The American Reader is a print and digital literary journal. It is committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in the American cultural discourse. It seeks to be principled, but not dogmatic; discerning, but not cruel; popular, but not populist. It honors the dignity of the reading public and heralds the reemergence of a thriving and serious-minded national literary culture.
The American Reader is a hardy and handy compendium of new literature and current critical and industry-related discussions. It features new fiction; new poetry; translated portfolios of international fiction, poetry, and drama; well-argued reviews of new literature; considered essays on all matters literary; and occasional interviews with writers, publishers, editors, and various industry professionals. TheAmericanReader.com provides a free-ranging, dynamic space for readers to take up the conversation inaugurated in our pages.
Founder, Executive Editor
Elianna Kan, Jonathon Kyle Sturgeon
Assistant Poetry Editor
Jeff Dolven, Adam Fitzgerald, A.S. Hamrah, Adam Wilson, Alma Vescovi
Stephanie LaCava, Sage Mehta
Art Director/Web Designer
Director of Publicity
Daniel Medin, Serguei Oushakine, Elaine Pagels, Marian Schwartz
Our Man in Saigon
Michael Jesse Abolafia, Barbara Bastos, Haley Joy Fowlkes, Julia Goodman, Isabel Henderson, Whitney Lee, Zoë Rhinehart, Rosa Inocencio Smith, Kaitlyn Tiffany, Alexandra Warrick
Annie Julia Wyman