It was difficult for me to think of just one literary journal I adore, so I wanted to introduce people to LitRagger: the first app that allows people to read many of my personal favorite literary journals and magazines on their iPads and iPhones.
When Adam Lefton and Landon Sandy put their heads together to form LitRagger, they had poetry in mind. Though the journals featured are not solely poetry—they have some of the finest fiction and nonfiction out there as well—the problem of solving the digital formatting nightmares of poetry past was part of the initial impetus to start the app. That, and allowing journals to start to publish digitally without having to send out a PDF. Not only is the app affordable for the journals that are a part of it, but it’s also a less expensive way to subscribe to journals you love without having to lug all of them around or keep up with address changes (because, let’s face it, we’re nomads, us literary folk, and not always on top of the change of address forms). LitRagger is easy to use, and pretty sexy looking to boot.
LitRagger has 18 journals in their app right now. And the best part? You’ll want to read every single one. FIELD, Gulf Coast, New England Review, and Sycamore Review are all available, and this new app will only continue to grow. LitRagger also always features a free story or poem on the home screen. Right now it’s Sherman Alexie’s curated Native American Portfolio from Prairie Schooner, which you don’t want to miss. And don’t just take my word for LitRagger’s success—when the app launched in December, they were picked as Top New App of the Week by The Guardian.
—Corey Van Landingham
*Throughout Poetry Month 32 Poems will use this space to praise presses, journals, and readings series that bring poetry to us in a special way. Our hope is that we can point new fans in their direction and publicly thank editors and curators for their work. Check in with us again tomorrow for another poet’s recommendation.
Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote (forthcoming from Ohio State University Press), winner of the 2012 Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry. She recently completed her MFA at Purdue University, where she was a Poetry Editor for Sycamore Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Best New Poets 2012, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. She will begin a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University in the fall.