Even in an increasingly digital world, there is still a place for the printed page. Two years ago, a group of writers and editors from around the Great Lakes region pooled their resources to found a new literary journal.
The Great Lakes Review began in Ohio, through the efforts of Rob Jackson, but the magazine, which comes out twice a year, now encompasses editors and writers from the United States and Canada.
This summer, the magazine is on the road for events in all the places they have editors, such Toronto, Chicago, Buffalo, and Milwaukee. They’ll be in town on Monday for an event at the Art Bar showcasing local authors and poets, including Dasha Kelly, Jeff Poniewaz, and former Lake Effect contributor Ed Makowski.
Tours and events like this help drive the foundation of the organization: network and gathering with others.
"I don’t think about Great Lakes Review as talking about a style of writing, so much as it acts as a gathering place for writers in the region, and there’s a cumulative sort of vision I think that comes as the magazine continues to publish issues," says David Bowen.
Bowen is the magazine’s Milwaukee-based editor, and Ellen Jaffe is the editor based in Hamilton, Ontario. They joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North for the interview.