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 currently in layout!

We will be producing a poetry chapbook this summer on the topic of myths and folklore. Let the muses inspire you hike Parnassus and pen an ode to your favorite gods or heroes! Maximum 30 lines. Send poems to poetry@whistlingshade.com with "Mythology" in the subject line.


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!

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


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