Ilya Kaminsky | Wisława Szymborska

August 5, 2020

Read Map, Wisława Szymborska's collected poems, with Ilya Kaminsky in the third installment of #APStogether, our series of virtual book clubs. Details about how #APStogether works can be found here.


Elizabeth McCracken | Annie Dillard

July 20, 2020

Read and discuss The Maytrees by Annie Dillard with Elizabeth McCracken and A Public Space. Starting July 23, the second in #APStogether, a series of free virtual book clubs that take place on social media under the hashtag #APStogether.

Click here for more information on how it works.


Garth Greenwell | Henry James

July 8, 2020

Read and discuss The Turn of the Screw by Henry James with Garth Greenwell and A Public Space. Starting July 9, the first in #APStogether, a series of free virtual book clubs that take place on social media under the hashtag #APStogether.

Click here for more information on how it works.


Open Call

June 18, 2020

In connection with the Editorial Fellowship program at A Public Space, we are pleased to announce an open call for a special portfolio in the magazine to be edited by Taylor Michael.


Editorial Master Classes

June 11, 2020

What is an editor's role? How does an editor work with an author to elevate and support their work?


An In-Between Issue

May 28, 2020



A Public Space No. 28.5 is a collection of free-access pieces from the magazine's archive, a kind of in-between issue for an in-between time. From Antarctica to Berlin; prizewinners and debut publications; letters rescued from a safe-deposit box and stories nearly lost to history; travel diaries from the fourteenth century and a poem of twenty-first century spring. This ancient impulse, in a multitude of incarnations.


When Animals Conspire

May 28, 2020

What would happen if the natural world could strike back? Especially after watching the Netflix documentary series Tiger King, I wonder how animals might retaliate against us for all that we’ve done to them, their habitats, and our planet. Ben Ehrenreich's "When Animals Conspire," from A Public Space No. 03 reminds us that the way we treat those most vulnerable has effects both great and small.

Taylor Michael is an essayist from Mount Vernon, NY. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts and is the inaugural A Public Space Editorial Fellow.


The Rat Ship

May 28, 2020

I’ve always been obsessed with stories about failure — myths, folklore, epics, and tragedies —and how these genres think about the fall of man. Is it our choices, chance, or fate that leads us to our lowest points? Just how does this really happen?

"Rat Ship" by Ernst Weiss feels relevant to me as we live through unparalleled times. This story about a quest to the North Pole appeared in A Public Space No. 05. A portrait of the author, compiled by translator Joel Rotenberg from Weiss's own writing, and recollections by his friends, enemies, and correspondents—including Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, Anna Seghers, and others—appeared in A Public Space No. 19.

Taylor Michael is an essayist from Mount Vernon, NY. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts and is the inaugural A Public Space Editorial Fellow.


“The Let-Out” by Jamel Brinkley

May 27, 2020

"It might be true that discomfort is one of my own primary modes of experience. So much of living has been about discomfort for me. Maybe discomfort is related to vulnerability and sensitivity, and maybe for me it’s one of the most effective ways by which a person or character can... have their settled notions of themselves pierced to open up a space (a wound?) for self-reflection. I’m deeply suspicious of the idea that people or characters can suddenly undergo deep and genuine change, or that radical change and true epiphanies are common, but I am completely faithful to the idea that there are moments when we can be profoundly shaken." —Jamel Brinkley, in conversation with Brandon Taylor at Lit Hub.

Jamel Brinkley is the author of the story collection A Lucky Man (A Public Space/Graywolf), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize; and the winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He lives in California, where he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


Announcing #APStogether

May 21, 2020

We are thrilled also to announce a new set of writer-hosts for a second series of virtual book clubs, #APStogether, free and open to all: Garth Greenwell, Elizabeth McCracken, Claire Messud, Ayana Mathis, Carl Phillips, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Park, Elliott Holt, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Aimee Bender, and others.


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