Geist (magazine)

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Geist cover.jpg
Issue #71 (Winter, 2008)
Categories Literary magazine, Canadian culture
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 10,000
Publisher Michal Kozlowski
Founder Stephen Osborne
First issue 1990
Company The Geist Foundation
Country Canada
Language Canadian English
ISSN 1181-6554

Geist is Canada's most widely read literary magazine.[1] Geist has been published four times a year in Vancouver since 1990. The magazine takes its name from the German word geist, meaning "mind" or "spirit." Geist is a member of Magazines Canada and the B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers. Indexed in the Canadian Literary Periodicals Index and available on microfilm from University Microfilms Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.

Geist is known for its quirky series of Canadian maps (e.g. "Canadian placenames that sound impolite," "The Beer Map of Canada," etc.) and for spearheading various campaigns, such as petitions to have folk singer Stan Rogers inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame[2] and the Geist Annual Literal Literary Postcard Contest.[3][4]

The magazine was co-founded by Stephen Osborne and Mary Schendlinger. On April 20, 2015, Geist announced that Osborne and Schendlinger would be stepping down and staff members Michal Kozlowski and AnnMarie MacKinnon (formerly Associate Publisher and Operations Manager) would be taking over as Publisher and Associate Publisher, respectively.[5]

Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture that emphasizes the Canadian point of view with a strong literary focus. Each issue reflects a convergence of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, comix, reviews, little-known facts of interest, cartography and the Geist crossword puzzle.

The Geist Foundation receives assistance from private donors, the Tula Foundation, the Canada Council, the B.C. Arts Council and the B.C. Gaming Branch. Geist acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the Publications Assistance Program (pap) and the CanadaMagazine Fund.

Notable contributors[edit]

Geist has featured many writers, photographers, artists:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geist on BCAMP" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  2. ^ "Stan-ecdotes" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  3. ^ "5th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  4. ^ "Postcard Stories From Geist Magazine" World Hum. Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  5. ^ Geist Founders Usurped After 95 Issues Retrieved on 2015-05-25.

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