Quite a while ago, I compliled an annotated index of the issues of The Offbeat printed while I was editor. I'm still looking for a print home for the index, but with a little bit of additional work, I indexed the remaining volumes and put together something of a statistical analysis. I'd be surprised if anyone not familiar with The Offbeat would find that much of interest in the information, but most of the few people who read my blog know my old magazine, so here goes.
The Offbeat, since its founding, has had four editors:
- Gavin Craig, who produced four volumes independently between the spring of 1999 and fall of 2001, and Offbeat/1 with the MSU Press.
- Kathryn Tucker, who did not produce any completed volumes
- Theresa Mlinarcik, who produced Eschew Obfuscation and I Have Been Sometimes True To Nothing in 2003
- Kristen DeMay, who produced Unvarnished Voices in 2004 and Collecting Glances in 2005
In the full run of The Offbeat (counting Spring 1999-Fall 2000)
139 writers were published
251 pieces were published
67 female writers published 108 pieces (48.2% of writers, 43.0% of total work)
72 male writers published 143 pieces (51.8% of writers, 57.0% of total work)
89 writers had one piece published (64.0% of writers, 35.9% of total work)
30 writers had two pieces published (21.6% of writers, 23.1% of total work)
9 writers had three pieces published (6.5% of writers, 10.8% of total work)
11 writers had more than three pieces published (7.9% of writers, 30.3% of total work)
3 writers had four pieces published: Jeremy Campbell, Micki Evans, and Kathryn Tucker (Poetry Editor, 2000-2001, Editor, 2002)
2 writers had five pieces published: Josh Guilford (Poetry Editor 2004-2005) and Rachel Murray
2 writers had six pieces published: Meg McClure and Steven Rajewski
Colleen Farrow had seven pieces published (across three issues)
Andrew Hungerford had ten pieces published (across five issues)
Gavin Craig had eleven pieces published (across five issues)
Timothy Carmody had fourteen pieces published (across six issues, and including one piece published under a pseudonym)
It seems like it might be interesting to get a title/page count for fiction, poetry, and drama, but that's far too much work for me.