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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
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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."


 
Published October 24, 2014
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Arcadia's cover issue, as well as a selection included art within the issue, comes from Tammy Brummel, a freelance graphic designer in Oklahoma City. "My process involves compiling a library of photos and layering them on backgrounds," she writes. "I then add graphics along with other elements until they begin to react with one another and built a story."



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Katelin Kinney contributes the cover art for the latest print edition of Thrice Fiction. She uses the methods learned from her BFAs in fine art painting and fine art photography to "create digital paintings where photos begin to morph into surreal worlds of fantasy and conceptual dramatizations.



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Morgan Schweitzer created this cover art especially for The Normal School. "We stumbled on his work for another magazine and flattered him relentlessly until he agreed to do our cover," write the editors. "A longtime pro in animation and commercial illustration, he has a ton of range, so when we cut him loose on the cover we didn't really know what style would emerge, only that we were going to be excited about it."

Published September 29, 2014
meridian

Geogrpahic Tongues
is a photo series by Elisabeth Hogeman featured both on the cover and the inside of Issue 33 of Merdian. And yes, it's really tongues. And yes, they really are quite lovely.

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slipstream 34

Aptly entitled "Rust," this image by nyk fury sets the theme for issue 34 of Slipstream: Rust, Dust, Lust.
 
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room

Room
's cover art by mixed media artist Sandra Chevrier is a beautiful expression of this issue's theme "Geek Girls" (37.3). The piece is "La Cage aux fenêtres laissant entrées un soleil déja mort" (2013).
Published September 22, 2014
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Gargoyle
's covers are regularly striking, but this issue in particular for its lack of any identifying information about the publication printed over the image, "Urban Graveyard Crows," © Donna Snyder 2010.

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"Disambiguation" is the name of this photo by Nosael Gleason on the Summer 2014 cover of Cimarron Review. Despite the vividly images prickly spindles, I was completely drawn to grab up this issue and run my hand across its cover.
 
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There's just something hauntingly sweet about this cover image, "Birds" by Jennifer Balkan, on the second issue of The Austin Review.
Published September 15, 2014
It wasn't my intention when I started posting covers here, but it seems I found myself in a "white" theme that worked out fairly well for the week.

nowhere


The cover of Nowhere Number 12, an online journal of literary travel writing, is a strongly composed image of balanced whites and beige. A very simple but striking image, a still life that moves the reader to travel to the inside.

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permafrost

This rainbow greyhound on the cover of the Winter 2014 Permafrost issue is a stand out. Of course, generally anything with a dog will garner my attention.

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literaryreview

The Literary Review's Summer 2014 cover is in keeping with the publication's theme, "The Glutton's Kitchen: Tales of Insatiable Hunger."

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chagrin-river-review

To finish out the covers comes this one from the online publication Chagrin River Review, which features a painting by JenMarie Zeleznak.
Published September 01, 2014
superstition review

Is it a jinx or good luck to select Issue 13 of Superstition Review to feature for cover of the week? I'm going with luck considering the beauty of Melinda Hackett's watercolor. More of her works, along with those from a number of other artists, can be found featured in this online publication.
 
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Big Fiction
's cover caught my eye and my touch, being hand-set letterpress printed by Bremelo Press. Maybe selecting it is cheating just a bit, because it's a cover that really deserves to held to be best appreciated. Here is is full print, unfolded. Truly, letterpress is art.

big fiction
 
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west marin review

The cover of West Marin Review Volume 5 made me smile, reminding me of high school days gone by (and maybe a few college days) of sneaking in or breaking in after finding myself locked out. Jasmine Bravo, Grade 12, Tomales High School contributed this digital photograph entitled "Sister's Keychain" (2013).
 
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poetry northwest

Poetry Northwest
Summer & Fall 2014 features the stunning marine photography by Adam Summers: “Hedgehog Skate.” More inside the publication as well.
Published August 08, 2014
This cover of Southern Poetry Review features Cocoon Series #115 by E. E. McCollum, an artist from Fairfax, VA that focuses on the human figure through his fine art photography.

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The cover of The Fiddlehead's latest issue may be mostly black, but the color of it is stunning. It's Black Tulip by James Wilson.

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If with this cover Fence wanted to stand out in the pile of literary magazines, they certainly have. The artwork is a video still from Priapus Agonistes by Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley.


Published August 01, 2014
The colors of this cover of Able Muse are absolutely brilliant and eye-catching. Look closer and you'll see that she is rising out of lava and fire. The image is called "Element Fire" by Catherine Langwagen.

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Apalachee Review's current cover features the artwork of Susan Stelzmann, Occupy My House. A detail from her Blow Your House Down is featured as the frontispiece.

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The Lindenwood Review's latest cover features the feet of a doll, just disappearing off the top of the page. The viewer is left to guess what's going on in the scene. And, in fact, Eve Jones has more of these photographs throughout the issue, all giving a unique view.
Published July 25, 2014
Cover art for this issue of The Cincinnati Review is called Shallow Water, a 16in by 20in acrylic by Felicia Olin who also contributes a portfolio within the issue, all included pieces worth discovering.

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The cover art for the "Reimagined: Bridging this World and Others" issue of Nimrod is a photograph by Brooke Golightly with just as an enticing of a title, "Beneath the Skirt of the Sea."

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Notre Dame's "Listen Here" issue features cover art by Gail Schneider. On the front cover, Right Ear made with clay and mortar. " terra cotta. I wasinterested in the contrast of the soft sensuousness of the human body, the fragility of body parts such as the heart and ear and the impenetrable stability of brick," she writes.
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