TriQuarterly is an American literary magazine published twice a year at Northwestern University that features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, literary essays, reviews, a blog, and graphic art.

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CategoriesLiterary magazine
PublisherNorthwestern University
First issue1958
CountryUnited States

History and profileEdit

Founded in 1958[1] as a faculty and student magazine, TriQuarterly was reshaped in 1964 by Charles Newman as an innovative national publication aimed at a sophisticated and diverse literary readership.[2] The physical aspect of many literary journals today derives from the creation of the TriQuarterly design in 1964. The journal was so named because its original form as a student magazine was published in each of the three quarters of Northwestern's academic year, and not in the fourth quarter, summer.

By publishing a combination of general issues and occasional special issues, such as for Vladimir Nabokov on his seventieth birthday; Prose for Borges; and The Little Magazine in America: A Modern Documentary History, TriQuarterly quickly became one of the most widely admired and important American literary journals.

On September 21, 2009, Northwestern University announced that it would transition the printed journal to an online publication and transfer the name TriQuarterly to a new student-edited electronic publication in 2010. The first online edition of TriQuarterly Online, Issue 138, continuing the numbered issue sequence to show continuity from the print edition, launched on July 5, 2010 at the website:[3]


The New York Times has called TriQuarterly "perhaps the preeminent journal for literary fiction" in America.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazine". EWR. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Margalit Fox (March 22, 2006). "Charles Newman, 67, Writer and Literary Journal Editor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  3. ^ "Northwestern Reaffirms Commitment to University Press; TriQuarterly Magazine Goes Electronic". Northwestern University News Center. September 21, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  4. ^ McDowell, Edwin (March 18, 1983). "PUBLISHING: STARTING OUT IN THE LITTLE MAGAZINES". New York Times. New York Times Corporation. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

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