the museum of americana

a literary review

American Songbook: C.J. Opperthauser covers “Goodnight Irene”

Our latest feature is something we’re calling “American Songbook.” We plan to feature covers of American traditional songs and original songs that come out of that line of descent. The … Continue reading

November 17, 2012

Contributor’s Notes: Joyce Goldenstern on “A Brief History of Barbed-Wire . . .” from Issue One

Joyce Goldenstern discusses the background of her short story “A Brief History of Barbed-Wire and How It Affects and Does Not Affect the Life of Hannah Johnson Shoemaker.” Barbed wire … Continue reading

November 17, 2012

Contributor’s Notes: Dan Mancilla on “The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery”

Dan Mancilla on the composition of his short story “The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery”  “The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery” is an adapted chapter from my novel-length manuscript The Deathmask of El Gaucho. … Continue reading

November 13, 2012

Contributor’s Notes: Chelsey Clammer on “Infestation” from Issue One

Chelsey Clammer on the origins of her nonfiction piece “Infestation”:  I wrote this piece as I was just moving into a small mountain town in order to concentrate on writing. … Continue reading

November 10, 2012

Issue One Playlist

It’s only natural for a journal about historical American culture to be deeply tied to music, and the the museum of americana is certainly proving to be no exception. No … Continue reading

October 20, 2012

Issue One Contents

Hey, everybody — we just want to say thanks again for all the terrific submissions. We’ve been working hard to put together our lineup for opening day, and it looks … Continue reading

October 1, 2012

Our First Reading Period is Now Closed; Issue One Coming Soon

Our first open reading period has been a huge success! Our hardworking editors have carefully read through/looked at hundreds of stories, poems, and photographs in the past month, and our … Continue reading

September 23, 2012