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Seven Innovative Chicago Magazines on Electric Literature

Our fiction editor, Matt Rowan, wrote a piece for Electric Literature about seven Chicago literary magazines: 

1. Artifice Magazine

"Adcox and Silverman saw an opening to publish first-rate surrealist and absurdist stories that seemed to have fewer places (at the time, at least) to be published."


2. Another Chicago Magazine

"Having showcased the work of folks like Charles Bukowski, a young David Sedaris, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Steve Almond, Patrick Somerville, Samantha Irby, Amelia Gray, and on and on, ACM has undoubtedly earned its indie cred."


3. MAKE Magazine

"The layout of the publication is alone something to behold. Dodson said that a few years ago they upgraded MAKE’s paper stock and added color ink with the idea that 'each issue is an art object, as well as a format to distribute art, and the design of each issue is as carefully considered as each poem or story.'"


4. Knee-Jerk Magazine

"I was first personally acquainted with Knee-Jerk at a release party for their Offline Vol. 1 issue way back in early 2011. It featured rising (and established) Chicago literary stars like Lindsay Hunter, Jacob Knabb, Katherine Rooney and Michael Czyzniejewski, to name a few."


5. Skydeer Helpking

"Sara Woods and Jeannette Gomes have collaborated on this project for just about a year now, which is especially interested in publishing female poets and / or queer poets and / or poets of color."


6. Anobium

"Anobium Vol. 1 (summer 2011) begins with a “Letter From the Editor” — Mary J. Levine — who is, in fact, not a real person (and this then seems like something a publication whose name literally translates to “lifeless” would do)."


7. Poetry Magazine

"Poetry Magazine, meanwhile, has been around much longer than the foundation, arguably a Highlander among other literary magazines that focus almost exclusively on poetry (as their name suggests)."


Go read it now and get educated on the many facets of Chicago's strong literary tradition, alive and well.   



Connor Goodwin can't stop.  You can follow him @condorgoodwing.  His fiction and poetry has appeared in Chronopolis.  View more of his work at

Chris Bower & Matt Test's 'Birthday Boy'

I saw Birthday Boy last night. You should too. Here's the facebook event, here's the website.

A play about a boy who's forgotten and ignored and generally treated like shit on his birthday, it's pretty hilarious. Even if you're not a miserable person like me. Even if you're, say, a happy person. Basically, you'll enjoy this miserable play regardless of what kind of person you are.

The play's written by Chris Bower and Matt test, who are also in the goddamn thing, along with Cat Jarboe, Kevlyn Hayes, and Troy Martin. It is playing for the next two Fridays (June 1st & 8th).

Here's a picture of me and Bower inside of a heart. It is not a real heart, I put it there with photoshop.

<3 Mason

TONIGHT: ACM 50.2 Release Party!

Come to our April Fools' Day Party at Beauty Bar this evening! We will be officially releasing volume two of our Chicago Issue, and many of our talented authors will be reading. Doors open at 7, and the reading will begin at 8.

The fulsome visages of the collected fools are as follows:

Chris Bower is a playwright and the host of the Ray's Tap Reading Series. You can find him

Paul Durica is the founder of Pocket Guide to Hell tours and Reenactments. The Chicagoan and Poetry have published his work recently.

Andrew Farkas' Self-Titled Debut is available through Subito Press. He is currently a gentleman of leisure.

Jac Jemc's first book, My Only Wife, is out later this month from Dzanc Books. She is also the poetry editor of decomP.

Tim Jones-Yelvington has fashioned himself indie lit's first pop star.

Francesco Levato is a poet, translator, and filmmaker. Author of four books of poetry he holds an MFA in Poetry, and is working towards a PhD in English Studies.

Joe Meno is one bad mother, who also happens to be a father.

Writer/novelist and editor and blogger and academic and prankster and father of two and department

Yvonne Strumecki’s finally getting PAID to do what she loves, travel the country & sing. Published bc of bacon. How is her life even real?

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books 99 Problems, You Can Make Him Like You, My Father's House and So Different Now among others.

Steven & Maja Teref translated Assembly, the selected poems of Novica Tadić (Host Publications, 2009).

Michael Zapata is a writer and educator living in Chicago. He is a founding editor of MAKE. He works as an editor at ANTIBOOKCLUB.

ACM & Curbside Splendor Publishing host a [pre]release celebration at the Uptown Book Expo!



ACM & Curbside Splendor host a reading of present and past contributors this Saturday, November 19th from 5-6pm, celebrating ACM's forthcoming Issue 50.2, the second in our all Chicago issue, Curbside Splendor's recent Issue 2, and Curbside Splendor's new book Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, coming out April 2012.

Readers include:

Chris Bower 

Philip Jenks

Natalie Edwards

James Tadd Adcox

Ben Tanzer

Ben Spies

Paul Luikart

Sondra Morin

Come to this, but more important, come to the Expo running all day Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20. Support Chicago Independent Publishing! 

For more information about the Uptown Book Expo, click here!!!


A Slumber Party Massacre

ACM is hosting a Printer's Ball after party on July 30, 2011 at Beauty Bar on Chicago Ave. The theme is Slumber Party Massacre. Intrigued? You should be. Check out our Facebook invite for more information. And don't forget to RSVP to the Printers' Ball.

ACM favorite Mike Puican is interviewed at Dzanc

Mike Puican, whose "Poem With Many Endings" is featured in ACM50.1, is interviewed by Dzanc Books here. It's an interesting short interview, mostly about the composition and writing techniques used by Puican in a poem called "As Though Someone Else Has Praised This Night and These Are Her Words" that recently appeard in the March issue of The Collagist. Perhaps the most compelling part is when Puican discusses the influece of Muriel Dockendorff Navarrete on his poem and the literally breath-taking power of her committment to poetry as a vital form of expression in the face of torture and ultimate death:



She was arrested as General Pinochet began eliminating anyone who was thought to be in opposition to his rule. Thousands of students were rounded up, taken to a soccer stadium and murdered. Muriel was one of those tortured and eventually killed. But while in prison, she still wrote poetry. She wrote it on the back of cigarette papers.

What compels a person undergoing torture, who knows she is going to be killed, to write poetry? What does her commitment to writing say to a poet who writes in more comfortable and privileged circumstances? These are the questions I wanted my poem to ask.


And these are powerful questions. In a time when turture and murder in the name of politics are far too common, there is a growing need for political poetry and for poets to address questions of the relevance of art in the face of torture.  Hopefully more writers will tackle these difficult themes and take on some of the issues that American writers mostly sidestep or disregard entirely.


We are pumped for Friday! Our April Fool's Day Salon is coming up soon with a beautiful round-up of talent. Remember, it's RSVP only. Take a look at the Facebook event page and if you need a visually stunning reminder, we have just the thing for you! Check out the lovely intro trailer Susie Kirkwood and Jill Summers made for us.

ACM: April Fools Show from susie kirkwood on Vimeo.

We'll be playing it on the big screen on Friday. It'll be more fun than you can believe.

ACM hosts a party!

Flavorwire has compiled a list of the best books to read when you're hungover. Read it now, and then again on April 2, after you've attended ACM's Salon on April 1 (no, this is not a joke). Details below!


ACM is hosting a SALON!

Friday, April 1st.


  2608 W. Diversey
  APT 202

Doors at 8 pm.
  Performances at 9 pm sharp.

 RSVP required at:  editors at anotherchicagomagazine dot net

   The crowd will be capped at 80, so be certain to RSVP promptly.
$10 suggested donation (or more if you’re feeling generous).

Gets you:

Free booze (kegs & bottles of wine & ACM Hootch) & yummy cookies (made by the ACM staff)


Foolish Performances:

  Patrick Culliton, Yvonne Strumecki, Alexander York, Jen Moore, Ryan Kenealy, & Chris Bower.

  Stop Motion Animated Theme by Jill & Susie Summers

 *Special Bonus performance of a poem composed by Joyce Carol Oates in honor of Fool’s Day*


  Joyce Carol Oates Photobooth (take a picture w/ your sweeties)


  IPod Sets by: Matthew Corey & Joel Craig



ACM 50 is reviewed by CJ Laity over at

Click here to read CJ's take on our newest issue. We're still blushing. 

ACM 50 hitting the shelves!

ACM is pleased to announce that Saki record store in Logan Square is now carrying issue 50! Head on down to pick up a copy and some great records to go along with it. Check out Saki's blog too!