MAKE Literary Productions, NFP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose purpose is to publish contemporary literary writing through the biannual print publication, MAKE: A Literary Magazine, to stage readings and integrative arts events, and to educate through public forums on literature and writing and publishing workshops.

MAKE Literary Productions is partially supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and DCASE, as well as the generous support of individual donors.

For general inquiries, please contact us at info @ makemag.com

MAKE: A Literary Magazine

Chicago is a storyteller’s city, and MAKE is the story’s magazine. Chock full of fiction, poetry, essays, art, and reviews MAKE is substantial in both feel and scope. MAKE expands on the Chicago tradition to entertain and to inform.

An annual publication, MAKE circulates 1,000 copies throughout the United States and Mexico. Find MAKE in bookstores and making the rounds at special events, such as readings and festivals. MAKE was founded in 2004 by Ramsin Canon, Sarah Dodson, and Mike Zapata.


These people currently make MAKE:

Webmaster, Johnathan Crawford

Creative Director, Joshua Hauth

MLP Co-directors, Sarah Dodson sarah at makemag.com and Joel Craig

Managing Editor, Chamandeep Bains / bainsc at makemag.com

Fiction Editor, Kamilah Foreman

Associate Fiction Editors, LC Fiore, Kerstin Schaars

Nonfiction Editor, Jessica Anne

Poetry Editor, Joel Craig

Portfolio Art Editor, Sarah Kramer

Reviews Editor, Mark Molloy / reviews @ makemag.com

Intercambio Prose Editor, Brenda Lozano

Intercambio Poetry Editor, Daniel Borzutzky

Latin American Art Portfolio Editor, Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Contributing Editors, Kyle Beachy, Steffi Drewes, Katie Geha, Kathleen Rooney

Proofreader/ Copy Editor, Sarah Kramer

Online Interviewers, Alessandra Stamper, Micah McCrary, Abraham Levitan

Past mastheads



The Review Review review of issue #11

Newpages.com review of issue 10 – At Play

Newpages.com review of issue 8 – This Everyday

Newpages.com review of issue 4 – Sister Cities: The International Issue

Newpages.com review of issue 1 – The inaugural

Review of issue 9 on Fluid / Exchange by Steve Halle



Other media:

MAKE in the Chicago Tribune! 

A Magazine on the MAKE by Courtney Crowder



March, 2013, Radio interview by Cheryl Fusco Johnson on KRUU, The Voice of Fairfield, IA 
“Sarah Dodson, Executive Director of MAKE Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the 2004 founding of MAKE: A Literary Magazine. She also discusses how Make, which she cofounded with writing friends, forges connections among writers and artists spread across the globe. Containing work from writers in the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, the latest issue, Exchange/Intercambio, features work translated from Spanish to English and others translated from English to Spanish. Join us for an fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a literary journal and the minds of the volunteers whose devotion keeps it relevant and fresh. Sarah and other MAKE writers will be in Iowa City next week for the Mission Creek Festival.”



March, 2010, MAKE co-founder, 848 contributor and Gapersblock.com political columnist Ramsin Canon stopped by the WBEZ studios to talk MAKE with Allison Cuddy.

Listen HERE.


A while back, we were on The Lit Show.  Listen up.


Where to find/support/subscribe to MAKE

MAKE is available at numerous bookstores throughout Chicago, as well as the US.

MAKE is distributed through Ubiquity Inc. and Ingram Periodicals.

To order a subscription for your library, contact SWETS.

MAKE is available anywhere, anytime, online.

Support MAKE Your subscriptions and tax-deductible financial support are immensely appreciated and keep us in action.



MAKE Literary Productions, NFP

2822 W. Dickens #3

Chicago, IL 60647

info and the rest

(info at makemag.com)


Interested in writing reviews?

Submit your contact information and samples of your previous work to the Reviews Editor



I submit that literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity. Now we all know.

Nelson Algren

Chicago: City on the Make

People MAKE this happen

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MAKE Magazine


MAKE Literary Productions


Managing Editor

Chamandeep Bains


Fiction Editor

Kamilah Foreman


Nonfiction Editor

Jessica Anne


Poetry Editor

Joel Craig


Intercambio Poetry Editor

Daniel Borzutzky


Intercambio Prose Editor

Brenda Lozano


Latin American Art Portfolio Editor

Alejandro Almanza Pereda


Reviews Editor

Mark Molloy


Art Portfolio Editor

Sarah Kramer


Creative Director

Joshua Hauth, Hauthwares


Web Design

Johnathan Crawford


Proofreader/Copy Editor

Sarah Kramer


Associate Fiction Editors

LC Fiore

Kerstin Schaars


Contributing Editors

Kyle Beachy

Steffi Drewes

Kathleen Rooney




Managing Director: Nuria Sheehan
Co-directors: Sarah Dodson and Brenda Lozano
Associate Artistic Directors: Daniel Borzutzky, Joel Craig, and Ireri Rivas
Media Director: Jennifer Patiño Cervantes
Production and Logistics: Stephanie Manriquez


Sound and Vision: Charly Garcia


MAKE Literary Productions, NFP

Co-directors, Sarah Dodson and Joel Craig