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The name Cream City Review pays tribute to the publication’s home in Milwaukee. Known as “The Cream City,” Milwaukee is the birthplace of the yellow-colored brick made exclusively from clay native to this area. The “cream” bricks, first made in 1835, proved more durable and aesthetically pleasing than the traditional red bricks produced by East Coast kilns, and quickly became Milwaukee’s most characteristic building material.
Cream City Review was started in 1975 by Mary Zane Allen. After working at The Wisconsin Review, she desired a similar literary journal for the creative writing department at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Allen worked with the student union to establish both the magazine and a reading series. Later, the literary journal began operating with the support of UWM’s English Department. Over the years, since its founding in 1975 by Mary Zane Allen, Cream City Review has continued to publish high-quality literary and visual art due to its dedicated volunteers and loyal following of readers and subscribers.
Past contributors include:
Aimee Bender, Daniel Bortzutzky, Chiwan Choi, Pete Fromm, Amelia Gray, Roberto Harrison, Duriel Harris, Ihab Hassan, Gordon Henry, Jenny Johnson, Matthew Olzmann, Simon Ortiz, Oliver de la Paz, Craig Santos Perez, Liz Prato, Roger, Reeves, Carmen Gimenéz Smith, Laura Tohe, Ocean Vuong, Jenny Xie, Timothy Yu