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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Summer Readings! Whistling Shade has two readings on the calendar this summer, featuring authors Tony Rauch and Jarda Cervenka. One is in Minneapolis, the other in St. Paul. Both readings include book signings. Hope to see you there!

- Friday, July 31, 7pm, Magers & Quinn Booksellers - 3038 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis
- Saturday, August 29, 7pm, Subtext Books - 6 West Fifth Street, St. Paul

Whistling Shade's Spring/Summer 2015 issue is now here!

Call for submissions. Fall/Winter 2015 will be a horror-themed issue featuring dark & sinister fiction, poetry & essays. That's right, Horror. There is nowhere to hide! (muahahaha!) Send submissions to editor[at symbol]whistlingshade.com with subject line “Horror” by September 1, 2015.

Marilyn Baszczynski's narrative poem Gyuri is now available! Click here to purchase the book, or buy it on Amazon.
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.


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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

Celebrated Navigation - Jarda Cervenka

“Jarda Cervenka’s new book of short stories is more than a delight, it’s a continuing revelation: transnational tales of our world in crisis by an author who fills each place with exuberance and illumination.”

—William O’Rourke