An international quarterly magazine of politics, culture, literature and the arts published at Skidmore College
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Salmagundi editors Peg & Robert Boyers on Skidmore campus in the 1980s. Robert founded Salmagundi in a NY City studio apartment way back in 1965, and was brought to Skidmore in 1969. His assignment was to teach, to edit the magazine as a publication of the college and “to bring the world to the campus.” Fulfilling this charge has meant not only publishing Salmagundi here at Skidmore for more than fifty years but bringing to campus over the decades countless leading lights of literature, politics and the arts for special events and Salmagundi symposia on subjects like race and racism in America, the state of museums, art and ethics and the nature of belief.
Salmagundi Magazine: A Skidmore Student’s Perspective
February 19, 2021Liv Fidler (‘19) recounts her rich experience working with Salmagundi Magazine as a Skidmore student, interviewing award-winning contributors and making media with the resources of a Skidmore-published magazine featuring the best writers and writing from around the world since 1965.
“Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline … ” An Audio Piece by Liv Fidler ‘19 with Poet Chase Twichell
April 16, 20192019 Skidmore graduate Liv Fidler made this audio piece about Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winner Chase Twichell’s poem “Sad Song” which was featured in Salmagundi #190-191. Including an interview with and a recording of a reading by Chase, Liv’s piece is a stand-out from a course bringing together the college’s Documentary Studies (MDOCs) program and the magazine. Salmagundi has since it arrived on campus included Skidmore students in the work of the magazine and given them opportunities to work with some of the most prominent writers working today.

Letter from London

Looking for Bucharest

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Thomas Mann and Sigmund Freud:

The Friendship of Genius

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Poetry, Prose, and Longing:

The Memoirs of Honor Moore*

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

After the Beheading

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Before The Earth Cooled:

The Pre-Jazz Life and Music of Buddy Bolden

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Robert and Peg Boyers in the Salmagundi office, 1976

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“Salmagundi Annual Cocktail Party”

A Drawing c. 1969

Nobel Prize Awarded to Louise Glück
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October 8, 2020

The Nobel Prize in Literature has just been awarded to the American poet Louise Glück — a writer we have long published, read and loved (her first published poems appeared in SALMAGUNDI #4, 1966/7).

She has contributed more than a dozen poems to SALMAGUNDI and for virtually every one its 34 summer sessions participated in the New York State Summer Writers Institute, held at SALMAGUNDI’s home, Skidmore College, which awarded her an honorary degree when she delivered the Steloff Lecture at the college in 1995.

Editor-in-Chief Robert Boyers reviewed Louise Glück’s first book in the PARTISAN REVIEW more than fifty years ago and wrote about her Collected Poems a few years ago in a lengthy review-essay for THE NATION Magazine that begins with a brief account of reading her early poems as a young editor of a new magazine.

Louise now joins a list of SALMAGUNDI contributors who have been awarded the Nobel Prize—Nadine Gordimer, JM Coetzee, Saul Bellow, Mario Vargas Llosa, Seamus Heaney.

Rick Moody, Life Coach

The Difficulty of Action During the Pandemic

Trading Places

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Alternative Facts, Post Truth & The Great American Eclipse

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Something That Would Have Been Somebody:

Abortion, Reproductive Justice, and Political Imagination

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

After George Steiner:

A Personal Recollection

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021


Conducting the Light and The Dark

A Note on Jason Molina

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Frank Bidart’s ‘Ellen West’ Becomes an Opera