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Even in the harsh, unforgiving light of the iPad era, the longstanding tradition of print literary magazines hasn’t lost its luster. Recently, three independent journals showcasing writing and art (mostly by locals) have begun to establish themselves in the Seattle literary scene. Follow them the old-fashioned way: by picking up copies at local newsstands and independent bookstores.
Launched in November, The Monarch Review (themonarchreview.org; $10) was conceived and is created in the U District at the Monarch Apartments, described as home to “pranksters, cranks and the curious” (i.e., where the cofounding editors Nicolai Koveshnikov, Caleb Thompson and Jake Uitti live). The first issue features poetry by Rebecca Hoogs, a hilarious Justin Bieber–inspired story by Zac Hill and an illuminating interview with Julie Larios. In a nod to the 21st century, additional writing, art and music can be explored online.
Published “occasionally” (or quarterly) since 2010, Hoarse (hoarsey.tumblr.com; $9–$11) is the brainchild of local designer Gregory Flores, who initially set out to experiment with book design. With the help of editors Elena Moffet and Emily Wittenhagen, Hoarse has since published seven issues and was shortlisted for a Stranger Genius Award. Look for locally grown poetry, prose, short stories and illustrations picked according to each issue’s theme. Hoarse recently published pieces by Ed Skoog and Jennifer Borges Foster.
This biannual publication is the pet project of Seattleite Thomas Walton, who keeps his spirited take on literature well tracked on the magazine’s blog. Publishing “anything that is spectacular,” PageBoy’s (pageboymagazine.blogspot.com; $10) most recent issue features writing by locals Stacey Levine, Sierra Nelson, Nico Vassilakis and illustrations by Seattle mag Spotlight Award winner Drew Christie.