New literary magazine

Swink, a new literary magazine, debuts:

Swink, a new bi-coastal, biannual print magazine dedicated to identifying and promoting established and emerging literary talent, made its debut this week. Swink’s editor, Leelila Strogov, said, “Swink publishes writing that pushes the boundaries of the traditional—we’re looking for work that is new in concept, form or execution, and that reflects a diversity of thought and perspective.” Selections from the premiere issue of the magazine can be found online at

Swink, which means to labor or toil, publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and interviews, and will sponsor frequent readings and events in New York City and Los Angeles. The magazine also includes “Peregrinations,” essays on travel or journeys; “Takes One to Know One,” in which one writer with a given vocation or avocation writes about someone who shares his or her line of work, play, or habit; and “Damaged Darlings,” a collaborative writing platform in which one author hands over an abandoned work-in-progress for another to complete. A “Debut” section showcases writers who appear in print for the first time.

The premiere issue of Swink includes fiction by self-proclaimed “Greatest American Living Writer,” Neal Pollack; lovable pervert, Jonathan Ames; and Elissa Schappell, author of Use Me, co-founder and editor-at-large of Tin House magazine, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Poets Bob Hicok, Lucia Perillo, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Terrance Hayes, and D. Nurkse contribute their words to the first issue of the magazine in which an interview with Adam Haslett, author of the critically acclaimed You Are Not a Stranger Here, is also featured. For “Takes One to Know One,” Charles D’Ambrosio writes about author Richard Brautigan and David L. Ulin writes about literary one-hit wonder, Frederick Exley. Geoff Dyer and Rachel Resnick have travel essays featured in “Peregrinations;” and Amy Bloom and Chris Offutt are among those with collaborative fiction in “Damaged Darlings.”

I have to say I’m really excited about it. It sounds great.

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