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Published March 31, 2009
Jo Hemmant and Christine Swint have begun a poetry and art journal titled ouroboros review. The magazine is currently published online using a service called Issuu, and is also available in print through a print-on-demand service called Magcloud.

Issue 2 has just been released and includes the works of Jay Arr, John Borcherding, Tammy Brewer, Iain Britton, Dustin Brookshire, Julie Buffaloe-Yoder, Kelly Cockerham, Jill Crammond Wickham, Vanessa Daou, Jennifer Delaney, Nikki Devereux, Michael Doyle, Holly Dunlap, Marchell Dyon Jefferson, Andrew Erkkila, Hunter Ewen, Liz Flint-Somerville, Rebecca Gethin, Christopher Hileman, Dick Jones, Collin Kelley, Blake Leland, Chris Major, Rachel Mallino, Michelle McGrane, Joseph Milford, Steven Nash, January O’Neil, Scott Owens, Amy Pence, Allan Peterson, Robin Reagler, Deb Scott, Carolee Sherwood, Hannah Stephenson, Paul Christian Stevens, Amy Unsworth, J Michael Wahlgren, Christian Ward, Angie Werren, Ernest Williamson III, Robert E Wood

ouroboros is now reading for the third issue. The reading period ends Sunday, May 3.
Published March 12, 2009
From the combined efforts of Benjamin Evans, Ryan Daly, Lee Mcewen, Ian Kelly Davis, and Nick Lill: "By incorporating music and the visual arts and releasing a new issue monthly, Fogged Clarity aims to transcend the conventions of a typical literary journal. Our network is extensive and our scope is as broad as thought itself; we are, you are, unconstrained. With that spirit in mind Fogged Clarity will examine the work of authors, artists, scholars, and musicians, providing a home for art and thought that warrants exposure. All work selected to be displayed on our site will automatically be considered for our print journal. The first edition of our publication will debut in 2009, and will be a compendium of the most dynamic material from our first four monthly issues."

March 2009 issue includes Fiction by Marcos Soriano, Kristen O'Toole, Braden Wiley; Poetry by Michael Tyrell, Barbara Barnard. Larry Sawyer, Donald Illich, Obododimma Oha, Sarah Sarai, James Sanders with Zac Denton; Visuals by Mollie Bryan, Patrice Tulai, Jamieson Michael Flynn; Polemics by Jascha Kessler, Joe Wagner; and Music by Strand of Oaks.
Published March 10, 2009
Stone's Throw Magazine, edited by Russell Rowland, Tami Haaland, and Malia Burgess and based in Montana, publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and "brief accounts of daily life from around the world."

The inaugural issue includes Poetry by Melissa Kwasny, Alison Colgan, Adrian Potter, Cynthia Anderson, Jim Peterson, Francis Raven, Lisa Kemmerer, Shirley Steele, Jim Peterson; Fiction by Rick Maloy, Catherine Parnell, JS Breukelaar, Lesley C. Weston, Kris Saknussemm, Shelley Freese, Peggy Heckler, Sid Gustafson; Nonfiction by SuzAnne C. Cole, Julia Michaels, Peter Klingman; Photographs by Sharareh Malek Mohammadi.
Published March 09, 2009
Gigantic is a forthcoming print magazine of short prose and art (arriving in April) founded about a year ago by four former Columbia MFA students: Ann DeWitt, Rozalia Jovanovic, Lincoln Michel (who was a former reviewer at NewPages - Hi Lincoln!), and James Yeh.

In addition to publishing short and innovative fiction from such writers as Ed Park (founding editor of The Believer and author of Personal Days) and Justin Taylor (who has edited for McSweeney's), they have several interviews either completed or lined up with: Malcolm Gladwell, Gary Shteyngart, Sam Lipsyte, Tao Lin, as well as a conversation between Joe Wenderoth and Deb Olin Unferth.

Already on their website are "preview teasers" including a Prose preview, an Art preview, and most recently an Interview preview with excerpts from each of the aforementioned interviews - more than enough to pique a reader's curiosity!

Gigantic is open for submissions, and includes a list of "a few of our favorite things" to give writers an idea of the type of aesthetic they would be interested in seeing.
Published March 05, 2009
From editors Mark Stricker and Jolynne Roorda: "nanomajority ia back from an unplanned hiatus, excited to reset the clock for our upcoming issues and planning to unveil some new projects in the near future. Thanks to our contributors for being so patient! From an editorial standpoint, nanomajority is interested in the various ways in which artists, writers, and critics intersect (or don't); there is no single stylistic container or grouping from which we select projects to highlight. There is no overarching manifesto to guide us. We simply publish what interests us."

nanomajority does not accept submissions in general, but if you have a project in mind - and after reviewing their site, you'll see how broad a mind they have - you can contact them with a proposal.

In the most current issue: Lizzie Hughes, Myron Michael, e.t. and Michael Bolsinga.
Published March 02, 2009
Twelve Stories is an online literary journal dedicated to publishing quality short fictions of up to 1,500 words each. Editors are Molly Gaudry and Blythe Winslow, whose credentials are as follows: "One of us is a writing professor; the other works in a head shop. One of us is outspoken; the other is passive aggressive. Neither can sing." Fair enough!

As the publication cycle is whenever Gaudry and Winslow receive "twelve stellar stories," submissions are open, and sim/subs welcome.

The first issue features stories by Steve Almond, J.R. Angelella, Rusty Barnes, Matt Bell, Jimmy Chen, Timothy Gager, Richard Garcia, Kathryn Good-Schiff, Jim Hanas, Jeff Landon, Jennifer Levin, and Dan Moreau.
Published February 26, 2009
Technically not *new* Agricultural Reader is an arts annual founded in 2006 by Jeremy Schmall who currently edits the publication with Justin Taylor. However, the most recent issue (No. 3) is making its national debut via X-ing Books.

Agriculture Reader is interested in fiction, poetry, criticism, and "anything we haven't seen before or even thought of yet." They ask contributors to send a query letter rather than a submission: "Tell us about yourself, what you liked about our previous issues, and feel free to include a brief, representative sample of your work. We read queries year-round and respond, in the fullness of time, to all of our mail."

The first issue includes works by Shimon Adaf, Christian Barter, Heather Christle Joshua Cohen, Julia Cohen, Dennis Cooper, Mark Edmund Doten, Will Edmiston, Elaine Equi, Christian Hawkey, Robert Hershon, Jen Hyde, Noelle Kocot, Justin Marks, Anthony McCann, Mike McDonough, Sharon Mesmer, Eileen Myles, Peter Orner, Joey Parlett, Stephen Priest, Ariana Reines, Jerome Sala, Tony Towle, Diane Williams, Rebecca Wolff, Matvei Yankelevich, and Matthew Zapruder.

You can get a sneak peek and some of the content and format on their website.
Published February 25, 2009
Specs is an annual journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College that "aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical practices." Spec accepts fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries.

The editors are particularly interested in works that examine contemporary culture and/or cross the critical/creative divide while riffing on the theme of “Faux Histories” in multiple ways.

Issue One contributors include: Douglas Barbour, Molly Bendall, Jeffrey L. Bohn, Christophe Cassamassima, D.P. Clark, Robert E. Clark, Glenn Deutsch, Denise Duhamel, Eliza Fernbach, Vernon Frazer, Jeanne Genis, Janis Butler Holm, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Amy Letter, Michael David Madonick, Kate Middleton, Sheila Murphy, T.A. Noonan, Melissa Parks, Chad Reynolds, Micah Riecker, Sarah Rosenblatt, Sankar Roy, Craig Saper, Jeff Solomon, Rodrigo Toscano, Lyzette Wanzer, Nina Zammit-Zorn, Slavoj Žižek
Published February 24, 2009
More than just a lit mag, Weave is an organization based out of Pittsburgh, PA that seeks "to create a space for a cross-section of writers and artists of all walks of life to meet on the page, on the stage, and in workshop. We celebrate diversity in both the creator and their works and strive to showcase both novice and established writers and artists." Weave will host a series of workshops that focus on the writing and submissions processes as well as on bringing poetry to the stage as a viable performance art. Weave will also collaborate with writers from their publication to present readings that will showcase Pittsburgh's young literary talent. During open submission dates, Weave accepts poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, short plays and visual art.

Issue One includes poetry by Ivy Alvarez, Mary Biddinger, Rachel Bunting, Juliet Cook, Crystal Hoffman, Tom Holmes, D.M. Huneke, Jason Kirin, Dana Guthrie Martin, Carol McCarthy, Khrys Myrddin, David McLean, Michael Constantine McConnell, Phoebe North, Michael Ogletree, J.R. Pearson, Molly Prosser, Jay Robinson, Daniel M. Shapiro, Susan Slaviero, Sarah J Sloat, Ringa Sunn, Frank X. Walker, fiction by Jack Cobb, Stephen Dorneman, Mehgan McKenna, Jack Swenson, Jared Ward, and art by Angela Bayout, Sofija Canavan, Sarah Greenwood, Nashay Jones, Bonnie MacAllister, Heidi Richardson Evans,
Published February 23, 2009
Originally in print in 1983, and online since 1996, the legendary Exquisite Corpse is now back in print with Issue #1, 2009. Editor in Chief Andrei Codrescu presents artwork by Ralph Steadman, Joel Lipman; poetry by Diane di Prima, Bill Berkson, Alice Notley, Mike Topp, Jim Gustafson, Ruxandra Cesereanu; prose by Jerome Rothenberg, Willie Smith, Aram Saroyan, Lance Olsen, Davis Schneiderman; and more. Still an online force to be reckoned with, Exquisite Corpse plans a yearly publication of both online reprint and new material.

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