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Alternative Magazines – The NewPages Big List

The NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines features publications not typically found in local chain bookstores on topics including the arts, nature and ecology, health, human rights, LGBT, and more. Interested in having your publication listed here? Please contact us.

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2600 The hacker quarterly

Acres U.S.A. North America’s largest, oldest magazine serving commercial-scale organic/sustainable farmers, teaching the latest techniques for growing nutritious crops and healthy livestock. Image

Adbusters fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces. ImageImage

Advocate world’s leading gay news source reporting monthly on news, politics, business, medical issues, fine arts, and entertainment ImageImage

Aeon digital magazine of arts and culture Image

Against The Current Bimonthly magazine featuring lively coverage and dialogue on movements for global justice, with special focus on labor rights and union democracy, feminism and antiwar activism. Image

Alternatives Journal Canada’s national environmental magazine ImageImage

Amerasia Journal the leading interdisciplinary journal in Asian American Studies Image

American Atheist fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion Image

American Forests American Forests is for people from all walks of life, from rural to urban settings, who share an abiding love for trees and forests. Image

American Indian Quarterly a forum for diverse voices and perspectives spanning a variety of academic discipline, and one of the dominant journals in American Indian studies Image

The American Prospect aiming to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate ImageImageImage

The American Scholar a quarterly magazine of public affairs, science, history, literature, and culture ImageImage

Anarchist Studies research into the history, culture, theory and practice of anarchism Image

Anarcho-Syndicalist Review an independent labor magazine Image

Another Gaze feminist film journal highlighting the gender inequality of the film industry and amplifying the voices of great, often overlooked, filmmakers who identify as women Image

Anthropocene innovative and often counterintuitive solutions to environmental and development challenges and the in-depth stories about the people and technologies behind those innovations Image

Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography Image

Appalachia Appalachia is the longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. Each issue delivers inspired writing on mountain exploration and ecology, poetry, and an international climbing review. Image

Are We Europe (Netherlands) exploring the often neglected and ever-changing state of the European identity by empowering aspiring European journalists Image Image

Arena (Australia) a publication which has made an impact on political and cultural interpretation and practice over a period of more than thirty years ImageImage

ASAP Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy Image

The Atlantic politics, business, foreign affairs, and cultural trends Image

Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice dedicated to the ongoing growth of knowledge in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies Image

Australian Book Review publishes reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews, and new creative writing, and offers prizes and programs to writers ImageImage

Author featuring interviews with best-selling and first-time authors, reviews, articles Image

Autostraddle a progressively feminist online community Image

The Baffler interesting and unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, short stories, poems and art ImageImage

Bakwa Magazine engaging in the politics of art and culture, with an emphasis on Africa and its diaspora Image

Belt Magazine independent journalism about the Rust Belt Image

Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice feminist legal publication critically examining the intersection of gender with one or more axis of subordination Image

Bi Women Quarterly is the oldest bisexual+ women’s publication in the world ImageImage

The Black Scholar devoted to the exploration of cultural, political, social, and economic issues affecting black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world Image

Black Women Radicals dedicated to uplifting Black women and gender expansive people’s radical political activism

Briarpatch Magazine original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective Image

Broken Pencil dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action Image Image

Brooklyn Rail an independent forum for arts, culture, and politics throughout NYC and beyond Image Image

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists engaging science leaders, policy makers, and the public on nuclear weapons and disarmament, the changing energy landscape, emerging technologies, and climate change Image

Business Ethics writing on the fields of ethics, governance, corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing Image

BUST fierce, funny, and proud to be female ImageImage

CAMERA devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East Image

Camera Obscura forum for scholarship and debate on feminism, culture, and media studies Image

Canadian Dimension for people who want to change the world ImageImage

Canadian Literature poetry, articles, reviews Image

Canadian Woman Studies making current writing and research on a wide variety of feminist topics accessible to the largest possible community of women Image

Capital & Class provides a critique of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition Image

Capitalism Nature Socialism journal of ecosocialism, encompassing anticapitalist perspectives that are both egalitarian and environmental Image

The Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism on issues of public concern Image

The Central Dissent A Journal of Gender & Sexuality Image

Centro Journal leading peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the field of Puerto Rican Studies Image

The Chicago Reporter investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality in Chicago and the nation Image Image

Cineaste Magazine American’s leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema Image

Cinema Scope expanding the frame on international cinema Image

City Limits investigative journalism through the prism of NYC to identify urban problems, examine their causes, explore solutions, and equip communities to take action  Image

CLEARING Magazine the primary periodical for environmental education in the PNW/Cascadia bioregion ImageImage

Colorlines daily new site where race matters Image

Columbia Journalism Review a deliberative mix of reporting, analysis, criticism, and commentary ImageImageImage

The Comics Journal covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective Image

Commentary America’s premier monthly magazine of pivotal voice and opinion in Amercain intellectual life ImageImageImage

A Common Place Each issue of a Common Place magazine brings you: Inspiring stories from around the world; Spectacular photography; Ways you can make a difference.

Commonweal a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture ImageImageImage

Communities addressing community and sharing new models for society Image

Conscience Published by Catholics for a Free Choice. Offers in-depth coverage on issues related to reproductive rights, sexuality and gender, feminism, the Religious Right, women’s rights, church/state issues and US politics. Image

The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs essays, articles, and reviews providing comprehensive coverage of contemporary developments in the entire Pacific Islands region and the global Pacific diaspora Image

CounterPunch bi-weekly muckraking newsletter Image

Countryside & Small Stock Journal where homesteaders share a wide variety of experiences and ideas about simple, sustainable, country living

Critical Asian Studies Peer-reviewed journal formerly known as the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars. Features essays, reviews, translations, photo essays, and literature. Image

Critical Inquiry devoted to the best critical thought in the arts and humanities Image

Critical Read telling the true stories behind important works of art Image

Critical Review An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society Image Image

Cultural Critique forum for creative and provocative scholarship in the theoretical humanities and humanistic social sciences Image

Cultural Survival promoting rights, voices, and visions of indigenous peoples Image

Cultural Daily a platform for independent voices – participatory civic media with new perspectives every day Image

Curve magazine best-selling lesbian magazine, spotlights all that is fresh, funny, exciting, controversial, and cutting-edge ImageImage

DAME “where women go for the stories people are talking about” Image

Dek Unu Magazine solo exhibitions of fine photoart portfolios Image

Derailed Magazine the magazine for cynics, renegades & survivors of the unimaginable Image

differences theoretical debates across the disciplines that address the ways concepts and categories of difference—notably but not exclusively gender—operate within culture Image

Dilettante Army a journal for visual culture and art writing Image

Dissent In the pages of Dissent you will find some of the fiercest battles over politics, principles and ideas anywhere on the left today. Image

Dissident Voice providing hard-hitting, thought-provoking, entertaining news and commentaries on politics and culture, serving as ammunition in struggles for peace and social justice Image

Dollars & Sense the magazine on economic justice ImageImage

E – The Environmental Magazine environmental news and green living tips Image

Earth First! the voice of the radical environmental movement Image

Earth Island Journal Earth Island Journal consistently delivers environmental stories that mainstream media often fail to cover. Image

Edge promote inquiry into/discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues Image

Environment science and policy for sustainable development ImageImage

The Epoch Times independent voice reporting news responsibly and truthfully, and upholding and defending freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly  ImageImage

Escape into Life pushing the boundaries of visual art and literature Image

Ethical Consumer (UK) leading alternative consumer organization ImageImage

FAIR national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias and misinformation Image

FEE: Foundation for Economic Education formerly Freeman magazine, explores the principles underlying a free society ImageImage

Feminist Studies Feminist Studies, is the oldest continuing scholarly journal in the field of women’s studies published in the U.S., publishes an interdisciplinary body of feminist knowledge. Image

Fifth Estate an anti-authoritarian magazine of ideas & action Image Image

Film Threat film reviews, film festival coverage, exclusive filmmaker interviews, original video content Image

First of the Month committed to cultivating the power of the powerless Image Image

First Things journal of religion, culture, and public life ImageImage

The Flaneur an illustrated journal of global culture Image

Foreword Reviews reviews Image

The Fortnightly Review the stroke of an oar given in true time Image

Free Inquiry Image

Freethought Today the only freethought newspaper in North America Image

The Funny Times The Funny Times is a monthly humor newspaper featuring the best of recent cartoons and humor pieces on politics and culture. Image

The Gay & Lesbian Review bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics Image

Gay Parent publication dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting Image Image

Geist a Canadian literary magazine of ideas and culture Image

Greater Good Magazine science-based insights for a meaningful life Image

Green American Covers emerging ideas and models for creating a just and sustainable society Image

Green Horizon articles that explore, clarify, and analyze Green leadership in different dimensions Image

Green Teacher helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education Image

Grist independent, irreverent news outlet focusing on the climate, sustainability, and social justice Image

Guernica magazine of arts and politics Image

Happy is a music, arts, and lifestyle magazine and blog  ImageImage

Harvard Civil Rights-Liberties Law Review the nation’s leading progressive law journal Image

Harvard Journal Of Law & Gender the nation’s oldest continuously publishing feminist law journal ImageImage

Hedgehog Review critical reflections on contemporary culture Image

HerbalGram American Botanical Council’s scientific quarterly journal Image

The Hightower Lowdown documenting and celebrating populist hope and strength ImageImage

Hinduism Today A quarterly magazine to inform and inspire Hindus and people interested in Hindu philosophy, culture and practices such as yoga, meditation, vegetarianism and alternative medicine.

The Horn Book Magazine essential for everyone who cares about children’s and young adult literature Image

The Humanist The Humanist magazine has advanced progressive ideals for over 60 years, applying compassion and reason to the critical social and ethical issues of our time. Image

Humor Times The news in cartoons, featuring the finest editorial cartoonists from around the country to review the news! Featuring columnists and non-political panels as well. Image

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy a forum for cutting edge work in feminist philosophy ImageImage

In These Times In These Times is dedicated to informing and analyzing popular movements for social, environmental and economic justice through independent journalism based on progressive values. Image

The Independent the leading source of information for independent, grassroots, and activist media-makers, providing inspiration and information for their films and video projects Image

Index on Censorship repositories of original, challenging, controversial and intelligent writing on free expression issues ImageImage

Indian Country Today nation’s leading American Indian news source Image

The Indypendent free progressive monthly newspaper. online news site, and weekly radio show covering social justice movements in New York and beyond.

Inroads Canadian journal of opinion ImageImage

Intrepid Times publishing narrative travel writing that communicates a strong sense of place, character, and discovery Image

Jewish Currents a progressive, secular voice

Journal of Asian Studies the latest in-depth scholarship on Asia’s past and present Image

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies focusing on representations of disability with a wide variety of textual analyses informed by disability theory Image

JUST Commentary international movement for a just world Image

JUXTAPOZ art & culture magazine Image

Korean Quarterly Focuses on the place where identity, creativity and culture intersect. We provide independent and alternative reporting on issues of identity, racism, politics and the arts with many book and film reviews. Image

Kyoto Journal perspectives from Asia Image

Lapham’s Quarterly a magazine of history & ideas Image

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers biannual scholarly journal focusing on American women writers between the seventeenth and early twentieth century Image

The Lesbian News nation’s #1 magazine for Lesbians of all colors & viewpoints ImageImage

Light of Consciousness Dedicated to awakening consciousness, personal and global transformation, and timeless wisdom of the world’s religious traditions. “The best produced journal on spiritual and yogic thought.” Image

LILIPOH life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Image

Lilith independent, Jewish, frankly feminist Image

Literary Imagination presenting wide-ranging discussions between those committed to the reading and study of literary works Image

Literary Review of Canada the one magazine Canadians must read to remain up to date about politics and culture Image

Living Blues America’s oldest and most authoritative blues magazine ImageImage

Luna Luna Magazine an online community interested in art, feminism, literature, opinion, sex, and the occult Image

Mandala offering authentic Buddhist teachings Image

Massage exploring today’s touch therapies Image

Mental Floss where knowledge junkies get their fix Image

Meridians feminism, race, transnationalism ImageImage

Midwifery Today the heart and science of birth Image

Minnesota Women’s Press fresh perspective on women’s ideas and issues ImageImage

Moment Jewish politics, culture, religion ImageImage

Monthly Review an independent socialist magazine Image

Mother Earth Living focuses on the joys of gardening and cooking with herbs. Natural home, healthy life. Image

Mother Earth News the original guide to living wisely Image

Mother Jones Mother Jones magazine, is a non-profit, investigative reporting publication dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the spin. Get Real News. Get Mother Jones. Image

Mothering natural family living Image

Ms. Magazine Ms., which recently joined forces with the Feminist Majority Foundation, is the definitive source for ideas, action and information on the struggle for women’s equality. Image

Musicworks Magazine rare and daring explorations in sound Image

N Magazine Imagine life with fewer clothes and greater freedom. N (Nude & Natural), the Magazine of Naturist Living, gives you the skinny on all things naturist. Image

Namarupa NAMARUPA is a new journal that conveys the vast scope of sacred philosophical thought that has emanated from the land and people of India over many millennia. Image

The Nation News and analysis on politics and culture from the left. Unconventional Wisdom Since 1865. Image

National Parks protecting national parks for future generations Image

Network News publication for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Image

The CR: The New Centennial Review devoted to comparative studies of the Americas that suggest possibilities for a different future Image

The New Criterion a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life Image

The New Left Review articles, interviews, topical comments and book reviews Image

New Moon Girls Edited by girls 8-14. Ad-free, imaginative, multicultural bimonthly magazine that girls, parents and educators love. Six Parents’ Choice Gold Awards for best children’s magazine. Image

The New Republic a journal of politics and the arts ImageImage

New Voices written by and for Jewish college students Image

The Next American City documents and conceives realistic solutions about how to make cities better Image Image

Nutrition Action Healthletter newsletter for the Center for Science in the Public Interest Image

OffBeat dedicated to New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture Image

OnEarth independent, groundbreaking environmental journalism Image

Orion Magazine staking out the territory of ecology, the arts, action, and social justice ImageImage

Our Times Canada’s independent labour magazine Image

Out Gay & Lesbian

Owl Light News where inspiration & inquiry converge

Pacific Affairs an international review of Asia and the Pacific ImageImage

Parabola PARABOLA is a quarterly journal dedicated to exploring the wisdom and beauty of traditional cultures as they relate to the modern quest for meaning. Image

Paradoxa publishing articles on genre literature Image

Passport Magazine PASSPORT Magazine is America’s #1 gay and lesbian travel magazine. Readers love the magazine’s personal travel reporting and they truly appreciate the most comprehensive resource listings. Image

Paste signs of life in music, film and culture Image

Pathfinders Travel travel magazine for people of color ImageImage

Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry Image

People’s World Working-class news and opinions since 1923 Image

Places Journal A nonprofit journal of narrative journalism and public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Image

The Point journal of philosophical writing that embodies two convictions: humanistic thinking has relevance for contemporary life; and our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about ImageImage

Political Science Quarterly nonpartisan journal covering government, politics and policy Image

PopMatters global culture Image

POZ chronicling the AIDS epidemic in the US and overseas

The Progressive The mission of The Progressive is to be a journalistic voice for peace and social justice at home and abroad. Image

Progressive Populist believes people are more important than corporations Image

Public Eye navigates the complexities of the Right

Qi Journal the journal of traditional Eastern health and fitness Image

Radical History Review on the cutting edge of historical analysis Image

Reason free minds and free markets Image Image

Reasons to be Cheerful a non-profit editorial project designed to be a tonic for tumultuous times Image

Religion Watch monitoring trends in contemporary religion Image

Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review reviewing the latest print, electronic, and audiovisual resources for research and teaching women’s studies Image

Resurgence & Ecologist at the heart of earth, art and spirit Image

RFD open forum for new ideas, radical views and controversial issues Image

Riot Material literary-cultural magazine welcoming ideas on word, art, and forward-aiming thought Image

SAGE Magazine expanding environmentalism Image

Sampsonia Way celebrating literary freedom of expression Image

Scalawag amplifying voices of activists, artists, and writers in critical conversations about the Souths where we love, live, and struggle Image

Scarfff monthly comix anthology unstapled 11″x17″ tabloid-style newspaper out of Seattle

The Shadow New York’s only underground newspaper specializing in investigative journalism, book + film reviews, interviews, graphics and news of interest to the counter-cultural and activist community ImageImage

Shots Magazine photography Image

Shout Out UK opening the minds of a voiceless generation Image

Sierra Magazine “Exploring, Enjoying, and Protecting the Planet” Image

Skeptic Magazine examining extraordinary claims, exploring revolutionary ideas, and promoting good science Image

Skeptical Inquirer tells what the scientific community actually knows about claims of the paranormal ImageImage

Small Farmer’s Journal Small Farmer’s Journal is an international quarterly serving the future of farming. Image

The Smart Set covering culture and ideas, arts and science, global and national affairs Image

Social Policy reports on and analyzes contemporary movements for social change in the workplace, the community, and the world ImageImage

Socialism and Democracy the continuing relevance of socialist politics and vision Image

Socialist Standard (UK) monthly socialist newspaper focusing mainly on socialist advocacy and Marxian analysis of current events ImageImage

Sojourners addresses issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective ImageImage

Space and Culture explores and critiques everyday life in contemporary cities, environment, new media Image

STAND the magazine for men who give a damn Image

Stranger’s Guide art, photography, and essays with each issue evoking a single location from a multitude of exciting, new perspectives ImageImage

Strings magazine for players of bowed stringed instruments ImageImage

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Tablet daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture Image

Texas Observer biggest little muckraker in Texas ImageImage

This Magazine Canadian politics, pop culture and the arts Image Image

Tricycle Tricycle: The Buddhist Review is an internationally distributed mainstream quarterly dedicated to exploring the full range of Buddhist activity and its impact on American culture. Image

Truthout providing independent news and commentary daily Image

Utne Magazine Utne is a leading voice for the independent press, bringing readers the other side of the story on issues ranging from the environment to the economy and from politics to pop culture. Image

The Vegetarian Journal for those interested in Vegetarian Health, Ecology, and Ethics ImageImage

Vegetarians in Paradise Los Angeles vegetarian webzine Image

VegNews up-to-date information on living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle Image

Visible Magazine a publication committed to making storytelling accessible and inclusive Image

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Waging Nonviolence news, analysis, original reporting about nonviolent activism Image

The Walrus Canadian general-interest magazine with an international outlook ImageImage

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs news and analysis from and about the Middle East and U.S. policy in that region ImageImage

Weekly Humorist The Standard in American Immaturity Image

Whispering Wind American Indian past and present Image

Workers World a working-class party that fights against capitalism Image

WorldView A magazine of news and comment about events, people and communities in the less-developed regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Pacific islands. Image

Yes! invites readers to be part of a global community of change makers Image

Yoga Journal retreat for Yoga poses, classes, meditation, and life ImageImage

Z Magazine An independent left monthly magazine Image

ZEKE Magazine The world explored through photographs, ideas, and words by leading documentary photographers from across the globe Image

Zócalo Public Square innovative blend of live events and humanities journalism Image