The Atlas Review was founded in 2012 as a way to combat the institutional weight of the literary community. All submissions are vetted anonymously, allowing the work to stand above names, associates, and credentials.  We believe that the strongest work will (and must) innately carry the most important elements of identity, elements that go beyond 75 word bios or accolades. Our work is who we are in the world.

We want to carve a place of bold writing that isn’t pigeon-holed or written off as “experimental.” Whatever that means. It’s all an experiment, and we are in it. How you interpret your experience of all is what we’re after. Go ahead and scare us. We publish works in all genres, and are delighted by genre-bending in every way. We are committed to diversity—in representation, aesthetic, and theme.

The Atlas Review has published five print  literary magazines biannually over the course of three years and has since expanded to chapbooks as well. In 2016, we will begin our inaugural chapbook quest, aptly named TAR Chapbook Series. Titles by Mike Lala, Zoe Dzunko, Soleil Ho, Megan Giddings, and Roberto Montes will be made available throughout the year on physical gorgeous small print runs. You may order an annual subscription here and save $5! We will also kick off issue #6 as our first wholly online issue. In so doing, we will be able to pay our contributors.


Publisher and Editor-in-Chief: Natalie Eilbert

Editor: Emily Raw

Assistant Editor: Tom Oristaglio

Poetry Readers: George Abraham, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Sarah Clark, Samantha Duncan, Kate Guenther, LynleyShimat Lys, Sara Sheiner, Jayson Smith, Spencer Williams

Fiction Readers: Amy Brinker, Sarah Clark, LynleyShimat Lys

Nonfiction Readers: Amy Brinker, Sarah Clark, LynleyShimat Lys

Web Designer: Angela Protzman, Karina Vahitova

Chapbook Cover Designer: Emily Raw

Friends and saviors for life:Dolan Morgan, Morgan Parker


About the Staff

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American Poet, Activist, and Engineering PhD Candidate at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Lois Morrell Poetry Prize, the Favianna Rodriguez Award for Artistic Activism, and the honor of “Best Poet” at the 2017 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. His chapbook, al youm, was a winner of the Atlas Review’s 2016 chapbook contest. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Vinyl, Apogee, Anomalous Press (FKA Drunken Boat), Kweli, Hawai’i Review, and anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry 2016, Nepantla, and the Ghassan Kanafani Palestinian Literature Anthology.
Artist website: http://gabrahampoet.wixsite.com/gabrahampoet
Instagaram/Twitter: @IntifadaBatata

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of three books of poetry: But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, a slice from the cake made of air, and Personal Science. She is the creator of the artist book Grand Dessein. Find her at www.lillianyvonnebertram.com

Amy Brinker works for Penguin Random House and co-hosts the Beaks & Geeks podcast. She reads prose submissions for Atlas.

Sarah Clark is a neuroqueer two-spirit Nanticoke editor, writer, and cultural consultant. They are the VIDA Review’s Assistant Editor, the Features & Reviews Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor for Anomaly, and a co-editor of the Bettering American Poetry series. Sarah has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations, including Sundress Press, Apogeecontemptorary.org, The Paris Review, and Blackbird. They curated Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, Desire & Interaction, and on global indigenous art and literature “First Peoples, Plural.” Their body is a haunted house and they cannot pass a Turing test.

Samantha Duncan is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Playing One on TV (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2017) and The Birth Creatures (Agape Editions, 2016), and her work has recently appeared in Meridian, The Pinch, The Conium Review, and decomP. She is a prose editor for Storyscape Journal and can be found at planesflyinglowoverhead.blogspot.com and @SamSpitsHotFire.

Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press’s 2016 Poetry Prize, slated for publication in early 2018, as well as the poetry collection, Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Granta, The New YorkerTin HouseThe Kenyon Reviewjubilat, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison and is the founding editor of The Atlas Review. Twitter: @natalie_eilbert, Instagram: venusofnatalie

LynleyShimat Lys has recently published work in “Window Cat Press,” “Incessant Pipe,” “Revisions” and “The Great Gatsby Anthology,” reviewed poetry collections for Fjords Review, and served as first reader for the CLMP Firecracker Awards. Recent readings include the Lamprophonic and Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Lynley also held a residency at the Louis Armstrong Archive at Queens College, serves as archivist for the Meena Alexander papers in the Berg Collection of the NYPL, and will be teaching Creative Writing at Queens in fall 2015. Visit online at lynleyshimatlyspoetry.weebly.com.

Tom Oristaglio

Angela Protzman is a graphic designer, illustrator, and web developer living in Colorado. (angela.works)

Emily Raw shoots artist portraits in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her work focuses primarily on the nature of image, both picture and persona, and has appeared in The Source, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

Sara Sheiner is an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech.

Jayson Smith is a Bronx-born, Brooklyn based writer. His poetry has appeared/is forthcoming in The Rumpus, MUZZLE, & boundary2. A Callaloo fellow & Pushcart Prize nominee, Jayson is currently a curator for Poets in Unexpected Places.

Spencer Williams is from Chula Vista, California, and is the author of the chapbook Alien Pink (TAR Chapbook Series). Her work is featured in or forthcoming from Cosmonauts Avenue, Alien Mouth, Potluck, and Fractal. Find her stealing your burrito or on twitter @bussybopper!