Salamander is a literary organization that publishes a biannual magazine of poetry, fiction, memoir, and works in translation. It was founded by Jennifer Barber in 1992 with the aim of publishing a generation of writers reaching artistic maturity and deserving of a wider audience alongside new work by established writers and she served as its editor in chief from 1992 to 2018. The magazine’s incoming editor in chief is José Angel Araguz.
Among Salamander’s early editors were Peter Brown, fiction editor; Don Share, poetry editor; and Nan Barber, managing editor. Its current poetry editor is Valerie Duff-Strautmann and its associate fiction editor is Katie Sticca, who also serves as managing editor. In addition to its magazine, Salamander sponsors events and readings in the Boston area and in New York. Salamander came to Suffolk University in the fall of 2005 and receives ongoing support from the University. Housed in and published from Suffolk’s English Department at 73 Tremont Street in Boston, it is distributed nationally. Its annual fiction contest, judged by prominent short story writers and novelists, began in 2010.
Some of the many writers published in Salamander over the years are Yiyun Li, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kate Lister Campbell, Matthew Dougherty, Sonya Larson, Edith Pearlman, Jessica Greenbaum, Faiz Ahmad, Pam Bernard, Jane Brox, Duy Doan, Reetika Vazirani, Jacquelyn Pope, Don Share, Rage Hezekiah, Leah Umansky, Afaa Michael Weaver, Susan Monsky, Maxim Loskutoff, Aviya Kushner, Fred Marchant, George Kalogeris, David Ferry, Angie Estes, Catherine Sasanov, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Ramiro Hinojosa, Ellen Kaufmann, Dawn Potter, Emily Tuszynska, Andrea Cohen, Gail Mazur, Yusef Komunyaaka, Natalie Shapero, Danielle Legros Georges, Brandi George, Grace Talusan, Oona Patrick, Heather Madden, Anna Ross, and Tara Skurtu.
In addition to its support from Suffolk University, Salamander has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Council for Literary Magazines and Presses, Bradford College, and the Brookline Council on the Arts and Humanities.