University of Windsor

Publishing since 1979!
c/o Karl Jirgens
English Department
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, ON Canada N9B 3P4

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University of Windsor


Rampike magazine, in print since 1979, featuring stellar international writers, critics and artists invites you to subscribe and/or submit articles both creative and scholarly (juried). Edited by Karl Jirgens, featuring post-modern art and writing from around the world with a strong focus on Canadian expression. The journal has received substantial support from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council and has published interviews and works by internationally acclaimed figures including Kathy Acker, Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Charles Bernstein, Nicole Brossard, William Burroughs, Joseph Beuys, Claude Beausoleil, Sandra Birdsell, bill bissett, George Bowering, Marilyn Bowering, Chris Burden, Catherine Bush, Janet Cardiff, George Eliot Clark, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Grand Chief Matthew Coon-Come, Frank Davey, Jacques Derrida, Chris Dewdney, Umberto Eco, Martin Esslin, Raymond Federman, James Gray, Tomson Highway, Linda Hutcheon, Susan Holbrook, Thomas King, Al Purdy, Julia Kristeva, Robert Kroetsch, Robert Lepage, Alistair MacLeod, Eli Mandel, Sheila Murphy, Louise Nevelson, Karen MacCormack, Richard Martel, Marshall McLuhan, Steve McCaffery, Norval Morriseau, bp Nichol, Daphne Odjig, Dennis Oppenheim, Al Purdy, Josef Skvorecky, Jayce Salloum, Rosemary Sullivan, Phillipe Sollers, Lola Lemire Tostevin, Huanani-Kay Trask, Richard Van Camp, and David Foster Wallace, to name only a few. Rampike has been praised by critics such as Wayne Grady (Globe & Mail), and Marjorie Perloff (Stanford U) and is distributed internationally.
All correspondence to Karl Jirgens c/o University of Windsor. Please contact editors for info on upcoming themes prior to submitting. Rampike’s editorial mandate is decidedly postmodern!
Email submissions are considered:

What the Critics Say:
"Rampike, (edited by Karl Jirgens) -- is one of the most elegant and lively 'zeens' in Canada"
-- Phil Hall/Books in Canada --

"Perhaps, what I shall call here the poetry of radical artifice will just disappear. Perhaps, but in the meantime, it keeps turning up like a virus: in Canada, where the Concrete poetry movement of the fifties and sixties and the emergence of sound-text poetry and performance work have generated, often without direct connection to its U.S. counterparts, the very rich and vital experimentalism in evidence in such journals as --Rampike-- "
-- Marjorie Perloff/Radical Artifice (Univ. Chicago Press, 1991)

"This is a vital and important journal -- "
-- Judith Hoffberg/Umbrella --

"This is one hell of an impressive product. I've never seen any other magazine that so successfully moves back and forth from academic analysis to the frontiers of experimental art."
-- Mike Gunderloy/Fact Sheet Five --

“Rampike, edited by Karl E. Jirgens is a progressive champion magazine of aggressively promoting tomorrow’s fashionable poetry Ritz. Another pioneer in the vis-po game, Rampike has consistently been a port for diverse adventures in poetry. It is a magazine to intermingle, intertwine, co-habitate and fuse – forms, styles, ideas, and a sport to meet new writers. This issue [Vol. 10, #2] is in this tradition. Taylor Brady, Peter Jaeger, W. Mark Sutherland, Spencer Selby, Helen Lovekin and Steve McCaffery make not only a collage of work but intellect, tradition, network, theme and philosophy. It is hard to find a magazine with such a sophisticated, yet narrow, but open program of writing.”
-- Michael Basinski, The Small Magazine Review Issue 76-77 (January-February 2000): 3.

“Rampike¸one of the few journals to consistently publish conceptual work in an international context.” – Jason McBride (Quill & Quire).