Being a Michigander, I’ve been raised not to take kindly to the Buckeye state, but there are always exceptions to that, especially for anything outside of college football. Rubbertop Review is worthy of just such an exception. Touting itself as “An Annual Journal of The University of Akron and Greater Ohio,” Rubbertop Review is a print annual in its second issue of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Unique to this publication is that each issue of Rubbertop will feature 1/4 of its content from undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Akron. The remainder of the journal will feature work by writers living in Ohio as well as beyond, with no requirement of university affiliation. Rubbertop Review bases selection solely on “the quality of writing and the passion for the craft.”
I picked up Volume Two at AWP, which contains interviews with writers Joyce Dyer, Nin Andrews and Holly Goddard Jones, and works by Sandra Bannister, Tony Bradford, Curt Brown, Kyle Brown, Ed Buchanan, Noah Falck, Ryan Fletcher, Scott Geisel, Eliese Colette Goldbach, T.M. Gottl, Brian Hohmeier, Michael Krutel, Daryl Largent, Dave Materna, Robert Miltner, Ryan Mohr, Michael Parsons, Sammy Snodgrass, Nick Sturm, and Diane Vogel Ferri.
Submissions for the third issue have just recently closed, but issue four will be open for both new and established writers from September 1 – February 1. Professor Eric Wasserman, Rubbertop‘s faculty advisor can be contacted for copies (e-mail address on website).