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The Courtship of Winds

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  • About this Magazine:

    The Courtship of Winds is a semiannual online journal that publishes poetry, prose poetry, fiction, essays, art, and short pieces of drama and music.

  • Editor(s): William Ray
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Online
  • Genres: Art, Drama, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes (with notice)
  • Postal Submissions: no
  • Email Submissions: no
  • Online Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Reading Period: year-round
  • Response Time: 6 months
  • Payment: no
  • Contests: no
  • Founded: 2000
  • Issues Per Year: 2

Publisher's description: The Courtship of Winds was created in 2000 as an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and music. Publication of the journal was suspended in 2002 and resumed in 2016 with a new web design but the same emphasis on fine writing, art, and engagement in issues of the day.

While there is no narrow aesthetic determining the content of The Courtship of Winds, the hope is that having one editor making all final decisions will give the magazine the distinctive quality of art galleries that are curated by a single person. Issues include widely published poets such as Dolores Hayden, Simon Perchik, Sandra Kohler, Richard Jones, L. Ward Abel, John Garmon, Tim Kahl, and Emily Strauss; poets who experiment with language, such as Peter J. Grieco and Felino A. Soriano; talented but lesser-known writers; an artist with work in major museums—Ira Joel Haber—as well as an artist with deep regional roots, Maine artist Abigail Read. Fiction writers include Denise Kline, Robert Fay, Michael Agugom, and Mark Jacobs.. Recent essays speak to issues of race and culture.

A regular feature of Courtship is a “digital forum” that addresses an important social, cultural, or intellectual issue. For example, for one digital forum, some teachers, administrators, and a congressman discuss education reform, which is followed up in a later issue with video of an actual forum with a similar set of public servants discussing education reform in the context of the state of our democracy.

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