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Passages North, Jennifer Howard


Passages North is an annual literary magazine based in at Northern Michigan University. It has been around for about 35 years. Passages North accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, and short-shorts, as well as spoken-word poetry published on the website. They have a section on their website called the Writers on Writing Series, where anyone can contribute short essays about the process of writing. Current and old issues can be purchased on the site.


How did Passages North get started?

PN was started in 1979 at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan, a town about an hour south of here on Lake Michigan. Then, it was printed on newspaper, would get your hands dirty with ink when you read it. In the early 90s, it spent some years at Kalamazoo College, and then maybe 15 years ago made its way back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Northern Michigan University, on the Lake Superior part of the peninsula.


How has Passages North evolved since the start?

We get to print a fat 300-page perfect-bound issue these days. And while our ties to the Midwest and to the Upper Peninsula in particular are still important to us, I do think we’re less of a regional publication these days. The sheer amount of work we can publish in each issue makes us necessarily more eclectic, lets us cover more ground, makes room for the weird as well as the beautiful.