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prism international

Quite simply, I can’t stop looking at this cover image for the summer 2019 issue of Prism International. From the series “Other Other” by mixed media artist Gio Swaby.

sonder review

Given the events of the past week, this cover image on the Summer 2019 issue of The Sonder Review pretty much sums up how my head feels. Richard Vyse is the artist of “Torn Night.”

glassworks

“Frozen Flowers 3” by Nicoletta Poungias is featured on the Spring 2019 cover of Glassworks, a publication of the Master of Arts in Writing at Rowan University, located in Glassboro – go figure – New Jersey.

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sequestrum 20

Alex “Queen of Double Eyes” Garant is the featured artist for issue 20 of Sequestrum: Journal of Literature and Art. Unique to Sequestrum is their mission “to be an affordable, sustainable home to quality literature. Rather than charge a set sticker price per issue, we offer a unique, pay-what-you-can subscription format.”

seneca review spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Seneca Review features cover art by Edie Fake, whose “paintings start as self-portraits, and from there, they make a break for it, referencing elements of the trans and non-binary body through pattern, color and architectural metaphor.”

haydens ferry review

“Intersectionality Of My Sadness & Beauty” a 2017 acrylic and aerosol on wood by Jeff Slim is featured on the Spring/Summer 2019 issue cover of Hayden’s Ferry Review, themed “Magic.”

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west marin review

There’s something both innocent and haunting about this image, Binary Traces Young Girl  by Lia Cook, on the 2019 cover of West Marin Review.

water stone review

“Bodies Worth Defending” is the theme of Water~Stone Review Volume 21, and is clearly expressed in this cover photograph by Kwon Healin.

calyx

“Solo #4” by Leah Kosh is featured on the Winter/Spring 2019 cover of Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, which has been running uninterrupted since its inception in 1976. 

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poetry sept

Armando Veve is the cover artist featured on the September 2019 issue of POETRY magazine. Poetry + tote bag lovers = you can get this same design on a tote bag with your subscription or renewal to POETRY

creative nonfiction

It’s actually the tag lines on the cover of Creative Nonfiction #71 that landed it here: “Let’s talk about SEX: 5 tips for better sex (writing); Make it last : the art of the long sentence; The eroticism of essaying.”

gettysburg review

Catherine Mackey is the featured artists, both on the cover (Alcatraz Sink No. 1, oil and mixed media on wood panel), and with a full-color portfolio inside the Spring 2019 issue of The Gettysburg Review.

 

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massachusetts review

Sorry coulrophobics, and pretty much anyone creeped out by clowns, but this still from Kate Durbin’s portrayal of “the trickster figure of the clown and white box of the Facebook timeline” in her short film Unfriend Me Now! (2018) is just one of many images also included in the Summer 2019 issue of The Massachusetts Review.

parhelion

Such an iconic image of summer on the cover of Parhelion #5. This photo by Anne Eastman is one of many featured in her portfolio in this issue. Read her artist’s statement to learn about her approach to photography, which includes evenings dancing as as “Little Miss Funshine” at the Fantasy Bikini Club in LA.

court green

Court Green Summer 2019 made me laugh out loud: images of Elizabeth Taylor are used to link to each writer on the publication’s home page. Other publications commonly use the writers’ photos here, but Court Green’s spin on that is hilarious. Since moving from print to online, this use of themed circles has become their hallmark.

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georgia review

Toyin Ojih Odutola is the featured artist on the cover and inside the Summer 2019 issue of The Georgia Review. Odutola is “a visual artist consumed by the literary. Her drawings of figures are often cloaked in narrative allusions, and the build-up of marks on the page becomes a language which can be read.” The introduction and portfolio of her work can be seen here.

basalt

Rise, an archival ink jet print of a portrait of Lauren Schad of the Cheyenne River Lakota tribe by photographer Leah Rose is featured on the 13.1 2019 cover of basalt. Leah Rose is a Native American artist of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa tribe who writes, “Reconnecting with my Anishinaabe heritage has become my calling.” See more about her and her work here.

hiram poetry review

Editorial Assistant Danni Lynn McDonald is credited for the clever photo on the Spring 2019 Hiram Poetry Review cover: each reader holding a back issue of the publication to their face. Exactly how I found myself moments later, engrossed in my reading!

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 benning review

“White Cosmonaut” by Jeremy Geddes is featured on the cover of the newest issue of Bennington Review (#6), themed “Kissing the Future.” While in print, they offer selections that can be read online here.

thema spring 2019

“New Neighbors” was the call for the Spring 2019 issue of Thema, appropriately enough, since spring brings the squirrels out of their winter hidey holes. Cover photo by Kathleen Gunton.

american literary review

Portraits of “lonely people, people with questions that cannot be answered, those who make terrible mistakes, people who do not love themselves and will not survive within their own stories” by poet and artist Melissa Cundieff are featured in the Spring 2019 American Literary Review online.

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pembroke

Chicken God  by Alexander Grigoriev – you simply can’t look away from this cover of Pembroke Magazine (#51).

southern humanities review

Who doesn’t love a technicolor embroidered bat? Little Werewolves with Wings  by Danielle Clough captures our attention for Southern Humanities Review (52.1). 

massachusetts review 60 1

The artwork of Toyin Ojih Odutola (What Her Daughter Sees ) is featured on the cover and with a full-color portfolio inside of the Spring 2019 issue of The Massachusetts Review.

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main street rag

This lovely cover of The Main Street Rag Winter 2019 just about sums it up for us here in Michigan.

carve winter 2019

Keeping with the winter theme, work by Justin Burks of Birdhouse Branding captivates viewers with this Winter 2019 cover of Carve.

missouri review winter 2018

It took me a moment to get this one on the Winter 2018 cover of The Missouri Review, but LOL when I did. “Comet’s Peeping Tom” comes from the Plastic Life  series by Vincent Bousserez.

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plume

Steven Shore’s: South of Klamath Falls, U.S. 97, Oregon, July 21, 1973, from Uncommon Places draws readers into the December 2018 issue of Plume, online contemporary poetry.

high desert journal

Kim Matthews Wheaton is the featured artist on the cover of High Desert Journal no. 27 and with a full portfolio of work available to view online in this issue.

concho

Again with the Concho River Review (Fall/Winter 2018) because, again, the cover image is gorgeous, while at the same time, a reminder of the dangerous power of nature. Tim L. Vasquez of Untamed Photography is becoming the most regularly featured artist for this column, and rightly so.

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ragazinecc

The Nov-Dec 2018 issue of Ragazine.CC online features Mariana Yampolsky’s “Caress,” a photo from the TIME OF CHANGE November exhibit at Throckmorton Fine Art. Ragazine.CC published the essay from the show guide along with several photos and an interview with Gallerist and Collector Spencer Throckmorton by Graciela Kartofel. See it all here.

junto 3

Art Editor Andrew Marshall is the photographer who captured this chilly but beautiful image on the cover of the December 2018 online issue of Junto Magazine.

boiler ss2018

The Spring/Summer 2018 issue of The Boiler online features this stunning photo from “Red Queen” by Olivia Evaldson. More of her work can be seen here.

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cimarron review summer 2018Mary A. Johnson’s “Staurozoanastic Cavity” (2017) is featured on the cover of the Summer 2018 Cimarron Review. This unique work is composed of Emperor rice dye, logwood/bloodwood dyed paper, aerosol paint, inkjet prints on rice paper, rhinestones, aluminum shavings, acrylic medium, and pen, on paper. See more of her work here.

macguffin

Nancy Scott is equally well known for her collage as she is her poetry. Schoolcraft College’s The MacGuffin Fall 2018 issue showcases her “Still Life with Books.” See more of her work here.

gargoyle

It seems ‘collage’ is this week’s theme, finishing out with “House” by Star Black on the cover of Gargoyle 68.

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fiddlehead

The Fiddlehead Summer 2018 poetry issue features, appropriately, “Waning Summer Light, 2017,” oil on canvas by Sonya Mahnic.

alaska quarterly review

Kodiak, Alaska-based photographer and writer Marion Owen‘s photo on the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review is a stunning capture of the Pacific blood star on a bed of kelp.

copper nickel

 Which transitions nicely to the Fall 2018 cover of Copper Nickel, with Milk & Honey pigment print on 100% rag paper by Kristen Hatgi Sink. Inside, this issue features fourteen poets from Ireland and the UK.

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gettysburg review summer 2018

The Gettysburg Review Summer 2018 features artwork by William Fisk on the cover and inside with a full-color portfolio. The oil on canvas subjects come from “machines and other seemingly permanent objects of modern and post-modern industrial culture.”

rattle 61

Rattle poetry magazine issue 61 features “Looking into the Future,” a digital montage by Thomas Terceira. This work was created “by scanning Victorian engravings and combining and colorizing them in Photoshop. It is part of a series inspired by Max Ernst’s surrealistic collages.” See more of Terceira’s work here.

lime hawk 12

Featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, cross-genre, and reviews, Lime Hawk 12 cover art is Caotiche Comprensioni  by Paolo Di Rosa. See more of his work here, where “the central theme running throughout his work is the human figure immersed in a non-place, externalising dreamlike and introspective projections; setting the stage for an intimate dialogue between feeling and reality.”

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cut bank 88

There’s something just quintessentially summer about the Cut Bank 88 cover, with artwork by David Miles Lusk, “Beach Snack.” Indeed!

main street rag summer 2018

The Main Street Rag Summer 2018 cover continues the summer theme – at least for us here in Michigan, motorcycles are not year-round. Photo by Editor M. Scott Douglass.

able muse summer 2018

And, perhaps a farewell to summer, this beautiful photograph on the cover of the summer 2018 issue of Able Muse: A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art, “Young Dragon’s Flight” by Anja Osenberg, is just one of the works for this issue’s featured art, “A Flight Theme.”

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poetry cover sept 2018

I can’t look a the cover of the September 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine without the intro riff to “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix cuing up in my head. Sweetly enough, the inside front cover features a tribute quote from Donald Hall (1928-2018): “The world is everything and that is the case. / Now stop your blubbering and wash your face.” (Poetry, February 1979)

true story issue 20

Keeping with colors, I love how Issue 20 of True Story: 6’3″ Man with Doritos by Matthew Clark is actually the color the cheesy Doritos dust leaves stuck to your fingers long after eating them (illustration by Lucy Engelman). So, no problem munching on a bag while you read this issue!

missouri review

The Missouri Review Summer 2018 cover features the unique photography of Libby Oliver from the Soft Shells series. Visit her website, and check out the Sidewalk Series – slightly disturbing but mostly funny as hell.

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malahat review

“Regret” by Shary Boyle featured on the cover of The Malahat Review is a unique porcelain sculpture, china paint, horse and synthetic hair, and velvet (2015). See more of Boyle’s work here.

meadow truckee community college

I love the fairy tale aura of Wes Lee’s “Day 242” on the cover of 2018 issue of The Meadow from Truckee Meadows Community College, as well as the magazine’s new logo design.

macguffin

I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned fisheye lens, and luckily, The MacGuffin‘s own nonfiction editor, Michael Dyke doubles as a photographer, providing this view of Belle Isle Aquarium, Detroit, Michigan for the Spring 2018 cover.

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georgia review

Poet, teacher and visual artist Truong Tran’s works are featured in the Spring 2018 issue of The Georgia Review. In addition to a full color portfolio inside, “Lost Poem #3” is featured on the cover.

colorado review

The Colorado Review cover photo by Brian Holland is luscious, and even more so when viewed full spread with the entire night-lit bridge in the background.

michigan quarterly review

And a final splash of red and summer with “Picnic, Long Island, New York” by Ralph Gibson on the cover of the Summer 2018 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review.

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american poetry review

Regular readers of The American Poetry Review will be exicted to see the new cover design starting with the July/August 2018 issue. We love it here at NewPages World Headquaters! Nicely done APR!

nimrod

Diversity and the Arts is the theme of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Nimrod International Journal, featuring “Tree of Life,” a gorgeous canvas, acrylic paint, composition leaf and embroidery piece by the Tulsa Girls Art School: “an afterschool, social service program that uses art as a vehicle to reach girls.” 

louisville review

“Cedar Waxwing,” a photo by AJ Reinhart, draws readers to this Spring 2018 issue of The Louisville Review. Check out more of his nature photography and artwork here.

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three elements

Each issue of 3Elements publishes works that respond to three words for that issue. The Summer 2018 issue words were Jazz, Cradle, Recluse. Gregg Chadwick’s artwork “Jazz Life (Central Avenue)” is the featured cover image.

river teeth

The cover image of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative is, appropriately, a sunset photo by David FitzSimmons, ushering out nineteen years of publishing as the journal heads into their twentieth anniversary!

salamander

“Lotus III” by Colette Brésilla is the unique oil on canvas art for the cover of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Salamander (#46).

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This week’s covers are from some of the many Alternative Magazines we have listed at NewPages as a reminder of this useful resource for both reading and submitting writing.

earth island journal

Earth Island Journal combines investigative journalism and thought-provoking essays that make the subtle but profound connections between the environment and other contemporary issues. Writers guidelines here.

feminist studies

The focus of Feminist Studies 44.1 (2018) is life writing and new approaches to studying women’s autobiographies, including Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Gertrude Stein, Kamal Das, Gayle Rubin and Judith Butler, as well as works by Estelle Carol, Alexandra Ketchum, Olga Zilberbourg, Corey Hickner-Johnson, Hiliary Chute, and Ashwini Tambe. Submissions guidelines here.

progressive

The Progressive is a journalistic voice for peace and social justice at home and abroad, steadfastly opposing militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, the disenfranchisement of the citizenry, poverty, and prejudice in all its guises. Writers guidelines here.

parabola

One of my favorites, Parabola is published quarterly by the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, a non-profit, non-denominational, educational organization. Each issue devotes 128 highly illustrated pages to a universal theme. Submission guidelines here.

humanist

The Humanist magazine applies humanism — a natural and democratic outlook informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion — to broad areas of social and personal concern in pursuit of alternative ideas. Writers guidelines here.

funny times

And we all need to retain our ability to laugh and bring humor into our days. The Funny Times helps us fulfill this need as America’s longest-running ad-free monthly humor publication in a newspaper format. 

 

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catamaran spring 2018

Roland Petersen‘s “American Bathers, 2017” on the cover of Spring 2018 Catamaran captures the essence of summer; this publication belongs in every beach tote and travel bag to take along on your summer adventures!

ragazine

Ragazine.CC May/June 2018 celebrates the work of Alison McCauley with photographs from her Cannes Film Festival collection as well as an interview by Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret.

one

“Becoming” by Steven DaLuz is the ethereal artwork featured on the cover of the newest issue of One, an online magazine of poetry.

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 pembroke

Happy Anniversary to Pembroke Magazine celebrating its 50th issue with this lovely acrylic on canvas, “Couple” by Mahirwan Mamtani.

subprimal poetry

The cover of the online Subprimal Poetry issue 11.0 is “Blissful Deletion” by Willow Margarita Schafer, about which the artist comments: “I wanted to try and visually depict what nothingness feels like on a human level: a sort of calm fragmentation that is very hard to shake.”

concho river review

Untamed Photography by Tim L. Vasquez is becoming a regular here with his stunning cover images, this time on the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Concho River Review.

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massachusetts review

“Percy Lightfoot, Star Pupil, Trent School, 2017” by Amy Johnquest is featured on the cover of The Masachusetts Review Spring 2018 issue in addition to a full-color portfolio of her work inside.

hanging loose

Hanging Loose 109 features a full-color art portfolio by Elizabeth Hershon as well as “Dreams” on the cover.

into the void

Into the Void issue 8.2 (2018) is one that required a double take with “Blindness: Study #0” by Pedro Aires, “A young architect from Portugal interested in experiementing with mulitiple creative processes.”

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gettysburg review

The Gettysburg Review Spring 2018 features the fun funky mixed media collage of Margaret Rizzio both on the cover and a full-color internal portfolio. 

glimmer train

I love this Glimmer Train #102 cover image of fresh fruits. Though not the kind of tropical fruit we see here in Michigan, this makes me look forward to summer farmers markets. Cover art: “I Miss My Mother” by Jane Zwinger.

cimarron review

The bright sunshine adds to the summery feel of “White Door Bird” by Toni La Ree Bennett, a photo that spans both the front and back covers of the Winter 2018 Cimarron Review.

 

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new england review

Monolith by Jeanne Borofsky on the cover of Volume 29 Number 1 2018 welcomes readers to the party celebrating New England Review‘s forty years of publication.

hotel amerika

Kourtney Roy‘s pouting princess portrait entitled “Mythology” from autopotraits I is an intriguing cover choice for Hotel Amerika‘s Spring 2018 issue.

ndr

Croatian-born artist Moondrusannah’s artwork, featured in the online 8.1 issue of New Delta Review, is from her Illustrated Dreams Diary, of which she says, “Any clue to What Girls Really Dream About? I’m just starting to find that out myself, and I like what I see.”

 

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thema spring 2018

Thema‘s cover photo for their Spring 2018 issue is “Question the Answer” by Kathleen Gunton, appropriately fitting for the theme: “Is There a Word for That?” Perhaps not a word, but a beautiful image instead. Upcoming themes in search of submissions: “Where’s the food truck?” (July 1) and “The critter in the attic” (November 1).

georgia review

 The cover and internal art portfolio of Georgia Review‘s Winter 2017 issue features a very different kind of garden life by sculptor Toshihiko Mitsuya: Aluminum. “Far from static,” Mitsuya says of his medium, “it takes on the feelings of its surroundings – the wind, the light an the hands that touch it.As a material, aluminum starts in a huge factory and ends in something precious yet transitive: the installation reclaims an industrial material back to nature.”

kaleidoscope

As unique as the vision through the cylindrical optic toy, Kaleidoscope is a publication “exploring the experiene of disability through literature and the arts.” Kristin Gehrmann’s “The Vial Keeper” reflects the Winter/Spring 2018 theme: Life’s Unpredicatbiilty. Now available open access online, readers unfamilar with this journal should defnitely check it out.

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louisville review

Gerald Plain’s photo “Spider Rock, Canyon DeChelly, Arizona” dizzying perspective draws readers into the newest issue of The Louisville Review (#82, Fall 2017). Inside, The Children’s Corner features high school sophomore Haemaru Chung’s poem “Waking Up.”

cherry tree

Looking forward to summer, I enjoy this cover image (also a bit dizzying) on issue four of Cherry Tree national literary journal published out of Washington College: “Children Running in Backlight (Dozza, Italy)” by Claudio Cricca.

writing disorder

The Art of Miss Fluff is featured in the Winter 2017-2018 issue of The Writing Disorder, and online quarterly of new and emerging writers and artists. Fluff is “an enchanting design brand created by artist, Claudette Barjoud.”

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raleigh review coverThe Spring 2018 issue of Raleigh Review Literary and Arts Magazine features “Eve,” a lush collage by Geri Digiorno.

rattle

“Summer Rain” by Kristina Gehrmann on the Spring 2018 cover of Rattle poetry journal brightened my day, as did the special section inside the publication, “Tribute to Immigrant Poets,” which includes works by 18 poets who “no longer reside in their country of birth.”

antioch review

“Challenging Transitions” is the theme of most recent issue of The Antioch Review. Like the theme, David Battle’s cover image could be broadly interpreted but also directly reflective of Robert S. Fogarty’s Editorial, “The Brooklyn Bridge and Other Transitions.”

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missouri review

The Missouri Review v40 n4, 2017 features intriguing cover art by Su Blackwell entitled “Heroines of Literature,” a finely crafted paper sculpture. More of Blackwell’s work can be viewed on her website.

booth

According to Editor and Founder Robert Stapleton, Booth 11 is a “stunning collection of contemporary femal writers. The issue includes new fiction, nonfiction, poetry comics, lists, and interviews by such esteemed authors as Emily St. John Mandel, Joyce Carol Oates, Marya Hornbacher, Elizabeth Strout, Krista Christensen, Aubrey Hirsch, Brenda Shaughnessy, and so many more. This full-color literary journal offers a powerful argument for the strength of female authors working in American letters.” Beginning it all: cover art by Tara McPherson.

true storyThe cover image by Lucy Engelman made me open Issue 15 of Creative Nonfiction’s monthly publication, True Story,  the opening paragraph of “This Is My Oldest Story”  by Emily Brisse made me drop everything and just read. It begins: “In May of 1992, a little before the end of fourth grade, my best friend Kristy and I and a few others from our street – Ryan, Tim, Tom, maybe Naomi – hopped on our bikes and started riding. Most of us had younger brothers, and we left them at home. We didn’t tell our parents we were going. They thought we were in the basement of Tim’s house, playing Tetris, and although their anxiousness had relaxed by inches over the past two and a half years, we knew that any request to bike farther than the outlined boundary of our street would receive a firm no. So we just went.”

 

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willow springs

Willow Springs Issue 81 features this brightly colored image, originally a 13 x 13 silkscreen. The “inside cover” replicates this image, but with “Spokane Garbage Goat” replacing the issue number. I had no idea what this was, so promptly headed to Google, where I learned of the iconic status of said goat. Absolutely delightful, as is artist Chris Bovey’s work, more of which can be found at Vintage Prints.

copper nickel

Rebecca Berlin’s marker on paper “Circles That You Find” brightens the cover of the Spring 2018 (#26) issue of Copper Nickel. See more of her work at Rebecca Berlin Art.

fiddlehead

Keeping with vibrant colors, The Fiddlehead Winter 2018 (# 274) issue features Monika Wright’s “With Powerful Intention” acrylic on canvas. In her artist’s statement, Wright comments, “With organic shapes, fluid light, lines and circles, I am employing universal symbols of unity, wholeness and infinity connected by lines, representing the boundaries which separate us, but which also highlights our shared path.” See more of her work here.

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southern humanities reviewSouthern Humanities Review continues celebrating its fifty years in print with issue 51.2, lush cover art by Victoria Marie Bee, & the buzzards came & undressed her  (pigment print, 2016).

crazyhorsePublished by the Department of English and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston, the cover image of Crazyhorse Fall 2017 is “Blue Hole,” a digital photograph by Shane Brown.

writing disorderAnnelisa Leinbach’s vibrant art is featured on the home screen as well as in a portfolio for the Winter 2017 issue of The Writing Disorder online literary magazine.

 

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into the void“The Cowards” by French photographer Iva Iova on the cover of Into the Void #6 is from her series, The Remains , of which she writes, “The last decade held a concentration of questionable political and social events. [. . . ] A population raised and educated to be Deaf, Cowards and Heartless.”

salamanderKikki Ghezzi‘s oil on linen entitled “Snow Flake” is featured on the cover of Salamander #45 with a full-color portfolio of more of her works inside the issue. She writes, “My paintings are increments of time and increments of marks and strokes in a meditative moment. They are the time of a walk, the time of process. The kind of ‘glow”’ time in my paintings is infinite in both directions, outward in accumulated, immeasurable brush strokes and inward towards a glow point.”

oneOil on canvas “21 August 2017” by Lynn Boggess invites readers into the December issue One  online poetry magazine, which features a “Second Look” section in which writers discuss poems they admire. This issue’s Second Look is Patrick Kavanagh discussing The Great Hunger.

 

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leaping clearOne of the cover images, “Lotus Buddha” by Christine DeCamp, for the online publication Leaping Clear is reflective of its mission, to promote “accomplished artists whose work is informed by dedicated meditative and contemplative practices.” There is more from DeCamp and other visual artists and writers in the Fall 2017 issue.

river teethThe cover image of the fall 2017 issue of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative is a gorgeous waterfall photo from White Mountains, N.H. by David FitzSimmons.

concho river reviewTim L. Vasquez of Untamed Photography offers a seemingly surreal image for the cover of the fall/winter 2017 Concho River Review.

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georgia reviewIt’s hard to get the full effect of the Fall 2017 The Georgia Review cover art, which features work by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths printed on mirror metallic stock.  A portfolio of her work and essay, “What Has Changed,” is included in the issue, with an introduction by Jenny Gropp.

field

An untitled enamel on plywood by Mose ” Mose T” Tolliver attracts readers to the Fall 2017 issue of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

cincinnati reviewLove love love Mary Jo Karimnia‘s work, which she describes in her Artist’s Statement, “I draw in the backgrounds and enhance certain areas with glass beads. Cropped purposefully to omit faces, the images – such as teenagers in costumes at cosplay conventions, dancers in Bolivia, and Catrina icons at a Day of the Dead festival – emphasize how costumes can allow us to explore alternative personae in an anonymous way, which helps us to learn about our past or to imagine a future in which the acceptance of eccentricities is the norm.” The Cincinnati Review Winter 2018 includes her work on the cover as well as a portfolio inside.

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the boiler“Dying of the Already Dead” by Gloria Ceren is featured on the cover of the online fall 2017 issue of The Boiler along with additional works within the publication.

zone threeBilly Renkl’s “Watching the Sky #2” collage of antique British chromoolithographs is the cover art for v32 n2 of Zone 3 literary journal. Renkl says of his work, “Vintage and antique paper can be surprisingly beautiful, and I find the way that it carries its history with it moving.”

poet loreThe front cover of Fall/Winter 2017 Poet Lore features a photograph of Coyote Bluffs, Arizona by Ariel Body of Live Laugh Design.

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cleaverThe cover image for issue 19 of Cleaver Magazine online is mixed media/map entitled “He had an Awkward Relationship With The Truth” by Emily Steinberg.
foliate oakPhotographs by street photographer J. Ray Paradiso are featured on the cover screen for the online Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.
hamilton arts lettersCatherine Heard’s work can be found on the cover of Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine 10.1 as well as featured in an online portfolio. Her work “work interrogates the histories of science, medicine and the museum. Simultaneously attractive and repulsive, her works delve into primal anxieties about the body.”

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gettysburgHalloween, detail by Bo Bartlett, is seasonally appropriate for the Autumn 2017 cover of The Gettysburg Review. More of Bartlett’s work is also featured in a full-color portfolio inside the publication.
bellevue literary review“Finding Home: Family & Connections” is the theme of Bellvue Literary Review‘s Fall 2017 issue, with cover art and internal portfolio by father and son Paul and John Paul Caponigro.
massachusetts review The Massachusetts Review “back-to-school” fall 2017 issue features “He Who Is as if Death Were Not,” an archival pigment print on German etching paper from Ayana V Jackson‘s series To Kill or Allow to Live in the issue.

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concis“Field Tripping” by Katie Buchan is the eye-catching cover on the concīs Summer 2017. This online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity is available as PDF download.
fugue“The Spaces Between” by Laura Berger is featured on the cover of the online issue of Fugue (52). Managed and edited by graduate students in the English and Creative Writing Programs at University of Idaho, Fugue  features poetry, plays, fiction, essays, visual-text hybrids, and interviews.
kenyonDo I pick EVERY Kenyon Review cover? Maybe, but when covers make me laugh or do a double take, that’s worth sharing. The artist is Milan, Italy-based Emiliano Ponzi.

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malahat reviewI have to admit to being slightly creeped out by The Malahat Review cover art “Fly Face” by Aurel Schmidt – but at the same time, I can’t bring myself to look away from the fine detail of this pencil and acrylic on paper.
missouri reviewSandy Skoglund‘s “Fox Games” is the perfect image for The Missouri Review  Summer 2017 theme “Mischief Makers.”
able museI’m not sure if the cover images “Remote Lighthouse” by David Mark / “Delta Flyers” by Barry Jones was intentional – with the black and white lighthouse – given the special art feature in this Summer 2017 issue of Able Muse: A Zebra Theme – a photographic exhibit of zebra imagery from artists worldwide.

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kenyon review“Roaring Reading,” the July/August 2017 cover illustration by José Luis Merino, is a perfect compliment to the slim format of The Kenyon Review.
oneAnother slim design, “Serenity Overflowing” by Chris Ogden is the cover photo for issue 12 of One, an online journal of poetry.
ragazineThe cover of Ragazine.CC, a global online magazine of arts, information & entertainment, is a photo of the German duo Shari Vari, whose music is featured in this issue’s special section, “The Summer Seven: Listen to the Best Bands from Europe.”

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true story resurrectionI simply can’t resist this chicken on Issue 9 of True Story, Creative Nonfiction‘s monthly, pocket-size publication of longform nonfiction narrative.This month’s story is “Resurrection” by Rebeca Dunn-Krahn. I have no idea yet what a chicken has to do with it, but I plan to find out!
themaThis Thema cover photo by Eleanor Leonne Bennett made me smile, but then as I read the theme for this issue, it made me laugh out loud: “Second Thoughts.” Yup. That’s the look.
writing disorderDanny Ochoa’s artwork is featured on the summer 2017 cover of Writing Disorder, an online literary journal. More of his illustrations and comics are included in this issue as well.

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gettysburg reviewThe Summer 2017 issue of The Gettysburg Review features paintings by Tina Newberry. In addition to this untitled cover piece, there are eight works in a full-color portfolio inside. It’s also worth a visit to her website to view her Barbies series.
brickYou have to take a close look at this detail from “Iron Horse” by Kent Monkman on the cover of Brick #99 to get the full effect of the kind of cultural/historical mishmash that makes up this image and a great many of his works.
hermeneutic chaos“Myth” by Eiko Ojala is a papercut illustration for the cover of the May 2017 issue of Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, an online bi-monthly publishing poetry and prose.

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river teethLove this summery landscape photo by David FitzSimmons on the Spring 2017 cover of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.
cimarron reviewA look back to fall, this macro focus on the cover of Cimarron Review #198 is “Ornamental” by Kathleen Galvin. This beautiful image decieves the trecherous nature of these “Sweet Gum Balls” that blanket the ground beneath their trees in the fall.
nimrod“Leaving Home Finding Home” is the Spring/Summer 2017 theme of Nimrod International Journal published out of The University of Tulsa. The photograph is “After Loss, The Photographer Collects Small Homes in the Hope of Finding Love” by Ashley Inguanta.

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cargoThis cover photo “Fête de la Rose” by Rebekah West introduces readers to Cargo, an online nonfiction journal featuring work with strong narrative and interior journey, such as immersion reportage, memoir, and personal essay as well as photography and visual art.
concho river reviewTim L. Vasquez of Ziva-Gato Impressions contributed this gorgeous photo for the cover of Concho Review Review: Literature from Texas and Beyond, Spring/Summer 2017.
weberRecognizing “the exciting literary, artistic, and scholarly work that is currently produced along the Wasatch and beyond” is the focus of the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Weber: The Contemporary West. Pam Bowman’s “Becoming” is constructed of cotton rope and string, vinyl, steel, wood, paint, caulking cotton, and shown as installed in a 25′ x 35′ gallery space, 2013.

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field 96Field Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Issue 96/Spring 2017 from Oberlin College Press features the unique “Self Portrait in Single-breasted Suit with Hare” by Sam Taylor-Wood (2001).
kenyon reviewThis work by Jody Hewgill on the cover of Kenyon Review draws readers in to the featured poetry theme for this May/June 2017 issue, “Nature’s Nature.”
into voidThe dramatic “Suffering” by Virginia Vilchis is the cover art for the Summer 2017 of Into the Void Arts and Literature from Dublin, Ireland – available in print and digital copy.