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Published October 19, 2009
The Breakwater Review is the biannual online literary journal run by students in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The first issues features (mostly poetry) works by J. Tamayo, Joyce Peseroff, Mark Pawlak, Michael Kroesche, Robert Edwards, Frannie Lindsay, Jason Roush, Laura Davenport, Cate Whetzel, Jeffrey Taylor, Caroline A. LeBlanc, Janelle Adsit, Kenneth M. Camacho, Rory Douglas.

TBR is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction until November 15 for their next issue.

Here's an excerpt from west by Jeffrey Taylor (all formatting is lost in blogger, so do be sure to check out the full text on TBR):









Published October 14, 2009
Co-edited by Yago Cura (New York City) and J. David Gonzalez (Miami), Hinchas de Poesia is a "digital codex of modern, American writing" publishing fiction, poetry, and prose of authors from the Americas, which the editors interpret in the broadest geographical sense. The first issue of Hinchas includes works by Abel Folgar, Marco Bravo, Daniel B. Johnson, Yaddyra Peralta, Luivette Resto-Olmeteotl, Jesse Tangen-Mills, Adolfo Barandiaran, Bishop Sand, Oliverio Girondo.
Published October 13, 2009
Edited by Phil Duncan, Cindy Chang, and Erin Foran, The Wanderlust Review is a biannual print and online magazine based out of Seattle and includes literary non-fiction (features), fiction, poetry, drama, and photography related to the theme of travel and journeying: "Whether the piece explores the winding markets of Marrakesh, a long lonely road in Wyoming, or the journey from friendship to love in New York, it has a home here."

WLR's first "digital-only" issue was originally published in July and August, 2009. WLR's first print issue and corresponding online version will be available in February, 2010.

Issue 01 is jam-packed and includes:

Nonfiction by Theresa Bucher, Conal Darcy, Noelle V. Dor, Brian Eckert, Erin Foran, Molly Golubcow, Sjimon Eden Gompers, Laura Heldt, Daniel Hudon, Liz Lank, Jessica Seck Marquis, Tim Marsh, Mindy Moreland, Andrew Morris, Edward Palm, Jayms Ramirez, Mark Wasserman, Emily Whistler,

Photo Essay by Jayms Ramirez

Fiction by Chris Allen, Charlotte Austin, Sean Brown, Julien Levy, Juan Carlos Mendizabal, Kerri Schmanek, Alexander J. Theoharides, D.L. Wechner

Poetry by Amelia Apfel, Andr
Published October 01, 2009
Gigantic Sequins is a biannual not-for-profit literary-arts magazine that "especially likes to print artists and writers who are involved in other creative endeavors." Staffing Gigantic Sequins are Kimberly Ann Southwick, Shereen Adel, Daniel Christensen, Paul Medina, and Kenneth Polonski. The publication welcomes individuals interested in becoming readers or interns to apply.

The first issue of Gigantic Sequins features works by Gleni Bartels, Evan Ross Burton, Johnny Chinnici, Ben Fama, Molly Finkelstein, Max Goransson, Alia Hamada, Peter Harren, shoney lamar, Jeff Laughlin, Chris Peck, Ryan Sanborn, Theadora Siranian, and Sophia Natasha Sunseri.

Reading periods for poetry, fiction, essays and visual art are March 1 – June 30 (Fall) and September 1 – December 31 (Spring).
Published September 30, 2009
Founding Editor Lori A. May introduces this new online publication: "The Ambassador Poetry Project aims to showcase poetic talent from and about Ontario and Michigan. While many of the works featured will naturally offer regional insights, inspirations, and experiences, the publication aims to encompass more than a 'border town' vibe. Just as the infamous bridge was created to link the two countries, The Ambassador Poetry Project aims to connect Canadian and American writers and readers who share a common fondness for poetry."

The first issue includes cover art by C. Shier, poetry by John Jeffire, Mariela Griffor, Penn Kemp, Dana Ruzicka, ML Liebler, Laurence W. Thomas, Ken Meisel, Oliver Ho, Olga Klekner, Amy Stilgenbauer, Melinda LePere, Eric Torgersen, Heather Ann Schmidt, Randall R. Freisinger, Karen Calaiezzi, and visual works by Brita V. Brookes.

The Ambassador Poetry Project accepts submissions of poetry, poetry-related narratives, occasional regional book reviews, and artwork.
Published September 29, 2009
Wild Orchids is an annual journal "in which poets, theorists, and visual artists are invited to respond to the work of another in affective and other formally unexpected ways." Each issue is centered on a single author with the first focussing on Herman Melville and including contributions from Kim Evans, Benjamin Friedlander, Alan Halsey, Donald Pease, Courtney Pfahl, Joyelle McSweeney, Jennifer Scappettone, Geraldine Monk, Chris Sylvester, Stacy Szymaszek, and Mark von Schlegell.

Wild Orchids is currently reading submissions for their second issue, which will take shape around the life and writing of NYC poet Hannah Weiner.nnual edition .

Wild Orchids is edited by Sean Reynolds and Robert Dewhurst, graduate students in the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Published September 28, 2009
Founded in 1970 at New College of Florida, New CollAge is a journal of new writing and visual art produced by a general editor alongside a staff of New College of Florida undergraduates who subscribe to the notion that a collage is an assemblage of different voices that merge to create new conversations. New CollAge is published annually with web exclusives throughout the year. The staff for this first issue (Spring 2009) of the "re-launching includes Founding Editor A. McA. Miller, Editor Alexis Orgera, and a full editorial staff.

New CollAge is available by subscription and single copy with select content available online and plans for Online Exclusives. Contributors to this first issue include: Rick Bursky, Sandy Florian, Emily Kendal Frey, Matt Hart, Melanie Hubbard, Hari Bhajan Khalsa, Jeffrey MacLachlan, Rob MacDonald, Sarah Maclay, Michael James Martin, A. McA. Miller, Stephany Prodromides, Virgil Renfroe, Jason Salek, Petery Jay Shippy, Eleanor Stanford, Justin Taylor, Kimberly Vorperian, and Dean Young.

New CollAge accepts unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, artwork (especially that of the collage-inspired variety), and hybrids thereof from August-May each year for both their print issue and web exclusives.
Published September 21, 2009
Summer 2009 is the second issue of Mannequin Envy, an online quarterly journal of poetic and visual arts staffed by Jennifer VanBuren: editor in chief, webmistress; Jai Britton: flash fiction editor; Patrick Carrington: poetry editor; and Alex Nodopaka: visual arts editor.

Available as a PDF, the Summer 2009 issue includes poetry and flash fiction by Abha Iyengar, Alison Eastley, Barton Smock, Bridget Gage-Dixon, Charles Reis, Cheryl Snell, Daniel Crocker, David Jordan, David Lawrence, Dennis Mahagin, Doug Ramspeck, Henry Louis Shifrin, John Sweet, Kathryn Jacobs, Lois P. Jones, Margaret Babbott, Mather Schneider, Richard Lighthouse, Roger Pfingston, Roy Lewis, Simon Perchik, Tim Kahl, and Tony Leuzzi. Julie Steinerand Don Shaeffer are the featured artists, and Julie Steiner is interviewed by Alex Nodopaka.

Mannequin Envy accepts submissions year round, but reads only in the month prior to publication (Sept 1 was their last reading deadline).
Published September 08, 2009
Edited by screenwriter and poet Alveraz Ricardez, Lung is an "independent peddler of unique voices in contemporary poetry." Lung is available free online using Issuu, and is currently accepting submissions for its second publication until October 5th.

The first issue of Lung features writers whose works met the submission criteria of 'invoking emotion but avoiding the trappings of mediocrity' of being 'fresh, innovative voices that have something original to say,' and moreover being 'unique' and 'jumping off the page': Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Cyril Wong, Olivia Tandon, Gabriel Ramos-Rocchio, Sandy Benitez, Nina Romano, Christopher Mulrooney, Aleathia Drehmer , Rei Thompson, J. Bradley, M.J. Hamada, Christopher Woods, Nina Ki, J. Michael Wahlgren, Janann Dawkins, Steve Meador, Derek Richards, David McIntire, and Alex Galper.
Published September 01, 2009
Sunsets and Silencers publishes short fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays, paintings, photography, and comic strips as a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work. The online journal is a subsidary of Nexus print, a biannual literary, cultural, and art magazine published by NexusCreative, a non-profit public benefit organization interested in opening new and exciting channels for creative expression.

Behind the scenes at Sunsets and Silencers are Founder and Editor Chuckie Campbell, Poetry and Fiction Editors Sarah McCartt Jackson and Bryan Jackson, and "Readers and Contributers," though plural, lists only Sam Meyer, so maybe there's room for more here.

This first issue includes contirbutions of fiction, poetry, and various forms of art by Beth Couture, Pete Pazimo, Russell Helms, Peter Scwartz, Christian Ward, Stephen Mead, Christopher Woods, Patrick O'Neil, Ben Nardolilli, Melanie Griffith, Bobi Conn, Jessica McEuen, and Adam Shaw.

Sunsets and Silencers is accepting submissions, and indicates that "On promising work, we may offer feedback, even if the piece didn't work for us. Please, keep in mind, however, that we do not respond to every piece, mostly because of the volume of submissions received. We want to provide exposure to artists and writers who create out of a restless fever, and who are fearless in their choice to submit."

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