NEWS RELEASE: Another Chicago Magazine makes a comeback.
November 7, 2017
Forty years after it began as a modest booklet of student work, and more than two years after its last print issue, Another Chicago Magazine has reinvented itself as an online-only publication. Issue #55 is out, featuring an interview with George Saunders after his Booker award. (“When I was young I really thought if you just wrote the right book, you could stop evil in its tracks.”)
It continues its recent affinity for publishing non-realistic fiction with Ben Loory’s fairy tales for adults, and Dan Moreau’s interweaving of the real and speculative in “The Palaces of Saddam Hussein.” Poet Jennifer Conlon asks a question that sounds familiar: “Why Did ____ Join If They Knew What They Were Signing Up For?” and Eliza Nichols translates a section of Franco-Somali author Patrick Erouart-Siad’s memoir of life with his mother in colonial Djibouti.
Chicago painter Joyce Polance contributes a striking image of a woman with a belt made of penises, with the evocative title, “Coup.” Her paintings also accompany the poems.
Editor of the new ACM is S.L. Wisenberg, who was nonfiction editor of the print magazine. Dan Gonzalez, former fiction editor, is managing editor. Former fiction reader Betty Scott now edits the fiction, and Matt Wood is nonfiction and digital editor. The poetry editor will be named soon. Kevin Coval is the free-ranging talent scout. The magazine includes an economy editor, Corbin Hiday, who will explore large societal questions.
In the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, ACM was run by a stable group of editors, led by poet and biography Barry Silesky. Fiction editor was Sharon Solwitz, and Wisenberg joined as nonfiction editor. Simone Muench was longtime poetry editor. Under Silesky, the magazine became known for work that was both edgy and political in form and content. The online issue includes four prose poems by Silesky.
In its four decades, ACM has published writers from Charles Bukowski to Samantha Irby. It published early work by Jenny Boully, Ira Sukrungruang, and Kathleen Rooney, as well as a piece by a Chicago visual artist just beginning his writing career: David Sedaris. The magazine also published a chapter of Mira Bartok’s “The Memory Palace” her first book for adults, before the best-selling memoir was published.
Other notable writers whose work have appeared in ACM are Sterling Plumpp, Robin Hemley, Julie Marie Wade, Michael Martone, Ander Monson, David Trinidad, Richard Cecil, Joshua Marie Wilkenson, Achy Obejas, Alan Cheuse, Joe Meno, Jim DeRogatis, Cris Mazza, Maxine Chernoff, Stuart Dybek, James McManus, Virgil Suarez, Albert Goldbarth, Shelley Jackson, Ryan Van Cleve, Paul Hoover, David Ignatow, Campbell McGrath, Beth Ann Fennelly, Patrick Somerville, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Jac Jemc, Halle Butler, Stephen Motika, Aaron Burch, Thomas McGrath, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly. And more and more. In addition, the magazine has included interviews with many literary luminaries, including, Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsburg, Carlos Fuentes, Aleksandar Hemon, and Grace Paley.
The next submission period for the semi-annual magazine will be January 1-June 1, 2018. The magazine also includes and welcomes reviews and review-essays of books that explore social issues and politics, as well as literary works. It plans to include a wide-ranging blog to explore art and ideas.
Recent editors have included Matt Rowan, Jacob Knabb, and Caroline Eick. Rowan led ACM to deliberately expand its fiction beyond mimesis to include metafiction and slipstream literature.
The magazine was recently part of the independent publisher Curbside Splendor but has returned to independence. It is not affiliated with a university or other organization.
Information: S.L. Wisenberg, Slwisenberg@sbcglobal.net; 773-909-8702