Boxcar Poetry Review (2006-)

online literary journal |

Boxcar Poetry Review launched in spring 2006 and continues to publish terrific poetry and art, as well as reviews of first books and interviews with first book poets. Usually publishing quarterly, but sometimes less frequently due to various circumstances.

Editor-in-Chief: Neil Aitken
Associate Editors: Eduardo C. Corral, Sara Toruno-Conley, and Elaine Wang


 De-Canon: A Visibility Project (2017-)

pop-up library / online archive & resource |

A “pop-up library” and web resource project that will showcase literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.

Directed by: Neil Aitken & Dao Strom

Have Book Will Travel (2016-)

book tour / author event resource

A searchable database of authors willing to travel, reading series currently seeking guest writers, and venues available for booking events. By making booking fees, compensation, venue capacities, and reading series’s schedules more transparent, HBWT simplifies the process of planning a book tour or scheduling the lineup for a series or event.

Curated by: Neil Aitken


The Lit Fantastic (2016-)

literary podcast / radio show

The Lit Fantastic is a podcast series where authors discuss their favorite or strangest obsessions with host Neil Aitken. From lighthouses to 80s horror films, superhero sidekicks to ugly accessories, fantasy worldbuilding to old men playing basketball — The Lit Fantastic explores what writers find fascinating and inescapable.  To listen, subscribe to The Lit Fantastic on SoundCloud or iTunes.  New episodes air first Mondays monthly on KBOO Portland.

Created & Hosted by: Neil Aitken

Produced by: Jenna Yokoyama (season 1); Kat Batuigas (season 2)