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    The sun doth shine! #curbsidesplendor #dogslovelit (at Hemingway’s Museum)


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    Just heard @timdenevi read his essay that’ll be in MAKE 15 at RSVP. Also, look, it’s sunny! That dude’s wearing shorts! #missioncreek


  • MAKE at Mission Creek 2014

    Iowa City’s Mission Creek is becoming a beloved annual tradition! 

    This year, we’re participating in the Friday night Lit Crawl with Canarium Books and POETRY Magazine at Revival Clothing, 6 PM. Poets Jamaal May, Robyn Schiff, Dora Malech, Ana Merino. Nick Twemlow, Suzanne Buffam, Joel Craig, and Justin Wymer will read their work. Plus, singer/songwriter Paul Cary will throw down a song. In all, over 60 authors and 16 presses are represented:

    More details:

    On Saturday, find us at the Mill for the book fair. Eat, drink, buy books. 

    There’s so much going on. SO MUCH. We’re catching up on sleep in advance….


  • Outer Artist on Attending the StoryStudio Panel....

    Oh, wow! And OuterArtist also wrote about the recent panel at StoryStudio Chicago:

    Last weekend, I attended a panel discussion at StoryStudio Chicago called “Editors Speak: Literary Magazine Panel.” The discussion was moderated by Maria Hlohowskyj, the StoryStudio’s creative programs manager, and featured panelists from Chicago-based literary magazines and book publishers. The lineup included Sarah Dodson, co-founder and executive director of Make Literary Productions, which publishes Make Literary Magazine; Ben Tanzer, director of publicity & content strategy for Curbside Splendor, which publishes books, literary journals and the Curbside Splendor e-zine; and Brian Solem, publisher of Graze Magazine.


  • LitCity312 has a nice write-up of last week's panel at StoryStudio

    On what was a warmer-than-usual Saturday afternoon this March,StoryStudio Chicago hosted a panel of local literary magazine editors in their comfortable loft space in Ravenswood. The room quickly filled up with writers, taking every available seat, and all of them eager to hear what editors had to say about the submission process. The panel of experts included: Sarah Dodson, executive director of MAKE Literary Productions; Ben Tanzer, director of publicity & content strategy for Curbside Splendor; and Brian Solem, co-founder and editor of graze. READ MORE….image


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    Latino Film Festival kick-off with MAKE reviewer/translator Jose-Luis Moctezuma. @olifade and @michaelgflores


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    Multiples Fair! Tabling with new bud, Paul Nudd. #safefromStPat #multiples (at Pulaski Park)


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    Dancing on the horizon. #literatureparty #awp14 #tequilaistheanswer (at FRED Wildlife REFUGE)


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    Forgot to pack a Saturday shirt? No sweat. Get one of these beauties—free with a one-year subscription. Table K18 #awp14 (at Washington State Convention Center: LL 4 - 5)


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    Happening now! MAKE 14 contrib signs copies of KING ME. You need this book. K18 #specialsdealstoo


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    This. Now. (Ok, reading’s at 6 PM) #awp14 @MoeBarSeattle 1425 10th Ave


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    Hotel room art getting you down? Let’s fix that. Stop by K18 for this free work by Aline Cautis. #awp14


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    #AWP14 Table K18 Come on over!!


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    Head up to the Seattle favorite, MOE Bar, for Happy Hour specials including $2 tacos and $2 Tecate, plus short readings from Daniel Borzutzky + Valerie Mejer + Kristin Dykstra (bilingual mash-up), Jackie Clark, Joel Craig, Andy Fitch+ Amaranth Borsuk, Carol Guess, and Broc Rossell.

    MOE BAR, 1425 10th Ave, Seattle (

    From the conference center, take Pike St. to 10th— 15 min (or less) walk / 10 min bus / 4 min cab.

    Presented by Brooklyn Arts Press, Green Lantern Press, and MAKE.

    Table M30

    Table K18


    Amaranth Borsuk is the author of the chapbook, Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010); Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; and, together with programmer Brad Bouse, of Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented-reality poems. 

    Daniel Borzutzky’s books include The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011); The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007); and Arbitrary Tales (Ravenna Press, 2005). His poetry translations include include Raúl Zurita’s Song for his Disappeared Love (Action Books, 2010); and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (Action Books, 2008). He lives and writes in Chicago.

    Jackie Clark is author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press). She is the series editor of Poets off Poetry and Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine and is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her latest chapbook, Sympathetic Nervous System, is forthcoming from Bloof Books. More can be found online at

    Joel Craig is the author of The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012). He curates the Danny’s Reading Series and edits poetry for MAKE.

    Kristin Dykstra holds a 2012 Literary Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. The Counterpunch (And Other Horizontal Poems), her translation of a book by Juan Carlos Flores, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. Dykstra co-edits Mandorla with Gabriel Bernal Granados and Roberto Tejada.

    Andy Fitch’s books include Not Smart. But Intelligent: Rethinking Joe Brainard (Dalkey Archive Press) and, with Jon Cotner, Ten Walks/Two Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse). Fitch teaches in the University of Wyoming’s MFA program, and is an interviews editor for The Volta.

    Carol Guess is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered and Doll Studies: Forensics. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University, and keeps a blog

    Valerie Mejer, born in Mexico City, is a poet and painter. For her book De Elefante a Elefante, she was awarded the Gerardo Diego International Award for Literary Research by the Spanish Government. She is the author of six books of poetry and five translations. Forthcoming works include an anthology of her poems, Rain of the Future (Action Books, 2013) and a long poem, This Blue Novel (2014).

    Broc Rossell is a poet from California and the author of the chapbook Unpublished Poems (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). Poems and prose appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Harvard Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Laurel Review, Volt, and elsewhere, and he teaches creative writing, literature, and interdisciplinary courses in the English and Humanities departments at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.


  • Cultivate Your Queue: Eyes Before Ears ~ Facets Features

    Welcome to “Cultivate Your Queue,” Facets Features’ year-end list that never ends! With this new guest blogger series, we ask Chicago-based filmmakers, artists, small businesses, and other local, cultural outlets to produce idiosyncratic curations of the overwhelming amount of filmic content that exists out there.

    Our inaugural post comes from MAKE Literary Magazine. In order to celebrate the recent release of Visual Culture, MAKE’s 14th issue, MAKE staff members have chosen some of their favorite films that rely on visual rather than spoken language.  


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    Order your MAKE gifts TODAY for Xmas delivery! #litlovers #shameless #procrastinatorsunite


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    Ms. Ragnar Anderson, modeling our new tote by Anders Nilsen. #make14 #visualculture #makemerch (at The Hideout)


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    New-fangled promoting: this Thursday night; hope you can be there!


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    Old fashioned promoting #MAKE14releaseparty DEC 5


People MAKE this happen

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MAKE Literary Productions, NFP / Director, Sarah Dodson


Managing Editor

Katrina Sogaard Anderson


Fiction Editor

Kamilah Foreman


Nonfiction Editor

Kathryn Scanlan


Poetry Editor

Joel Craig


Translation Editor

Daniel Borzutsky


Spanish Language Editor

Brenda Lozano


Latin American Art Editor

Alejandro Almanza Pereda


Reviews Editor

Mark Molloy


Art portfolio Editor

Stacie Johnson


Creative Director

Johnathan Crawford


Graphic Design



Proofreader/Copy Editor

Sarah Kramer


Associate Editors

LC Fiore

Kerstin Schaars


Contributing Editors

Kyle Beachy

Don De Grazia

Steffi Drewes

Kathleen Rooney



Anya Smith