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NewPages Lit Mag Reviews

Posted April 22, 2008

  • Issue Number Volume 66 Number 1
  • Published Date Winter 2008
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly
The winter 2008 edition of the Antioch Review is titled “Breaking the Rules,” though, as Robert S. Fogarty explains in his editorial, this is “no grand theme but a series of fragments and broken rules.” The authors in this issue explore rule-breaking in many different ways, some through form, others through subject or theme.
  • Issue Number Volume 1 Issue 1
  • Published Date 2007
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
“We’re trying to take you somewhere.” Isn’t that every writer’s goal? To take the reader from their comfy couch or their little corner and place them into a scene to which they can relate. Or maybe it’s to put them in a situation they’ve never been in, but affects them in some way.
  • Issue Number Volume 30 Numbers 1 & 2
  • Published Date Spring/Fall 2007
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
The Bellingham Review celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in this issue with three essays from the journal’s editors, past and present. While interesting for their historical narrative, the pieces are also a testament to the inspired, beautiful madness one must possess to start a literary periodical. At the end of the volume is an index of the pieces from Bellingham’s run (so far).
  • Published Date Winter/Spring 2007/2008
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
Derek Walcott provides the centerpiece of the Winter/Spring issue of ep;phany with a selection from his new book of poems, White Egrets, and an excerpt from an essay called “Down the Coast.” The poems, most of which are about Spain, use dense natural imagery to transport the reader. The essay describes Walcott’s attempt to turn the Caribbean stories of his childhood into a film, which leads him to many fascinating ruminations about film-making and cultural identity.
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  • Issue Number Volume 36 Number 3
  • Published Date Winter 2008
  • Publication Cycle Triannual
Each year Event holds a creative nonfiction contest in which the winners' manuscripts are published in a special Creative Non-Fiction Contest issue of the magazine. The winners, Kanina Dawson, Davis Swanson, and Ayelet Tsabari, each had pieces worthy of the $500 prize.
  • Issue Number Volume 32 Number 2
  • Published Date Fall 2007
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
The fall issue of The Florida Review is their contest issue, highlighting winners of the 2007 Editors’ Awards in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Issue Number Volume 20 Number 1
  • Published Date Winter 2007/Spring 2008
  • Publication Cycle Biannual

Gulf Coast is published twice a year in October and April, and each issue is a work of art in itself. The journal includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, as well as the work of artists – a blend that facilitates both a visual and textual experience. The full-color pages in the most recent issue include collages by both Donald Bathelme and Michael Miller, and each visual artist’s work is accompanied by a commentary on their pieces.

  • Issue Number Number 56
  • Published Date Winter/Spring 2008
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
Kaleidoscope magazine “(explores) the experience of disability through literature and the fine arts.” The articles, essays, stories, and poems in this issue do just that, giving the reader insight into life with many different conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few. Most importantly, the authors featured in this magazine present honestly and admirably, without asking for pity, without resorting to sentimentality.
  • Issue Number Volume 74 Number 1
  • Published Date 2007/2008
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly
Robert Stewart, the editor of New Letters, begins this issue with a note on the kind of writing the journal seeks. In his words, “We want writing….that comes out of something.” Writing that is real. That kind of intensity is felt in the opening work of fiction by Andrew Plattner, a short story entitled “A Marriage of Convenience,” where the reader is introduced to two brothers, Marian and Joe, who are bookmakers with, it turns out, enormous hearts. Marian, the older brother and supposedly the tough guy, wonders at one point, “why he was a bookmaker, why he spent so much time in the shadows, why he liked to keep the odds on his side.” Maybe, he wonders, “it wouldn’t find him, all that people lost.” What is so wonderful about this piece is Plattner’s narrative pacing, which makes the ending feel unexpected and exactly right.

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