Stirring: A Literary Journal03.02.00
I'm on a big literacy kick this week. It's probably got something to do with the fact that I'm majoring in English literature, and that I've been doing a lot of recreational reading lately. Anyway, Stirring more than fits in with that theme.
Erin Elizabeth, who runs the site, is not much of a web designer. But that's okay, she doesn't have to be. The simplicity of the site saves it from mediocrity, or worse. I don't like all the advertisements that she has up, but it's a free publication, and the advertisements all seem to relate to literature in some way, so they can almost be excused.
The content, is quite another story. Stirring is very, very good at what it does. Erin Elizabeth has excellent taste, and under her guidance as editor, Stirring can undoubtedly be called a first class piece of work.
The site accepts submissions from playwrites, poets, authors of prose, and also runs a photography contest. The submissions are carefuly scrutinized, edited (I must say that Erin Elizabeth is extremely professional), and the best of the lot are published on a monthly basis.
While the writing may not always be to my taste, I have noticed that it is always good for whatever genre or theme it happens to be working on/with. In this day and age, it's easy for a site like this to be swamped by garbage, but somehow she manages to persevere.
All in all, it's a good read, and that's something that doesn't happen often enough.