Texas State’s Front Porch Journal
is a literary feast for readers
By Ann Friou
If you missed novelist Annie Proulx (Postcards, The Shipping News, Brokeback Mountain) reading from her new memoir recently at Texas State, you can see a video of the performance in the current issue of Front Porch Journal, the university’s online literary magazine.
Front Porch’s archive of more than a decade of live readings at Texas State, starring top writers such as Denis Johnson, Tim O’Brien, Mary Gaitskill, Carolyn Forché, and Robert Stone, is a feature that print-only publications can’t match, and it has stirred attention in the literary world: The Huffington Post recently included Front Porch in its survey of the nation’s top online literary journals.
Since its debut in 2006, Front Porch has published 16 issues featuring new fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by winners of major literary prizes (Sherman Alexie, Roddy Doyle, Charles Wright, and Heather McHugh are contributors), as well as talented emerging writers. In blogs, essays, and interviews with authors, Front Porch also examines timely literary problems: the sustainability of the conventional bookstore in an era of amazon.com and e-books is debated in the current issue.
Front Porch is the leading-edge publication you’d expect from students in Texas State’s acclaimed MFA program in creative writing. Because it focuses on what’s new on the broader American literary scene, no student work is published, and the online format lets you read a poem on your cell phone anytime you feel the urge.
Click here to read Front Porch.