Off the Coast is a biannual online literary journal that aims to provide space for diverse and marginalized voices. We believe small presses and literary magazines are the lifeblood and testing ground for all writers. A handful of writers break through to major houses, but a much larger voice would go unheard if not for small presses and literary magazines.
Off the Coast began as an extension of the Live Poets Society in Rockland, Maine, in 1989. George Van Deventer ran the magazine until 2008, when he passed it to Valerie Lawson and Michael Brown. Lawson and Brown expanded the magazine's international audience, running it until 2017, when AE Talbot took stewardship. Today, the magazine continues to be a publication that prizes quality, diversity and honesty in its publications and in its dealings with poets.