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Periodically Speaking

The Magathon


In 2002, we had our first public program in the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, it was a collaboration with CLMP (Council of Literary Magazines & Presses) called “the Magathon”. The Library and CLMP shared the same goal, to support and celebrate literary magazines and what better place to hold the event then a beautiful public space, that collected and housed a vast collection of contemporary literary magazines.

This event and collaboration has continued every year since and with the same goal. So come to the Library Saturday afternoon, June 19th, as the annual celebratory "marathon," or "Magathon," reading once again gets underway in the Periodicals Room.

Magazines of all shapes and sizes will be showcased. From the established Agni and New York Quarterly, to online journals Puerto del Sol, drunken boat, to the multi- platform Electric Literature, to personal favorites Canteen & Fence, to Brooklyn based Slice and A Public Space and others I look forward to discovering like MAKE, Lalitamba and Anderbo.

The event puts the spotlight on the faces behind the magazines, as editors read favorite selections from their journals. Check out the slideshow below for the full, awesome lineup.  

The Library’s collection is a unique, one of a kind resource for all who love independent literary publishing and literary mags. Join us Saturday and help us celebrate it !  

Don’t forget Sunday - GIANT Lit Mag Fair at Housing Works Used Bookstore &  Café, 126 Crosby Street in Soho - magazines $2 each!


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