at Length


At Length is a venue for ambitious, in-depth writing, music, photography, and art that are open to possibilities shorter forms preclude. We create ways for readers, listeners, and viewers to interact with noteworthy long work, and other publications have noticed.

We’ve drawn attention in The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, Poets & Writers, and The Wall Street Journal. Make Use Of featured us in its list of “Places to Go for Some of the Best Reading on the Web.” And among those who have recommended our writing and interviews are, NPR online, The Awl,,, and, which called Thanassis Cambanis’ “The Decisive Ones” one of the year’s 20 best essays. Best American Poetry featured our selection of poems from Major Jackson’s Holding Company, and Best Music Writing included Nate Chinen’s “Direction Nowhere,” while the Pushcart Prizes gave Frankie Thomas’ “The Showrunner” Special Mention. Both “The Showrunner” and Alan Shapiro’s “Homeric Turns” have won Best of the Net awards.

We usually publish a couple times a month. To make sure you know when we’ve updated the site, please follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. We also send out an occasional email update to keep in touch and make note of recent content. Sign up for our emails here.

Please feel free to contact us by email with any questions or comments. You can also send us mail at 716 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27707.


Jonathan Farmer, Editor-in-Chief & Poetry Editor
Jonathan Farmer founded At Length in 2003 as a quarterly magazine dedicated to long poems and stories, and relaunched it in 2009 as an online publication with added offerings in music, art, and photography. He lives in Durham, NC, and has written about poetry for sites and publications that include Slate, The Kenyon Review, LitHub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Poetry Foundation. He is the author of a book of essays, That Peculiar Affirmative: On the Social Life of Poems.

Jonathan Bernstein, Music Editor
Jonathan Bernstein is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in the Oxford AmericanThe Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, No Depression, Pitchfork, and American Songwriter. He lives in Brooklyn.

Belle Boggs, Prose Editor
Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories that take place along Virginia’s Mattaponi River. She is a recipient of a 2011 Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council and a 2012 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, Orion, Oxford American, Glimmer Train, and other publications. She lives in Chatham County, North Carolina.

Sumita Chakraborty, Art Editor
Sumita Chakraborty is a poet and scholar whose first collection of poetry, Arrow, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in the U.S. and Carcanet Press in the U.K. in September 2020. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, her poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in POETRY, The Rumpus, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere; her public criticism has most recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is also poetry editor of AGNI and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Emory University, with scholarship forthcoming in Cultural Critique.

Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, Photography Editors
Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching are the owners of Klompching Gallery in New York, specializing in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photography. Founded in 2007, their exhibits have consistently received critical reviews from publications such as The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Modern Painters, HotShoe, Art Review, and the British Journal of Photography. Together their involvement in the photo industry spans more than a decade, including the judging of numerous photography competitions, portfolio review events, and participation in panel presentations. They both contribute to online and print publications on the subject of photography, and do consulting for private collectors and photographers. In October 2010, they were the featured US curators with their photography exhibit, The Architecture of Space, for the inaugural Flash Forward Festival in Toronto.

Elaine Bleakney, Editor at Large
Elaine Bleakney is a writer living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her first book, For Another Writing Back, was published by Sidebrow Books in 2014. Her poetry and prose have been featured in American Poetry Review, Sculpture, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She edited the pop-poem anthology Poem In Your Pocket (Abrams, 2009).


Dan Kois, Founding Editor
Dan Kois is the author of Facing Future, a book for Continuum’s 33 1/3 series about the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. He is the Culture Editor at Slate and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his family.