Whistling Shade is a literary journal and small press located in St. Paul, MN. We take a populist approach to literature and our audience is the general reading public. Whistling Shade is distributed to cafes, book stores, libraries and other locations in the Twin Cities; our print circulation is 2500 semi-annually and we have been publishing since 2001. Whistling Shade Press also publishes books. To receive announcements about issue and book releases, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.

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The Spring/Summer 2016 issue is here! The issue release will be at 2pm on Sunday, May 22 at Eat My Words bookstore. Eat My Words is at 1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis. Special guest Marilyn Baszczynski will be reading, along with Norita Dittberner-Jax and Lee Henschel Jr. Stop by to get your free issue and peruse a marvelous bookstore!

We will be producing a poetry chapbook this summer on the topic of myths and folklore. More details in June!


Our current issue, Fall/Winter 2015, is a horror-themed affair featuring dark & sinister fiction, poetry & essays. That's right, Horror. There is nowhere to hide! (muahahaha!).

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New books from Whistling Shade!

Detroit Muscle - Jeff Vande Zande


An Oxycodone addict just out of rehab, Robby Cooper has debts to pay and a pregnant ex-girlfriend. As Robby struggles to jump-start his life on the crumbling streets of Detroit and its suburbs, his grandfather Otto invites him on a fly fishing road trip to northern Michigan. Driving his grandfather's '68 Firebird, Robby begins to understand how his family's dysfunction spans generations...


Gyuri - Marilyn Baszczynski


Marilyn Baszczynski's narrative poem Gyuri follows the story of her parents' hardship and romance in WWII-era Hungary. Gyuri is the first book in Whistling Shade's new imprint of narrative poetry books, the Geste series. Click here for details.


What if i got down on my knees? - Tony Rauch


“Tony Rauch is reviving the bodies of love and mystery and laughter. He knows where the bodies are buried and is digging them up beautifully. And we are all the better for it.”

—Patrick Wensink