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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.







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.



ccr reads at First Midwestern Friendlies’ Meet


The Midwestern Friendlies and Meets are an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest. Editor-in-chief Ching-In Chen, poetry reader Franklin KR Cline and fiction reader Michael Larson will be reading for cream city review/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the 1st Midwestern Friendlies’ Meet, hosted by Indiana University on October 4th! Come say hello if you’re in the Bloomington, Indiana area!  We will be hosting readers from Northern Michigan University’s writing program on November 7th for a Friendlies’ exchange and on March 7th, 2015, we will be hosting readers from other Midwestern creative writing programs for our own meet . Keep a look-out for more information!

For more details on tomorrow’s meet, visit 




Dear Beloved Readers, Contributors, and New Visitors,


If you’d happened to glance at our, ahem, “vintage” site, you’d probably be concerned about our states of mind. That design is now a faded memory on our lower backs from when we were 18 and decided that a heart with flames would be omg, super cute.

As we edit and move our content over to the NEW and IMPROVED site you are feasting your eyes upon at this very moment, we welcome you to tweet your response to the following question using #creamcityreview:

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We’ll be working out the kinks in the coming weeks, so your patience is warmly appreciated. Keep checking back for updates, and, as always:


Sincerely and truly and adverbs to woo thee,

cream city review staff




Join us for cream city live! Friday April 25th 7-9pm


cream city review live!
Friday, April 25th
Union Art Gallery within the UWM Union
Free and Open to the Public!

hosted by cream city review

featuring poetry, fiction & non-fiction readings by

Daniel Tyx ~ Cathy Linh Che ~ Sally Wen Mao ~ Natalie Mesnard ~ S.P. MacIntyre

Daniel Tyx (essayist in Best American Travel Writing 2013)
Cathy Linh Che (author of Split)
Sally Wen Mao (author of Mad Honey Symposium)
Natalie Mesnard & S.P. MacIntyre, (Ninth Letter editors)

cream city review presents:

Daniel Tyx’s essays on travel, place, and finding a home on the U.S.-Mexico border have appeared in the anthologies Best American Travel Writing 2013 and 40 Years of CutBank, as well as magazines including cream city review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, and Blue Mesa Review. He teaches writing at South Texas College in McAllen, where he lives with his wife, Laura, and their two young children.


Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James, May 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 pick for spring 2014 poetry books. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is published or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and Third Coast, among others. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, and Saltonstall Artists Colony, she holds an MFA from Cornell University.


Natalie Mesnard is currently a student in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Editorial Assistant at Ninth Letter. Her work has appeared in Copper Nickel and Kenyon Review Online. She was also recently named a winner in the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project, for which her work will appear in a future issue of Tampa Review.


S.P. MacIntyre was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He was awarded a BA and MA from California State University, Northridge, where he studied under Katharine Haake.  He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His fiction has appeared in The Rattling Wall and Cease, Cows; he has two poems forthcoming on Hobart (web).