Guernica (magazine)

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Guernica / A Magazine of Art and Politics
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Editors Michael Archer, Meakin Armstrong, Hillary Brenhouse, Katherine Dykstra, Katherine Rowland, Meara Sharma, and Erica Wright
Categories Literary, art and political
Frequency Biweekly (content refreshes 1st and 15th of every month)
First issue 2004
Country United States
Language English

Guernica / A Magazine of Art and Politics is a biweekly (and daily) online site that publishes art and photography, fiction, and poetry, from around the world, along with nonfiction such as letters from abroad, investigative pieces and opinion pieces on international affairs and U.S. domestic policy. It also publishes interviews and profiles of artists, writers, musicians, and political figures.

Guernica 's stated mission is to publish works that explore "the crossroads between art and politics". According to Publishers Weekly, Guernica was founded in 2004 by former MFA students Joel Whitney and Michael Archer and Fordham University graduate students Josh Jones and Elizabeth Onusko. Whitney and Archer met during a teaching program in Costa Rica. Jones and Onusko met in writing classes at Fordham University and served as co-managing editors of Guernica until 2006.

Guernica Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware, incorporated on March 20, 2009.

Awards and events[edit]

In June 2013, Guernica won Utne Magazine's Media Award for Best Social/Cultural Coverage.[1] In 2011, Bridget Potter's essay "Lucky Girl" was chosen for The Best American Essays, 2011, guest-edited by Edwidge Danticat. Mark Dowie's "Food Among the Ruins" was chosen for the Best of the Net anthology. Jack Shenker's "Dam Dilemma" was part of a portfolio of his work longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing in the UK. In 2010, Oliver de la Paz's poem "Requiem for the Orchard", F. Daniel Rzicnek's poem "Geomancy" and Elizabeth Crane's short story "The Genius Meetings" won Best of the Web prizes (Dzanc Books). In 2009, E. C. Osondu was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing for his Guernica short story, "Waiting". Matthew Derby's short story "January in December" won a Best of the Web prize (Dzanc Books). Aleš Šteger's poem "Earring" (tr. Brian Henry) was selected for the Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Publications). In 2008, Okey Ndibe's "My Biafran Eyes" won a Best of the Web prize (Dzanc Books). Rebecca Morgan Frank's "Rescue" was chosen for the Best New Poets award.

Esquire magazine cited Guernica for its fiction and called it a "great online literary magazine".[2]

Guernica is a five-time PEN World Voices participant in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. With PEN American Center, Guernica fiction editors produce a flash fiction series that is run on both its own site and on PEN's. It has co-sponsored events with the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Amnesty International and various publishing companies.

Contributors and editors[edit]

Contributors include Lorraine Adams, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jesse Ball, A. Igoni Barrett, Karen E. Bender, Mark Binelli, Amit Chaudhuri, Susan Choi, Noam Chomsky, Billy Collins, Susan Daitch, Mark Dowie, Marguerite Duras, Stephen Elliott, Rivka Galchen, James Galvin, Amitav Ghosh, Mahvish Khan, Alexandra Kleeman, Eric Kraft, Kiese Laymon, Douglas Light, Sarah Lindsay, Dorthe Nors, Okey Ndibe, Meghan O'Rourke, Zachary Mason, Tracy O'Neill, Ernesto Mestre-Reed, Matthew Rohrer, Deb Olin Unferth, Sergio Ramírez, Amartya Sen, Aurelie Sheehan, Jonathan Steele, Laren Stover, Terese Svoboda, Mitch Swenson, Olufemi Terry, Frederic Tuten, Joe Wenderoth, and Patrick White.

Recent guest fiction and poetry editors have included: Alexander Chee, Pia Ehrhardt, Roxane Gay, Francisco Goldman, Randa Jarrar, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Claire Messud, George Saunders, Tracy K. Smith, and Frederic Tuten.

Interview subjects have included: Writer Etgar Keret, Filmmaker John Waters, Congressman John Conyers, Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur and Carolyn B. Maloney, Costa Rican President Óscar Arias, Justice Department legal counsel John Yoo, former member of Dutch Parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former Iraqi cabinet member Ali Allawi, artist Chuck Close, singers Lila Downs and David Byrne, and authors Andrew Bacevich, Don DeLillo, Howard Zinn, Samantha Power, Joseph Spece, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Nicholas D. Kristof, Joan Didion, playwright Tony Kushner, and actor Mia Farrow.

The magazine's advisory board includes: Richard Howard, Norman Solomon, Frederic Tuten

Senior editors include: Meakin Armstrong (senior editor, fiction), Katherine Dykstra (senior editor, non-fiction), Erica Wright (senior editor, poetry), Rachel Riederer (editor, Guernica Daily), Hillary Brenhouse (managing editor), Katherine Rowland (senior editor, non-fiction) and Meara Sharma (senior editor, interviews).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2013 Utne Media Awards: The Winners". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  2. ^ Kristen O'Toole "Great online literary magazine", Esquire, January 22, 2009

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