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We are excited to announce the publication of pacREV 2024 the BODY issue. Now available direct from SDSU Press or via Amazon!

pacificREVIEW 2024
edited by Helena Westra

Publisher ‏SDSU Press
(May 6, 2024)   
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 134 pages    
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1938537688    
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1938537684
USA $22.00

ody, the 2024 edition of San Diego State University Press's oldest literary journal, pacREV, has just been published. The Body issue was edited by artist Helena Westra, and her magnificent team of arts con-conspirators. The full color issue is printed on archival gloss paper and includes contributions by poets, writers, photographers, and artists including: Kitty Knorr, Jacquelin Molina Guillen & Marcel Mawulorm Johansen, Kitty Knorr, Jonathan B. Aibel, Katherine Rinehart, Paul Rabinowitz, Rema Ghassan Shbaita, Kini Sosa, Mareli Gutierrez, Molly Lanzarotta, Jonathan B. Aibel, Xochi Cartland, Justin Hammond, Ren Alexandra McKinnell, Eleanor Levine, Amorak Huey, Caitlin Stuckey, JC Alfier, Paul Rabinowitz, Jerl Surratt, Grace Schnapp, Sofia Dell'Aquila, Corina Villena-Aldama, Abigail Bitter, Avery Ng, Ethan Chan, Anna Abraham Gasaway, Destiny Brown, Jake Dennis, Toki Lee, Bradley Medina, Alexa Ariizumi, Alexa Arizumi, Avery Ng, Kini Sosa, Antoni Szostak, Al Dawson, Amanda DiGiovanni, Adele Gaburo, Gracie Moon, Al Dawson, Hana Foo, Hana Foo, Glenna Trone, Bella Bonnin, Giovan Michael, Jack Hinzo, Robert Lang, Leila Dessouky, Paloma Burner, Lucky Dasari, Cassandra Jordan, Norma Sadler, Neil Kendricks, Matt Schumacher, Sofia Dell'Aquila, Rebecca Harooni, Angela Pankosky, Grace Schnapp, Roger Camp, Maria McLeod, Doreen Beyer, Amy Small-McKinney, Irina Tall Novikova, Xochi Cartland, Olivia Prior, Jayne Marek, Xiaoly Li, JC Alfier, V. Bray, Salem Holden, Roger Camp, Antoni Szostak, Ryan Hedrick, Miles Sequoia, Reyes Breanna, "Nana" Rohde, Barbara Hunt, Jules Travis, Nayeli Nova Fernández, and David Sheskin.

Here are some snapshots from the issue:

Our BODY issue call for submissions is now OPEN on, wait for it ... SUMITTABLE! click here or the image below!

Illustration via -- featuring the photography of Janosch Lino

his year, pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual celebrates the BODY. There is no one right way to inhabit or understand our bodies -- these moving, breathing, sweating, sleeping, dancing, shaking, crying, loving, powerful bodies. Fear not the animal body you are born in. Embrace natural processes. Embrace others’ bodies. Listen to your own.

Through visual art, poetry, and prose, this year's contributors express their understanding of the body and what embodiment means to them, inviting us to listen in and experience the physical.

Issue Published! Submissions window closed ... We are accepting all kinds of submissions on October 1st -- essays, art, photography, poetry, short stories, or comix!

pacREV 2023

Edited by Giovan Michael and a merry band of ama
zing folx!
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or over 40 years, the one and only pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual has published emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and prose. Now, for the first time in the storied life of this small yet mighty publication, our ever-evolving journal has turned its eye to the world of graphic narrative, highlighting over 30 artists telling moving and important stories through comics, collage, graphic poetry, and more. This beautiful edition is an explosion of color, emotion, art, and political dissent. It is loud, irreverent, and patiently waiting to be experienced by you.

Contributors include Norma Sadler, Adele Gaburo, Helena Westera, Rema Shbaita, Abigail Bitter, Marie Sosa, Patrick McEvoy, Mariana Tapia, Breanna “Nana” Rohde, Paola Ramirez, Emily Teaze,, Ashley Lavisesdeh, Mariana Tapia, Neil Kendricks, Annie Rue, Adele Gaburo, Dylan Wells, Robert Lang, Bradley Medina, Cassandra Jordan, Andrew Smith, Christopher Reynoso, Rafael Flores, Alexa Ariizumi, Sinai Wright, Tatiana Bohorquez, Lucky Dasari, Amy Burton, Kyra Williams, Paloma Burner, Yao Xiao, Jacquelin Molina Guillen, Kirstin Curtis, Annie Rue, Nayeli Nova Fernandez, and Iris Quiroga.

Some random snapshots from this gorgeous, full color, comix collection:

pacREV 2023
NO LONGER Accepting Submissions!

The semiotic image portal is closed

Submit to our special graphic edition of Pacific review 2023 today! ⤵️

All call for submissions that you run across below are closed; only information and images that appear ABOVE  this notice is live, real, vital, pulsating etc!

pacREV 2022
ATLANTIS and Other Lost Places

Get lost in ATLANTIS...

This year pacificREVIEW 2022 (“ATLANTIS and other lost places”) focuses on loss, and works to define a concept so familiar and yet still so abstract. The contributors this year come from all over the globe, each contributor contextualizing loss with different mindframes and life experiences. Nonetheless, each piece transcends the geographic separation of the artists and shows us how loss is a universal feeling. “ATLANTIS” shows the pain, the recovery, the comfort, and the whole bittersweet experiences of life's most unavoidable feeling. pacificREVIEW dedicates itself to exploring these links between all human beings. We, the editors of the 2022 edition, hope that this collection of mixed media art, poetry, and prose make the world feel a little smaller and our worldwide community feel a little closer.

[Editors] Abigail A. Jones, Caroline Hendricks, Jamie Kristine Oram, Miya Domingo, and Parker Alex Watson. [Contributors] Aaliya Sehar, Abigail Hora, Alessio Zanelli, Amy Barone, Amy Marques, Andrew Mobbs, Ann Calandro, Arlene Tribbia, Audrey Forbes, Dani Kei Jochums, David Sheskin, Diane Gottlieb, D.S. Maolalai, Ellen Austin-Li, Gabino A. Castelán, Hana S. Elysia, Ian Ramsey, Jacqueline Coleman-Fried, J.R. Jacobs, Jill Evans, Joanee Clarkson, John Muro, Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Lance Nizami, Louis Girón, Marisa P. Clark, Matthew Jiménez, Michael Mullen, Michael Washburn, Michelle Melton Cox, Paul Allatson, R.B. Simon, Raychelle Heath, Riley Sara Martinez, Roger Camp, Sharon Mast, Tess Kay, Wendy BooydeGraaff, Xiaoly Li.


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2, August 2021

Now available! THE MIRROR MAZE, pacREV2021, edited by Nayeli Castañeda-Lechuga and crew! Featuring writers and artists from all over the planet! Click the image opposite to snap up a copy via or click the add-to-cart button below to get a copy direct from pacREV & SDSU Press.

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When you are forced to confront your own image, what is it that you see? Our 2021 edition of pacificREVIEW, “The Mirror Maze,” explores the complexity and fluidity of identity. Over fifty contributors, all of unique and diverse backgrounds, offer a response to the question posed above--a small glimpse at what it means to be human in the 21st century and in the 2020’s. Whether through poetry, short story, creative nonfiction, or visual art, “The Mirror Maze” showcases pieces that speak of ethnicity and culture, mental illness, familial relationships, trauma, sexual orientation, and more. Curated by four graduate-student women dedicated to inclusivity, “The Mirror Maze” provides a platform to writers and artists from across the U.S. and from various international regions.

Editors: Nayeli Castañeda-Lechuga - Abigail Hora - Shekinah Kifer - Sara Schulke

Contributors: Elizabeth Boquet - Masha Lisak - Paul Bufis - Matt L. Hall - Eric Rawson - Ciera Lloyd - Micaela Accardi-Krown - Jeanette C. Vigliotti - Rachele Salvini - Takwa (Tee) Sharif - L. Kardon - Labdhi Shah - Emily Rankin - Kateryna Bortsova - KWONG Kwok Wai, Walter - Karyna Aslanova - Janice Fried - Marcie Wolf-Hubbard - doris e. rubio - Travis Stephens - Juan Cortez - Vanessa Rodriguez - M.A. Dubbs - Polchate (Jam) Kraprayoon - LeShun Smith - Mario Loprete - Guilherme Bergamini - Carrie Albert - Ali Headley - Coco Spencer - Nick Lamia - Katlin Marisol Sweeney - Keily V. Maldonado - Gregory Francis Royse II - Matty Penner - Ernst Perdriel - Shannon Steinkamp - Robert Bear - Tomas Nieto - Andres Enrique Mendoza - Dale Stromberg - RC deWinter - Allison Whittenberg - Jeffrey H. MacLachlan - Madi Giovina - Aimee Lowenstern - McKenna Themm - Emily Joy Oomen - Eric Odynocki - David Radavich - Evelyn Burd - Obinna Chilekezi - Kaylianne Chaffee

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21, September 2020

n a mirror maze, where everything is reflected repeatedly, the subject must confront their own image. With every turn, a new angle results in a different perspective, exposing the subject to multiple facets of themselves. When we apply this to the ways in which humans view their identity, we can also say that their self-perception is dependent on the context that surrounds them.

Through this edition of pacificREVIEW, we attempt to explore the complexities and the fluidity of identity. How does our progressive learning of the communities around us shape or alter the reflection we see in the mirror? What aspects of our being contribute to our understanding of our identity? When we are forced to confront our own image, what is it that we see?





pacificREVIEW considers only previously unpublished work. You may submit up to a total of three pieces of work from any genre for consideration in this edition. When submitting content, we highly recommend that you include a statement regarding how your work responds to the edition theme.

Simultaneous submissions: We ask that if any of your pieces are simultaneously submitted elsewhere, this information be included in your cover letter. If the piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.


· Limit: 2 typed-pages per poem

· Format: Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)


· Prose includes short stories, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, experimental form fiction/nonfiction, etc.

· Limit: 5,000 words per piece (please submit double-spaced, unless the form is contingent to certain spacing)

· Format: Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)

Visual Art

· Visual Art includes photography, traditional medium art (pencil, paint, ink, etc.), digital art, mixed media, graphic narrative*, etc.

*Graphic narrative panels must fit two pages/one page-spread.

· Format: Please submit as a high resolution (300 dpi) PDF.

pacificReview is committed to publishing work that is diverse in its storytelling and artistic expression.

pacREV 2021 Submission Info Coming Soon!!! Celebrate with us as we salute 42 years of indy publishing!

pacREV 2021 Submission Info Coming Soon!!!

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pacREV 2020 Synchronous

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Despite our constant unraveling, humans are bound to each other and are continually finding ways of becoming entangled with one another. Our platonic, romantic, and paternal bonds of love cause us to belong to each other. This fierce intimacy has the potential to stretch physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries.


How do humans currently become entangled with each other? How do we love each other? Hate each other? Cooperate with one another? What connections are condemned and stigmatized? Should they be? How do our shared experiences enhance our individual perceptions? 


Join us in our celebration and exploration of the ties that bind us together. We invite you to share about your experience with human bonds and contribute to the pacificREVIEW 2020 issue: synchronous. 


Submissions will be accepted until December 20, 2019.



Submission Considerations: pacificREVIEW considers previously unpublished work. You may submit up to a total of three pieces of work from any genre for consideration in this edition. When submitting content, we highly recommend that you include a statement regarding how your work responds to the edition theme.  


 · Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Limit 4,500 words, double spaced, attached as a Microsoft Word Document. Short stories and flash fiction are also encouraged. 


 · Poetry: Please limit your poems to no more than 2 typed pages, attached as a Microsoft Word Document.


 · Photographs/drawings/artwork: Please submit as a high resolution (300 dpi) greyscale or black and white PDF. 


 · Graphic Narrative: Please in a high resolution (300 dpi) greyscale or black and white PDF. Panels must fit on two pages.


Electronic Submissions can be submitted here:




Snail mail subs can be addressed to:


Emily Buckley, Miles Reyes Head Editrixes

pacific REVIEW

Dept. of English and Comparative Literature

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr. | MC6020

San Diego, CA



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The Hallucination Issue
pacificREVIEW 2019

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pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual is delighted to announce the theme for our 2019 issue: HALLUCINATION.

How far does our perception stretch—what can you some of us see that others cannot? How does perception limit us? How do we define the so-called Twilight Zone? What rules do we adhere to as prescribed by the societal understanding of reality? What boundaries do we reside within before we are exposed to anti-reality? What happens beyond the veil of the here and now? Where is the line between what we consider tangible and intangible? When can we convince ourselves of what is surreal or unreal altogether and why? Just as a hallucination can destroy the fabric of what we consider reality, how could it also help or protect us? How many have been lost to liminal spaces akin to the Bermuda Triangle? What makes the waking world the truth? Why then are we shaken by prophetic or symbolic dreams – what happens when the dream becomes reality? Why does the hybrid of the unreal and real frighten us?
Alice in the Rabbit Hole

Join us down the Rabbit Hole. This year’s call for papers may delve into the global or extremely personal but all should address some aspect of the bountiful ways in which we experience and understand Hallucination.

 Submission will be accepted until January 1, 2019.

Please submit to only one of the following:

 · Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Please submit no more than one piece of work, limit 4,500 words, double spaced, attached as a Microsoft Word Document. Short stories and flash fiction are also encouraged.

 · Poetry: You are welcome to submit 2-3 pieces of poetry. Please limit your poems to no more than 2 typed pages, attached as a Microsoft Word Document.

 · Photographs/drawings/artwork: You may submit up to 10 pieces of artwork that cover a cohesive theme or style. Please submit as a high resolution (300 dpi) greyscale or black and white PDF.

 · Graphic Narrative: Please submit no more than two pieces in a high resolution (300 dpi) greyscale or black and white PDF. Panels must fit on two pages.

How to Submit: click here!

We accept submissions both via Submittable and snail mail!

Snail mail subs can be addressed to:

Alex Cline, Autumn Reyes, Gayana Parsegova, Head Editrixes
pacific REVIEW
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr. | MC6020
San Diego, CA

Now Available! pacificREVIEW 2018

Click here to buy via the SDSU Press / Amazon online store!

La frontera occupies a political and geographical significance to folx residing in the Americas that cannot be overlooked, especially in our contemporary moment. As leading political figures and commentators feign empathy for the human rights violations of Latinxs at the border yet make no moves to intervene, it is clear that the work of unpacking the significant influence of la frontera as both a physical location and figurative space is relevant to both media discourse and creative work. Writing, art-making, and photography are forms of labor that must be pursued; they generate an activist space in which writers and creators can transgress dominant ideologies and demand attention for issues that may otherwise go overlooked.

Contributors include Alejandro Pérez, Alexandra Cline, Amy Wack, Angela Pankosky, Angela Spring, Audra Puchalski, Avanti Arseculeratne, Brooke Petersen, Cyndy Garcia-Weyandt, Donia Mounsef, Ernesto Hernández, Fernando de Peña, Francis Flavin, Frederick Luis Aldama, Hannah Humphrey, Ivy Grimes, Jill Dery, Jill Marie Holslin, Jonathan Greenhause, Kate Kimball, Katlin Sweeney, Kendall Klym, Marie Parrish, Maryah Converse, Nathan Manley, Nicole Diwag, Nuno Neves, Rodrigo Vargas, Sandra Ramos O'Briant, Sean Coolican, Toti O'Brien, William Camargo, and Ximena Keogh Serrano. Guillermo Nericcio García, of memogr@phics designcasa (, designed the issue.


pacificREVIEW 2018:

pacificREVIEW is currently hosting an open call for submissions for our 2018 edition, “States of La Frontera” – an interdisciplinary, intersectional collection of work that grapples with the concept and image of “borders” as existing in multiple contexts. “States of La Frontera” refers to the literal and figurative borderlands of space and identity: the physical, geographical, emotional, spiritual, and temporal boundaries and possibilities of being. We are interested in works that embrace and complicate life at the intersection – works that resist hegemony, generalization, and singularity.

“States of La Frontera” refuses translation and is open to works in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two. We accept submissions of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, essays, comics, collages, photography, and visual art.

Submission Notes: pacificREVIEW considers previously unpublished work. You may submit up to three pieces of work from any genre for consideration in this edition. When submitting content, we highly encourage that you include a statement regarding how your work responds to the edition theme.

Submission Period: October 14, 2017 – February 2, 2018

How to Submit:

We accept submissions both via Submittable and snail mail!

Digital subs can be sent to:

Snail mail subs can be addressed to:

Katlin Sweeney, Editor-in-Chief
pacific REVIEW
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr. | MC 6020
San Diego, CA 92182-6020

*The illustration above is from the famous CRUZANDO FRONTERA conference, 1990, held in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, as documented in Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement by B. Ruby Rich; also see the interview here.

Now Available! pacREV 2017
Errant Mythologies
Edited by Hari Alluri, Carlos Kelly, and Breeann Kyte Kirby

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Errant Mythologies pacREV2017

UPDATE February 6, 2018:

We are happy to present the new edition of pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual, edited by Hari Alluri, with Carlos Kelly & Breeann Kyte Kirby, entitled ERRANT MYTHOLOGIES. From the original call for papers: "We hope you interpret Errant Mythologies in all the senses of each word, their combinations and beyond. We hope our theme provokes work you wish you could run into for the first time. Offer us the tensions that bind your truths to what you deny, to the lies you love, to what you find undeniable: work that asks, in large or small ways, the big questions: work that is curious about the mystery itself: the errant mythologies that move you, trouble you, call you to experience and imagine them."

Contributors include (in first name alphabetical order) : Adam Deutsch, Adrian Arancibia, Adrian Carrillo, Alix Sharpe, Andrea Walls, Arthur Kayzakian, Benny Biscuits, Carly Beesley, Carol Sadtler, Carolyn Moore, Christine Stoddard, Christopher Warner, Christy O'Connor, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Darren Demaree, Elena Botts, Erin Jourdan, Garrett Stack, Grant Price, Hanna Tawater, Heather Dobbins, Henry J. Erickson, Ishion Hutchinson, Jake Young, James Penha, Jeanne Julian, Jeanne Wagner, Jed Myers, Jessica Lakritz, Jim Ruland, John Brantingham, John Kirsch, Judith Skillman, Julia Dixon Evans, Justin Hudnall, Karl Elder, Kathy Rudin, Kazim Ali, Kenji C. Liu, Kevin Oberlin, Kevin Simmonds, Laurette Folk, Loren Smith, Lowell Jaegr, Maggie Graber, Marcella Remund, Michael Reid Busk, Michaelsun Knapp, Michelle Bonczek Evory, Nick Montgomery & carla bergman, Paul Sanchez, Rajiv Mohabir, Rebecca Durham, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Robert Miltner, Scott Chalupa, Stephanie Valente, tess free, Thea Prieto, Thomas J. Erickson, Timothy Walker, Veronica Scharf Garcia, Vi Khi Nao, Wendy Carlisle, and William Crawford. This edition of pacificREVIEW is published in small, old-school paperback form--great for carrying around in your pocket as you dash to your next reading, wander to that next coffeehouse, or stagger out of that next dive bar!


pacificREVIEW 2016

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On the surface, notoriety, visuality and celebrity culture oversaturate the information age. But what insidious formations lurk beneath the glossy surface? Faceless monsters dwell behind black screens—paradoxically both numbing factories of the masses and liberating tools of the dispossessed. Does this anonymity transform us into voiceless dolls that preserve the misogynistic power structures or grant us power through simulated online versions of ourselves. While menacing conglomerates practice institutionalized discrimination and witless pariahs face the backlash, moralized hackers expose hidden weaknesses that often bring those responsible to light. Does the rampant voyeurism of today signify a deep perversity or something more innocent and liberating that thrives in obscurity? What aspects of human nature are exposed with the burgeoning of artificial intelligence, online activism and twitter shaming? What masks do we wear and what secrets do they conceal?

Our new, 2015 edition of pacificREVIEW is now available via the San Diego State University Press/ online store--click the cover of VIVARIUM: pacificREVIEW 2015, edited by Ryan Kelly, with Dakota Lenz, and Shannon Snyder, opposite, to order your issue now!

pacificREVIEW 2015: "Vivarium"

A vivarium (Latin for "place of life") is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, a microcosm with controls for environmental conditions.

We, as human beings, create vivariums for both ourselves and other species. In these environments of our own design (zoos, shopping malls, universities, cathedrals, etc.), we breathe simulation, observe phenomena both natural and unnatural, speak in symbols, and cypher our dreams. We are inhabitants of our creations, thriving in the flux between the abstract and the absolute.

The newest issue of the pacificREVIEW seeks dynamic pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narratives, photography, and artwork that speak to this theme and interrogate the ever-blurring line between "real" and "unreal" settings.

Submission Period: October 1st, 2014 - February 28th, 2015. NOW CLOSED

How to submit:

pacificREVIEW 2014, Strangely Ever After, edited by Jacquelyn Phillips is now available for a special price at the San Diego State University Press storefront--click the cover and experience the thrill of virtual teleportation!

Coming soon! CALL FOR PAPERS for pacificREVIEW 2015 edited by Ryan Kelly!  More to come! Watch this space or visit our facebook entities here: and our older site here:

pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual
2014 Special Issue

"Strangely Ever After"

We are now accepting submissions all the way through February 1st 2013!  Don't be shy.  Embrace your quirkiness and send in your work - we want the strange and the unbelievable - the made-up and the fantastical.  Give us stories about traveling to France and only being able to speak one sentence in this unknown and foreign "new world" (at least it was new to you).  Or weave us a tale of rotten princesses, beautiful on the outside, but with the urge to kill on the inside.  Take pictures of the natural world in a naturally strange state.  Or create a sculpture that embodies the fairy tale in a grotesque fashion. 

-Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Submit only one story.  No simultaneous submissions.  Maximum 4500 words.  We do accept (and encourage) flash fiction.

- Poetry: Submit 2 to 3 poems.  No simultaneous submissions.  Poems cannot exceed 2 typed pages.

- Photographs/drawings/artwork: Submit 1 to 4 works.  Must be in black and white.  Photographs of your work of art are perfectly acceptable.  Please adhere to the theme!

- Graphic Narrative: submit 2 to 3 pieces.  Must be in black and white.  Panels must fit on the length of two pages.  Please make legible.

Along with your submission, please include a cover letter with the following information (or as much information as you can):

1) The genre of your piece (fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, etc. etc.)
2) First and last name
3) Degree and/or progress in school (if applicable)
4) What do you do for a living/dream of doing after you graduate?
5) Other publications (if applicable)




Jacquelyn Phillips, Editor-in-Chief
pacific REVIEW
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr. | MC6020
San Diego, CA

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Last Year's Special Issue: URBAN MYTHOS 2013

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We’re eagerly accepting submissions of short fiction/flash fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, and creative nonfiction focusing on this theme. Written submissions must be 3,000 words or less and must be unpublished works. The submission deadline is 01.01.13.

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San Diego State University
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San Diego, CA



pacificREVIEW, a West Coast Arts Review Literary Annual published by San Diego State University students in conjunction with San Diego State University Press, is currently accepting submissions for the 2010-2011 issue entitled “Revolt.”

In this turbulent time, one can’t help but hear those buzz words over and over again . . . “economic crisis,” “recession,” “Paris Hilton stock index” . . . At pacificREVIEW, we are well aware of the plight of the “little people,” those who just can’t seem to cut a break in this Comfortable-American-eats-the-economically-smaller-American world.  Low-wage makers are forced to suffer through-- and are expected to receive-- piteous means for laborious efforts.

But who says we have to put up with this?  pacificREVIEW says REVOLT.  We want to hear about your fight against it all, physically, spiritually, morally or any other______ly you can provide!

We’re eagerly accepting submissions of short fiction/flash fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, and creative nonfiction focusing on this theme.

Written submissions must be 3,000 words or less.  The submission deadline is 01.01.11. 

Please direct any questions to pacificreview_sdsu [at] yahoo [dot] com

Submissions will be accepted in hard copy only. Send to:

Editor-in-Chief, pacific REVIEW
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr., MC6020
San Diego, CA 92182-6020

Simultaneous submissions will not be accepted.





pacific REVIEW, a West Coast Arts Review literary Annual, published by San Diego State University undergrads in conjunction with San Diego State University Press, is currently accepting submissions for the 2009-2010 issue entitled “BANKRUPTURE”.  Short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction pieces, poetry, graphic narrative, illustrations, and photography touching on the theme of “cashing out and starting over” are encouraged. How does the individual or social body construct identity and meaning out of personal or collective financial, moral, and/or spiritual ruin? How does one re-invest in the re-creation and/or reconstruction of political, social, and religious institutions in times of bankruptcy? 

pacific REVIEW editors are excited to receive submissions in the interest of creating a textual and visual artifact out of the ruins of rupture.

UPDATED Submission deadline is March 1, 2010. Word count is 3,000 words.

Please also enclose a self-addressed envelope. All submissions must be sent to:

Joseph Robinson Borland
josephborland AT ymail DOT com
Editor-in-Chief, pacific REVIEW
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr., MC6020
San Diego, CA 92182-6020

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Our 2008-09 issue!
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OLD call for submissions!
now over! don't submit till our new call appears, fall 2009!

2008-2009 Call for Submissions
pacificREVIEW is now accepting submissions in all genres for its 2008-2009 issue.  Send us your best work: fiction, poetry, non-fiction (essays, reviews), photography and art.
We look forward to reading your work.

Address it to:
pacifcREVIEW (genre, i.e. fiction, poetry)
San Diego State University
Dept. of English & Comp Lit
Arts & Letters 226
San Diego, CA  92182-6020
The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2008.
All the best, and happy writing,
Lester O’Connor, fiction editor
Chrissy Rikkers, poetry editor


pacificREVIEW welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories, translations, and creative non-fiction, including essays and reviews.  We also accept submissions for art and cover art.
Submissions should be directed to the appropriate editor (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, or Art) at:
pacificREVIEW (indicate genre)
San Diego State University
Dept. of English & Comp Lit
Arts & Letters 226
San Diego, CA  92182-6020
Fiction & other prose:  Mail submissions to the address above, Attention: Lester O’Connor, Fiction Editor.  Submissions should be typed on white, 8 1/2” x 11” paper. The title page should include the word count (no more 20 pages), as well as the author’s name and contact information.
Poetry:  Mail 3-5 poems to the address above, Attention: Chrissy Rikkers, Poetry Editor.  Submissions should be typed on white, 8 1/2” x 11” paper, and include the author’s name and contact information.
Translations: If submitting a translation, please include the original poems in the original language you are translating from, and be sure that you have acquired the rights from that author.
Art:  Mail up to 5 works of photography/art – any style – attention: Art Editor. Image files should be sent to us via email as attachments: 300dpi jpgs or tiff files.
Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification.  Manuscripts will not be returned. If you would like to be notified by email instead, please indicate clearly an email address where we can contact you (and skip the SASE).
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if the work you’ve sent us has been accepted elsewhere.
We do NOT accept electronic submissions.
** Deadline for all submissions is May 1st, 2008 **

breaking news about a talented pacREV Author!!!

> Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 14:57:44 -0600
> From: "Erin Pringle"
> Subject: Good News--The Floating Order
> Dear Jenny and pacificReview:
> I'm writing to share the good news that my book _The Floating Order_
> has been accepted for publication by a small, new
> press called Interbirth Books At the latest, the book
> will be released (at the latest) May '09 at first as
> a short run of hand-bound, hardback books and then into softcover.
> "Drift" is one of the stories in the book, and of
> course, I'll list pacificREVIEW in the
> acknowledgments page.  Again, thank you for enjoying
> my story and the encouragement created by liking my work.
> Cheers, Erin Pringle


now available!!!!
...the 2007-2008 "polaroid" issue of pacific REVIEW!!! Edited by Jenny Minniti-Shippey, Joe Kane, and Reggie Hui!!!!

Featuring the following works and artists!

Editor’s Note                Jenny Minniti- Shippey    7

Traduttore, Traditore            Peter Moore        8

Transubstatiation                Roy Seeger          9

Little Red Riding Hood through the eye        Kristin Abraham        11

SomePlace Like This
Gunshot Wedding                Lorene Delaney- Ullman    12

When Mary Gets Shot in the Head        Francine Witte        13

Marinara                    Scott Wiggerman        14

Etymology                Carrie J. Boden        15

Untitled                    Jackie Young        17

Drift                    Erin Pringle        18


How to Fall in Love                Erin Elizabeth Smith        24

2007 Brushfire Award                        26

Dar a Luz                    Paula Brancato        27

2007 Brushfire Award Honorable Mention                    43

Three Poems                John Estes        44

Three Poems                Christopher Kennedy    51

The Bull                    Bill Teitelbaum        55

Look                    Toni and Zoe        57

Oakland Hills, 1991
The Wheel                Roy Kesey            58

After Reading Fennelly’s Open House   
Maryland                    Brandi Homan        59

Homes                    Tracy Burkholder        61

Home                    Louis E. Bourgeois        67

after                    Andrena Zawinski        68

In the Altogether                William Bert            69
Anonymous                Jim Lucio                77

Medusa                    Emily Tallman        78

Durio Zibethinus                Julie R. Enzer        79

After “The Death of Chatterton”        Karen Schubert        80
Warhol’s Shoes                Courtney Yip        81

eleven o’clock a.m., two years later
Like Trees Are Supposed To            Lindsay D’Andrea        82

Metaphoric                Jay Rubin            88

Magnolia                    Carine Topal        89
Closed                    Courtney Yip        90

San Francisco Poems            Thomas D. Drescher        91

Offloading the Wounded            Jeffrey Alfier        92

Frankie                    William Knorr        93
Skylight                    Carol Carpenter        97

The Hope to Forget                Amanda Rachel Warren    98

Review: Shake by Joshua Beckman        Brian Morrison        100

20 Questions with Allan Gurganus                    102

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Now available!!!!! The 2006-2007 NOSTALGIA: VERBAL AND VISUAL relic issue of pacific REVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual, edited by Kristin Clough is now published and available for use in undergraduate courses, writing workshop seminars, and to the general public.  It's the largest issue of pacific REVIEW ever published with over 225 pages of poetry, stories, art, photography, and more. Order it now from our secure servers at or via amazon here.

Edited by Kristin Clough and Joseph Borland. The Nostalgia Issue of pacific REVIEW 2006-7 features contributions by KC Wilder, Michael Verlangieri, John Paul Colgan, Mercedes Lawry, Amy Bilodeau, Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, Mercedes Lawry, Matthew Woodman, Chelsea Day, Jim Daniels, Joshua Weber, Ron Thomas, Silvia Valentino, James W. Stoner, Erin A. Thomas, Peter Larson, Uma Narayan, Nickolas Brian Henderson, Zebulon Huset, Patrick Carrington, Ned McCormick, Robert McGuill, Matt Zambito, Sarah Kohler, Mary Julia Klimenko, Mark Grinyer, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Alice Indigo, Barbara Jane Reyes, Larry Christ, Michelle Amas, Katie Hammersly, Saroum Vun, Dennis H. Leem, David Isaacs, Amy Bildeau, Lisa Siegel, Robert Parham, Dawn Garrett, Rachel May, Robert Parham, Sarah Kohler, Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, Tom Wesley, Pouya Johanshahi, Michael Fitzell, Dawn Garrett, Michael Fitzell, Karen Stromberg, David Isaacs, Gabriel Bravo, K. Carlton Johnson, Arlene Tribbia, Cheri Alma Ayers, Khadine Kubal, Jim Daniels, Thomas Juvik. Gabriel Bravo, Nickolay Todorov, Jodie Isles, Adam Oskam, Soren Alberto Gauger, Patrick Murphy, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Robert Parham, and Tim Horvath.

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pacific REVIEW has published high-quality fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork since 1972. Past issues boast the literary talent of Carolyn Forché, Claribel Alegria, Raymond Federman, Ernesto Cardenal, Robert Coover, Susan Daitch, Steve Kowit, Daniel Halpern, and Jorge Luis Borges, to name a few.Akin to other university-based, literary initiatives (Long River Review, at the University of Connecticut, Storrs; Ploughshares, at Emerson College; and The Sycamore Review, at Purdue University), pacific REVIEW showcases the work of emergent literati, pairing their efforts with the work of established artists. A back issue, pacific REVIEW 2003, will soon be back in print. It features works that explore identity in the context of West Coast/California culture. Guest contributors include Ai, Alurista, , Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Oliver Mayer,  and William T. Vollmann. 

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2007 Events Archive

2007 Brushfire Award
a chapbook competition

$1000 prize & publication of the winning chapbook in pacific REVIEW's  Spring 2007 issue

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Reading at D.G. Wills!

Collette LaBouf Atkinson, Brandi Bell, Estela Eaton, Guillermo Nericcio Garcia, Cassandra Gonzalez, Sandra Hunter, Maggie Jaffe and Leon Lanzbom will be performing at D.G. Wills Books on December 10th, 7pm, to commemorate the Decay and Decadence issue of pacificREVIEW.

pacificREVIEW has published high-quality fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork since 1972. The journal showcases the work of emergent literati, pairing their efforts with the work of established artists. After the nineteenth century Decay and Decadence movement, this issue further explores the role of decadence in art as a progressive reflection of decay in society. Like funhouse mirrors inverting the relationship between inflator and inflated, the works presented in this issue foreground the cataclysmic and much anticipated demise of the artist against the summits of aestheticism, hence fashioning her after the herculean strength and vulnerability of her subject.

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More information is available on their website: This event is free and open to the public. 

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