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  • Issue 38.1

    Returning the Gift

    Available now!



    Check us out at the next AWP in 2015!



    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)




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 minds. 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 Twitter your response to the following question using #creamcityreview:

Q: What is your favorite detail on our new website?

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).



cream city live! February 15, 2014 7-9PM


Cream City Live!

Presents :
Nick McRae ~ Angela Narciso Torres ~ Emilia Phillips ~ Tom Williams

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7-9pm
Union Art Gallery
FREE for all!

Nick McRae is the author of The Name Museum, which won the 2012 De Novo Prize, as well as the chapbook Mountain Redemption. He is the editor of the anthology Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets. His poems appear in Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar and staff member at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and now serves as associate editor for 32 Poems and poetry coordinator for the annual Best of the Net anthology. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised in the Northwest Georgia foothills, Nick earned an M.F.A. in creative writing at The Ohio State University and is currently a Robert B. Toulouse Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of North Texas.


Angela Narciso Torres’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO


Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics and two chapbooks. Her poems appear in Agni, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, the prose editor of 32 Poems, and a staff member of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.


Tom Williams is the author of two books of fiction, The Mimic’s Own Voice, a novella, and the novel, Don’t Start Me Talkin’. An associate editor of American Book Review, he chairs the English Department at Morehead State University.



Contest Winners Announced!

The folks at CCR are excited and pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 Fiction and Poetry contests, judged by Tom Willaims (fiction) and Rebecca Hazelton (poetry).  Hearty congratulations go to:


Fiction Winner— Lenore Myka for “The View of Birds”

Poetry Winner— Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet for “And Yours Began”, “After Dropping My Son Off At Preschool”, “Dysnomia”, “What I Taught Him”, and “Anchor”

Fiction Runner-up— Serena Lin for “This Girl”

Poetry Runner-up— Corey Van Landingham for “Elegy on Sea Legs”, “Romance Novel After the Car Crash”, “Hermetic”, “Isadora Duncan, My Half-silent, My Begetter”, and “All the Sworn On, Sworn Off Truths”


We’d also like to congratulate the other finalists in our Fiction and Poetry Contest:


Fiction Finalists— Jacob Appel – “The Penultimate Ingredient”; Sarah Elizabeth Schantz – “Fairyland”; Carol K. Howell – “Jews Who Come Back”

Poetry Finalists— Wo Chan, Rita Mae Reese, Michael Schmeltzer, Leslie Shinn, Laurie Posner, Jill Osier, Emilia Phillips, Candice Wuehle