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 now published annually and we have been in print since 2001. See our Subscriptions page to purchase a subscription or individual issues. 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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Whistling Shade's 2022 issue is now available! Download a $1 PDF below, or buy a print issue from our Subscriptions page. The issue release will be this Saturday, November 19, 7pm at Eat My Words. Readers will include Paula Reed Nancarrow, Michel Krug, Holly Day and Mark Rhoads. The issue will be online in early 2023.

Whistling Shade Press is thrilled to publish Greg Watson's latest poetry collection, The Sound of Light! Buy the book from Whistling Shade using Paypal, from Amazon, or stop in to Subtext books for a copy.

Whistling Shade is seeking a junior fiction editor. This volunteer position would begin in January and involves three or four meetings Jan - July to discuss stories and select them for publication. We cover about 30 stories in a year. Meetings are typically in person at a cafe. If you have some extra time, love fiction, and would like to take part in lively literary discussion, please email Joel Van Valin at admin@whistlingshade.com.

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New books from Whistling Shade!

The Sound of Light - Greg Watson


From a record store to a marathon to a newborn intensive care unit, Greg Watson's poems catalogue the intimate moments that fall just below the surface of a busy, modern world. By turns tender and elegiac, his sparse lines are filled with a quiet reverie that attempts to describe "the sound of light itself / asking to be recorded, / and no one around to do so / but me, a novice playing / the only way I know" ("And Learn to Sing Along").

The Neighborhood Division - Jeff Vande Zande


Jeff Vande Zande's latest story collection travels down the shady lanes of the American neighborhood. From kids egging windows to lost joggers and insomniacs to basement prisoners and Orwellian gated communities, these stories grow ever more surreal, holding a darkened mirror up to that which we are - and may become.


Castle Bash - Julian Bernick


A narrative poem in the Romantic tradition, Castle Bash is Byronic in character, Gothic in atmosphere, Romantic in outlook and Lovecraftian in scope. When a bastard poet is given safe haven and patronage at the tenebrous Castle Bash, mystery, passion, and the forces of hell converge upon its benighted inhabitants. This is the second title in Whistling Shade's Geste Series.


Encounter in Prague - Jarda Cervenka


Jarda Cervenka's fifth collection of stories ranges from gold panning in the jungles of Colombia to fossil hunting on Corsica and sailing off the Florida Keys. But at the center of the collection is Prague, Cervenka's home town, which he fled in the wake of the Soviet invasion of 1968 - an event recounted in his story "Tanks and Quantum Mechanics in 1968".