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Celebrating the Most Anticipated New Lit Magazine of 2015, Freeman’s

John Freeman is the former editor-in-chief of Granta magazine based out of London.  He is showcasing his most recent literary endeavor and passion project, Freeman’s, a bi-annual literary magazine in New York City on September 28th. Although Freeman had much success at the renowned Granta magazine, an unexpected turn of events saw the magazine’s funds in grave decline. The new miniscule budgets would result in a host of layoffs, something Freeman did not want to take part in. He promptly left the magazine and shortly thereafter embarked on creating the literary magazine known as Freeman’s. The first issue is titled “Arrival” and includes contributions from a host of famous as well as up-and-coming writers. This devotion to the emerging writer population is something Freeman is known for and his efforts to find these diamonds in the rough is part of what makes him a successful editor and champion for new talent.

The list of contributors includes big names like Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, and Laura van den Berg. Also present are newer names such as Fatin Abbas. Abbas was introduced to Freeman by Colum McCann who taught her at Hunter College. Abbas is a Sudanese-American writer, has a PhD from Harvard in Comparative Literature, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Her previous work has appeared in The Warwick Review, Friction, The Nation, Bidoun, and openDemocracy.net.

Freeman’s will launch on Monday, September 28th with an event at The New School in New York City. The evening will comprise of conversations, readings, and performances by Ann Carson, Colum McCann, Tahmima Anam, Honor Moore, Garnette Cadogan, and Laura van den Berg. Music will be performed by Karachi DJ Mahvesh Murad and art by Michael Salu.

The heart and soul of this new magazine is very much parallel to its name, Freeman. Though John Freeman did not disclose a deeper, more symbolic meaning behind the name to Vogue in his interview with the magazine last Friday, he attributes the title to the fact that his last name was more or less up for grabs, due to his lack of offspring, dog, or “university wing”. He does, however, denote the magazine to a kind freedom inherent in the name. It’s this kind of “democratic spirit” that he hopes the magazine will inspire.