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  • Issue 38.1 Returning the Gift

    Featuring forty-six works of fiction, poetry, art, & nonfiction!

    Available now for $12! 

  • AWP 2014



    Check us out at the next AWP in 2015!

  • Join us for the next cream city Live!

    November 20th, 2014


    feat. poetry & fiction readings by:


    See our Facebook event for more information!



  • New Pages Reviews Issue 38.1

    Thank you to Justin Brouckaert for his wonderful review of Issue 38.1 in New Pages!

     Click here to read his thoughtful critique.




cream city Live!

Here are the pictures from our recent event, cream city Live! featuring authors Karen An-Hwei Lee, Roger Reeves, Katharine Haake, and Gordon Henry.

A big thank you and credit to the photographer, Liz Weinstein

Thank you also to our partners for this event Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative (MNALC), and Woodland Pattern Bookstore.




Upcoming: Non-fiction Workshop

cream city review is seeking to cultivate a group of interviewers and reviewers eager to support the vibrant local arts community. Working with ccr’s non-fiction section, writers will be asked to review poetry, novels, and other texts or interview artists working within these media. Reviews and interviews developed in conjunction with ccr may be published either online or in the print journal. This is a great opportunity for experienced writers to hone their craft in these genres, and for those with less arts journalism experience to cut their teeth for publication credit.

A workshop will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Learning Commons study room W164 from 6pm-8pm. All who are interested are invited to contact Katharine Monger and Matt Schneider, ccr’s non-fiction editors, at with queries or to RSVP for the workshop. We welcome all who are interested in getting to know ccr, whatever your experience level. Workshop materials and light refreshment will be provided.



cream city Friendlies Reading (UWM vs. NMU)



The Midwestern Friendlies is an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest. This event matches University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee writers Mollie Boutell, Sherri H. Hoffman & Soham Patel with Northern Michigan University writers Cory Ferrer, Robin McCarthy & Rebecca Pelky.

The term “Friendly” comes from the colloquial name for exhibition matches in soccer leagues, which have no competitive value and serve to better the skills of all participants.

This event will be held in UWM’s Union Art Gallery on November 7th, 2014 at 7pm. It is free and open to the public. Come celebrate UWM’s first Friendlies exchange reading!

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Mollie Boutell is a second year Ph.D. student in fiction and a co-fiction editor for ‘cream city review’. She lives in Shorewood with one husband, two kids, and five goldfish. Her work (both fiction and nonfiction) has appeared in ‘failbetter’, ‘theNewer Yorker’, ‘American Book Review’, ‘The AV Club’, online at ‘Ploughshares’, and elsewhere, and she is the author of ‘Wisconsin: An Explorer’s Guide’.

Cory Ferrer grew up around Traverse City, Michigan. He writes nonfiction and poetry, and studied English at the University of Michigan. He teaches composition and creative writing at Northern Michigan University, where he is working on an MFA in nonfiction.

Sherri H. Hoffman is a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing at UWM, sports fanatic, and graphic designer. Some of her work appears in ‘December magazine’, ‘Etchings’, ‘PANK’, and ‘Brave On the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft’, and other online publications. She is one of the fiction editors for ‘cream city review’, and a co-editor of a recent collection of place-based essays, stories and poetry, ‘Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front’ (2014). Sherri has an MFA from Pacific University. She loves birds, her family, and a good cuppa coffee.

Robin McCarthy writes, teaches, and studies in Marquette, Michigan. She is a managing editor for the literary journal ‘Passages North’ and a counter for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work has been published by ‘NPR’, ‘The Rumpus’, ‘Green Mountains Review’, and on blogs for ‘PANK’ and ‘Ploughshares’.

Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Two of her chapbooks, ‘and nevermind the storm’ (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and ‘Riva: A Chapter’ (kitchen-shy press) came out in 2013. Her work has been included or is forthcoming on ‘Banango Street’, ‘Fact-Simile Editions’, ‘Denver Quarterly’ and various other places.  She has an MA from Western Washington University’s English Department, an MFA from the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Rebecca Pelky is in her third year of the MFA program at Northern Michigan University, where she is also an associate poetry editor for ‘Passages North’. She is currently writing a hiking guide to the Upper Peninsula, and she likes to tell stories about her past life as a zookeeper. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in ‘Calliope’, ‘The Chattahoochee Review’, ‘Yellow Medicine Review’, ‘Dunes Review’, ‘Stone Highway Review’, among others.








Join us for cream city LIVE!
Thursday November 20th, 2014, 7:00-9:00
Union Ballroom West, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee 
Free and Open to the Public

hosted by cream city review

featuring poetry, fiction & non-fiction readings by
Karen An-hwei Lee, Katharine Haake, Gordon Henry, and Roger Reeves

KAREN AN-HWEI LEE is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. Lee is also the author of two chapbooks, God’s One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe 2002) and What the Sea Earns for a Living (Quaci Press 2014). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrati
ons (Cambria, 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. She holds an M.F.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she serves as Full Professor of English and Chair at a liberal arts college in greater Los Angeles, where she is also a novice harpist.

KATHARINE HAAKE is the author of two eco-fabulist works, The Time of Quarantine, a novel and The Origin of Stars, storiesHer other works include a hybrid novel, That Water, Those Rocks, and two prior collections of stories, The Height and Depth of Everything, an LA Times Bestseller, and No Reason on Earth, a New York Times Notable selection. Her writing has long appeared in such magazines as One Story, CrazyhorseThe Iowa Review, and Witness. Haake is a recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from the City of Los Angeles; she teaches at California State University, Northridge.

GORDON HENRY is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. Since 2006 he has worked as Senior Editor of the American Indian Studies Series at Michigan State University Press. His most recent publication is titled Stories Through Theory/Theory Through Story. Professor Henry has participated in the Nibaagwe Shimowin Ceremony.

ROGER REEVES was awarded a 2014-2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2014 Pushcart Prize, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Roger Reeves’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, and 2014 Pushcart Prize. King Me, his first book of poems, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013. King Me has been awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. He is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.