We publish excellent fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms, and essays by and/or about working class people, as well as art, photography, and comics.
We believe that working class solidarity is crucial; we believe diversity is our strength.
We are a biannual literary magazine, with May Day and November issues, but we are also a vibrant website with fresh weekly content. Between literary issues, we bring you series like Playlist and Radical Romance, interviews with featured artists and writers, comics, and more. You can expect bimonthly Latinx Features, Appalachian Features, and Black Features, as well as our regular columns:
Felony Record: on life after incarceration, and prison issues
Rust & Remembrance: ruminations on labor and industry
Bootstraps: on the myth of social mobility in America
Ridge & Holler: on Appalachian experience
Black, I: class consciousness from a Black perspective
Yerba Mala: class consciousness with a Latinx focus
We welcome submissions for our columns and Featured content, as well as pitches for new columns or series. Please see our Submissions page for more details.
Who is working class?
The term working class often refers to people in the lower-middle class income bracket, or people whose income falls between middle class and poverty level. Usually, people in the working class are paid hourly wages, working blue collar jobs. The term is traditionally associated with people who work in manufacturing and assembly, coal mining, retail, or food service. Income is not the only factor that contributes to identification with the term working class. Working class communities in all regions of the United States develop identifiable patterns, dialects, and/or traditions, marking some working class communities as unique subcultures. Because there are so many people who identify with the term working class based on their economic income, their position within the power structures of their community, their race, ethnicity, and/or agency, it is difficult to accurately define the term working class in a way that would recognize the nuanced experience in full. This magazine seeks to hold up the question of working class, rather than defining it. We hope to enter the nuance, to allow writers to define class on their own terms, and to support writers from traditionally underrepresented communities along the way.
Get to know us better by checking out our staff’s bios on the Masthead.
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