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Published January 26, 2015
new-letters
Staring out the window at leaf bare trees, snow and ice, and grey skies threatening more accumulation to come, the cover of New Letters brought some much needed warmth of color to my day. "The Books of Common Prayer" by Margaret Brommelsiek is a hand-pieced collage, digitally scanned for archival printing.
transference
Transference is the annual publication of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University and is available in print and online for free downloading. This year's cover features Leticia R. Bajuyo's "Wow and Flutter: Noiseless" - an installment of player piano roll paper, typewriter, metal, and table (2012; photo by Darrell Kincer).
tlr
Stunning for its visual composition, The Literary Review (TLR) fall 2014 issue, "Women's Studies: Not by the book," features Achim Thode's 1972 photograph of German visual artist Rebecca Horn, White Body Fan.
Published January 19, 2015
cimarron-review-cover
"100 Days of Summer" by poet and photographer Steve Lautermilch graces the cover of Cimarron Review's Fall 2014 issue. Images of summer are the perfect antidote to these remaining 100 days of winter.

fourteen-hillsBecause this cover made me look twice and then keep looking to really get the full sense of the image, Fourteen Hills 20.1-2015 makes the post. "Don Pepe" by Camilo Restrepo from the series Los Caprichos (2014) is ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings and saliva on paper. Yup. Saliva.

cahoodaloodalingFrom the online magazine, Cahoodaloodaling: "Our cover artist, Jenny Schukin, is a 20-year-old artist, born in Moscow, Russia, and currently residing in Israel. Mainly inspired by nature, mythology, and folk-tales, Jenny enjoys surreal, fantasy and animal themed artwork. Her preferred media is traditional and her tools of choice are watercolors, inks, and pencils. Jenny's plans for the near future include attending an art academy in the field of illustration." In a word: Gorgeous. More of her work is featured in the online issue.

Published January 12, 2015
image
This cover of the newest issue of Image (#83) features performance photography by Zhang Huan from his series Breath, 1999, in Miami, Florida. More of his performance and series work can be found on his website.
sugar-house-review
It must just be the time of year, with snow storms and wind chill temperatures in the negative double digits, that makes me appreciate the brightly colored covers. Sugar House Review #10 celebrates their five-year annivesary with this special double issue packed with poetry. I believe credit goes to Natalie Young, editor and graphic designer.
six-by-six
And then, after the talk of bright colors, I pick this one? For good reason. I love 6x6 for their design. Ugly Duckly Press has been putting this magazine out - six pages of poetry by six different poets - since 2000, using offset printing with lovely inks and tactile papers, and each folded and bound with a sturdy, color coordinated rubber band. It's a production value that merits special appreciation in our digital age.

Published January 05, 2015
pretty-owl-poetry

This colorfully fun, free flowing cover image for Pretty Owl Poetry Winter 2014, The Gift of Saturn, was created by featured artist Ernest Williamson III, accomplished and prolific poet as well as artist.
printers-devil-review
Printer's Devil Review online literary and visual art magazine published by Black Key Press consistently has some of the most stunning visual art covers I've seen. This cover of their fall 2014 issue features Nicola Verlato's Crash 5 (2012; Oil on canvas, 36 in. x 48 in.).
psychopomp
This cover of Psychopomp (Winter 2015) online journal of prose and visual art caught my eye because it reminded me of Heinz Edelmann, art director for the 1968 animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine. Good times. This piece, Cross Section of a Cloud, is by multi-talented artist Cate Anevski.


Published December 29, 2014
iron-horse
Amy Eavou's cover photo for Iron Horse Literary Review (v16.6), appropriate for this time of year, is likewise aptly titled "Snowy Horse Muzzle."
mamalode
Mamalode's cover photo by Holly Andres provides the visual understatement of the year for the publication's December theme: "It's Complicated."
zymbol
Marcello Castellani's "Dualidad Prismatica 2" print on canvas creates a stunning cover image for the winter 2014/2015 issue of Zymbol.
Published December 15, 2014
brick
There is just something I can appreciate from such an austre image on the front of a magazine - the kind that draws me in, though I can't quite say why, and makes it hard to look away. This image on the cover of Brick #94 is a photograph of East Jerusalem street scene by Teju Cole. Though it looks black and white, it is in full color.

green-mountains-reviewI selected this cover image on Green Mountains Review (v27 n2) because the artist, Nancy Dwyer, is featured within the publication as well with a portfolio entitled, "Words are the Furniture of the Mind." Eight full-color images are featured in addition to this cover.

molitov-cocktailIt was both the image and the opening editorial lines that drew me to this issue of The Molotov Cocktail: "Issue 5.17 will drag you to Hell." Okay, I'm game. Self-defined as "A Projectile for Incendiary Flash Fiction," the publication is produced by Josh Goller.
 
Published December 08, 2014
banipal
This issue of Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature, features a celebration of Saadi Youssef, beginning with this striking portrait on the cover painted by Mansour Mansour.

carbon-culture
This cover image on Carbon Culture Review: Techology + Literature + Art is certainly an eye-catcher for its debut issue. Patricia Piccinini's "The Strength of One Arm (With Canadian Mountain Goat)" is composed of silicone, fiberglass, human hair, clothing, and - yes - Canadian Mountain Goat.

palooka
Palooka's newest issue (#5) features "Our Bright New Hope" by artist Florian Bo. The theme of light in the dark a fitting one as we approach the longest night of the year - winter solstice.
Published December 01, 2014
profane
This inaugural issue of Profane Literary Journal features "A Feeling of Freedom" by W. Jack Savage, a painting with such rich texture it makes it appear as if the cover is actually canvas.
missouri-review
Each time I look at this cover, I can't help but hear the song "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." They're not boots, actually, but shoes with pant legs, and a crowd of little people as the shadow of each footstep. The piece is Karma by Do Ho Suh (2003; Urethane paint on fiberglass and resin; 153 1/2 x 118 x 291 inches) and is a fitting image for the theme of the Fall 2014 issue of The Missouri Review: Ultra-Violence.


Published November 24, 2014
conjunctions
Issue 63 of Conjunctions is themed "Speaking Volumes," and Kerry Miller's mixed media piece Brehm Djurens Liv (Animal Life) does just that in its visual imagery.

berkeley-poetry-review
To continue the theme of speaking, subtle ceiling is credited for this cover image on issue 44 of Berkeley Poetry Review. The tumblr account, subtleceling.tumbler.com is credited to carolina, a "mixed media maker of things" from California now in Gotenburg, Sweden. The issue itself features many works that create a "collage of discrepant (and sometimes discordant) voices . . . "
gigantic-sequins-52
This cover image for Gigantic Sequins #52 seemed a natural flow from BPR. And likewise, a natural from book designer, poet, and artist Meg Willing.
black-warrior-review
And then this nice, natural flow of images to the cover of Black Warrior Review (Fall/Winter 2014): Nager in Cyan by Summer Johnson. Sometimes, these lit mag cover features just take on a thematic flow of their own.
Published November 17, 2014
poetry-nov
Can I politely say there's just something compellingly creepy about this image on the November 2014 issue of Poetry that make it difficult to look away? Considering the image, I think that's a compliment to the artist's intention, expressed as well in the title of the work, "Entanglement Practice" (2011) by Lise Haller Baggesen.

east-coast-ink
East Coast Ink covers reflect the theme of each issue, a visual interpretation that can be both challenging and enjoyable. In issue 4, the editors note: "we explored bridges and connections of all kinds, whether they're being built or burned." The next issue: Bones.

when-women-waken
The Fall 2014 cover of the online journal When Women Waken features Spirit Dancer, a beautifully flowing painted image by Leah Thompson, who says, "My art is about passion. The subject I choose whether figurative or floral is second to my passion for the application of paint and color." Read more about Leah here.


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