MASKS Literary Magazine: Fall/Summer 2022 | Issue No. 3
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- 96 pages
- size: 6.5" x 9.6"
- cover art by Melissa Meier
- sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Library as a part of the library's Aesthetics of Research Program
About the Publication:
The third issue of MASKS Literary Magazine is the recipient of Columbia's 2022 Weisman Award. Columbia poets and writers included in this issue are Siera Carpenter, Arniecea Johnson, Kimberly Rosa, and Tyler Odeneal. The entire editorial staff consists of Columbia MFA candidates, including Eileen Lannan Poetry Prize winners Nisha Atalie and Noah Zanella, and Hypertext Short Story Award-winner Trevor (C.T.) Lisa. This is in addition to an international pool of contributors from Nigeria, India, Italy, Canada, Poland, the UK, and Brazil.
The Featured Artist of this issue is Melissa Meier, a mask-maker and fashion designer who uses natural materials like leaves, stones, eggshells, rice, and pinecones to create kinetic sculptures of warrior women—exemplifying strength, beauty, and harmony with the elements.
This issue's featured interview is Columbia MFA alum Kate Wisel, the author of the linked story collection "Driving in Cars with Homeless Men," which won the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Wisel is now adapting the collection for a miniseries with Bad Wolf and Pearl Street Productions.
MASKS Mission Statement:
MASKS Literary Magazine is a Weisman Award-winning, independent, print and online literary magazine committed to amplifying the voices of emerging writers and visual artists. We're eager to serve as a gateway for emerging creatives and publish new perspectives. As such, we've pledged to increase representation of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, disabled, multilingual, and other marginalized and underrepresented communities. MASKS Literary Magazine provides a space for individual artistic development with the larger goal of fostering literary thinking in our culture through our publication.