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 Fall/Winter 2016 issue has now hit the streets! This number has a Historical theme with fiction and memoir from the Middle Ages through the war in Iraq. The issue release will be Sunday, November 20th, 3pm at Eat My Words bookstore in Minneapolis. Details on the bookstore events page. The website will be updated in a few weeks but you can buy a $1 PDF replica now by clicking the Buy Now button below.


Our current issue, Fall/Winter 2016, features a Historical theme, with fiction from the Middle Ages, Regency period, 19th century Germany, early Minnesota, and 1960s, and memoirs from the Vietnam and Iraqi war eras. Plus, wonderful poetry, and Teddy Roosevelt hunting the Sasquatch!

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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