Volume 7, Winter 2015/2016

Volume 7 is here, full of fresh and familiar names from the US and Europe: art by Roberto Harrison, Duša Isijanov, Taylor Mazer, and Alexandra Rozenman; comics by Cathy Hannah; fiction by Kim O'Niel; poetry by Ana Croegaert, Mary Crow, Caroline Kenworthy, Robert Krut, Urayoán Noel, Simon Perchik, Daniel Plate, Maggie Queeney, Edwin Torres, Robert Tremmel, Amanda Tumminaro, and Luis Humberto Valadez; Katie Bodendorfer Garner reviews Dimitris Lyacos translated by Shorsha Sullivan.

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Volume 6, Winter 2014/2015 (Online)

Volume 6 is a beast of an issue. You can read new poetry by Deborah DeNicola, Heather Dubrow, Alexis Ivy, Mark Jackley, Elizabeth Johnson, M. Nasorri Pavone, David P. Rogers, Benjamin Schmitt, Chris Waters, John Walser, Florence Weinberger, and John Sibley Williams, and listen to experiments with music and poetry by Marko Paunovic and Omar Peréz. We also bring you prose by David L. Amadio, Elie Axelroth, Patty Houston, and Lyndee Yamshon, art by Michelle Graves, Doug Grosjean, and Dragana Jurisic, and a video by Diane Busuttil. While you are savoring Volume 6, new Packingtown plans are being drawn. As always, the future is now.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Future is now

Packingtown Review launched in April 2013 as an independent online publication. Check out our current issue.

Editorial Board

  • Heather Brown
  • Cheryl Hitosis
  • Dubravka Juraga
  • Paul Martinez Pompa
  • Snežana Žabić

Founding Editors

  • Cynthia Cravens
  • Tasha Fouts
  • Todd Marren
  • Roxanne Pilat

Editors At Large

  • KC Carter
  • Una Delic
  • Katie Garner


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  • Simultaneous submissions? Yes, but we ask that you indicate in your cover letter that the manuscript has been submitted elsewhere and that you notify us ASAP if it is accepted by another publication.
  • Feedback? Although we would love to comment on all manuscripts, the volume we receive precludes us from doing so. But please know that each submission is read carefully and given thoughtful consideration.
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