Seven Innovative Chicago Magazines on Electric Literature

Our fiction editor, Matt Rowan, wrote a piece for Electric Literature about seven Chicago literary magazines: 

1. Artifice Magazine

"Adcox and Silverman saw an opening to publish first-rate surrealist and absurdist stories that seemed to have fewer places (at the time, at least) to be published."


2. Another Chicago Magazine

"Having showcased the work of folks like Charles Bukowski, a young David Sedaris, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Steve Almond, Patrick Somerville, Samantha Irby, Amelia Gray, and on and on, ACM has undoubtedly earned its indie cred."


3. MAKE Magazine

"The layout of the publication is alone something to behold. Dodson said that a few years ago they upgraded MAKE’s paper stock and added color ink with the idea that 'each issue is an art object, as well as a format to distribute art, and the design of each issue is as carefully considered as each poem or story.'"


4. Knee-Jerk Magazine

"I was first personally acquainted with Knee-Jerk at a release party for their Offline Vol. 1 issue way back in early 2011. It featured rising (and established) Chicago literary stars like Lindsay Hunter, Jacob Knabb, Katherine Rooney and Michael Czyzniejewski, to name a few."


5. Skydeer Helpking

"Sara Woods and Jeannette Gomes have collaborated on this project for just about a year now, which is especially interested in publishing female poets and / or queer poets and / or poets of color."


6. Anobium

"Anobium Vol. 1 (summer 2011) begins with a “Letter From the Editor” — Mary J. Levine — who is, in fact, not a real person (and this then seems like something a publication whose name literally translates to “lifeless” would do)."


7. Poetry Magazine

"Poetry Magazine, meanwhile, has been around much longer than the foundation, arguably a Highlander among other literary magazines that focus almost exclusively on poetry (as their name suggests)."


Go read it now and get educated on the many facets of Chicago's strong literary tradition, alive and well.   



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