In August, we publish Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine, a compilation of the continued history and conversations of the people who love new and interesting literature so much they spend their lives dedicated to sharing it with the world. But before we make history, 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 and to hopefully, carry on the conversation.
Some of the magazines we will highlight may have been on your radar for years, while others will be completely new. That’s why Benjamin Samuel, contributor to Paper Dreams, and editor at one of the most–if not the most–community-oriented literary magazines, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, chose to give us some of both.
Benjamin Samuel is the co-editor of Electric Literature—a non-profit independent publisher working to keep literature a vital part of popular culture—and its flagship magazine Recommended Reading. He has an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, and his writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, The Ploughshares blog, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. He’s on Twitter at @benasam and @electriclit.
Find more recommendations for fantastic literary magazines here.