I used to subscribe to Poets and Writers, but I let my subscription lapse. A little while ago, I got a new subscription and I was surprised to see how the magazine had changed. I’m not sure if I’m more mature now, or that they have more interesting features. When I first got it, I read the main article on a featured writer or poet and then went straight to the back to see if any of my former classmates had won any awards. So shallow. Now I find the articles about writing much more engaging. They also have some neat things like first lines from new books. Here’s my favorite from the latest issue:
Every artistic movement from the beginning of time is an attempt to figure out a way to smuggle more of what the artist thinks is reality into the work of art. – David Shields
I also like the section that highlights different literary journals. I love the idea of Abe’s Penny. Every week you get a postcard with an image and part of a narrative. How cool is that. Plus, I love getting snail mail!
I’d love to hear about any writing magazines or literary journals that you like to follow.