Maggy Mag / Natalie Duleba

Just Poetry | Natalie Duleba


“Just Poetry” could easily be the name for Maggy  poetry magazine, which publishes a collection of 100+ poems each issue. The online magazine has little else, and that’s just the way it’s meant to be. 

Published biyearly, Maggy started in 2009 as a print publication but has since made the move to online. Originally $11 an issue, poetry lovers can now enjoy the two most recent issues online in their entirety for free. 

Founded by three graduate school acquaintances, Maggy is means to present high quality, “new contemporary” poetry, including translations, previously unpublished poems from the likes of John Ashbery and John Yau as well as from the work of emerging poets. 

Founding editor Adam Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist and reviewer whose works are or are forthcoming in A Public Space, The Boston Review and The Brooklyn Rail. Currently an adjunct professor at four universities, Fitzgerald’s first book of poetry, The Late Parade, is scheduled for a June 2013 release under the Norton Liveright imprint.  

Fitzgerald began Maggy in 2009 with a clear goal in mind: to put out a high quality, professional-grade magazine of exemplary poetry. The first issue was filled poetry Fitzgerald admired, whether it came from personal friends or professional poets. Submissions have expanded, but the tradition remains. 

John Weil, once Fitzgerald’s high school poetry teacher in New Jersey, is now co-editor of Maggy. Weil is currently a professor of creative writing a Binghampton University and has had several book of poetry published, the most recent, The Plumber Apprentice, in 2009.

“He was a natural choice for me,” Fitzgerald said about his decision to invite Weil to edit Maggy after two of the founding editors left the project. “We’d worked together on something similar in the past, and I knew he would be the perfect fit for the vision of Maggy.”

Together with a small staff, the two edit Maggy poetry, producing roughly 100 pages of poetry per issue. While the first two issues cannot be found online, they are still available for purchase.

“The move to online was purely an economic choice,” Fitzgerald said. “But I still wanted to have the same type of presentation online as we had in the published issues: nothing extra, no bios or introductions, just poetry.”

Currently in its fourth issue, Maggy continues to put forth an eclectic mix of poetry from a combination of established and up-and-coming poets, as well as high quality covers. The most recent issue has an art piece by Dan Sabau as its cover art. 

Most recently, Maggy was at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Boston. A “Maggython” was held at the Editorial Institute at Boston University and featured a marathon reading from the contributors of the last four issues of the magazine. 

He said he is proud of where Maggy is now and hopes to continue producing a consistently high-caliber magazine in the future. 

Natalie is a journalism major at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Spring 2013 at NYAP, she's interning with Interview and Maggy magazines.