Requited has been publishing fiction, poetry, sound and video since 2009. We’ve had a loyal core staff and a series of insightful and talented guest editors. Because of the varied curatorial approach, each issue has its own aesthetic and cohesion. Here you can search through both individual issues and by medium. Occasionally, we revisit the archives ourselves, to appreciate everyone who has contributed here.

Mission Statement

Requited is a journal that explores the convergences between literary writing and the experience of art as a creative exchange, a contract. These convergences evoke the blurry in-between where an infinite number of possibilities manifest. As Hélène Cixous says of relationships, the convergences of human-to-human contact are co-created spaces; they are the entre-deux, the spaces of love, language, and eroticism that exist between the two. Meaning is dependent upon this exchange, and we wish to draw attention to this amorphous space between bodies. In a sense, the text is the mother, the generative body, and the audience, in its private space, must seed the experience for creation to successfully take place.

We are looking for writing that explores the boundaries of text and form, writing that is both progressive and unbound. We would like to see hybrid and transgenre pieces that remain critically engaging. We are interested in poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, sound, and critical work. We seek experimental writing that is fresh, intelligent, and playfully transgressive.


Amanda Marbais (Co-founder, Managing Editor, Fiction Editor) received her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Apalachee Review, Portland Review, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Joyland, The Collagist, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and many other journals. She’s the author of the chapbook A Taxonomy of Lies (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She writes reviews for Your Impossible Voice. For more info visit her website

H.V. Cramond (Co-founder, Poetry Editor) holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She is a Writing Instructor at Loyola University Chicago and reader for XYZ Festival of New Works at About Face Theatre and for Pegasus Players’ Young Playwrights Festival. Some recent work can be found in Soundless Poetry, Keep Going, Wunderkammer, and Ignavia and on her website at

Ira S. Murfin (Performance Text Editor) is a writer and theatre artist based in Chicago. He studies talk as a performance strategy in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre & Drama at Northwestern University. He also holds degrees in writing from New York University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing has appeared in elimae, Fiction at Work, Chicago Art Criticism, Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, 491, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and here in Requited. Ira makes theatre as a member of the Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials. Other performance work has been presented at the MCA Chicago, Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and in many more places.

Past Editors

Heather Momyer (Co-founder, Nonfiction Editor, 2008- Winter 2011) teaches writing and literature at Columbia College Chicago and reads fiction for Hotel Amerika. Her writing has been published in journals such as Popular Culture Review, Dark Sky Magazine, The Collagist, H_NGM_N, and Moria, among others. New work is forthcoming in Ekleksographia.

Kevin Kilroy (Co-founder, Drama Editor, 2008-Winter 2011) reads writes and thinks too much about reading writing and thinking too much. Then he stops this stuff and hangs out and laughs. His poetic plays have been published in Bombay Gin, Pinstripe Fedora, and Bimbo Gun. His play, The Silence of Malachi Ritscher, was produced in Chicago by Theatre 5.2.1. He is also co-editor/co-founder of Black Lodge Press.

Guest Editors

Fereshteh Toosi (Visual/Video Editor, Winter & Summer 2011) is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound, experience design, performance, and public intervention. Her work has been shown at La Centrale Galerie in Montréal, Morono Kiang Gallery in Los Angeles, Transformer Gallery in Washington DC, Art in General in New York, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Hallwalls in Buffalo, and the Boston Center for the Arts. Her work was also featured in the 2005 Pittsburgh Biennale, the 2010 Bucharest Biennale, and the 2008 Democracy in America exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Learn more about her projects at

Robin Morrissey (Video Editor, Spring 2010) lives in Chicago, IL. She has an MFA in Poetry, which she completed mostly from a locked video-editing carrel in the Media lab at the University of Michigan, avoiding the English Dept. Her first video performance was in 1999, in downtown Detroit’s I/O Café, on Woodward under the People Mover. Her second was in Belgium. She never imagined a future so interdependent on screens. She supports transparency. Her writing and dramatic and visual work have appeared in pheobe, Columbia Poetry Review, Park Yourself, Lincoln Square Arts Center, Around the Coyote, Matrix Gallery, and the no project.

Lynda Wellhausen (Sound Editor, Spring 2010) has published nonfiction about music and art in Mule and M Magazine. She lives in Chicago.

A D Jameson (Nonfiction & Reviews Editor) is the author of two books: the prose collection Amazing Adult Fantasy (Mutable Sound, 2011), in which he tries to come to terms with having been raised on ’80s pop culture, and the novel Giant Slugs (Lawrence and Gibson, 2011), an absurdist retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He has taught classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College, DePaul University, Facets Multimedia, and StoryStudio Chicago. He is also a contributor to the group blogs HTMLGIANT and Big Other. Last fall, he became a first-year PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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