Geist (magazine)

Geist is a Canadian literary magazine[1] published quarterly since 1990. The magazine takes its name from the German word geist (meaning "mind" or "spirit").

CategoriesLiterary magazine, Canadian culture
PublisherAnnMarie MacKinnon
FounderStephen Osborne
First issue1990
CompanyThe Geist Foundation
LanguageCanadian English

Geist was co-founded in 1990 by Stephen Osborne and Mary Schendlinger in their living room, with financing of just $7,500.[2] On April 20, 2015, Geist announced that Osborne and Schendlinger would be stepping down and staff members Michał Kozłowski and AnnMarie MacKinnon would be taking over.[3]

The magazine is known in part for its series of Canadian maps (e.g. "Canadian placenames that sound impolite," "The Beer Map of Canada," etc.)[4] and for spearheading various campaigns, such as petitions to have folk singer Stan Rogers inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame[5] and the Geist Annual Literal Literary Postcard Contest.[6][7]

Geist has received numerous award nominations, including National Magazine Awards in 2010[8] and 2017.[9] It won the 2017 Gold Medal for Photojournalism & Photo Essay for Terence Byrnes' South of Buck Creek.[10] In 2019 Geist was nominated for two National Magazine Awards in the Personal Journalism and Column categories.[11] Lisa Bird-Wilson won the Silver Column award for "Clowns, Cakes, Canoes: This is Canada?"[12][13] Geist has been featured in the Utne Reader.[14]

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  1. ^ Aug 18, CBC Books · Posted; November 23, 2017 11:14 AM ET | Last Updated; 2018. "A guide to Canadian literary magazines and journals open to submissions | CBC Books". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-17.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "GEIST MAGAZINE". BC Creates. 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  3. ^ Geist Founders Usurped After 95 Issues Retrieved on 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ The Geist Atlas of Canada.
  5. ^ "Stan-ecdotes" Archived 2009-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  6. ^ "The 15th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest". 2019-02-20. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ "Postcard Stories From Geist Magazine" World Hum. Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  8. ^ "This Magazine nominated for three National Magazine Awards". This Magazine. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "This Magazine nominated for three National Magazine Awards". This Magazine. April 20, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Off the Page: Terence Byrnes". National Magazine Awards. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  11. ^ National Media Awards Foundation (May 15, 2019). "2019 National Magazine Awards Nominations" (PDF). National Magazine Awards.
  12. ^ "Announcing the Winners of the 42nd Annual National Magazine Awards". National Magazine Awards. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  13. ^ Bird-Wilson, Lisa (2017-07-04). "Clowns, Cakes, Canoes: This is Canada?". Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  14. ^ Staff. "Library Crawl: Trolling the Utne Library – Media – Utne Reader". Utne. Retrieved 2019-05-17.

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