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Published February 05, 2009
Ecotone's latest issue is a whopping 430 pages - a double issue - in celebration of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of The Origin of Species. The editorial alone ("Hey, Hey, We're the Monkeys) is worth the issue price, in reading how David Gessner once taught a course called "When Thoreau Met Darwin."

The issue includes winners of the 2008 Ecotone Evoluntion Contest, judeged by Jennifer Ackerman:

First Prize: Emily Taylor for her short story "Beginning"
Second Prize: Kathryn Miles for her essay "Dog Is Our Copilot
Third Prize: Lynn Pederson for her poem "On Reading about the Illness adn Death of Darwin's Daughter Annie

And a shout out to Jennifer Sinor for her essay, "The Certainty of Spinning," and for Birkerts fans (me!), he's here too, with the nonfiction piece, "The Points of Sail."
Published January 30, 2009
Thanks to Daniel Nester for mentioning NewPages as a "best online portal" in The Library Journal's January installment of The Magazine Rack. Magazines mentioned in this column include Cave Wall, Bateau, 1913, The Lumberyard, Caketrain, Alimentum, Habitus, Chautauqua, Atlas, and Greatest Uncommon Denominator.
Published January 12, 2009
Special classroom rates of the Georgia Review are available to instructors and college bookstores. Single issues are $6 instead of $10, and a student subscription rate is $24 instead of $30 for one year (four issues). As an added bonus, for every ten subscriptions, GR provides one free. Students: don't hesitate to ask your instructors to assign this as a class text!

The Spring 2009 issue will focus on culture and the environment, with essays by Alison Hawthorne Deming, David Gessner, Scott Russell Sanders, Reg Saner, and Lauret Edith Savoy. Also featuring works by Alice Friman, Margaret Gibson, Jeff Gundy, David Huddle, Greg Johnson, Maxine Kumin and others.
Published December 31, 2008
Beginning with its fifth issue, New Ohio Review's contributors will receive honoraria of $10/page for prose and $15/page for poetry, $30 minimum, in addition to two copies of the issue and a one-year subscription.
Published December 29, 2008
Grace Paley fans, you'll want to pick up a copy of the most recent Massachusetts Review (or better yet, subscribe!). The entire issue is devoted to Paley and includes works by Mark Doty, Janet Kauffman, Terry Gross, Naomi Shihab Nye, William O'Rourke, and of course many selections by Grace Paley as well as contributions from her daughter, Nora Paley. Eight pages of Paley's manuscript are included, complete with her handwritten notes.
Published December 12, 2008
The newest issue of The Hudson Review (Autumn 2008), celebrating its 60th anniversary, includes a CD: "Poetry into Music with Dana Gioia." The CD includes the intro track with Gergory Hesselink on cello and baritone, Leon Williams. Dana Gioia speaks on intermittent "Conversations" tracks between combined singers and musicians. A great holiday gift (if you're STILL shopping).
Published December 11, 2008
This short preface to the Winter 2009 issue of Glimmer Train was a nice look back. It's not a birthday or anniversary, just years of living life and saying, Whew! it's been a long road, a hard road, and a bad road, and a good road: "Seventeen years ago we published our first issue of Glimmer Train Stories. The Gulf War had just ended, the Soviet Union was collapsing, the first-ever documented South Atlantic tropical cyclone developed in the Southern Hemisphere, the Dow passed 3000 for the first time, Tim Berners-Lee released an article describing his idea for the World Wide Web, and the first President Bush was in the final year of his presidency. We're sending this issue to press just weeks before the November 4 election, an old chapter closing and a new one pushing open. And for the two of us, as well: We have now both crossed into our second half-century, and life is a compelling as it's ever been. It's good being alive, being sisters, and doing this work." Susan and Linda - keep it going girls!
Published December 08, 2008
West Branch Editor Paula Closson Buck introduces a few new names to the publication starting with this latest issue - Fall/Winter 2008. New Advisory Editors include Shara McCallum, Chris Camuto, Deidre O'Connor, Robert Rosenberg, and G. C. Waldrep. Dinty Moore will become a contributing editor drumming up creative nonfiction submissions. And a new feature from Contributing Editor Garth Greenwell will be the annual column "To a Green Thought" - this issue includes the first installment: "Beauty's Canker: On Jorie Grahma." (Linked because it's generously available full-text on the WB site.)
Published December 01, 2008
I am absolutely NOT a shopper, let alone a holiday shopper. Ugh! So, my suggestion to help save time and gas, avoid the crowds, and support independent publishing? The coolest, easiest, bestest gift you could possibly give this holiday season:

A MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!

Visit the links on NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines and NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines. Most mags are set up to take payments online, but there is also still time to print an order form and get it sent in. Some mags even offer a discount gift subscription if you get one for yourself as well. (Replies from mags offering this are welcome on this blog!)

Given the price of some of the mags, you could even mix and match a couple - maybe an annual with a quarterly, an alternative mag and a literary mag, one poetry and one fiction mag - the creative possibilities are endless!

Don't think anyone on your list would "appreciate" this idea? (Well, first of all, get some new people on your list!) Then "gift" yourself a subscription or two, tell others it's what you want if they insist on buying you something, send a subscription to your local high school creative writing teacher, library, senior center, shelter, teen center, prison, political official who could use (more) poetry, etc.

'Tis always the season to support lit/alt mags!
Published November 24, 2008
The newest issue of Mississippi Review is a stunner for those of us who love our literary magazines, and a must have, must keep issue for its importance of historical literary record. No need to wait until later to say how integral this issue is; it’s clear from the moment you hold it in your hands. The issue is themed "Literary Magazines" and includes four parts:

Part One: The Literary Magazine Today
An Interview with Antioch Review Editor Robert Fogarty by Gary Percesepe
Reasons for Creating a New Literary Magazine by Jill Allyn Rosser, Editor of New Ohio Review
A Roundtable on the Contemporary Literary Magazine with Jill Allyn Rosser, New Ohio Review; Speer Morgan, The Missouri Review; Marco Roth, N+1; Raymond Hammond, The New York Quarterly; Todd Zuniga, Opium Magazine; Eli Horowiz, McSweeney’s; Aaron Burch, Hobart
Some Comments by Herbert Leibowitz
The Changing Shape of Literary Magazines; or “What the Hell is This Thing?” by Jodee Stanley, Editor of Ninth Letter
Comments on the Literary Magazine by Richard Burgin

Part Two: The Editors Introduce
“MR asked the editors contributing to this issue to introduce a writer they have published that they found particularly exciting, working in new and interesting ways, or otherwise deserving of more attention.” In this, you’ll find works by Claire Bateman, John Brandon, Daniel Grandbois, Rene Houtrides, John Leary, Maureen McCoy, B. R. Smith, and Catherine Zeidler.

Part Three: Writers on Lit Mags
Explanatory enough. Contributors include: Jane Armstrong, T.C. Boyle, Mary Grimm, Victoria Lancelotta, Rick Moody, Benjamin Percy, Stacey Richter, Jim Shepard, and James Whorton, Jr.

Part Four: Lit Mag Miscellany
Includes quotes about lit mags, a perspective and history on the contributor bio, and notes on the history of lit mags.

All I can say is I can’t remember when I was ever disappointed about an upcoming holiday because I felt as though spending time with family would take away from my reading time. . . but it is a long car ride north, so I might just be able to fit it all in.
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