Mojo, the online journal produced by the graduate students in Wichita State University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, is brand new. As the Assistant Editor of Issues 01 & 02, I worked with our writers, artists, and genre editors to establish the aesthetic of the magazine.
Our first issue, the product of a lot of work throughout the fall of 2011, launched January 21st, 2011. The work we received still has us grinning: fiction from Dale Bridges and Stephanie Wilson; poetry from Marit Ericson, Amy Fox, Carl James Grindley, Mark Petrie, Theadora Siranian; and interviews with artist Heiko Müller and widely acclaimed author Tim O’Brien.
Rudy Oldeschulte of The Review Review said of the first issue:
Mojo is not only a good read, but an enjoyable experience – fun, thoughtful, and provocative.
Issue 02 featured fiction from Peter Tieryas Liu, Rupprecht Mayer, Sadie Hoagland, Brendan Kiely, as well as poetry from Salvatore Attrado, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Kelly Morse, Kevin Heaton, Bill Neumire, and Lindsay Miller. The issue was well-rounded with the addition of creative non-fiction pieces by Kara Garbe Balcerzak and Shay Belisle.
A Pinch of History
Mikrokosmos Literary Journal has been publishing out of Wichita State University for over fifty years. The journal has seen extensive changes in writing trends and editorial design. It has the distinction of publishing the work of William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford, among others.
mojo is the leap into all things digital. Though it was a very large undertaking, building an online literary magazine from the ground up has its advantages: this relatively new form left us to determine what exactly we wanted from a journal and make it. The page design, the linkable pages, the dedicated art pages, and more came from the conversations between the editorial staff and Phylum Design, our design counterparts to the inaugural issue.