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Paterson Literary Review

About Paterson Literary Review: The Paterson Literary Review (PLR) is a multicultural literary review established in 1979. PLR features work by well-known writers as well as by writers who will soon be well-known.

Contact Information:

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

One College Boulevard

Paterson, NJ  07505

Phone: (973) 684-6555



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: 12/1-3/31 Response time: 12 weeks Payment: no Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0743-2259 Issues per year: 1 Founded: 1979 Average pages: 350 Cover price: $13 Sample price (postpaid): $18 Subscription: N/A

Publisher’s description: The Paterson Literary Review (PLR), edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan since 1979, is huge in every sense of the word... an anthology of poets and fiction writers both famous and unknown. Brimming with energy and vitality, PLR publishes real work for real people. Sponsors Allen Ginsberg Awards. We have published poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Philip Levine, Galway Kinnell, William Stafford, Ruth Stone, Sonia Sanchez, Laura Boss, Marge Piercy, David Ray, and Diane di Prima.

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community Collegeunique for the number, variety and excellence of the services it offers and its connections with an inner-city, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic communityhas been accorded international recognition for many of its activities, including the Paterson Literary Review, Distinguished Poets Series, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, Paterson Poetry Prize, Paterson Fiction Prize, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, cable TV show POETRYWORKS/USA, New Jersey Poetry Calendar and New Jersey Poetry Resource Book. It is one of the most active poetry centers in the region, and possibly the country, reaching 75,000-80,000 people annually and earning a reputation for presenting high-quality programs, drawing upon a vast network of professional poets.

Recent issues:

Paterson Literary Review Issue #42 for 2014 includes the winning poems for the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize and work by Marge Piercy, Diane di Prima, W.D. Ehrhart, Gary Fincke, Yehoshua November, Penny Perry, Mark Hillringhouse, Joe Weil, Laura Boss, and others.

Paterson Literary Review (Issue 41, 2013–2014) edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan is dedicated to Mary Ann Mannino (1943–2012), and includes winners of the 2011 and 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, and work by Marge Piercy, Steve Kowit, Jim Daniels, Gary Fincke, Nin Andrews, Joe Weil, Laura Boss, Kwame Dawes, Michael Cirelli, M.L. Liebler, Stanley Barkan, Maria Famá and others.

Paterson Literary Review (Issue 40, 2012-2013) edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan is dedicated to Ruth Stone, and includes the winners of the 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and work by Marge Piercy, Maxine Kumin, Diane di Prima, Joe Weil, Laura Boss, Jim Reese, Kathleen Spivack, Louis Jenkins, Stanley Barkan, and others. The PLR is a Literary Review established in 1979 featuring work by well-known writers, as well as by writers whose work is so good it should be better known.

last updated 08/25/2014