Luna Park is a blog covering the world of literary magazines begun in July 2007. The name was taken from the story “Vagabond in France and Belgium” by Roberto Bolaño, about a young man who spends his days wandering from bookstore to bookstore. In one store he finds the following:
An old copy of the magazine Luna Park, number 2, a special issue on writing and graphics, with texts or drawings (the texts are drawings and vice versa) by Roberto Altmann, Frederic Baal, Roland Barthes, Jacques Calonne, Carlfriedrich Claus, Mirtha Dermisache, Christian Dotremant, Pierre Guyotat, Brion Gysin, Henri Lefebvre, and Sophie Podolski.
I had assumed—wrongly—that Bolaño completely made up the magazine, and it only existed because we, with Bolaño’s help, imagined it into existence. I later discovered that the magazine did and does exist; a wonderful avant-garde publication from Belgium. Still, in that mistake came the idea that literary magazines are as much a conception of the reader’s imagination as they are the writing within. Sort of a Quixote thing going on, perhaps. And this has always been inspirational: George Hitchcock, former editor of Kayak, once said that literary magazines “are the furnace where American literature is being forged.”
Luna Park is published with the generous support of York College of Pennsylvania. (They pay for the mail.)
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651
Send issue copies to our mailing address above, or PDFs to the above email address. Galleys or final copies are both fine.
Online magazines, please send a link and short blurb about your magazine to our above email address.
To excerpt recent issues at Luna Park, please send excerpts as DOC or RTF format as an attachement. (If needs be, PDF file formats are acceptable.)
To publish commentary about your magazine, please send commentary by email as DOC or RTF attachments. Feel free to query.
General information about your (or other) magazines? Send information about print magazines to Travis Kurowski at email@example.com and online magazines to Marcelle Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would love to hear from you about lit mags. Send essays, reviews, commentary, or interviews about the literary magazine world via our online submission host: Submittable (aka Submishmash).
Submissions to our forthcoming literary magazine encyclopedia are always welcome. Please query for information.
WHO WE ARE (2012-)
Editor/blogger: Travis Kurowski
Editor-at-Large: Marcelle Heath
Website Design: Supreme Value
WHO WE WERE (2007-2012)
Assistant & Online Editor: Marcelle Heath
New York Editor: Robert Bern
Past Intern: Nathan Brown, Sara Adama
Advisory Board: Frederick Barthelme, Phillip Gentile, Todd Zuniga