We continue our celebration of our FIRST-EVER PRINT ISSUE by asking some of our print contributors: What is the first print literary journal you remember reading? (And if you don't remember, what's a story/poem/essay from a print journal you'd recommend to someone else?)
"McSweeney's. I'd never heard of a literary journal before then. I read Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius in high school and he mentions McSweeney's in there somewhere. I think I asked the guy at my comic shop if he knew how to get a copy because there weren't any bookstores around. He didn't know either."
"I would recommend Crepusculara by Dave Harrity in Ruminate Magazine's 'Small' Issue."
"I believe every single story is important to read, and every poem to be read out-loud, and every outlet of print to be supported by the community."
The first print journal I read was an old copy of New Letters that was on a shelf in the English Department at The College of Wooster.
"In the late 90s, I worked at GQ and promptly lost my mind on the boundless delights of the 'free table' -- where editors unloaded books, journals (as well as pocket squares and heady colognes.) There I found old copies of now defunct STORY magazine featuring work by writers like Junot Diaz and Elizabeth Graver. I must have lost those goodies in a move, but your question sent me to my shelves, where I found a Paris Review from 1996 with an early story by Elizabeth Gilbert that's pretty neat. GQ published fiction back then, and I remember going ape shit when we took Aimee Bender's "Quiet, Please" which remains a favorite short story."
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