MAKE Literary Productions promotes contemporary literary writing, translation, and visual art through a annual print publication—MAKE: A Literary Magazine (MAKE); staged readings and integrative arts events; and educational public forums on literature and writing, including the annual Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art. MAKE Literary Productions, NFP, is a 501c3 nonprofit partially supported by National Endowment for the Arts, The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, DCASE, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as the generous support of individual donors.

For general inquiries, please contact us at info @ makemag.com MAKE: A Literary Magazine


Chicago is a storyteller’s city, and MAKE is the story’s magazine. Chock full of fiction, poetry, essays, art, and reviews MAKE is substantial in both feel and scope. MAKE expands on the Chicago tradition to entertain and to inform. An annual publication, MAKE circulates 1,000 copies throughout the United States and Mexico. Find MAKE in bookstores and making the rounds at special events, such as readings and festivals. MAKE was founded in 2004 by Ramsin Canon, Sarah Dodson, and Mike Zapata.  

These people currently make MAKE:

Webmaster, Johnathan Crawford

Creative Director, Joshua Hauth

MLP Co-directors, Sarah Dodson (sarah@makemag.org) and Joel Craig

Managing Editor, Chamandeep Bains (bainsc@makemag.org)

Assistant Managing Editor, Kenneth Guay (kennethguay@makemag.org)

Fiction Editor, Kamilah Foreman

Associate Fiction Editors, LC Fiore, Jim Kourlas, Kerstin Schaars

Nonfiction Editor, Jessica Anne

Poetry Editor, Joel Craig

Portfolio Art Editor, Sarah Kramer

Reviews Editor, Mark Molloy (reviews@makemag.com)

Intercambio Prose Editor, Brenda Lozano

Intercambio Poetry Editor, Daniel Borzutzky

Latin American Art Portfolio Editor, Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Contributing Editors, Kyle Beachy, Steffi Drewes, Katie Geha, Kathleen Rooney

Proofreader/ Copy Editor, Sarah Kramer

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Lit & Luz Festival

Co-directors: Sarah Dodson and Brenda Lozano

Artistic directors: Daniel Borzutzky, Joel Craig

Advisory Council: Susy Bielak. Gerardo Cárdenas, Nuria Sheehan

Reviews: The Review Review review of issue #11 Newpages.com review of issue 10 – At Play Newpages.com review of issue 8 – This Everyday Newpages.com review of issue 4 – Sister Cities: The International Issue Newpages.com review of issue 1 – The inaugural Review of issue 9 on Fluid / Exchange by Steve Halle

Other media: MAKE in the Chicago Tribune!  A Magazine on the MAKE by Courtney Crowder  

March, 2013, Radio interview by Cheryl Fusco Johnson on KRUU, The Voice of Fairfield, IA  “Sarah Dodson, Executive Director of MAKE Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the 2004 founding of MAKE: A Literary Magazine. She also discusses how Make, which she cofounded with writing friends, forges connections among writers and artists spread across the globe. Containing work from writers in the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, the latest issue, Exchange/Intercambio, features work translated from Spanish to English and others translated from English to Spanish. Join us for an fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a literary journal and the minds of the volunteers whose devotion keeps it relevant and fresh. Sarah and other MAKE writers will be in Iowa City next week for the Mission Creek Festival.”  

March, 2010, MAKE co-founder, 848 contributor and Gapersblock.com political columnist Ramsin Canon stopped by the WBEZ studios to talk MAKE with Allison Cuddy. Listen HERE. 

A while back, we were on The Lit Show.  Listen up.

Where to find/support/subscribe to MAKE

MAKE is available at numerous bookstores throughout Chicago, as well as the US. MAKE is distributed through Ubiquity Inc. and Ingram Periodicals. To order a subscription for your library, contact SWETS. MAKE is available anywhere, anytime, online. Support MAKE Your subscriptions and tax-deductible financial support are immensely appreciated and keep us in action.

MAKE Literary Productions, NFP 2822 W. Dickens #3 Chicago, IL 60647 info and the rest (info at makemag.com)   Interested in writing reviews? Submit your contact information and samples of your previous work to the Reviews Editor

I submit that literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity. Now we all know. Nelson Algren Chicago: City on the Make

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MAKE Magazine Publisher MAKE Literary Productions   Managing Editor Chamandeep Bains   Fiction Editor Kamilah Foreman   Nonfiction Editor Jessica Anne   Poetry Editor Joel Craig   Intercambio Poetry Editor Daniel Borzutzky   Intercambio Prose Editor Brenda Lozano   Latin American Art Portfolio Editor Alejandro Almanza Pereda   Reviews Editor Mark Molloy   Art Portfolio Editor Sarah Kramer   Creative Director Joshua Hauth, Hauthwares   Web Design Johnathan Crawford   Proofreader/Copy Editor Sarah Kramer   Associate Fiction Editors LC Fiore Kerstin Schaars   Contributing Editors Kyle Beachy Steffi Drewes Kathleen Rooney   LIT & LUZ FESTIVAL, 2016-17   Managing Director: Nuria Sheehan Co-directors: Sarah Dodson and Brenda Lozano Associate Artistic Directors: Daniel Borzutzky, Joel Craig, and Ireri Rivas Media Director: Jennifer Patiño Cervantes Production and Logistics: Stephanie Manriquez   Sound and Vision: Charly Garcia _________________________ MAKE Literary Productions, NFP Co-directors, Sarah Dodson and Joel Craig