A unique online journal will open its virtual doors this fall. the museum of americana, a literary review dedicated to fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photography and art will feature the fascinating and diverse aspects of Americana. As editor Justin Hamm, a Missouri-based poet and teacher describes it, Americana makes up the “wildly contradictory collage that is our nation’s cultural history.” The journal will appear four times yearly and will feature photography and artwork in addition to poetry and prose. As Hamm describes it, the landscape of Americana is “an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod.” And there is much to draw on. Hamm envisions, for example, finding “fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters . . . love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters.”
Working alongside Hamm will be LitStack staff contributor Lauren Alwan, who will serve as one-half of the prose editing team. To inaugurate its first issue, the journal will hold a special reading period from August 20th to September 20th. For more about journal, visit the new site here, and also on Facebook.