Compiled and Edited by Travis Kurowski
Paper Dreams brings together a conversation that has lit a rhetorical fire under editors, writers and readers since the onset of print and the E-revolution: how the literary magazine form has stood the test of time and proven its mettle through the inventive grassroots resourcefulness of written word enthusiasts.
This rich, collective history of an evolving medium — from micro-run letterpress examples to digital-only platforms — illustrates the significance of what has become a longstanding creative pillar and cultural linchpin of American society.
The anthology features essays and interviews by and with literary icons (Pierre Bayle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Monroe and Ezra Pound) and influential contemporaries (Frederick Barthelme, T.C. Boyle, Roxane Gay, Herbert Leibowitz, Rick Moody, Speer Morgan, Jay Neugeboren, Jim Shepard, Laura van den Berg and dozens of others).
As Kurowski writes in his introduction, the research project began as a special edition of The Mississippi Review in 2008 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the modern literary journal. This new and expanded volume pays tribute to the past while recognizing the tremendous efforts and accomplishments of current magazines and e-zines.
An up-to-date, comprehensive resource for the vast creative writing community — from publishers, editors and writers to educators, booksellers and librarians, and lest we forget small press junkies and archivists.