Chicago literary magazines – Chicago Review


Since we’re still unable to go out and about in the city, I thought we’d look at some local publications, beginning with Chicago Review.

Started by two grad students at the The University of Chicago in 1946, the magazine has been publishing contemporary poetry, fiction, and criticism ever since, releasing its latest issue earlier this year. Originally publishing only faculty and students, it was opened up to work by others in 1953.

One of the magazine’s most influential periods was during the 1950s, when they were an early promoter of the Beat Movement. In the fall of 1958 they published an except from William S. Burroughs‘s Naked Lunch, leading to a public outcry and censorship of the next issue. Also during this decade they ran a special “On Zen” issue, which introduced many in the US to Zen for the first time.

Chicago Review has the distinction of publishing the first printed works of Philip Roth and Susan Sontag, both students at the University. Other famous contributors include Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, and Philip Levine, among many others.

Submissions are currently open and can be made through their website, Back and current issues can be ordered there as well. Thanks to all the students and faculty that have kept it alive for all these years!

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