In yet another effort to spotlight indie literary journals, I am going to call attention to Sonora Review, which can also boast being the oldest student-run lit mag in this country. It was established by the Creative Writing graduate department of the University of Arizona in the fall of 1980, and since then has featured an astonishing array of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as interviews, book reviews, and art. David Foster Wallace, among other notable writers, was a former staff writer.
For Issue 58 this past year, Sonora Review decided to go the hand-bound route. Yes, this makes for a slightly trickier time producing and acquiring the journal, but it also creates a wonderful merging of art and writing. Sonora turned to Spork Press and the creativity of Margaret Kimball to create a book that serves as both a work of d.i.y.-esque art and a literary gem. I was honored that a piece of nonfiction I wrote was selected for this Issue. It is called "words on his death, and other related things," and is one of a few works of nonfiction in the issue.
Check out the art design of the journal at the following two websites, and then purchase it, if you are so inclined.