July 2014 Cover by Candice Grimes Purtee.

July 2014 Cover by Candice Grimes Purtee.

Canto Magazine is a literary arts journal founded in 2013 in Rochester. Each month, we publish innovative poems, essays, and short stories from new and established writers.

If you’d like to submit, please do. We publish poetry, short stories, and nonfiction (creative essays, interviews, flash memoirs, criticisms, reviews, and musings). A fine-tuned final draft is preferable, but if you have an idea you’d like to pitch, contact us at cantomagazine@gmail.com and we’ll let you know if we think it’s a good match.

This issue contains illustration and photography from guest artists Candice Grimes Purtee and Tony LaMothe.

If you’re a visual artist interested in illustrating an issue, contact us.

Thank you to our many supporters







stories: hubbell / fewko 

poetry:  gonzalez / frank / braverman / garritt / iuppa / bresee / hall / velaj / klinkon / catalino

nonfiction: maeve 


Emily Brasley is a writer and editor in San Francisco, CA. She is a graduate of Nazareth College, and is the communications director for a non-profit. She owns the world’s largest pop-up tent and can balance a can on her head - perfectly - for many hours.


Najia Zayed grew up in Ontario, NY. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 2012, she moved back to Rochester, where she maintains her artwork as a hobby. She is incredibly fond of blankets.

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