The American Reader is a literary journal whose print incarnation appears bimonthly and whose website is updated daily. The magazine is committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in 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 fosters thriving and serious-minded 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 industry professionals. TheAmericanReader.com provides a free-ranging, dynamic space for readers to take up the conversation inaugurated in our pages.

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Uzoamaka Maduka

Founder, Executive Editor
Jac Mullen

Deputy Editor
Alyssa Loh

Managing Editor
Lauren Leigh

Senior Editors
Elianna Kan, Jonathon Kyle Sturgeon  

Fiction Editor
Ben Marcus

Poetry Editor
Ben Lerner

Assistant Poetry Editor
Andrew Gorin

Regional Editor
Dean Young

Paris Editor
Daniel Medin

Contributing Editors
Jeff Dolven, Adam Fitzgerald, A.S. Hamrah, Adam Wilson, Alma Vescovi

Editors-at-Large
Stephanie LaCava, Sage Mehta

Creative Consultant
Shala Monroque

Art Director/Web Designer
Cindy Ho

Director of Publicity
Arielle Patrick

Editorial Advisors
Daniel Medin, Serguei Oushakine, Elaine Pagels, Marian Schwartz

Editorial Assistant
Madison Mainwaring

Our Man in Saigon
Morley Musick

Interns
Michael Jesse Abolafia, Barbara Bastos, Haley Joy Fowlkes, Julia Goodman, Isabel Henderson, Whitney Lee, Zoë Rhinehart, Rosa Inocencio Smith, Kaitlyn Tiffany, Alexandra Warrick

 
Publisher
Annie Julia Wyman