Friday, December 2, 2011

Shackled: Call for Papers (via SDSU PRESS)

SDSU Press is proud to have pacificREVIEW: a West Coast Arts Review in its stable of literary journals; edited by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the Department of English and Comparative Literature for over 20 years, it continues to evolve in the able hands of its present editors Sofia Vidal, Paris Brown, and Andrea Durazo.

Here is their latest call for papers, now expired (though you might be able to twist their arm to accept a late appeal); the editorial email is:


What images and feelings does the word shackled conjure for you? Do you fetishize it or dread it? Does it evoke a mad pastiche of visions as varied as S&M, prisons, Occupy protest arrests, captives of war, or the constraints of domination by the powerful and wealthy? Any kind of severe repression spawns countless detrimental conditions that affect all aspects of our lives. For many, shackles reify the torturous act of being confined, punished, manacled and oppressed; yet to others, they manifest a means of intensifying desire. In this provocative issue of pacificREVIEW, we want to know how these physical, spiritual, mental, sexual, political and social shackles bind you, and paradoxically, give you a purpose for creative liberation. PacificREVIEW wants your work inspired by the grinding efforts against the shackles of repression. Liberate your short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, graphic narrative, illustrative art, and photography!

A west coast arts review annual, Pacific REVIEW has published high-quality poetry, prose, and art since 1972. Past issues boast the notable talent of literati and guest contributors including Carolyn Forché, Claribel Alegria, Raymond Federman, Ernesto Cardenal, Robert Coover, Susan Daitch, Steve Kowit, Daniel Halpern, Jorge Luis Borges, Erin Pringle, Ai, Alurista, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Oliver Mayer, and William T. Vollmann.

Editorial queries to:

Pacific Review "Shackled" from Burning Fields Productions on Vimeo.
Pacific Review's Internet Spot - Conceptualized, directed, produced and edited by Andrea Durazo. Executive Producer Sofia Vidal, Director of Photography Jessica Wimbley, Assistant Director Magdalena Ramirez, Camera Operator Nate Elegino, Production Designer Jenn Plonski, Director's Assistant Jasmine Hoshino.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome Aboard! New Editors Named for pacificREVIEW 2012

The 2012 editors of pacificREVIEW have been named! 

 We congratulate:

Sofia Vidal

Andrea Durazo


Paris Brown!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

pacificREVIEW 2011: REVOLT | a west coast arts review annual ||| now available via our agents at AMAZON.COM

click for the amazon instalink!

From the intro:

Editor’s Note
To start a revolution, bombs don’t need to be planted in banks and hospitals, on buses and human beings. Instead, bombs must be deposited in the single most sensitive and impressionable place in the world in order to create the most potent effect—the mind. How do you do this? Easy. By understanding the power of words and by using them. Every single piece of work within this journal is an act of revolution against what is established, what is hated, what is normal, what is wrong. These poems and short fiction pieces offer to their readers many “counter-understandings” of what our world is and what our world should be. They plant a seed in your mind and with your diligent and affectionate attention, can eventually allow a beautiful, strong, extraordinary thought to grow. New ideas will ignite within your mind and spread to your mouth, hands and feet. And with these new ideas you will speak, write, and march—planting tiny seeds of your own along the way. You will change the world through your very own internal revolution. Take these fresh philosophies and run with them. Share them with others. Inspire them to join you in your revolt against, well, anything.

Lindsey Messner

pacificREVIEW 2011 | REVOLT! | The 2011 edition of pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual edited by Lindsey Messner with undergraduates and graduate students from SDSU and published by San Diego State University Press; contributors include: Melissa Castillo-Garsow, Doug Cox, Jason Joyce, Paul David, Paris Brown, Shane Roeschlein, Joshua Gage, Vivekanand Jha, Alan Britt, Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Frank Scozzari, Deepak Chaswal, Ken Poyner, James B. Nicola, Eric Barnes, M. Kaat Toy, Janice Pisello, Roger Camp, Kent Cooper, Scott McFarland, Guy J. Jackson, Stephen Lackaye, Catherine McGuire, Darren Fernando, Kelly Talbot, Carroll Susco, and Christopher Mulrooney.

Publisher: San Diego State University Press
Copyright Year: © 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Leon Lanzbom, RIP | 1954-2011

Leon Lanzbom, arguably one of the most illustrious and certainly one of the most eccentric editors of pacific REVIEW passed away last week. The world of literature has lost a jewel; the world at large, even more. Click here to leave your thoughts, comments, and/or anecdotes about Leon. 

Past issues of pacific REVIEW edited by or with a contribution by Leon Lanzbom are here: 2004; 2005-2006; and 2010.