And now in the That Sucks department: Open City, an acclaimed New York City-based literary magazine, is shutting down after being around for 20 years. The news was broken a few days ago when Open City co-editor Joanna Yas spoke with The Observer, saying several funding sources pulled out.
“These things are not institutions,” added Open City co-founder and co-editor Thomas Beller. “They’re always razor’s edge things.”
Issue #30, Open City‘s current issue, includes work by Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Ann Packer, and Yusef Komunyakaa, among others. It will be the literary magazine’s last. However, its book publishing division, Open City Books, which has published works by Jerry Stahl, Meghan Daum and Sam Lipsyte, will continue.
Open City was founded in 1990 by Beller and Daniel Pinchbeck. They were later joined by editor Robert Bingham in 1993, who was instrumental in helping the literary magazine find its voice.