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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!



Life After Cream City: A Professionalization Panel

Coming soon! A Professionalization panel featuring UWM and cream city review alumni. October 23rd from 4-6pm. Visit the Facebook event page here.

For more detailed information on those featured, click the poster for a larger view!


We hope to see you all there!





#TBT: Chuya Nakahara, “The Moon”

With the supermoon still fresh in our minds, we bring to you Chuya Nakahara’s poem, “The Moon.”


More solitary than ever tonight, the moon
wonders at her doubting foster father.
Time hauls a silver tide away to the desert.
An old man’s earlobes flow like fireflies.

Ah, forgotten embankments of canals,
tanks, the earth resounding in my chest…
The moon pulls out a rusty silver case
and languidly smokes a cigarette.

Heels over head, seven celestial nymphs
keep dancing round about
but give no comfort

to the moon’s heart, weltering in disgrace.
O far-flung stars!
The moon awaits her executioner.

translated by Christian Nagle 


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#TBT: Ihab Hassan, In Memorium

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of contributor Ihab Hassan. His work and generosity has impacted cream city review in countless ways. Our sympathies lie with his family.

For today’s #TBT we wanted to offer the final lines of his story “Clouds” from our most recent issue, 39.1.


“In truth, whether they appeared as cumulus, stratus, cirrus, or nimbus, whether they disguised themselves as billows, contrails, or piles, the clouds dedicated all their energies to mutual annihilation. But no one, not even the poet, knew the origin of the celestial feud. Still, stories spread everywhere–cobwebbed fictions–to explain the malediction above.

At last, after shrinking to misshapen lumps, the clouds vanished. But the poet could still glimpse them at the edge of town, dust devils on an empty road, spiteful tumbleweed.”



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