Whistling Shade is a literary journal and small press located in St. Paul, MN. We take a populist approach to literature and our audience is the general reading public. Whistling Shade is distributed to cafes, book stores, libraries and other locations in the Twin Cities; our print circulation is 2500 semi-annually and we have been publishing since 2001. Whistling Shade Press also publishes books. To receive announcements about issue and book releases, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.

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The new Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Whistling Shade is currently hitting the streets! This number is a potpourri of fiction, poetry, essay, and other odds & ends that will give you plenty of good reading for the long Minnesota winter. We have essays on Sinclair Lewis and the vaudeville performer Teddy Qualls, best books of the 21st century (so far), stories featuring carnival rides, mushroom clouds, movie theaters and a robot the size of a mountain(!), poetry that moves from the State Fair to Joan Blondell to Hyla Brook, reviews of books by Colin Dodds and Kevin FitzPatrick, and much more.

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Call for submissions! Our Spring/Summer 2018 issue will have a "Food & Drink" theme, and we're actively seeking stories, essays and poetry that includes a culinary subject. Worked at a vineyard? Owned your own restaurant? Write poetry about peas? We want to hear from you! Email your submissions to the usual addresses (fiction, editor or poetry@whistlingshade.com) with "Food & Drink" somewhere in the subject line. Deadline is March 1, 2018.

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New books from Whistling Shade!

Our Shades of Myth poetry chapbook is now available! Order your own copy for just $3!


Detroit Muscle - Jeff Vande Zande


An Oxycodone addict just out of rehab, Robby Cooper has debts to pay and a pregnant ex-girlfriend. As Robby struggles to jump-start his life on the crumbling streets of Detroit and its suburbs, his grandfather Otto invites him on a fly fishing road trip to northern Michigan. Driving his grandfather's '68 Firebird, Robby begins to understand how his family's dysfunction spans generations...


Gyuri - Marilyn Baszczynski


Marilyn Baszczynski's narrative poem Gyuri follows the story of her parents' hardship and romance in WWII-era Hungary. Gyuri is the first book in Whistling Shade's new imprint of narrative poetry books, the Geste series. Click here for details.


What if i got down on my knees? - Tony Rauch


“Tony Rauch is reviving the bodies of love and mystery and laughter. He knows where the bodies are buried and is digging them up beautifully. And we are all the better for it.”

—Patrick Wensink