Welcome to The Citron Review. We’re an online literary journal, which means that this website is the journal. You can read really short stories and essays as well as poems here on our website. We publish new issues of our journal 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.
Editor-in-Chief/Poetry Editor Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer with Iowa roots. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry Blog, North American Review, The Literary Review (TLR Share), Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women, among a number of other journals, anthologies, and fine art exhibits. In the March of 2018 her debut chapbook, Plutonium & Platinum Blonde, was published by Serving House Books. She is the Director of Arts, Culture and Advancement as well as a part-time faculty in Humanities at Nevada State College.
Senior Poetry Editor Eric Steineger teaches English at Mars Hill University and in the Great Smokies Writing Program through UNC Asheville. His work has been published in such journals as The Los Angeles Review, Rattle: The Poets Respond, Tinderbox, Asheville Poetry Review, and Palaver, while his poem “The Hypnagogic Wanderings of Fernando Pessoa” was recently selected as one of the winners of the 2017 Poetry Superhighway Contest. In his spare time, he curates literary events for Black Mountain College Museum and runs trails around campus. He lives in Asheville with his wife and daughter.
Creative Nonfiction Editor Zach Jacobs is originally from Bennington, Nebraska, but now lives in Houston, Texas. He earned his MA in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His writing has appeared in Sport Literate, The Examined Life Journal, and Fine Lines. He is currently working on a collection of essays and an archaeological memoir.
Senior Fiction Editor Elizabeth De Arcos lives in Northern California with her husband and three young boys. She has a B.A. in Secondary English Teaching from Grand Canyon University and worked as a high school English teacher for ten years. She also has an M.F.A. in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Fiction Editor 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.
Fiction Editor Jennifer Ettelson Besmehn lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, three boys (24, 22, 7), two big dogs and one elderly cat. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Rice University and two graduate degrees – an M.Ed. from University of Houston and an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has lived and taught abroad in China, Japan, and Spain and is currently working on a novel.