Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Literary Magazine Hopes For Long Life
(Founders hope Irreantum has long life among LDS magazines)
Deseret News 22Apr00 A4
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The LDS literary magazine Irreantum has
survived for about a year now, which scholars and writers might
consider a novelty given the rate at which literary magazines fail.
However, its founders hope that it will be published for many years
more. Co-managing editors Benson Parkinson and Chris Bigelow hope that
Irreantum will buck the trend among literary magazines. "We're still
small," says Parkinson, "but what buzz we hear has been good."
The magazine has a broad focus, offering not only the short fiction,
poetry and criticism typical of literary magazines, but also including
news and insights into LDS publishing and excerpts of the ongoing
discussion of Mormon literature on AML-list, the email discussion group
also sponsored by Irreantum's parent, the Association for Mormon
The magazine covers not only literature published by traditional LDS
houses like Deseret Book and Bookcraft, but also new and unpublished
works, more controversial works, such as those published by Signature
Books, and even the literature published by Mormon authors at national
and other non-LDS publishers.
The current issue is a good example of this, including essays by BYU
professor Richard H. Cracroft and author Edgar C. Snow, Jr., original
drama by BYU professor Eric Samuelson, an interview with LDS author
Margaret Young, poetry by author Cathy Gileadi Wilson, several reviews,
eight news stories and highlights from AML-list on five topics as
diverse as "Depicting Spiritual Experiences" and the "Price of LDS
Irreantum has previously been available as part of the dues of the
Association for Mormon Letters, but is now seeking to expand its
subscriber base. Subscriptions cost $12 per year.For more information
about Irreantum or the Association for Mormon Letters, call 373-9730 or
send e-mail to ChrisB@enrich.com or BYParkinson@cc.weber.edu.