Mount Island is a literary magazine for rural LGBTQ and POC voices.

What we publish

Prose and poems that buck the standard. Any genre, whether traditional or invented.

Art that liberates vision. Any medium, whatever can be displayed digitally.

Interviews, reviews, and articles that follow passion and further connection.

Who we publish

Rural LGBTQ and POC writers and artists, whether rural by birth or at heart.

The mainstream American imagination believes in a false countryside, one too white, conservative, or just plain quiet for any queer or Black or brown person to feel at home. But we are out there, holding down the countryside. Even as we live in the face of constant erasure, we live creatively, infectiously. When our creative expression catches the urban ear of cultural giants, our ruralness often escapes the American imagination.

But a change is gonna come. We will be the roadside blackberries, and America will be the hungry runaway come a’ pickin’. There will be wide eyes, disbelief. To the American imagination we’ll say, “read it and weep.”

How we publish

As a community. As writers and artists dedicated to our crafts and to raising each other up.

Mount Island is a meeting ground for new, emerging, and established voices. No one is unsung here because we are all singing together.

We are committed to compensating writers and artists for their creative labor. Currently we pay all contributors a small honorarium, and we are actively raising funds to increase the amounts we can offer. We believe that creative work is a service, and writers and artists deserve a living wage. We welcome the support of all who agree.

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Our Fiscal Sponsor

Mount Island is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Thanks to this fiscal sponsorship arrangement, Mount Island is able to accept tax-deductible donations in support of our work with rural LGBTQ and POC writers and artists.

Contributions for the charitable purposes of Mount Island must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Contact Us

General Inquiries

Use this contact form to send us a message, or email us at info@mountisland.com.

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Brattleboro, VT 05301


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