Welcome to The Citron Review. We publish new issues four times each year—in the spring, summer, fall, and winter—so check back every now and then to find some great new literature to enjoy. And if you can’t wait for the new, take a look at the old—our archive of previous issues.
The Citron Review started back in 2009 when a group of writers decided to create a literary venue that celebrates short literature. These writers had all graduated from the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles, where they were collectively known as The Citrons. So they named the journal The Citron Review.
In each issue of the journal, you can experience the larger world through very small, focused lenses—fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in small, economical packages. The essays and poems and stories in The Citron Review land all along the spectrum of human experience. They do what literature does best—tell us what it’s like to be human in new and different ways. We hope to include all of the possibilities that entails within this journal.
What We Publish
We publish short poetry, flash fiction, micro fiction, and flash creative nonfiction. The Citron Review doesn’t have a particular aesthetic, nor does it have a theme, though we have published a themed issue, and we may publish more of them in the future. Generally, we’re looking for pretty much anything that fits within our guidelines. It can be traditional or experimental. For you writers out there, please visit our submissions page to find out about our guidelines and to send us your work.
Who We Are
The Citron Review exists because a group of people put their time and money and passion and expertise into it. We are that group. We are the “we” you see on this website, and we are the folks who create this journal anew every quarter.
We do this not because it’s a lucrative enterprise (we don’t make any money from The Citron Review, as a matter of fact), but because each of us owes a lot to literature, and because we all believe profoundly in the power that it has to bring people together and to enrich human lives. You can read more about each of us below.
Angela M. Brommel Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer with Iowa roots, and the current Clark County Poet Laureate. She is the author of two books, Mojave in July (Tolsun Books) and Plutonium & Platinum Blonde (Serving House Books), and Clark County Poet Laureate for the 2022-2024 term. Her poetry has been published in the North American Review, The Best American Poetry blog, The Literary Review’s (TLR) Share, and many other journals and anthologies. In 2017 she was awarded the Helen Stewart Poetry Award, and in 2018 she was a Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, serving as the inaugural poet of the program. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently she serves as Executive Director of the Office for the Arts and as affiliate faculty at Nevada State College.
Poetry Editor/Zest Editor (on sabbatical)
Eric Steineger teaches English at Mars Hill University. His poems and reviews have been featured in such places as The Los Angeles Review, Waxwing, Rattle: The Poets Respond, Tinderbox, Asheville Poetry Review, The Night Heron Barks, and Black Mountain College Studies. His chapbook, From a Lisbon Rooftop, is based on themes from Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet and is available at Plan B Press. He loves food and wine and hanging out with his family in Asheville, NC.
JR Walsh was born in Syracuse, NY. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University, where he has taught English as a Second Language. He also teaches poetry and fiction at SUNY Oswego. His writing is in beloved publications such as New World Writing, Litro, Juked, NUNUM, HAD, FRiGG, Flash Frontier, Blink-Ink, Bull, Fractured Literary, and Esquire.
For more, visit itsjrwalsh.com.
Elizabeth De Arcos lives in Arizona with her husband and three young boys. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a BA in Secondary English Teaching from Grand Canyon University. Previously, she worked as a high school English teacher for ten years.
Hedwika Cox is a mother, tutor, writer with a BA in English from Texas State University and an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University-Los Angeles. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Zoetic Press–Alphanumeric, Red Paint Hill, Annotation Nation, Swirl, and others. She has also served as a Fiction Editor at Torrid Magazine as well as an Assistant Editor at Black Denim Lit.
Marcena Hooks was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Langston University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. You can find her work as a contributing author in the following anthologies: The Motherhood Diaries, The Motherhood Diaries 2, and The Dating Game.
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Charlotte Hamrick’s creative writing and photography has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies including Still: The Journal, The Citron Review, Atticus Review, Reckon Review, Trampset, HAD, and New World Writing, among many others. Her fiction was selected for the Best Small Fictions 2022 anthology and she’s had several literary nominations including for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. She is Co-EiC of SugarSugarSalt Magazine, Features Editor for Reckon Review, and was formerly Creative Nonfiction Editor for Barren Magazine. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Ronit Plank is a Seattle-based writer, teacher, and editor whose work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, The Rumpus, American Literary Review, Hippocampus, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir, When She Comes Back, about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation was named a 2021 Best True Crime Book by Book Riot and was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Housatonic Book Awards, and the Book of the Year Awards. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, the Best of the Net, and the Best Microfiction Anthology, and her short story collection Home Is a Made-Up Place won Hidden River Arts’ Eludia Award. Her weekly podcast Let’s Talk Memoir features interviews with memoirists about craft, the creative process, and the writing life and is available on Apple, Spotify, and at ronitplank.com.
Poetry and Micros Reader
Levi Bradley Jessup earned a BA in English from Mars Hill University and currently attends the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, where poetry is his genre concentration. In 2018 and 2019 he read some of his creative nonfiction for Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. As a hobbyist classical pianist, he enjoys researching and playing repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, as well as occasionally composing his own original works.
Founders: Antonia Crane, Aaron D. Gansky, Trish Fallin, Judy Sunderland
Emeritus Editors: Jennifer Ettelson Besmehn, Marianne Woods Cirrone, Jeff Edwards, Nathan R. Elliott, Zach Jacobs, Heather Luby, Erica Moody, Jacqui Morton, Nicholas Olson, Lee Stoops