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NewPages Lit Mag Reviews

Posted January 21, 2015

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  • Issue Number Number 96
  • Published Date Fall 2014
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
The work in this issue (four short stories and eighteen poems) is representative of the highly competent writing that has been the hallmark of The Greensboro Review for some forty years. Most of the works, as is usual with university-sponsored journals, are by writers studying or teaching in MFA programs, or graduates of such programs. Most contributors have solid writing credentials.
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  • Issue Number Volume 1 Number 2
  • Published Date October 2014
  • Publication Cycle Biannual online
The second issue of poetry magazine Kettle Blue Review is rich with work by eight talented poets. At the end of the issue, I found myself disappointed to not see a “next poem” prompt and went back to reread my favorites.
If you have ever visited the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California, you likely noticed a ping-pong table. This table, nestled amidst towering redwood trees, brings the library’s many visitors together in a single place, with a single purpose: ping-pong. It is appropriate, then, that the Library’s literary journal, Ping•Pong, unites a wide array of voices and works in a single volume, and to common purpose.
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  • Issue Number Number 27
  • Published Date November 2014
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly online
Number 27 of Up the Staircase Quarterly exudes colors and bright images through both the art and the writing. With three art features, twelve pieces of poetry paired with art, four reviews, and one interview, this issue is a good way to stay occupied while cooped up on dreary winter days.
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  • Issue Number Volume 5
  • Published Date 2014
  • Publication Cycle Annual
I ended the review I wrote of West Marin Review 3 (2010) by saying I loved everything in it, even the ads, and I still do, so I will spend the first of my 25-or-so sentences here extolling the commercial plugs in Issue 5 as well: “Spirit Matters: [A Store Providing] Oddities and Deities in the Heart of Inverness Park”; the Point Reyes Music Center, where “Your creativity is our business”; “Flower Power Home and Garden,” with its whimsical blossomy heifer logo;

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