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  • Issue 39.1

    Featuring seventy-seven works of fiction, poetry, art, & nonfiction!

    Featuring our Genre Queer Folio! Available now for $12! 

  • This Year is cream city review's 40th Anniversary!

    40 Years of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Reviews

    Our team is hard at work planning a number of events for our 40th anniversary.

    We’re planning to make it a year worth remembering!



Call for Submissions: The Other Side of the Mirror

cream city review ( is curating a folio titled The Other Side of the Mirror for our 2015 Fall/Winter issue featuring writing, art and/or multimedia work by people who have been incarcerated or have been impacted by incarceration.

Our journal attracts readers from around the world and receives approximately 4,000 submissions a year, including many mailed submissions from incarcerated individuals. However, like most literary journals, ccr has transitioned to an online submission system, which has prevented ccr from publishing work by people experiencing incarceration. Our desire to be more inclusive in our submission process was the impetus for further examination into the broader systemic needs of people who are incarcerated.

For text-based work, please send up to five creative pieces. We prefer individual works which are no more than 7,000 words per piece. Your submission should be sent to us in one document, formatted both as a Word doc and a PDF. For visual-based work, please send high resolution (3oo dpi or better) image files (JPG, TIFF or PDF preferred). Include a 50-word bio and a title page which lists all titles of your creative works to with the subject: ccr Incarceration Submission.

Submissions for The Other Side of the Mirror can also be mailed to:

ATTN: ccr Incarceration Submission
cream city review
Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

If you have any questions, please contact us at

All submissions will be considered for possible print and/or web publication. Though submissions must be previously unpublished, we accept simultaneous submissions.

Submissions are due October 5, 2015



Issue 39.1 Now Available!

Issue 39.1 (Spring/Summer 2015) is now available!

This issue features writing and art by transgender, transexual, two spirit, genderqueer, intersex and gender-non-conforming writers. These textually inventive pieces by artists such as Duriel E. Harris, Celeste Chan, Paul Tran, Megan Milks, Joy Ladin, deborah brandon, Britt Ashley, and many others play with, bend and queer forms and borders of language, the page, the body and identity.


You can order your copy today by filling out this online order form.




cream city Live!

Join us for cream city LIVE!
Thursday April 30th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee
Free and Open to the Public

featuring poetry, fiction, and non-fiction readings by:
Jeffrey Allen, Duriel E. Harris, and Roberto Harrison
special guest poet: Kj Prodigy



Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance free, non-toxic products.

JEFFREY ALLEN is the author of two chapbooks, bone and diamond (H_NGM_N Books 2013) and Simple Universal (Bronze Man Books 2007), and holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. His poems can be found in Handsome, smoking glue gun, Whiskey Island, and elsewhere. He serves as Poetry Editor for phantom limb.

DURIEL E. HARRIS is the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and cofounder of the Black Took Collective, as well as the author of Drag, Amnesiac: Poems, and Speleology (video). A recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and post-doctoral residencies at UIC and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Harris has been featured and her work published internationally. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, recent writing appears in Fifth Wednesday and Kweli as well as BAX (Best American Experimental Writing), The Force of What’s Possible and The &Now Awards 3. A poet, performance artist and scholar, Harris is a member of Douglas Ewart & Inventions creative music ensemble and Call & Response—a dynamic of Black women in performance. Recent appearances include feature performances at the Art Institute of Chicago, Babylon Cinema (Berlin) and off off Broadway at The Wild Project (NYC). Current projects include the sound compilation “Black Magic” and Thingification—a one-woman show. Harris is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University and teaches creative writing, literature, and poetics.

ROBERTO HARRISON is the author of the poetry collections Os (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus Press, 2006), bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), culebra (Green Lantern Press, forthcoming 2015), Bridge of the World (Litmus Press, forthcoming 2017), as well as of many poetry chapbooks. With Andrew Levy he edited Crayon magazine from 1997 to 2008. He edits the Bronze Skull Press chapbook series and is also a visual artist.

KJ PRODIGY is a twenty-year-old poet who has been writing poetry since he was thirteen. He graduated from Riverside University High School in the Class of 2013. His mentors Kwabena Nixon and Muhibb Dyer fueled his passion for writing when he was in 7th grade. Local poets Mario Willis, Dasha Kelly, and his favorite Darlin Nikki Janzen are among the people that he studies. He has had thirty features and performances around Milwaukee, hosted at Marquette University, Alverno College, City Hall, and Dead Man’s Carnival, amongst other venues. His most unique performance was in Racine Correctional Institution before forty beautiful-hearted prisoners. He competed in Philadelphia’s Brave New Voices spoken word competition in summer of 2014. He is currently a teacher’s aid at Escuela Vieau, where he mentors and inspires 8th graders through poetry.

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“The Last Colors” by Roberto Harrison #tbt

For this week’s #throwbackthursday enjoy the following poem, “The Last Colors” by Roberto Harrison. Roberto will be reading at our upcoming event, cream city Live! on April 30th at 7pm in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union Art Gallery with Jeffrey Allen, Duriel E. Harris, and Kj Prodigy. We hope to see you all there!


The Last Colors
Roberto Harrison


snowed in
to the interior

mustard seed
grain of rice

and unformed

radiations. A new

beyond the poles
makes a gift of itself

to the unconditioned

a gift
from no doctor.

It’s always there

through a song
of cognition. Planes

on the content

of extermination.
The West

is ignorant
of the World.

But it believes
in its totem

despite the ground
that will never

be owned. I am not
from any direction

because I have folded in
on myself, to attract

wandering. There is no

profanity. There
I eclipse

my own visions
with the elderly

on their own. At least

they dream. All planets
must know

that the Earth
now changes

toward what was promised
long ago

in not returning
to the absent

interior of life. KNow
that our blood

makes a mark
on the world

to signify
a new mind

of the Moon.
To symbolize

through patterns
and affections, to

Save again
what the world was