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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.


Published November 10, 2014
madcap1
Madcap Review semiannual of literature and art makes its debut online with this cover image: Ever, November 19, 1910, 2013. Screenprint made with the master printers of the Cabiros Workshops. Click here for more information on the cover artwork.

off-the-coastThis photograph, "Longings," by Malinda Fillingim graces the cover of the Fall 2014 poetry journal Off the Coast. It almost seemed to glimmer gold when caught in just the right light, and there's just something about it that makes me want to be wandering down those tracks, into the fog.

yellow-medicine-reviewAs a lifetime fan of the movie, Paper Moon, I was of course struck by this image Fall 2014 cover image for Yellow Medicine Review: "Boy in the Moon" by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinne. Though the moon seems a bit sinister at first glance, the more I absorbed the image, the more of the "protector" I could envision in the story of this image.
 
Published November 03, 2014
boulevard
Boulevard consistently selects stunning cover art, and the most recent issue (#88) shows no letting up. Steven Kenny's "The Raft" is an oil on canvas, richly reproduced for the rich depth of contents within (like Bob Hicok, Sheila Kohler, Joyce Carol Oates, and Floyd Skloot).

iron-horse
This 2014 issue cover of Iron Horse is a stunner. "The Kelpies" is a photograph by Rafal Adamczyk. It's slightly cropped for the magazine cover, so seeing the original adds a greater appreciation for this gorgeous cover shot.


healing-museI love the concept of The Healing Muse, published by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Medical University. This journal should be required reading for ALL health care worker programs nationwide. The cover alone is testament to its contents, issue after issue: "Comforting a Friend" by Lynne Feldman. The Healing Muse - keeping the humanities in medicine.


hermanuetic-chaosMia Funk's oil on canvas "Labyrinth" draws readers into issue #4 of Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal. Funk says of her work: "I try to be provocative and playful and create a visually impacting work using oil on canvas, moving the paint like a dream/nightmare until I'm satisfied with the effect of the images coming through. I think people have a capacity now to accept strange and I hope some of my work holds up to that. I want to disorientate the viewer and make the unfamiliar familiar and vice versa."
Published October 28, 2014
whiskey-island-64

If you wonder how we pick Lit Mag Covers of the Week, it really is just looking at the issue and catching ourselves saying, "Oh, that's a cool!" Exactly what I said when I picked up Whiskey Island issue 64. St. Paul, Minnesota painter Aniela Sobieski, also an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, has her work "Young Buck," oil on canvas, featured on the cover. While still gorgeous, it's not quite in full. Visit her website for the whole picture.


ragzine

This September/October 2014 cover of Ragzine had been showing up on our slider feature, and each time, I am absolutely drawn to this image. "Ida & Disa" is a photo by Mia Hanson whose interview is included in this issue online.


red-earth-review
Number 2 Summer 2014 of Red Earth Review struck me because I recognize that precarious-looking train trestel trusted to hold up a ton of freight through wooded swamp. We have a few of those near where I live, in addition to reminding me of the film scene from Stand By Me. "People Get Ready" is the photograph by Wilma Whittaker.


two-fates

"Two Fates" oil on masonite panel by Alex Hall featured on the online literary magazine decomP is from his latest series "Relativity," which depicts individuals floating in time and space. Hall says of this series, "I chose to paint the figures with no distinct faces so they would relate to every man and every woman."


 
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