So, a little news. We are shuttering PANK in December '15. It has been a great decade. 1 more print issue, 2 online between now/then.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 29, 2015
Literary Twitter — Lit-ter? — is at the moment (and rightfully) more than a little upset about the news that literary magazine PANK is going away.
Friend of SRoB Rahawa Haile puts it best:
I mean do y'all know how many lit mags have black women as publishers? I just. I'm gonna need a minute. This was always gonna hurt.— Rahawa Haile (@RahawaHaile) July 30, 2015
Literary magazines, for the most part, are short-lived creatures. They're born, they live within a certain time, and they're gone. The amount of surprise and shock PANK's shuttering has inspired is telling: we all thought that somehow, against all odds, it would last forever.