ATLAS: New Writing, Art & Image | AARK ARTS Publishers
Atlas / @las
international paperback magazine of new writing, art & image
editor Sudeep Sen
board of contributing editors Peter Bradshaw, Kwame Dawes, John F Deane, Donald Hall, Girish Karnad, Christopher Merrill, Les Murray, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ruth Padel, Peter Porter, Fiona Sampson, Shashi Tharoor, Daniel Weissbort, John Hartley Williams
senior copy editor Chris Brown | editorial assistant Madeline Haas | media director Ghazala Amin
Atlas — an international paperback magazine of ‘new writing, art & image’ — is published by Aark Arts [UK] & Crossword [India], and advised by an impressive panel of internationally acclaimed prize-winning writers & editors. Available simultaneously from New Delhi, Mumbai, London, Leeds, Toronto, Cambridge & San Antonio, it was launched in the UK/India in the summer/monsoon of 2006. Apart from carrying cutting-edge original and translated creative writing — poetry, drama, fiction & non-fiction, plus occasional in-depth interviews & features — it also includes selected portfolios of artists, photographers & filmmakers.
Atlas has several publishing partners/patrons, both formal & informal — and discussions are in progress with many others — including: The British High Commission / British Council, Embassy of Finland, The Canadian High Commission, ProHelvetia / Swiss Embassy, Slovenian Embassy, India International Centre, The Inlaks Foundation, Peepal Tree Books (UK), Wings Press (USA), The Attic, Gallerie International, Katha, Srishti, Star Publications, Green Thums, Radnik, & others.
Inaugural issues contain — poetry by Meena Alexander, Patience Agbabi, Agyeya, Kaifi Azmi, Bengt Berg, Charles Bernstein, Nicole Brossard, Amit Chaudhuri, Dilip Chitre, Rana Dasgupta, Keki Daruwalla, Kwame Dawes, Imtiaz Dharker, John F Deane, Tishani Doshi, Tarek Eltayeb, Zhang Er, Anjum Hasan, Mimi Khalvati, Jyrki Kiishinen, John Kinsella, Arun Kolatkar, Herbert Lomas, Jayanta Mahapatra, Leeya Mehta, Hoshang Merchant, Christopher Merrill, Bryce Milligan, Kim Morrissey, Les Murray, Amir Or, Ruth Padel, Saleem Peeradina, Peter Porter, Richard Price, Jerry Pinto, R Raj Rao, Shamsur Rahman, Tomaz Salamun, Fiona Sampson, Ravi Shankar, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Leonard Schwartz, Matthew Sweeney, Rabindranath Tagore, Anand Thakore, Cai Tianxin, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Reetika Vazirani, Stephen Watts, Daniel Weissbort, John Welch, John Hartley Williams, Neshe Yashin; fiction & non-fiction by Tom Alter, Peter Bradshaw, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Amal Chatterjee, Scott Haas, Katherine Govier, Peggy Herring, Paulette Jiles, Tabish Khair, Charles R Larson, Elie Moser, Sharmistha Mohanty, Tim Parks, Owen Sheers, Tsur Shezaf, C P Surendran; photography by Rafeeq Ellias, Viraj Singh, Bijoy Chowdhury, Bandeep Singh; art by Abdus Shakoor, Jatin Das, Imtiaz Dharker, Saleem Peeradina; an interview with Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth — writers/artists ranging from countries such as America, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Korea, Scotland, Slovenia, Sudan, Sweden, Turkey & Wales.
As part of Atlas’s long-term publishing plan to present high quality work from both established and new writers & artists on the same platform, a substantial part of each issue will also focus on a specific country or region. The ‘focus’ issues will be co-edited by specially appointed guest editors/writers from the respective country/region, with the editor & the board of contributing editors serving as advisors. Special call for submission now open for the ‘Finnish’ issue, ‘Canada’ issue, ‘British’ issue, ‘America’ issue, ‘Australia’ issue, ‘Israel’ issue, ‘Slovenia’ issue, and ‘Afro-Caribbean’ issue.
Atlas primarily publishes solicited/commissioned works, however it welcomes quality unsolicited submissions. Contributors are invited to be part of the ‘Aark Arts International Literary Reading Series’.
some reviews & press comments on ATLAS 01
Atlas represents the first self-styled ‘bookzine’ — a sturdy paperback of more than 250 pages … its primary remit is to publish contemporary Indian writing … but with contributions from Les Murray, Peter Porter, Kwame Dawes, Owen Sheers, Amit Chaudhuri, Rana Dasgupta, … it is as international as its name suggests. Its contents prove enticing … making [its] mark in the margins. — Travis Elborough in The Guardian
Atlas consists of original and translated writings — poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction, plus occasional in-depth interviews, and features and selected portfolios of artists, photographers and film-makers. … ‘Devoted to high quality creative writing, art and image. It presents the best of contemporary Indian writing to the world and the best of international writing to India’. — Vandana Kalra in The Indian Express
Speaking volumes…. New [writers] jostle the older, more established names in Sudeep Sen’s Atlas, a literary magazine that functions as a grab-bag of delights. — Nilanjana S Roy in The Business Standard
A world-class magazine that showcase the works of Indian writers as well as those of other countries …. Significantly, the works are not only originally in English but include translations from Indian and foreign languages …. Atlas, at last! … a steal of a collector’s item. — Anjana Rajan in The Hindu
Atlas bring[s] together the best of contemporary writing from India and abroad. — Shalini Singh in The Tehelka
A new bookzine, Atlas … dedicated to good writing — [like] Granta and Paris Review — have rarely surfaced in India. [Atlas] features Indian and western writings, and distributed in English-speaking countries … with a far more ambitious agenda. Atlas, no shrugs. — Debashish Mukherji in The Week
Atlas … a compendium of international and Indian writing … a forum that serves as a meeting ground for Indian writers in regional languages and those writing in English … Rhyme with a reason. — Nawaid Anjum in The Asian Age
For lovers of literature, Atlas presents an eclectic mix — works of well-known authors and poets alongside the works of little known ones …. Mapping literary works. — The Pioneer
Atlas, a bookzine, a collection of contemporary Indian and international writing. — Anuradha Varma in Today
A long felt gap — yawning between books and would-be readers — filled with Atlas. A peek into literature’s latest. — Shinie Anthony on IANS
Stylish …. — Richard Price in Hydrotel Informationism
the limca book of records 2007 features Atlas
as one of india’s outstanding literary initiatives