Cream City Review is Milwaukee’s leading literary journal devoted to publishing memorable and energetic pieces that push the boundaries of writing.  Continually seeking to explore the relationship between form and content, Cream City Review features fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, visual art, reviews of contemporary literature and author interviews. Published biannually, Cream City Review is a volunteer-based, non-profit journal which has attracted readers and submissions from around the world. We receive approximately 4,000 submissions each year from emerging and established writers.

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, 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. We’re also home to the digital imprints IØ and Cheshire, where we publish work that lives outside of the printed page.

Past contributors include:

Joy Harjo, Robin Gow, Terrance Hayes, Mary Oliver, Craig Santos Perez, Ocean Vuong, Audre Lorde, Carmen Giménez Smith, Allison Joseph,  Daniel Borzutsky, Jenny Xie, Caroline Knox, Simon Ortiz, Linda Pastan, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ted Kooser, William Matthews, Chiwan Choi, Pete Fromm, Tess Gallagher,  Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Oliver de la Paz, Adrian C. Louis, Roberto Harrison, Duriel Harris, Ihab Hassan Timothy Yu, Kate Braverman, Diane Glancy, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Aimee Bender, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Maxine Chernoff, Alberto Ríos, and Jonathan Lethem.

CURRENT STAFF

Camilla Jiyun Nam Lee
Camilla Jiyun Nam Lee

Editor in Chief

Seth Copeland
Seth Copeland

Managing Editor

Jehane Sharah
Jehane Sharah

Associate Editor

Cass Bruner
Cass Bruner

Poetry Editor

 Syd Vineyard
Syd Vineyard

Poetry Editor

Sass Denny
Sass Denny

Fiction Editor

TBA

TBA

ART EDITOR

ART EDITOR

Sophie Nunberg
Sophie Nunberg

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Emma Knickelbine
Emma Knickelbine

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Assistant Editors/Readers: Aubrey Accomando, Rebecca Baumann, Beck Behnke, Daphne Daugherty, Alexis Dwight, Sean Enfield, Allison Farrell, Eli Frank, Naveed Islam, Tim Knapp, Barb Lucius, Mark Lucius, Kimathi Muthee, Nancy Nguyen, Philip Parrish, Jordan Scott, LG Sebayan, Angela Voras-Hills, Keaton Vosper-Maker, Katie Witt.

Intern: Jacob Collins, Alanda Jackson (Spring 2024)

Gisela Padilla (Fall 2023)

*Cream City Review is in association with the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Our literary magazine relies on the generosity and support of its readers and other granting organizations to continue producing excellent work.