Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226240558 Will Publish April 2015
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226120492 Will Publish April 2015

The Little Magazine in Contemporary America

Edited by Ian Morris and Joanne Diaz

The Little Magazine in Contemporary America
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Edited by Ian Morris and Joanne Diaz

264 pages | 6 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226240558 Will Publish April 2015
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226120492 Will Publish April 2015
Little magazines have often showcased the best new writing in America. Historically, these idiosyncratic, small-circulation outlets have served the dual functions of representing the avant-garde of literary expression while also helping many emerging writers become established authors. Although changing technology and the increasingly harsh financial realities of publishing over the past three decades would seem to have pushed little magazines to the brink of extinction, their story is far more complicated.

In this collection, Ian Morris and Joanne Diaz gather the reflections of twenty-three prominent editors whose little magazines have flourished over the past thirty-five years. Highlighting the creativity and innovation driving this diverse and still vital medium, contributors offer insights into how their publications sometimes succeeded, sometimes reluctantly folded, but mostly how they evolved and persevered. Other topics discussed include the role of little magazines in promoting the work and concerns of minority and women writers, the place of universities in supporting and shaping little magazines, and the online and offline future of these publications.

Selected contributors
Betsy Sussler, BOMB; Lee Gutkind, Creative Nonfiction; Bruce Andrews, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E; Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s; Keith Gessen, n+1; Don Share, Poetry; Jane Friedman, VQR; Amy Hoffman, Women’s Review of Books; and more.
 
Jodee Stanley, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
“The Little Magazine in Contemporary America is an important book—one that is long overdue. It provides a different perspective on the role of little magazines that is valuable and not readily available anywhere elsewhere. Particularly impressive are Jane Friedman’s and Don Share’s essays, which wrap up the entire volume brilliantly, both giving a sense of the potential for independent magazines in the future while acknowledging the rich history of the past.”
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