Epiphany A Literary Journal

Epiphany A Literary Journal Epiphany celebrates epiphanic work that reveals the capacious potential of literature.

Epiphany, a semiannual literary magazine, was established in 2001. We feature fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic literature, and visual art. Our contributors have included emerging writers alongside iconic literary voices such as Elena Ferrante, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Derek Walcott, and Man Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen. Our ethos locates in the celebration of epiphanic work that reveals the capacious potential of literature.

Mission: Epiphany is committed to publishing literary work, wherever it may fall on the spectrum from experimental to traditional, that is realized both in its vision and its devotion to artistry. We are especially open to writers whose explorations of new territory may not yet have found validation elsewhere.

Our Spring Fete is less than three weeks away, and we can't wait to celebrate our 15th anniversary with you. Come enjoy ...
05/17/2019

Our Spring Fete is less than three weeks away, and we can't wait to celebrate our 15th anniversary with you. Come enjoy the NYC skyline from the rooftop of the William Vale as we honor novelist Gary Shteyngart and share a night of great conversation and a love of literature.

Among our hosts for the evening is Epiphany's guest editor Alex Gilvarry, and every attendee will receive a copy of our gorgeous new Spring/Summer issue.

Buy your tickets here: http://epiphanyzine.com/fte-tickets

When: Thursday, June 6th at 7 PM
Where: The William Vale (111 N 12th St., Brooklyn, NY)

Sponsors: HIP Lit, The William Vale, Crazy Beautiful Wines, Standard Wormwood Distillery

We invite you to join us for Epiphany's 2019 Summer Fête - an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in support of the...
05/01/2019

We invite you to join us for Epiphany's 2019 Summer Fête - an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in support of the journal.

We'll gather at the beautiful William Vale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where we will honor novelist Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story, Little Failure, and, most recently, Lake Success.

Gary will be introduced by Epiphany Spring/Summer issue guest editor Alex Gilvarry (Eastman Was Here, Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant). Kindly join us for an evening to remember, and help carry the journal forward as we celebrate our 15th anniversary.

When: Thursday, June 6th at 7 PM

Where: The William Vale (111 N 12th St., Brooklyn, NY)
Single tickets are ON SALE right now, until May 10th!

http://epiphanyzine.com/fte-tickets/friend-ticket-to-epiphanys-2019-summer-fte

* Cocktail Attire *

Sponsors: H.I.P. Lit, The William Vale

http://epiphanyzine.com/features/2019/2/26/brief-interview-with-pingmai-lan-a-winner-of-the-2019-penrobert-j-dau-short-s...
03/15/2019
Short-form interview with Pingmei Lan, a winner of the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

http://epiphanyzine.com/features/2019/2/26/brief-interview-with-pingmai-lan-a-winner-of-the-2019-penrobert-j-dau-short-story-prize

Pingmei Lan’s short story, “Cicadas and the Dead Chairman,” which appeared in Epiphany’s Fall/Winter 2018 issue, has been named a winner of the prestigious PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize. Below is a brief interview with Pingmei, featuring our Epiphany 10 questions.

Epiphany A Literary Journal's cover photo
03/15/2019

Epiphany A Literary Journal's cover photo

Epiphany A Literary Journal's cover photo
03/15/2019

Epiphany A Literary Journal's cover photo

03/15/2019
Stack of the back --18 years!
02/13/2019

Stack of the back --18 years!

12/27/2018
Epiphany Magazine: Donate

Dear Friends,

2018 was a year of changes both in the world and at the magazine. We are proud of the work of our staff and colleagues who helped usher in the Breakout 8, a new prize for emerging writers; for bringing in new writers and voices to our spring and fall issues, particularly those from marginalized communities; and for helping us plan our most successful annual Fête to date.

Epiphany's contributors show courage and honesty in their acts of creative expression. We loved the pure unashamed rage of Elena Ferrante’s "The Factory" about the trauma of sexual assault and Patricia Smith’s poem "Incendiary Art: Birmingham 1963" about the realities of racism. Alisson Wood's Being Lolita: A Memoir, Yuxi Lin's poem "Feast" and Jamel Brinkley’s story "J’Ouvert, 1996" all explore innocence, loss and survival with a storyteller's resolve. We admire their work, and we believe in paying writers for their contributions. We strive to publish new literary voices from all backgrounds and identities who have interesting perspectives and unique points of view, from the experimental to the traditional.

We are grateful for the work of our readers, writers, volunteers and staff, and we are eager to foster their efforts in the New Year. Any donation big or small will help.

Thank you for joining our community and ushering us into 2019.

Sincerely,
The Board Members of Epiphany

epiphanyzine.com/donate

12/11/2018

We're proud to announce our 2018 nominations for The Pushcart Prize.

- Karen Bender, "Where to Hide in A Synagogue"
- Lisa Chen, "My Last White Boyfriend"
- Collin Frazier, "And Your Enemies Closer"
- Christopher Kang, "One Ton Prop"
- Lore Segal, "Days of Martinis and Forgetting"
- Nicole Treska, "Before We Were Man"

Additionally, Anzhelina Polonskaya's poem "(...)," translated by Andrew Wachtel, and Elisa Gonzalez's poem "2008" were nominated independently.

Read all of this wonderful work in our two 2018 issues.

We're raising $10,000 this December to keep us keeping on into 2019. We're just $200 away from our first milestone of 2k...
12/05/2018

We're raising $10,000 this December to keep us keeping on into 2019. We're just $200 away from our first milestone of 2k!

Can you donate and help us reach our first milestone by the end of the week?

Russia is back at the center of the American popular imagination, but our picture lacks nuance. Reading contemporary Rus...
11/30/2018
To Understand Russia’s Complexities, Turn to Its Contemporary Literature

Russia is back at the center of the American popular imagination, but our picture lacks nuance. Reading contemporary Russian literature might help fix that.

"To many of my American acquaintances, contemporary Russia remains an exoticized 'other.' This massive country that covers more than one eighth of the Earth’s inhabitable land and is inhabited by approximately 160 ethnic groups speaking 100 languages becomes reduced in conversation to a few set phrases.... If we hope for a deeper engagement with the country and its cultural complexities, perhaps the more appropriate place to turn is contemporary Russian-language literature."

http://epiphanyzine.com/features/understand-russias-complexities

by Olga Zilberbourg A friend’s ten-year-old son recently came up to me at a party to ask, “You’re from Russia, right?” Sensing caution in my assent, the boy hesitated before asking the next question, clearly trying to phrase it in a way that wouldn’t cause offense but would express his cur...

Dear friends and readers,It’s Giving Tuesday, and we are kicking off our campaign to raise $10,000 by the end of the y...
11/27/2018

Dear friends and readers,

It’s Giving Tuesday, and we are kicking off our campaign to raise $10,000 by the end of the year. This year-end fundraising campaign is essential to carry Epiphany into 2019.

Your donation is tax deductible and helps us continue on with the work of championing bright new literary voices, such as Pingmei Lan, who writes, "Epiphany featured my first story alongside a group of award-winning writers who inspired me with their writing. Tracy and Moss were consummate professionals throughout the process. I'm forever indebted to them for gifting me with this experience." Fall/Winter 2018 Issue

To donate, go here: https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=55b78a8ae4b06f1beaf7301b

#CyberMonday is another chance to support small presses and journals. Get our latest issue with gorgeous work from Karen...
11/26/2018

#CyberMonday is another chance to support small presses and journals. Get our latest issue with gorgeous work from Karen E Bender Evan Gill Smith Brynne Rebele-Henry Rasheeda Saka Nick Fuller Googins, Christopher Kang, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Lisa Chen, Suzanne Highland, Eric Laster, Pingmei Lan, Sam Pink, Eric Laster, and many more!

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We had such a great Fall/Winter 2018 Launch on November 12, with a stellar lineup. All thanks to our readers, Nick Fulle...
11/25/2018

We had such a great Fall/Winter 2018 Launch on November 12, with a stellar lineup. All thanks to our readers, Nick Fuller Googins, Rasheeda Saka, Evan Gill SmithLisa Chen, and Brynne Rebele-Henry. Special thanks to Tracey O'Neil, Moss Turpan, and Andrés Cerpa. Have you picked up the latest issue?

Tonight Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend premiered on HBO. So happy to have published her short story, "The Factory,...
11/19/2018

Tonight Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend premiered on HBO. So happy to have published her short story, "The Factory," in our Risky Words issue. Our thanks to Ann Goldstein for her translation. Did you catch the premiere? #ElenaFerrante #OurBrilliantFriend

“One Ton Prop”
11/16/2018
“One Ton Prop”

“One Ton Prop”

1. My plays have nothing to do with performance. The stage is just a place. I do not have actors. I have strangers who collaborate with me to make a new confusion in harsh light while other strange…

Contributor Yukiko Motoya has won Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize. Now her work is available in English for the fi...
11/08/2018

Contributor Yukiko Motoya has won Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize. Now her work is available in English for the first time. THE LONESOME BODYBUILDER is one of the most delightful books of the year!

Breakout 8 honoree Amber Wheeler Bacon has an essay about the art of time up at Craft Literary!
11/07/2018
The Art of Time in David Gates's "Banishment" - CRAFT

Breakout 8 honoree Amber Wheeler Bacon has an essay about the art of time up at Craft Literary!

By Amber Wheeler Bacon • David Gates doesn’t recommend flashbacks to new writers when he’s teaching fiction. When line editing a student’s piece, he cuts pretty much every flashback he sees. I know because he cut plenty of mine when…

Happy pub day to contributor Karen Bender! THE NEW ORDER is out today, and it is just as brilliant, funny, sad, & insigh...
11/06/2018

Happy pub day to contributor Karen Bender! THE NEW ORDER is out today, and it is just as brilliant, funny, sad, & insightful as her National Book Award shortlisted collection REFUND. Go get yours today from Counterpoint Press.

It’s here! It’s here! Our Fall/Winter 2018 issue has arrived with writing by David Albahari, Karen Bender, Eugene Br...
11/05/2018

It’s here! It’s here! Our Fall/Winter 2018 issue has arrived with writing by David Albahari, Karen Bender, Eugene Brogyányi, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Lisa Chen, Ellen Elias-Bursać, Nick Fuller Googins, Paulette Guerin, János Háy, Suzanne Highland, Christopher Kang, Michelle Har Kim, Pingmei Lan, Eric Laster, Vincent Le, Yukiko Motoya, Dennis Pahl, Sam Pink, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Evan Gill Smith, José Watanabe, Asa Yoneda.

Order your copy here: http://epiphanyzine.com/buy/fall-winter-2018

Happy Halloween! This spooky image comes from our forthcoming issue which features Rorschach-style illustrations for eve...
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween! This spooky image comes from our forthcoming issue which features Rorschach-style illustrations for every piece. It accompanies Pingmei Lan’s “Cicadas and the Dead Chairman.” Order yours here: http://epiphanyzine.com/buy/fall-winter-2018

What do David Albahari, Karen Bender, Eugene Brogyányi, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Lisa Chen, Ellen Elias-Bursać, ...
10/29/2018
Epiphany Fall/Winter 2018 Pre-Order

What do David Albahari, Karen Bender, Eugene Brogyányi, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Lisa Chen, Ellen Elias-Bursać, Nick Fuller Googins, Paulette Guerin, János Háy, Suzanne Highland, Christopher Kang, Michelle Har Kim, Pingmei Lan, Eric Laster, Vincent Le, Yukiko Motoya, Dennis Pahl, Sam Pink, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Evan Gill Smith, José Watanabe, & Asa Yoneda have in common? They’re all featured in Epiphany’s Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Order yours today!

*Pre-order the issue now and receive it when it hits shelves November 6. Our Fall/Winter 2018 issue features new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with illustrations by Vincent Le. Contributors: David Albahari, Karen Bender, Eugene Brogyányi, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Lisa Chen, Ellen Eli

Looking for your next read? We recommend these books of the trans canon.
10/26/2018
Toward Creating a Trans Literary Canon

Looking for your next read? We recommend these books of the trans canon.

In a moment of attempted erasure by the government, eleven books that attempt the opposite: creating a body of work, a corpus, an inscription.

10/24/2018

Contributor Angela Palm is the runner up for the 2018 Stanford Libraries’ William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in nonfiction!

Can you guess who the cover model is for our forthcoming issue? Send your guess to epiphany.magazine@gmail.com by noon O...
10/19/2018

Can you guess who the cover model is for our forthcoming issue? Send your guess to [email protected] by noon October 21st and if you’re right, we’ll send you a free copy.

Looking for a job? Come join our team. We’re seeking a part-time development and operations director. 20 hours/week, w...
10/12/2018
Development and Operations Director

Looking for a job? Come join our team. We’re seeking a part-time development and operations director. 20 hours/week, work from home.

Epiphany is hiring a Development and Operations Director who will spearhead the magazine's fundraising efforts as well as oversee day-to-day operations of the organization. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent communication skills and organizational know-how, as well as som...

10/10/2018

Contributors Jamel Brinkley and Rae Armantrout are National Book Award Finalists! 🎉🎉🎉‬

We’re counting down the days until our new issue hits the stands! Here’s a snapshot from our index for a little snea...
10/08/2018

We’re counting down the days until our new issue hits the stands! Here’s a snapshot from our index for a little sneak preview.

This wonderful crew made our night. Thanks for bringing the laughter and literature to Lit Crawl!
10/07/2018

This wonderful crew made our night. Thanks for bringing the laughter and literature to Lit Crawl!

Tonight! Tonight! Join us at 8 for a free subscription.
10/06/2018

Tonight! Tonight! Join us at 8 for a free subscription.

Happy National Poetry Day! Today read “2008” by Elisa Gonzalez to celebrate.Elisa will join Jennifer Baker and Nicol...
10/04/2018
"2008" by Elisa Gonzalez

Happy National Poetry Day! Today read “2008” by Elisa Gonzalez to celebrate.

Elisa will join Jennifer Baker and Nicole Treska at our Lit Crawl Brooklyn event Saturday at 8pm at Work Heights (650 Franklin.)

Years later, a man described why the gods of finance couldn’t wipe everyone’s debt and / start over. Everyone’s debt is another person’s asset. That autumn, the bank did not / call. The bank sent letters in nondescript envelopes. Invitations to pay a past-due balance.

at our local bookstore Terrace Books 💕
10/02/2018

at our local bookstore Terrace Books 💕

You’ve got to read this essay by contributor Jillian Wiese in Granta— you’ll get primed on cyborgs, after all.
09/25/2018
Common Cyborg | Jillian Weise | Granta

You’ve got to read this essay by contributor Jillian Wiese in Granta— you’ll get primed on cyborgs, after all.

‘I’m nervous at night when I take off my leg. I wait until the last moment before sleep to un-tech because I am a woman who lives alone.’ Jillian Weise on the concerns of a cyborg.

Congratulations to contributor Hannah Lillith Assadi for making the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 List!
09/24/2018
The NBF announces its 2018 5 under 35 honorees

Congratulations to contributor Hannah Lillith Assadi for making the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 List!

The NBF today announced its 2018 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.

We can’t wait for Lit Crawl on October 6th! Please pencil us in for an interactive game Dead Darlings in which audienc...
09/18/2018
Lit Crawl Brooklyn 2018!

We can’t wait for Lit Crawl on October 6th! Please pencil us in for an interactive game Dead Darlings in which audience and writers compete to see who can guess which versions of famous texts are early drafts and which made it to print. We’ll be joined by Jennifer Baker, Nicole Treska, & Elisa Gonzalez!

Mark your calendars! Everyone's favorite literary bar crawl is back, and we hope you'll join

We're getting into back to school with this essay by Karissa Chen, a letter to her younger self about the MFA, the write...
09/17/2018
A Letter to My Younger Self As You Begin Your MFA

We're getting into back to school with this essay by Karissa Chen, a letter to her younger self about the MFA, the writer's identity, and finding her audience.

You will learn craft and language, you will develop a love affair with poetry, you will find lifelong friends and mentors. You will experiment, test your boundaries, search for your voice. But you will find yourself surrounded by white peers, white teachers, people who can’t push you to ask yourse...

Come visit us at Brooklyn Book Fest Booth 311!
09/16/2018

Come visit us at Brooklyn Book Fest Booth 311!

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