Reg Gibbons on TQO

Thursday, December 9, 2010

In a blog post for the Northwestern Center for the Writing Arts, MA/MFA program co-director Reg Gibbons talks about the launch of TriQuarterly Online, and the evolution of literary journals to online models:

In the experiments and traditions of literature(s), we have come to a moment when the presence of literary journals in the digital realm is a genuinely good thing.  In fact, it is a necessary thing—not to replace print journals but to supplement them, even if digital preservation cannot offer us the physical satisfaction as well as the inner pleasure we may find in reading an old back issue of The Quarterly Review of Literature, or Antaeus, or Kayak, or Sulfur, or TriQuarterly, does.  How many readers in South Africa or Mexico were able to read the TriQuarterly special issues From South Africa (1987) and New Writing from Mexico (1992)? A tiny number.  For that matter, even with their print runs of over 5,000, how many Americans did they reach?

Read more from Reg and other NU faculty members at the Center for the Writing Arts blog.