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Published June 24, 2008
Low Rent is an independent journal from New York (though distributed beyond), published six times a year. The frequency of publication sounds ambitious for a New Lit on the Block, but the format is modest - including (so far) two stories and eight poems every issue*. I'm not sure if there are plans to increase the content, but as a bimonthly, lower quantity and higher quality would seem to be the ideal balance to keep both writers and readers coming back. For the low-rent cover price - $4.95 - it is likely to keep attracting new and repeat readers.

Edited by W.P Hughes, Jeff Bernard, Robert Liddell, and Jason Koo, Issue 1 features stories by Trevor J. Houser and Tracy Jo Barnwell, poetry by Marc McKee (winner of the 2008 DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest) and Ciaran Berry, and design by Hiroko Mizuno. Issue 2 includes stories by Murray Farish and Robert Taylor Brewer, and poetry by Sasha West and Jason Bredle, cover design by Hiroko Mizuno, inspired by EMIGRE. Excerpts of pieces from both issues are available online* (click on covers).

Low Rent is accepting submissions via e-mail of stories under 6k and poetry. Small stipends are paid to writers as it becomes available*. It's worth reading their creatively smarmy FAQs to get to know them better, and just to put a smile on your face.

*Updated information via Bill Hughes at Low Rent (7/11).
Published June 22, 2008
I liked this comment from the Editor's Notes of the latest issue of Tin House:

"We are frequently asked what we look for in a story or poem. The answer is simple: To see things anew, to be reminded of what it is to be alive. To miss our subway stop because we are so consumed with what we are reading. That's all we ask for. And we hope that you will find the same."

They make it sound so simple, don't they? I know exactly the kind of writing they're talking about, and I imagine it is neither simple to write, nor as an editor, easy to select. But, as a reader, greatly appreciated.
Published June 17, 2008
"Menendez Publishing introduces Oranges & Sardines, the new print magazine dedicated to spanning the two genres of poetry and art in an effort to fuse both communities in a fresh and exciting way. The staff of Oranges & Sardines are poets and artists who are dedicated not only to publishing the best content submitted in both genres, but also to the aesthetic appearance of our magazine. We welcome submissions from the established as well as the emerging and unknown." (No sim/subs.) The 8x10 format is extremely well styled in this quarterly publication, and the editors ask that writers consider this format when submitting works.

The Summer 2008 issue (1.1) is edited by David Krump, Andy Nicholson, Meghan Punschke, Didi Menendez, and features:

Artists Ethan Diehl, Marcia Molnar, Holly Picano, Cheryl Kelley, Jennifer Wildermuth, L.D. Grant, Niel Hollingsworth, Steph Chard, Jeremy Baum, Jeff Filipski and E.B. Goodale.

Poems by Blake Butler, Dana King, J.P. Dancing Bear, Josh Olsen, Steffi Drewes, Matthew Hittinger, Patrick Leonard, Diana Adams and Graeme Mullen.

Short story by Kirk Curnutt. Reviews by Miguel Murphy, Michael Parker, Cheryl Townsend, Courtney Campbell and Jim Knowles.

Columns by Talia Reed and Caridad McCormick.

Grace Cavalieri interviews Mark Doty.
Published June 11, 2008
Canarium is the occasional journal of Canarium Books. The first issue, Canarium 1, was published in early 2008 at the University of Michigan, and is sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, the International Institute, Arts on Earth, the MFA in Creative Writing Program, and Rackham Graduate School. Two of Canarium’s editors, Joshua Edwards and Nick Twemlow have co-edited an independent occasional journal, The Canary, with Anthony Robinson since 2002.

Issue 1 includes: Arda Collins, Takashi Hiraide, Sawako Nakayasu, Ed Roberson, Alan Gilbert, Suzanne Doppelt, Cole Swensen, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Suzanne Buffam, Betsy Andrews, Erica Bernheim, Wayne Koestenbaum, Andy Carter, Eula Biss, Srikanth Reddy, Philip Jenks, Simone Muench, Dunya Mikhail.

"We are dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad."
Published June 10, 2008
First City Review is "a quarterly journal of pop culture, fiction, essay, poetry, travel, and review that covers the contemporary and idiosyncratic experience of life in Philadelphia and the world beyond."

Issue 1 features new fiction from Thaddeus Rutkowski, Paula Bomer, Johannah Rodgers, Brooke Comer, Leslie Bienen, Alexa Beattie and Chad Willenborg. Poetry from John Grey, Bryon D. Howell, Youssef Rakha and James R. Whitley. Essay by James Wagner. And featuring new photography work from Heather Weston, found photos, and sketches and pencil drawings.

FCR accepts submissions year-round in fiction, essay, poetry, criticism, review and travel.
Published June 09, 2008
It seems a bit odd, but shortly after posting an "Original Editor's Farewell" on the site, which spoke of the new blood taking over teh publicaiton, this was posted on the Backwards City Review Blog, Thursday, March 20, 2008:

"And With That...
And with that, I have some sad news. Backwards City Review is suspending operation as of its 7th issue, which is now back from the printer and being mailed out shortly. There'll be more details forthcoming, but for now let me say, on behalf of all the editors, past, past, and future, it's been a lot of fun, and thanks."

I dropped BCR an e-mail to ask if this was permanent or not, as so often there is "hiatus" status while publications re-organize themselves, but I have not heard back from them. Sadly, in that founding editor's farewell was the following comment:

"Yes, the founders of the BCR are stepping down. Our city is ripe for regime change. Citizens with pitchforks. Rhythmic chants. But we have not thrown the baby out with the bathwater. This little toddler will continue, there’s a new mayor in town, and remember, it takes a village. Another squad of hungry editors, right at this very moment, is waiting to get their hands on the next batch of oddities that you so crave. The magazine is in excellent hands. Our neighborhood, our city, our backwards nation is strong. It will prosper, thrive, probably get better, as hard as that is to imagine. And if it doesn’t, we’ll bash the kneecaps of each of those youngbloods."

I don't think I want to know if any knees were bashed, but I would hope there is some truth to the strength that can prosper and thrive, and that we might not yet have seen the last of BCR. If not, then perhaps the message is one much more prophetically overarching - as one lit mag fades away, I sit here with three inaugural issues of the new lit mag ventures, the next generation of hope and high energy. It is the way of our world.
Published June 04, 2008
"First City Review is a quarterly journal of pop culture, fiction, essay, poetry, travel, and review that covers the contemporary and idiosyncratic experience of life in Philadelphia and the world beyond. We accept submissions year-round in fiction, essay, poetry, criticism, review and travel. All work must be accompanied by an SASE and cover letters are encouraged."

Issue 1 features new fiction from Thaddeus Rutkowski, Paula Bomer, Johannah Rodgers, Brooke Comer, Leslie Bienen, Alexa Beattie and Chad Willenborg. Poetry from John Grey, Bryon D. Howell, Youssef Rakha and James R. Whitley. Essay by James Wagner. And featuring new photography work from Heather Weston, found photos, and sketches and pencil drawings from some of our friends.
Published June 03, 2008
"The Farallon Review is a new literary review featuring contemporary, engaging, and literary prose fiction with a modern view, a classic sensibility, and a west-coast flavor. The Premier Issue contains stories by Jamey Genna, Abeer Hoque, Ken Rodgers, Lynka Adams, and S.J. Sasken.Read about river rafting in the Rocky Mountains, weddings in India, soldiers seeking comfort, families struggling with their past, pigeons mirroring the emotional wasteland around them. We are currently reviewing submissions for our second issue."
Published May 30, 2008
New Sponsor
Superstition Review
Created through an imaginative collaboration between faculty and students in the Writing, Literature and Film program at ASU Polytechnic, the magazine is student edited, student written, and student maintained. Superstition Review is published twice yearly in May and December. Submissions (art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction) read fall (September and October) and spring (February and March).

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Published May 29, 2008
Brenda Miller, Editor of Bellingham Review, writes in issue 60 of recent changes at BR, brought on by a number of factors, not the least of which include the increased costs of both printing and mailing two issues a year. In response to this, BR shows an adaptive turn:

"So, beginning in 2008, the Bellingham Review will experiment with publishing and mailing only one print edition a year (a hefty edition, with same high production values you’ve come to expect), and we will finally overcome our technology phobias and work on making the Bellingham Review website a much more impressive and interactive venue for our readers. We plan to post more of our content online, with special features—such as current book reviews and author interviews—available only in this format..." [read the full letter here]

BR isn't the first to make this response in the face of hard economic times (or should I say "harder" since the MO of small press endeavors is always hard). As much as we did, will continue, and have every right to grumble and complain about the plight of "small publications," and fight against rising costs, for those who can respond as BR has, the change can create new avenues. Better? Time will tell, but for now: "You think I'd crumble, you think I'd lay down and die? Oh no, not I. I will survive..."
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