About Our Journal

Arts & Letters is a national literary journal operating out of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts & Letters attracts young, fresh voices as well as established writers, publishing the likes of R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Bret Lott, Maxine Kumin, Sonja Livingston, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby.

Martin Lammon founded the journal 17 years ago, back in 1999, and served as Editor until 2015. Under his guidance, Arts & Letters has become a well-respected venue for poetry, fiction, and essays.

In 2015, Arts & Letters welcomed its second ever Editor, Laura Newbern, stepping up from her long-time post as Poetry Editor. Her 2010 collection of poetry, Love and the Eye, was selected by Claudia Rankine for the Kore Press First Book Award, and she is the recipient of a Writer’s Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.

Arts & Letters now boasts an all-new design, including new dimensions and, for the first time since 2001, full-color covers, designed by Peter Selgin. Add these changes to the new, much-improved website and plenty of upcoming features such as reviews of other literary journals and an archives spotlight section, and Arts & Letters is looking more lively and exciting than ever before.

What does Arts & Letters publish?

Arts & Letters seeks work that doesn’t try too hard to grab our attention, but rather guides it toward the human voice and its perpetual struggle into language. We’re open to both formal and experimental fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We look for work in which we can feel writers surprising themselves.

It’s our joy to promote contributors in every way possible. For interested contributors, we tweet (Twitter handle: @ArtsLettersGC) lines from their accepted works, and sometimes write up mini-profiles to publish on our news feed.

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