About American Chordata

American Chordata is a biannual literary and arts magazine that's beautiful to look at; packed with bright voices in fiction, essay, poetry, art, and photography; and curated by weirdos who love brave new writing as much as you do.

Each issue of American Chordata is published both online and in print. While we hope you’ll support the magazine and our contributors by purchasing a print edition or subscription, the online editions are, and will always be, free to read and share.


A lovely, pocket-sized literary magazine we always look forward to seeing, because we know that it’ll surprise and delight us with its refreshing voices.

—Stack Magazines

Easily the best (and best looking) new literary mag on the stand.

—AIGA Eye on Design

Attractive, thoughtful, offering a lovely interplay of ideas—both visual and conceptual—between the pieces. American Chordata is cerebral and moving, and a journal worth paying attention to.

—Middlebury Magazine

A brilliantly designed literary magazine that sidesteps smug melodrama.

—It’s Nice That

Illuminating. Invites its readers to approach the uncertain future of global politics by recognizing a dialogue with the past.

—Freunde von Freunden

A WHOLE OTHER level of necessary reading.


Flipping through American Chordata is really a breath of fresh air. So much great photography and painting in a layout that really lets the imagery shine next to the text content <3.


Five stars. Impeccably curated. A virtually unique publication, indeed, a carefully and beautifully crafted product.

—The Review Review

This New York-based startup thrills with an individual visual language and a substantive, suspenseful editorial organization that creates a potent conversation between the design and the content.

—Zimmerman Editorial, Reviews

A literary magazine grows in Brooklyn. . .and thrives with local staff and diverse content.

—The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Stack Awards for Independent Magazines

Winner of “Best Original Fiction”
Special Commendation for “Launch of the Year”

Special Commendation for “Best Original Fiction”
Special Commendation for “Best Original Nonfiction”
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