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Issue #71 (Winter, 2008)
Editor Mary Schendlinger
Categories Literary magazine, Canadian culture
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 10,000
First issue 1990
Company The Geist Foundation
Country Canada
Language Canadian English
ISSN 1181-6554

Geist is Canada's most widely read literary magazine.[1] Geist is published four times a year in Vancouver since 1990. The magazine takes its name from the German word geist, meaning "mind" or "spirit."

Geist is well known for its quirky series of Canadian maps (e.g. "Canadian placenames that sound impolite," "The Beer Map of Canada," etc.) and for spearheading various campaigns, such as petitions to have folk singer Stan Rogers inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame[2] and the Geist Annual Literal Literary Postcard Contest.[3][4]

The magazine's founder and publisher is Stephen Osborne, and the senior editor is Mary Schendlinger.[5]

Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture made in Canada with a strong literary focus and a sense of humour. The Geist tone is intelligent, plain-talking, inclusive and offbeat. Each issue reflects a convergence of fiction, non-fiction, photography, comix, reviews, little-known facts of interest, poetry, cartography and the legendary Geist crossword puzzle. At the heart of our enterprise is the imaginary country that some of us inhabit from time to time, and which often has something to do with Canada.[6]

Geist is a member of Magazines Canada and the B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers. Indexed in the Canadian Literary Periodicals Index and available on microfilm from University Microfilms Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.

The Geist Foundation receives assistance from private donors, the Tula Foundation, the Canada Council, the B.C. Arts Council and the B.C. Gaming Branch. Geist acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the Publications Assistance Program (pap) and the CanadaMagazine Fund.

Geist has featured many writers, photographers, artists:
Edith Iglauer
Ann Diamond
Faith Moosang
Miriam Toews
Bryan Zandberg
David Albahari
Alberto Manguel
George Fetherling
Daniel Francis
Mary Schendlinger
Stephen Henighan
Sheila Heti
George Webber
Eve Corbel
Dana Mills
Evelyn Lau


  1. ^ "Geist on BCAMP" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  2. ^ "Stan-ecdotes" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  3. ^ "5th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  4. ^ "Postcard Stories From Geist Magazine"World Hum. Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  5. ^ Masthead Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  6. ^ "About Geist" Retrieved on 2009-03-20.

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