The LITTLETON MAGAZINES are a new cosmic baseball team, created September 7, 1998. The team consists of current and past examples of small literary magazines. By one estimate there are some fifteen hundred such "little" magazines being published in the United States at any given moment. Tracking these publications can be problematic because some of them come and go very quickly. One thing seems universally true about such efforts: they speak with remarkably free and fresh voices. The MAGAZINES will compete in the Underleague during the 1999 season.
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There is a similarity to be found between the history of the little magazine in America and the recent history of the World Wide Web. In fact, the WWW offers, in a more profound way, what the traditional little magazine has historically provided: a place for writers and artists to expose their creative work.|
The librarian Felix Pollak described a little magazine as "much more than a small magazine that would like to be big." At any given time there are probably less than fifteen hundred "little magazines" actively publishing. It is difficult to gauge this however because it is a characteristic of the small alternative publication that its life span is three issues or less. Generally speaking the alternative magazine is printed in a run of less than 2,000 copies. Many of these publications have less than a few hundred readers. Nevertheless, the little magazine has been a persistent part of American cultural history.
Michael Anania, a poet and former president of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines (CCLM) has written that little magazines "have always functioned primarily for writers." As such these non-mainstream publications provide a glimpse into the literary activity and trends of the culture. Often experimental and eclectic, the following characteristics are typical of the little magazine:
As suggested above, the traditions of the little magazine can be seen in the burgeoning deployment of the World Wide Web as an accessible medium for creative expression. And the need for such creative expression grows daily as we confront a generation educated almost completely by television and therefore desensitized to the creative possibilities of the word crisscrossed with the image.
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The Antioch Review. Volume 1, No. 1: March 1941. Editorial Board for No.1: J. Donald Kingsley; W. B. Alexander; Paul Bixler; Freeman Champney; George R. Geiger; Lincoln R. Gibbs; Herman Schnurer.|
Big Table. Volume 1, No. 1: Spring, 1959. Editor for No.1: Irving Rosenthal. Editor for No. 2 (Summer 1959): Paul Carroll.
The Black Mountain Review. Volume 1 No.1: Spring, 1954. Editor: Robert Creeley.
Blue Cloud Quarterly. Volume 1, No. 1: ?1954. Editor: Brother Benet Tvedten, O.S.B.
Caterpillar. No. 1: October, 1967. Editor: Clayton Eshelman.
The Sixties. No.1-3: 1958-1959; No. 4: Fall, 1960. Editors: Robert Bly, William Duffy.
Io. No. 1: ?1964. Editor No 1: Phi Alpha Psi Society (with thanks to Richard Grossinger, Nels Richardson, Marty Bickman, Randy Gingiss, Lindy Hough.)
The Kenyon Review. Volume 1, No. 1: Winter, 1939. Editor for No. 1: John Crowe Ransom.
The Partisan Review. Volume 1, No. 1: February/March 1934. Editorial Board for No. 1: Nathan Adler, Edward Dahlberg, Joseph Freeman, Sender Garlin, Alfred Hayes, Milton Howard, Joshua Kunitz, Louis Lozowick, Leonard Mins, Wallace Phelps, Philip Rahv, Edwin Rolfe.
Poetry. Volume 1, No. 1: October, 1912. Editor for No. 1: Harriet Monroe.
Salmagundi. Volume 1, No. 1: Fall, 1965. Editor for No. 1: Robert Boyers.
Shenandoah. Volume 1, No. 1: Spring 1950. Editors for No. 1: J. J. Donovan, D.C.G. Kerr, T.K. Wolfe.
The Yardbird Reader. Voulme 1, No. 1: 1972. Editor for No. 1: Ishmael Reed.
Yugen. No. 1: 1958. Editors: LeRoi Jones, Hettie Cohen.
Littleton Magazines- 1999 Official Team Roster
Published: September 10, 1998
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