Chiron Review

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Chiron Review is a literary journal based in St. John, Kansas.[1] It was founded as The Kindred Spirit[2] in February 1982, by Michael Hathaway shortly after graduating high school and taking a job as typesetter at a local daily newspaper.[3] In March, 1989, the title was changed to Chiron Review.[4]

Jane Hathaway served as assistant editor until her death on Feb. 20, 2000 at age 63.[5] In March 1989, Gerald Locklin became contributing poetry editor and Rafael Zepeda became contributing fiction editor.[6] In September, 2003, John Brantingham joined the staff as a second contributing editor in fiction[7] and in March, 2008, Zachary Locklin joined as a second contributing editor in poetry.[8] Guest editors for special issues include Andrew Gettler[9] and Sarah Daugherty.[10]

Chiron Review is printed in tabloid format with photos of featured poets.[11] It is noted for publishing the widest possible range of contemporary creative writing.[12] It is also known for fostering a sense of "community" in small press circles.[13]

Chiron Review's archives are collected by and housed at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.[14] The journal is indexed by Humanities Index International Complete, Averill Park, NY.[15] Issues 18-81 were indexed by Index of American Periodical Verse.[16]

Chiron Review has published work by authors such as Charles Bukowski, William Stafford, Michael Xavier, Marge Piercy, James Broughton, Edward Field, Antler, Richard Kostelanetz, Robert Peters, Lorri Jackson, Charles Harper Webb, Tony Barnstone, Erskine Caldwell, Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel, James Valvis, Janice Eidus, Denise Duhamel, Wanda Coleman, Harry Northup, Hugh Fox, A.D. Winans, Clifton Snider, Felice Picano, Will Inman and Quentin Crisp.

Chiron Review has published five theme editions. Issue #26 (spring, 1991) was written entirely by Vietnam veteran writers. The issue was guest edited by Andrew Gettler. The cover featured Steve Mason, Poet Laureate of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Other writers included were W.D. Ehrhart, Lamont B. Steptoe, David Connolly, James Soular, B.D. Trail, Jon Forrest Glade, Jabiya Dragonsun, Kevin Bowen, David A. Willson, Jerome Gold, Mack Moore and Jonathan Block.[17]

Issues #33, #50 and #81 were all-gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender editions. Issue #33 (winter, 1992) featured Will Inman on the cover. Among the other writers were Robert Peters, Sue Silvermarie, Antler, Laurel Speer, Lisa Beskin, Riq Hospodar, Michael Lassell, Myrna Elana, Sarah Van Arsdale, Hugh Fox, Sally Bellerose, Gavin Dillard, Linda Zeiser, Diane Williams, John Gilgun, Christopher Thomas, Rane Arroyo, Andrew Demcak, Scott Heim, Kenneth Pobo, Edward Field, Carl M. Daniels, Michael Gregg Michaud, David Trinidad and Janet Mason.[18]

Issue #50 (winter, 1992) featured James Broughton on the cover. Other writers were Leslea Newman, Will Inman, Denise Nico Leto, Jim Elledge, Laurel Speer, Antler, Gavin Dillard, S.K. Duff, Edward Field, Michael Lassell, Michael Lowenthal, William Reichard and Michael Gregg Michaud. There was also art by Gary H. Brown.[19]

Issue #81 (winter, 2005) featured Ian Ayres on the cover. Some writers included were Quentin Crisp, Jeff Mann, Will Inman, Shane Allison, Carl Miller Daniels, Laurel Speer, Michael Huxley, Collin Kelley, Phillip Ward, Hugh Fox, David Cope, Felice Picano, Kathleen Bryson, Jillian Lauren, Leslea Newman, David Cope, Louie Crew, Laurie Levinger, Angelique Chambers and Jennifer D. Munro.[20]

Issue #89 (winter, 2009) was an all-punk issue, suggested by Beat poet and cartoonist Charles Plymell. Sarah Daugherty, MFA, guest-edited this special edition. Chiron Review #89 is a unique and authentic collection of edgy, dark and often humorous works by known and unknown punk rock writers and artists. Contributors to Issue #89 include Meri St. Mary, Eugene Robinson, Sab Grey, Shon Fox, Puma Perl, A Razor, Chairman Ralph, D.C. Lynn, John Oliver Hodges, Victor D. Infante, D.R. Haney, Doug Mathewson, Jeff Flaster, Sean Punk, Clifton Snider, klipschutz and Adelle Stripe.[21]

In 2011, the journal went on hiatus. In the 96th issue (autumn 2011), the editor stated the journal was "in transition" and "due to technical problems and dwindling subscriptions" the journal would no longer appear quarterly in its traditional tabloid newsprint format.[22]

As of June 1, 2014, the journal's official website states the journal will return in perfect-bound digest/book format in autumn, 2014. The website also notes two new editors in addition to the four already on staff: Wendy Rainey as a poetry editor, and Sarah Daugherty as a fiction editor[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poet says Magazine about to resurface," Associated Press, Manhattan Mercury, Manhattan, KS, Feb. 3, 2003, p. A3
  2. ^ Miriam Sagan, "Chiron Review," Literary Magazine Review, Kansas State University Writers Society, Vol. 9, No. 1, spring, 1990, p. 11
  3. ^ Laurel Speer, "Chiron Away!," Small Magazine Review, Vol. 1, No. 12, May, 1994, p. 16
  4. ^ Susan Thacker, "St. John poet says magazine will resurface," The Hutchinson News, Feb. 1, 2003, p.A1
  5. ^ obituary, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Great Bend, KS, Feb. 22, 2000
  6. ^ Susan Thacker, "St. John poet says magazine will resurface," The Hutchinson News, Feb. 1, 2003, p. A1
  7. ^ Chiron Review #72, autumn, 2003, p. 2
  8. ^ Re)Verb, #5, spring, 2009, Kevin Lee, Ed., Long Beach, Calif.
  9. ^ Chiron Review, #26, spring, 1991
  10. ^ Chiron Review, #89, winter, 2009.
  11. ^ Miriam Sagan, "Chiron Review," Literary Magazine Review, Kansas State University Writers Society, Vol. 9, No. 1, spring, 1990, p. 11
  12. ^ Bill Katz, "Magazines," Library Journal, May 1, 1990, p. 122
  13. ^ Scott Preston, "Small Press Saturation," Small Magazine Review, Jan., 1996, p. 19
  14. ^ Linda Deuser, "Chiron Review archives have new home at Yale," Great Bend Daily Tribune, Great Bend, KS, May 19, 1994, p. 9
  15. ^ http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=1&topicID=87
  16. ^ 'http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/poetryja.html
  17. ^ Chiron Review #26, spring, 1991
  18. ^ Chiron Review #33, winter, 1992
  19. ^ Chiron Review #50, spring, 1997
  20. ^ Chiron Review #81, winter, 2005
  21. ^ Chiron Review #89, winter, 2009
  22. ^ Chiron Review #96, autumn 2011
  23. ^ http://chironreview.com

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