Triquarterly Issue #144 is now live


New poetry, fiction & non-fiction, and literary video essays for your reading pleasure is now available in TQ#144. We have been engaged in a redesign and refresh cycle for the past few months and the next issue will be published with a new design and functional perspective. Matt Carmichael, managing editor for this issue writes:

“Next time you see us, things won’t be the same. Our next issue, due to launch in January 2014, will feature an entirely redesigned website that we absolutely cannot wait to share with you. But enough about the future, let’s talk about the present.

Issue 144, our largest online issue to date, is filled with content from emerging and established writers alike.  In this issue you’ll find new poems from Marianne Boruch, Kate Braverman, and Stephen Dunn, and potent doses of Americana from Brian Oliu, Annick Smith, and Ron Carlson.  We are proud to feature essays from Nicole Walker and Jewell Washington, who celebrates her first major journal publication, and excerpts from forthcoming novels by Juan Martinez and Katharine Beutner.  This issue also features another fine series of haunting video essays and cinepoems curated by John Bresland.

A sincere thank you must be given to our dedicated staff of creative writing graduate students and faculty.  Issue after issue, they enthusiastically donate their time, energy, and expertise to the journal.  They do this not for salaries and perks, but for love of the written word and a true appreciation of the TriQuarterly tradition.

When TQ abandoned print to exist exclusively online, we were written off by some in the literary community who suggested “the party was over.”  We are happy to report that the party is not over.  The poems, stories, and essays (and now video essays and cinepoems) published in TriQuarterly continue to resonate with readers around the world.  And, given worldwide electronic access, we can honestly boast our largest readership in the history of the journal. With a complete website redesign on the horizon, the party is just getting started.  It goes without saying that digital literature is here to stay.  But for those who remain skeptical, I implore you to consider the Internet as a way to access some of the brightest voices in contemporary writing.  Great literature is not only a physical thing; it is not something that needs to be shelved like bowling trophies or souvenirs from that family trip to Dollywood.  Literature remains the art of all written work, regardless of how or where those writings are experienced.

Since 1964—because of the passion and dedication put forth by past editors Charles Neuman, Elliott Anderson, Reginald Gibbons, and Susan Hahn—TriQuarterly has been instrumental in defining the landscape of American literature and beyond.  As a result, back issues of the print edition are becoming increasingly rare.  Efforts are already underway to digitize our vast archives in order to revive and maintain the rich, ever-important history of TriQuarterly.

As always, thanks for reading, and we welcome feedback at


Matt Carmichael”