Launched in January 2016, our Lit Mag League is a community of readers and writers who meet every other month to discuss a recent issue of a literary magazine. We seek to cultivate a community of readers who appreciate, discuss, and digest literary magazines as relevant—and valuable—cultural artifacts. For each meeting, the Lit Mag League will select a literary magazine and gather at the moderator’s home to talk about the fiction, poetry, and design aesthetics of that issue.

We will ask: What writing styles are being published? What aesthetic governed the magazine’s curation? What stories and poems are in conversation with our own lives? In addition to discussing the magazine, the Lit Mag League will hear from editors and contributors of esteemed journals like Gulf Coast, Tin House, Five Points, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, and more. Drinks and snacks provided!


August 2019 Meeting: Presenting McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern 


When: Wednesday, August 21 at 8:00 pm

Where: TBD — The address will be sent closer to meeting time.

Cost: $17, which includes a copy of the journal shipped to your home and snacks and drinks served at the meeting!

** Registration Closes Friday, July 26 **

From McSweeney’s: “Issue 56 delivers new work from Michelle Tea, Jose Antonio Vargas, T. C. Boyle, Dantiel W. Moniz, Genevieve Hudson, Jincy Willett, to name a few, and a section of staggering fiction from emerging Nigerian writers soon to be household names, with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There are botched home invasions and perception-heightening witchcraft, disillusioned mailmen and playlists for the comatose, posthumous visits from lovers and nail-biting prison breaks.

And, if that weren’t enough, this opulent hardcover also includes a captivating ten-page illustrated story by Rui Tenreiro that begins right on the cover, and poems by Soviet-era absurdist Daniil Kharms, translated by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Ferris. Time to cancel your plans—something more important has come up.”

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About our League Leader: Lisa Bubert is a writer and librarian living in East Nashville. She writes stories, the occasional poem, and is currently working on her second novel, all of which are informed by her formative experiences growing up in rural Central Texas. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, wildness, Barnstorm Journal, Spartan and more. 

Twitter and Instagram: lisabubert