her introductory letter. The cover art (which extends to the back cover as well) by Bobby Neel Adams seems a fitting entryway to the borderlands within.
antioch reviewNow that Antioch Review has your attention... "Funny Bird Sex" by John R. Nelson is the opening essay that the issue takes as its subtitle as well as influencing the cover photo by Dennie Eagleson.
Published March 14, 2016
southern humanities review v49 n2"Lubbock Woman" by Dirk Fowler takes the cover of Southern Humanities Review 49.2. Visually based on a waitress from Furr's Cafeteria in Lubbuck, Texas, Fowler writes, "This image began its life in 2003 as a pretty crudely executed letterpress concert poster for the band Sugarpuss. I only made a few of them, but I liked the illustration and knew I wanted to explore it again at some point."

cutbank84It's a dog. Enough said. Margaret Darling is the artist for CutBank 84.

cimarron review winter2016Definitely an eye-catching slight of hand, Cimarron Review Winter 2016 features photography by Bradley Phillips, "Feather," from the series Abolition of Man.
Published February 29, 2016
main street ragThis week's theme seems to be the color - something of a burnt umber - that draws my eye. Main Street Rag 21.1 features the photography and an accompanying interview with Tammy Ruggles. "Afternoon Leisure" is the cover photo.

saranac reviewSaranac Review 11 features cover and full color internal art by Canadian artists, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, formerly known as The Royal Art Lodge.

the ragThe Rag online monthly "focuses on grittier forms of contemporary short fiction," with this issue featuring Alan Shapiro's "Has and Have" with cover art by Matthew Laznicka.
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: www.alexislago.weebly.com.
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
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.

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