About Rain Taxi

Looking for a great read? Rain Taxi can help!

Rain Taxi is much more than just a magazine! We are a literary organization that fosters engagement with innovative writing through programs and publications. Our main vehicle is the award-winning print quarterly Rain Taxi Review of Books and its corollary Online Edition, which each have unique material that connects readers to books of merit that might otherwise get overlooked. With coverage of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, graphic novels, translations, and more, Rain Taxi exists for readers and writers, literary publishers of all shapes and sizes, booksellers, educators, and kindred spirits who want books to keep flourishing in a distracted society.

Rain Taxi also organizes the Rain Taxi Reading Series and the annual Twin Cities Book Festival, both of which bring literature to life and provide a public celebration of the literary arts. As a service to our local community, we also maintain the Twin Cities Literary Calendar, which lists all events happening in our region. Rain Taxi also publishes original creative works via chapbooks and broadsides. In all our programs, we are committed to artistic diversity, cultural relevance, and widespread access.

Our History

Rain Taxi published its first print issue in January 1996, and quickly built a strong nationwide readership; our print journal is now distributed in over 150 locations nationwide—mostly independent bookstores—and is also shipped by mail to our members. An accompanying Online Edition, with completely different material, is posted to our website each quarter as well, and together, the two publications offer readers a broad look at the noteworthy literary art being published today.

Over the years, we have been awarded Best Literary Events five times by City Pages, and won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts & Literature Coverage in 2000. A 25 Years of Rain Taxi exhibit appeared in the gallery at Open Book in Spring 2000; see here for a film overview of the exhibit.

For a bit more about our history, read this City Pages newspaper article or this one. For poet Ron Silliman's blog entry about Rain Taxi, click here. We thank Mr. Silliman for his kind words. Rain Taxi’s Eric Lorberer was interviewed in December 2005 for the blog MobyLives; listen here.

To get the best sense of Rain Taxi's history, of course, be sure to browse the archives of our Online and Print Editions. We feel our broad coverage speaks for itself!