Slim Pickings and Thin Skin

Iron Horse Literary Review, Open Issue 2012 Before I go any further, let me say I admire anyone, or any group, that manages a literary magazine. It’s hard work, often thankless, and under-appreciated. Having said that, there are a good many litmags that seem to underachieve, and I’m not the one to say why or…

Promising Writing

One widely read litmag from the South is a publication of Georgia State University, New South – – Georgia State University's Journal of Arts and Literature. After reading the winter 2012 issue, I'm heartened somewhat by the quality of writing coming from the creative writing mills of the U.S.'s universities. This issue – like many…

Short Prose and Long Poems

New South, Ga. State University, Winter 2011   I wasn’t familiar with this litmag before it appeared in my mailbox, but I suspect that previous issues were of the popular thematic sort. For this one, though, the editors have chosen an interesting juxtaposition – short (less than 1000 words) prose pieces, and the longer (two…

Bluestone Bests Most

Of the occasional litmags I receive, The Bluestone Review proves to be the most unusual – and the most interesting. But an aside: I had been asked by writing friend Addie Davis to submit something to them, and not knowing much about the magazine, I submitted three pieces of poetry I'd written a couple of years…

Assaying the Litmags

The Gihon River Review – Spring 2010/Volume 14   I used to find literary magazines in my mailbox regularly, and I don’t anymore. That’s a shame. For the world's struggling writers, litmags are bread and butter. Or, more properly put, they’re our likeliest outlet. While they don’t often pay, they offer most of us the…

Guess The Line #4 – The Answer

Ross Goldstein was so sure of the answer to yesterday's posted line that he put it in digital print. And he was right! The answer? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.   I'll put a few more of these out there to end the week, but next will be a return to litmags.

Holly Iglesias

The rule of thumb is that poets have a temperament problem. Not Holly Iglesias. She's a softspoken, gentle, and helpful teacher of creative writing, who always seems to have a cheery word for you.     Holly Iglesias is the winner of the 2008 Kore Press First Book Award. She is a poet and translator whose…