A Few Journals I Love
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From the University of North Dakota. Below is the cover of issue 87.3/4, titled Regando el Maiz y el Nopal by Marco Hernandez. NDQ has been published for over 85 years, and it consistently showcases incredible work by both up-and-coming and well-published authors. This journal has themed issues, such as those showcasing Native American writers, Irish literature and art, and more


This journal has more essays than poetry or fiction; the poetry comes from their annual contest. But this journal has stories and voices not seen/heard elsewhere, and its dedication to exploring notions of "place" is fully realized in every issue. The illustration below is by Lizzie Nichols; it's part of a series published in Zócalo's Sketchbook section.


Boston Review

"A political and literary forum" is how this magazine bills itself, and that is exactly what it is. The essays and articles focus on the arts and/or socio-political issues. Poetry found in each issue is diverse and compelling. The photo below, by Nicolas Petit, Courtesy of Zolima CityMag, accompanied the winning short story from their 2020 contest, and be read as well as listened to.

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The Sun Magazine includes literature and art in a traditional magazine format. Especially compelling is the Readers Write section, in which readers submit anecdotes based on that month's theme. The photo below, by Jennifer MacNeill, is in the August 2021 issue.

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The piece below is May it be by Yo Ahn Han, and to me it exemplifies the unusual beauty and creativity often found in this journal. The interviews are also necessary reading.

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Jellyfish Review

Jellyfish Review is all about flash fiction and innovative hybrid pieces. I discovered the journal through the journal's Twitter account, which is a joy to follow. The very colorful piece below is derived from a photograph by Rian Castillo.