Editorial Statements


Trapped within the few pages of a story is a fragment of life. It could vary from an assembly of events to a single moment. Stories allow the reader to dip themselves in another’s mind, breaking through the narrator’s skin and the barriers of time. No story is exactly alike, and at Portage Magazine, we admire each story’s diverse origin and are fascinated by the many paths those origins take. The Midwest is an intricate blend of history and culture, and the stories woven throughout grant us unending experiences and insight.


At Portage Magazine, we recognize and appreciate all that poetry is capable of: the sting of a powerful final line, the beauty of a well-structured poem, and the awe that is conjured by a poet who has full control of their words. Poetry is both the wind in the chimes and the thunder of gods. Here at Portage, we are dedicated to publishing works that inspire these feelings or any feeling whatsoever. We know how powerful a voice can be and the message behind it. We welcome the poets and poems that remind us of how [adjective] the Midwest is, but we also encourage works that show us new and unexplored corners of the world.

Visual Art:

This year, Portage Magazine welcomed and embraced the unique visions of a number of artists. Each with their own style and story, the multitude of art types represented paint a picture of what the Midwest has to offer. Portage is honored to spread the talents of these fine individuals who illustrate the Midwest through their pens, brushes, and camera lenses. The world, and art itself, speaks to us in a myriad of ways. Let us take the time to fully appreciate our home through the lens of another. Thank you to all who have shared their visions with us this year. // Amanda Zarder, Visual Art Editor, 2019

Interactive Fiction:

At Portage, we celebrate literature across every available medium. One medium that we feel has not gotten enough attention is interactive fiction. A reader gets an emotional thrill out of seeing the struggles and developments of a character going through a plot. Interactive fiction gives the reader the power to experience this firsthand. Join us as we explore this uncharted territory in literary magazines.


This year’s featured article focuses primarily on highlighting the work of several Midwestern-based musicians by compiling their songs into a “Mid-Western Mixtape.” The featured article includes a sample of each group’s music, as well as exclusive interviews with every contributor as well as a link to their information. The intended purpose of creating the “Mid-Western Mixtape” is to incorporate music in the Portage magazine, as this sort of article has never been attempted here before. By doing this, we hope to become more inclusive of non-literary art forms as well as support the contributions of musicians to mid-western culture.

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