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My piece, “On the Morning after the Crash,” will be featured in next issue of Sport Literate

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Sport Literate is a literary journal focusing on “honest reflections on life’s leisurely diversions.” A subsidiary of Pint Size Publications, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, Sport Literate was established in 1995 on the 12th floor of Columbia College in Chicago. The first issue was a modest affair, printed at a local copy shop and stapled down the middle. But the idea of considering sport stories as something deeper than journalism, of illuminating the common experience of life beyond the daily grind and elevating it to something literary and thought-provoking, had staying power.

Sport Literate has grown up to be a perfect-bound magazine published yearly and supported by 18 consecutive grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Our issues and authors have garnered awards and recognition in anthologies such as The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Essays. We are proud to be perhaps the nation’s lone literary magazine examining sports and leisure primarily through the lens of creative nonfiction.

Since its humble genesis, Sport Literate has sought to publish the best writing about how people pass their free time. We read elements of story in all sport; we are less interested in the final score than in figuring out why we play in the first place. Through memories, dialogue recast, and real-life characters rendered as accurately as possible on the page, our poets and writers tell true tales artistically. Our definition of sport is broad, literary excellence is our only criterion, and our loyalties lie with a story unforgettably told.

“Sport Literate is as welcome as the start of a fresh season, filled with those breath-taking swings of phrase, catches of insight, and the assurance that, yes, this year the word will win.”
—Robert Lipsyte, author of The Contender

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