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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!



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.


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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





cream city review at AWP 2015

cream city review will be at the AWP Book fair at Table 126, Thursday through Saturday!  We will have a new issue to promote, subscription and bundle specials & other fun goodies!

We will also be participating in the following events:

F188. cream city review Celebrates Returning the Gift Native American Writers. 

Friday, April 10 12:00pm to 1:15 p.m Room M100 H&I, Mezzanine Level.

In 1992, 500 years after Columbus, more than 300 Native American writers gathered at the first Returning the Gift Festival, bringing together more Native writers than at any other point in history. cream city review celebrated the legacy of this now annual gathering with a special issue entitled “Returning the Gift: Indigenous Futures.” Please join us for our Gathering of Words with a poetry and fiction reading from emerging and established Native American writers published in this issue.

Featuring: Kimberly Blaeser, Janet McAdams, Margaret Noodin, Laura Tohe, b: william b. earhart

cover 38.1 

 cream city review, with Devil’s Lake and Linebreak present the AWP 2015 Offsite Reading:

Friday, April 10 7:00pm 612 Brew 945 Broadway St, NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

 Featuring:Kimberly Blaeser. Lo Kwa Mei-En, Rickey Laurentis, Solmaz Sharif, Corey Van Landingham, Ocean Vuong

Final DL AWP 2015 Late Feb 

All subscriptions have special AWP prices:

  • $35 for 2-year subscription (4 issues)
  • $18 for 1-year subscription (2 issues)
  • $10 current issue (38.2)
  • $5 back issue


  • Midwest Bundle: (Issues 30.1, 31.1, 32.2) featuring B.J. Best, Christi Clancy, Susan Firer, James Liddy, Gene Tanta, Tony Trigilio
  • Native Bundle: (Issues 27.1, 30.2, 38.1) featuring Kimberly Blaeser, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, Louis Owens, Carter Revard, Gordon Henry, Heid Erdrich
  • Queer Bundle: (Issues 20.1&2-20th Anniversary, 28.1, 29.2) featuring Richard Blanco, Audre Lorde, Rita Mae Reese, Qwo-Li Driskill, D.A. Powell, Elizabeth Bradfield
  • Old School Bundle: (Issues 18.1, 17.2, 14.1) featuring Ursula K. Le Guin, Ihab Hassan, Maxine Kumin, Charles Altieri, and Majorie Power


  • $12 for one themed bundle
  • $15 for two themed bundles
  • $20 for three bundles
  • $1 for Old School Bundle