What is Turnpike?

Turnpike is a literary and art magazine that focuses on positive themes and under-represented voices. Our mission is to provide positive content, to create a space for all voices, and to hopefully brighten a few days.

What does Turnpike do?

Here at Turnpike, we focus on the changes and shifts that confuse and bewilder us; moments of decisive passion, breaths of fresh air, and all the tiny and gigantic things that facilitate our growth find their place here.

We publish new issues every other month, featuring visual art, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and anything else you’ve deemed worthy of sharing. Anything that’s especially difficult to describe, explain, or contain in one genre is also more than welcome.

Why “Turnpike?”

We chose the name “Turnpike” to indicate a deviation, or turn from what is expected. So often in the creative community do we focus on one type of voice and one type of theme. In our personal experience with literary journals, we noticed a consistent focus on trauma and misfortune that, while important, can become kind of damper on mental health. Additionally, we noticed that other publications may not highlight LGBTQ+ folk, persons of color, and other marginalized identities.

Our turn from the norm is to provide content based on more positive themes and to provide a space for voices that may be underrepresented in other media. While other publications that explore aforementioned voices and themes are helpful and important, we strive to deviate, to be refreshing and vulnerable in a new way.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us. And you are a creative yourself, please consider submitting some of your work. We look forward to hearing from you!

– the turnpike team