While I was attempting to look for magazine publications that stood out most to me, I came across IDK Magazine. I find that the title sums up exactly what a publication should be – limitless, non-conforming, and creative. This magazine is an online literary magazine, which happens to publish out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in the year 2013, IDK Magazine only publishes twice a year with one issue released in the winter and one in the summer.
I wanted to write about a publication that seemed very innovative and fresh, which can already be assumed just by looking at the editing staff on their webpage. The editors are a group of diverse individuals, varying in gender identities, race, and age. I think this alone shows that the magazine will reach a wide-range of people, because more will be able to relate to a platform with varying voices behind it.
After reading a few short stories among various issues, I found the common theme between all of these pieces is how very real and, I want to say, direct. They’re real, because these are real people writing these short stories; no characters, no grand schemes – just genuine people telling their truths. I liked “Rally Kid” by Tess Wilson, because the details that were given made me feel like I was actually there with author. I could see the BMW, feel the stickiness and the denim in the sun, feel the bugs between my own teeth. I like fiction more than the next gal, but sensory details, I find, are what makes a story jump off the screen, whether it’s fiction or not. This specific piece does that for me.
I’m I looking forward to hopefully doing a whole paper based off what I see and read in IDK Magazine!