In August, Atticus Books will publish Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine, the first full-length book on the history of the small magazine since 1978 (The Little Magazine in America). But before that momentous event, it is only polite to introduce you to the literary magazines that most impress us — Atticus staff, authors and associates.
Allow us the guilt-free pleasure of leading you to publications that have turned us into better writers and voracious readers.
Steven Gillis, author of The Law of Strings, shares a couple of the lit mags he loves to read, both print and e-only publications.
Edited by Matt Bell, The Collagist is a monthly online journal founded by Dzanc Books. Along with publishing great literature, it also has an active blog with tons of great interviews with new authors.
Steve: The Collagist is the online journal of Dzanc and has everything I love in a journal–great, amazing works of fiction, the best book reviews (not just a short blurb, but full literary criticism), novel excerpts, and poetry.
Now on its 18th issue, Absinthe is a print magazine that publishes prose, poetry, essays, interviews, book reviews, art, author photos, and more from contemporary European writers. It is published biannually and edited by Dwayne Hayes.
Steve: Absinthe is a journal devoted to the best in European writing and I have always been a fan of the European sensibility which understands irony much better than Americans. I have long been a friend of Dwayne and respect much of his vision and devotion to bringing the best of European literary writing to America.