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The Common in the city






The Common In the City 

I-Italy features The Common in the City 2014 in their April-May issue.

Electric Literature covers The Common in the City 2013:

Riffle covers The Common's second annual celebration of place in NYC on "Riffle World Literature":

Electric Literature covers The Common's one-year celebration in their blog "The Outlet":

The Millions' Tiffany Gilbert writes about The Common in the City party on Tumblr:


Reviews of individual issues

NewPages reviews Issue 08, finding it "entertaining, informative, thought-provoking, and above all else ... comforting." Click here to read the full review.

NewPages reviews Issue 07, highlighting "lines that prick like needles wedged in the cotton of concrete, everyday objects." Click here to read the full review.

The Review Review gives Issue 04 five stars:

The Review Review reviews The Common:

Like Fire welcomes The Common as "a fresh contender in the lovely summertime stream of literary journals, one that's absolutely worth taking a look at." Read more here.

The Faster Times reviews the first issue of The Common, celebrating the magazine as a "place for the placeless." Read the piece here.

New Pages reviews Issue 00 in advance of our official debut, describing The Common's prose and poetry as “polished, refined, and serious,” Read the full review here: NewPages - The Common 00 - January 2010


General News of The Common

NEA GRANT 2015: In its first year of eligibility, The Common has been awarded a 2014 Artworks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. NEA funds will help to bring The Common's place-based literature into classrooms around the country, to develop and promote its online presence, and to grow its readership. Starting in 2015, The Common will work vigorously to reach more students, of all ages, across the humanities and interdisciplinary fields such as architecture. The Common will also develop and promote its free, multimedia online content to a wider global readership. 

Black Hill Press interviews Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker about the creative process and creative purpose.

Beyond the Margins names The Common as a "hearty, high quality, aesthetically traditional lit mag."

The Kenyon Review Online interviews Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker about The Common and its new online features.

The Boston Globe highlights The Common in an article about Journal of the Month.

The PEN American Center features The Common's interview with Shawn Vestal, author of Godforsaken Idaho, on their Recommended Reading List. Vestal has won the 2014 Shortlist PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

Amherst Magazine highlights editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker's year in Abu Dhabi and The Common's foray into Middle Eastern and Arabic literature here.

ArabLit chats with editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker and contributor Hisham Bustani on Arabic Literature and his translated piece in Issue 06 here.

The Review Review interviews editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker on "capturing the essence of somewhere particular" here.

The New Yorker cites The Common as a new journal that has found its way. Read the full piece by James Wood here.

The Millions affirms The Common's mission; essayist Sonya Chung says that, through The Common, "I seem to find my nowhere-somewhere, a peculiar feeling of home; my modern sense of place."  See the full essay here.

The Boston Globe features The Common in "Read Local," a piece that compares the magazine to farmers' markets. Read it here.

Orion Magazine welcomes The Common's first issue with open arms, praising the magazine's beauty, contributors and dedication to print.

"There’s always something exciting about a Volume 1, Number 1, especially one so beautiful as The Common, which comes out of Amherst, Massachusetts. The magazine is sort of a relief: very fine contributors, some known and some not as well-known, yet; wonderful typography; devotion to print in form as well as having a nice website. Quality lives"

Take a look here.

The Chronicle for Higher Education runs an in-depth Q&A with editor Jennifer Acker that describes why we’re uncommon, the inner workings of the journal, and how we’ll negotiate print and digital publishing. Read the piece here. In Search of a Modern Sense of Place

Inside Higher Ed heralds the launch of The Common, describing our mission, our roots in Amherst College’s rich literary tradition, and our crucial ties to UMass-Amherst and other local institutions.

Read the full article here: Amherst Starts Literary Journal


Local Mention

The Common in the Spring 2011 issue of the Amherst Magazine: Print Makes a Stand.

Amherst Bulletin explores The Common's origins as a print journal, as well as its relationship with Amherst College.  Read here

Watch editor Jennifer Acker's interview with WGBY's Connecting Point about the genesis of The Common on our new Tumblr

The Common is featured in The Recorder. Read the article below.



The Daily Hampshire Gazette explores The Common's ties to a larger literary tradition at Amherst College and asks: is launching a print magazine in 2011 "swimming against the tide?" Maybe. But editor Jennifer Acker has faith. Read more here.


international mention

Arabic Literature (in English) has announced that Issue 06 contributor Hisham Bustani is a co-winner of the University of Arkansas Award for the Translation of Arabic Literature, for his third book, The Perception of Meaning, translated by Thoraya El-Rayyes., an Arabic contemporary literature and arts website, writes a feature on Issue 06 contributor Hisham Bustani's collaboration with The Common here.

Sawt al-Watan, a major Palestinian news website, shares The Common's vision and work with Hisham Bustani's writings here.

Tahawolat, a Lebanese culture and politics website, highlights Issue 06's publication of stories from Hisham Bustani here.

Ammoun, the top news website in Jordan, features The Common's collaboration with Hisham Bustani here.

Al-Fadjr, an Algerian daily, covers The Common's growing international presence and work with Arab literature here.