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October 19, 2018

A Midwestern Review: “Becoming Caroline”

Literary journals are a place for fresh voices in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual arts. A Midwestern Review is published by undergraduates at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and the quality of its content shines bright on this episode of Reader’s Radar.  Samuel Autman is Associate Professor of English at DePauw and the outgoing Faculty […]

September 19, 2018

The Broken Plate: “The Check-Up” and “Johanna Flies With the Umbrella Man”

How can a college student explore literary publishing as a career path? Well, most literary journals in the USA are produced by colleges and universities. Students apply to be on the editorial staff, and a faculty advisor guides the process. Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana goes a somewhat different route. Their nationally-distributed journal, The […]

September 5, 2018

Driftless: “Test Surfaces”

What holds us in place, makes us stop, pause, linger? Something of the senses, perhaps – a sound, a smell, something we want to touch. In the local cafes, gift galleries and bookstores that help us slow down and remember where we are, we may find a unique magazine called driftless – which has the subtitle, “Midwest […]

August 15, 2018

Flying Island: “Pyramid Scheme” and “Willem McArthur”

Flying Island is an online literary journal published by the Indiana Writers Center – a nonprofit educational center in Indianapolis. Executive Director Barb Shoup talks with Reader’s Radar about how the Center supports writers around the Central Indiana region – support which includes a broad range of classes, a conference and a newsletter, as well […]

August 1, 2018

Indiana Voice Journal: “New Teeth” and “Barn Dance”

Online publishing is a natural start for literary journals with minimal budgets.  Indiana Voice Journal is one such publication, intent on bringing new and under-represented writers to its readers on the web, every month. Publisher and Fiction Editor Janine Pickett started the journal as a way to speak out from Anderson, Indiana, and connect with […]

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Reader’s Radar is a half-hour journey into the best new short prose fiction being published in literary magazines around Indiana.

Producer/host Shayne Laughter showcases short stories from current issues of literary journals like Sycamore Review, Driftless, and Flying Island, along with brief interviews of journal editors about each publication’s history, editing process, mission, and how live community events such as readings integrate the publication into their local civic life.