The Return of Story

March 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Story Magazine was the first literary journal I ever bought, before I knew what literary journals were. I don’t have it anymore, but I remember that the cover was blue and ZZ Packer was one of the authors in it. It gave me a target to shoot for in considering what well-written modern fiction was supposed to feel like.

Story folded in 1999, which was sad, but eventually I discovered other journals and new ways to find them.

Thanks to the work of York College professors Travis Kurowski (editor of the collection Paper Dreams from Atticus Books) and Vito Grippi, the magazine underwent a wholesale re-launch at AWP last month, leading off with a double issue featuring fiction by Etgar Keret  and Nelly Reifler and an essay on brevity by David Shields, among a stellar cast of writers.


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