Stack at Home: American Chordata

by Kitty Drake in October 2020
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Long-time Stack subscribers might recognise American Chordata. We last delivered this brilliant little literary and arts magazine in December 2016, and we returned to it in September as it celebrated its 10th issue, a major achievement for the various teams of volunteer editors who have shepherded it through the last six years of publishing.

From the start, American Chordata has been a submissions-based magazine; a high wire act that sees the editors and designers surrendering the relative safety of commissioning writers and photographers to produce work that fits together as a coherent whole. Instead they begin each issue by sifting through hundreds of short stories, poems and images, and pairing image and text together to evoke brilliantly jarring juxtapositions. You can get a sense of the boldness of the content in here from that arresting cover image: a pale white snake.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite pictures of the magazine sent in by subscribers. Right at the bottom you’ll find our Stack subscriber of the month.

5. Stack family

Stack subscriber Eleanor Rae photographs her copy of American Chordata, alongside a card from us and a money-can’t-buy Stack t-shirt.

4. Black and white

We’re enjoying this moody, noir shot of the September delivery.

3. Carpet love

We are big fans of the carpet in this shot — and the pea green stool.

2. Breakfast time

Breakfast with a Stack delivery is really the only way to eat breakfast.

1. Teatime

The absolute winner this month is Stack subscriber Poppy Sharp’s shot of her ‘stack and a snack’. T-shirt on its way to you, Poppy!

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