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Hobart, Aaron Burch


Hobart magazine was founded in 2001 by Aaron Burch. It is a biannual magazine print magazine that comes out irregularly, about three times every two years. Every April is devoted to a baseball issue. Each genre’s sub-editor reads all the submissions for their section, and chooses which ones to publish. The magazine also has irregular submission dates, and they accept fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Hobart is also connected to a small press where they publish books with Elizabeth Ellen as editor.


I love the idea behind the April Baseball issue. Why baseball? Any special significance?

Baseball just because I love baseball. About ten years ago (I think 2003 was the first year we did it?), it got to be only a week or two before the season was to start and I was really excited for baseball. I knew a bunch of writers who were, too, and so at the last minute I threw out a call for pieces from writers I knew were fans of the sport, and they sent stuff my way, and the tradition was born.


Hobart began as an online journal, but how did the idea behind it start? What was your motivation? Your inspiration?

It was really born out of equal parts boredom, curiosity, and naiveté. I didn’t know what I was doing, or really what I wanted to do, but I’d just graduated from college, moved away from friends, was working at a job I didn’t especially like, and needed a way to entertain myself and spend my time.


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