Audio Archives

Cortland Review Online Literary Magazine in Real Audio

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


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The Cortland Review Online Literary Magazine in Real Audio

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General Description of Archive

The Cortland Review is an online magazine that publishes contemporary poetry, fiction and articles that include an audio recording (and text) of the work. Issues are released in February, May, August and November with Features in April and December.

Description of archive history or URL

Begun in 1997, in Courtland, New York by Guy Shahar. In 1998, with Issue #3 audio was introduced to the website, along with text.

Contact information

The Courtland Review, 527 Third Avenue, #279, New York, NY, 10016. Editor: Ginger Muchison, Managing Editor: Amy MacLennan.

Searchable options

Search by Author name or title of the work. You can browse through Issues by Number, or by Feature.

Relation from the audio to the text

The audio streams at the top of the page, and text of the poem shows below.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

No information available about the actual recording (no date, time, length or context).

Author bios and context within literary history

A one-line author bio is given at the top of the screen, above the poem and audio playback. A photo is also provided by the author. These are mainly contemporary or emerging writers so no big context is provided.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Real Audio Player is used and audio files are streamed.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

This site is very basic and minimal- only photos of the author appear next to their work and there are no videos or other multimedia integrations.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

On the page where the poem or short story appears, there is a Play button, and the audio streams on the same page. There is no bar to indicate how long the recording is, or to revisit one specific point in the reading to re-play.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is very basic. There is a sidebar with the main features: About Us, Audio, Authors, Bookstore, Events, Multimedia, Submissions, Links and Contact Us, with a scroll-down bar that links to specific Issues. The home page has a right-justified sidebar that has a Featured Book, and News and Events from other webpages (YouTube, Encyclopedias, NY Times). Unfortunately (due to technical programming errors) the main text overlaps the sidebar and it's very hard to read either texts.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

There is no interactivity, besides listening and reading the literature featured on their site.

Other notes

Note: The site was down on October 22.