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Literary Spotlight: Hotel Amerika

Cross-genre works of all shapes and sizes are welcome in this quirky journal.

Hotel AmerikaTwo years ago at a book fair and writing conference in Los Angeles, Hotel Amerika staff passed out eye-catching promotional postcards. On the front, an image of dancer Fred Astaire mid-leap, a manic smile stretched across his face. On the back, a quote by author James Geary: “When in doubt, remain in doubt.”

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The image appears on the cover of Volume 14, dubbed the TransGenre Issue. The Geary quote speaks to the playfulness of the issue and to the 15-year-old literary magazine’s particular aesthetic. “We love work in any genre. We’ve published startling essays, poetry, fiction, prose poetry over the years,” says editor David Lazar. “But I and my fellow editors also like to confuse the issue.”

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