about us

• Pleiades: Literature in Context is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Past contributors include winners of the Nobel, Ruth Lilly, Pulitzer, Bollingen, Prix de la Liberté, and Neustadt Prizes, recipients of Guggenheim, Whiting, National Book Critics Circle and National Book Awards, and many writers seeing their work in print for the first time. The current issue is here. Submission guidelines are here.

• The Pleiades Book Review (PBR) is a literary supplement to the magazine that features both essay reviews and shorter reviews of books released primarily by independent publishers.

• Each year, Pleiades distributes the featured book in the Unsung Masters Series, published by Pleiades Press. Each volume focuses on an important writer whose work has been unjustly neglected and features both a generous sample of creative work and numerous essays. Unsung Masters Series volumes are distributed free to subscribers with the June issue of Pleiades and are also available through Small Press Distribution.



 nguyen Phong Nguyen (Co-editor of Pleiades) is the author of the forthcoming novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016) & two short-story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness (Elixir Press, 2011), which won the Elixir Fiction Award in 2010. He also co-edited Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters, 2012; with Dan Chaon and Norah H. Lind) and has published numerous short stories in journals including Agni, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Chattahoochee Review, Boulevard, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. He teaches at the University of Central Missouri. Phong’s personal website.
Molberg-for-web Jenny Molberg (Co-editor of Pleiades) is the author of the poetry collection Marvels of the Invisible, winner of the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her poems have recently appeared in The Missouri Review, Southern Indiana Review, North American Review, Third Coast, The Orison Anthology, Best New Poets, and other publications. She teaches at the University of Central Missouri. Jenny’s personal website.
eck Matthew Eck (Fiction Editor) is the author of the novel The Farther Shore (Milkweed Editions, 2007), for which he was named one of “5 under 35” by the National Book Foundation. He teaches at the University of Central Missouri.
jsk Jennifer Schomburg Kanke (Reviews Editor) has recent work appearing in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, and Fugue. She is a visiting faculty member at Florida State University where she teaches creative writing and critical theory.
misha Misha Rai (Associate Reviews Editor) is the first-ever PhD in Fiction to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill. Her prose has appeared in Indiana ReviewHayden’s Ferry Review, Sonora Review and The Missouri Review blog. Misha Rai was born in Sonepat, Haryana and brought up in India. She also currently serves as Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review.
prufer Kevin Prufer (Editor-at-Large) is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Churches (Four Way Books, 2014), In a Beautiful Country (2011), National Anthem (2008) and Fallen From a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005). He is also coeditor, with Wayne Miller, of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and, with Joy Katz, of Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007), as well as editor of The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000). He teaches at the University of Houston.
kinder2-100x100 RM Kinder (Editor Emerita and Founder of Pleiades) is the author of the novels The Universe Playing Strings (forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press, 2016), and An Absolute Gentleman (Counterpoint, 2007) and the story collections A Near-Perfect Gift (University of Michigan, 2006) and Sweet Angel Band (Helicon Nine, 1991). RM’s personal website.
crump Gail Crump (Editor Emeritus) is a literary scholar and retired faculty member from the University of Central Missouri, where he taught from 1968-2011.
Clint Photo  Clinton Crockett Peters (Nonfiction Editor) is the author of Pandora’s Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Misfits of Ecology,forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. He has been awarded literary prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and the Society for Professional Journalists. He holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow, and is pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing. His work also appears in Orion, Southwest Review, Hotel Amerika, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. Clint’s personal website.
Salesses-photo  Matthew Salesses (Website Editor) is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood, an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; and a season’s best selection at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019). Matthew’s personal website.



Pleiades was founded in 1981 by a group of undergraduate students at the University of Central Missouri under the faculty advisement of Bob Jones.

• In 1991, Rose Marie Kinder turned the staple-bound student publication into a 120-page nationally distributed literary journal with an emphasis on cultural diversity. By spreading the journal to libraries across the state and across the country, Kinder drew the support of community and state arts organizations.

• Starting in 1998, under the co-editorship of Kevin Prufer and Rose Marie Kinder, Pleiades became a full-color glossy journal of national renown, publishing the work of American literary luminaries such as Joyce Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, and D. A. Powell.

• In 2006, under the co-editorship of Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer, Pleiades became an international journal, bringing both editors’ focus on literary translation to the magazine, while publishing poetry and fiction in translation from all over the world, from Germany to the Czech Republic, from Japan to the Middle East.

• Phong Nguyen joined Pleiades as fiction editor in 2007, and became co-editor in 2010. As editor of Pleiades, Phong has emphasized the web presence of the journal and raised the profile of magazine as a venue for contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction.

• Over the years, Pleiades has made a point of publishing well-established writers alongside unknown writers. Among the journal’s literary “discoveries” (poets and writers who published work in its pages before their first books were released) are Amina Gautier, Zachary Mason, Alexander Weinstein, Tiphanie Yanique, Adrian Matejka, Ken Chen, Joy Katz, Arielle Greenberg, Christine Sneed, Mark Bibbins, Randall Mann, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Michael Snediker.


Pleiades: Literature in Context

Department of English

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University of Central Missouri

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Warrensburg, MO 64093

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