Volume 6, Winter 2014/2015
During the better part of 2014, poems, stories, and art from the U.S., Serbia, Ireland, Cuba, and Germany would slide down our assembly line until all the parts of Volume 6 clicked together; if this issue were a robot, it would look like the one on our cover page.
Here are two poems from the upcoming issue: "Alfred Hitchcock Is Dead" by David P. Rogers and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackbirds" by Deborah DeNicola. As far as we know, David and Deborah did not conspire to write and then submit poems about the legendary director, and they likely haven't even met, so this is a surprise for them too.
Our cover art is "Heart and Brain" by Michelle Graves, one of our featured artists in the upcoming volume. Enjoy and stay tuned!
Volume 5, Fall 2013 (Online)
Volume 5 is here. You can read new poetry by David Starkey, Mercedes Lawry, Lauren Russell, Susan H. Maurer, Elisabeth Arlen, Robert Nazarene, Paul Smith, Spencer Smith, and our former poetry editor Chad Heltzel, and hear Jenene Ravesloot and Tom Roby front the poetry-music project Omniphonic. We also bring you prose by Jessica Young (with Young reading her story out loud), J.A. Bernstein, Sherard Harrington, George Bishop Jr., and B.J. Hollars, and art by Dan Ivec, Tricia Rumbolz, and our former art editor Jennie Berner. Read, listen, and view the issue in the sequence we propose, or jump around. Either way, this issue will last you longer and delight you more consistently than spring in Chicago.
Volume 4, Spring 2013 (Online)
We're back, this time as an online journal! This issue features "Bronzed" by Nick Kocz, the winner of the Packingtown Review Flash Fiction Contest, and the runner-up Susan Phillips's "If Mama Had'a Raised Eminem," selected by our contest judge Kathleen Rooney. We're also proud to present art by Larry O. Dean, Gretchen Hasse, and Verica Patrnogic, poetry by Sara E. Lamers, Paul Martinez Pompa, Anthony Madrid, R.D. Morgan, Ksenija Simic-Muller, and Diane Solis, and critical prose by JoAnne Ruvoli and J.A. Bernstein.
The "Lost" Volume 3 (Not-Yet-In-Print)
The third issue of our print journal was scheduled to appear in March 2012. Although the issue was completely edited, laid out and proofread by late 2011, virtually all of the sources of financial support for Packingtown Review ran dry by the time the issue was turned over to the University of Illinois Press. To this day, the press is holding the issue's content and the list of subscribers as collateral as we are slowly paying down our debt. Please stay tuned for further developments.
Volume 2, 2010 (Print)
Our second issue includes drama by Janet Burroway, John Greiner, and Dayana Stetco, poetry by Julie Carr, Norman Dubie, Michelle Glazer, Matt Hart, Karen An-Hwei Lee, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, prose by Johanna Drucker, Daniel Nester, and Effie Yiannopoulou, art by Victoria Bischtok, and more.
Volume 1, 2009 (Print)
Our inaugural issue includes: prose by William Ayers, Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Noah Eli Gordon, Davis Schneiderman, and Curtis White, poetry by Brenda Hillman, Paul Hoover, Tung-Hui Hu, Claudia Keelan, Alessandra Lynch, Sheila E. Murphy, Dennis Phillips, Sun Yung Shin, and Rosmarie Waldrop, drama by Phillip Dawkins and Paula B. Stanic, art by Wayne Leal, and more. It also features the winner of the Packingtown Review Prize for Critical Response, Deborah DeNicola's essay "Hoover's Eternal Moments."
The Past 2007-2011
Packingtown Review was founded in 2007 at the University of Illinois at Chicago by Ph.D. students in the English department. The first two issues feature poetry, prose, drama, literary scholarship, and cultural commentary by new and established authors not only from the United States, but also from Germany, Romania, Greece, Egypt, France, Holland. The first issue came out in March 2009, and the second in March 2010. To order back issues at $10 per copy, e-mail us at email@example.com.
The Future is now
Packingtown Review launched in April 2013 as an independent online publication. Check out our current issue.
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