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.
Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer with Iowa roots. Mojave in July (November 2019) is her debut full-length poetry collection. In 2018, her chapbook, Plutonium & Platinum Blonde, was published by Serving House Books. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry blog, the North American Review, The Literary Review‘s TLR Share, and many other journals and anthologies. A 2018 Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, Angela served 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. Angela is the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture as well as affiliate faculty in Humanities at Nevada State College.
Senior Poetry Editor/Zest Editor
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 now teaches English as a Second Language. His writing is in beloved publications such as New World Writing, Litro, Juked, NUNUM, Hobart, FRiGG, Flash Frontier, Blink-Ink, Bull, B O D Y, and Esquire. For more, visit itsjrwalsh.com.
Senior Fiction Editor
Elizabeth De Arcos lives in Northern California with her husband and three young boys. She earned a BA in Secondary English Teaching from Grand Canyon University and worked as a high school English teacher for ten years. She also has an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles.
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 work has been published in numerous online and print journals including The Rumpus, Flash Frontier, Emerge Journal, and New World Writing. She’s had nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction 2021, and was a Finalist for Micro Madness 2020. She was the former 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 writer, teacher, & podcaster with work in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, American Literary Review, and others. She is host & producer of the podcast And Then Everything Changed and has an MFA in Nonfiction from Pacific University. Her first book is When She Comes Back, a memoir about losing her mother to a guru and their eventual reconciliation, and her short story collection Home Is A Made Up Place, winner of Hidden River Arts’ 2020 Eludia Award, will be published spring 2022.
Morena Guerrero is a Nicaraguan-American storyteller with a B.A. in English Literature, stewarding her degree in Environmental Literature from Florida International University. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Morena loves all things fruit, which includes her role here at The Citron Review and as a publicity coordinator at Mango Publishing Group and Yellow Pear Press. She is currently an O’Miami Fellow, assisting in project management with this year’s poetry festival.
Jasmine Respess is a Florida native who writes about the intersections of her black Southern and Caribbean identities. Respess spent her undergrad career as a journalist, so she utilizes interviews of family members and research in much of her work. The tradition of magical realism has inspired her, and she explores folktales and lore in her poems and nonfiction pieces. Respess earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School, NY. She currently lives in Coral Gables, Florida with her two dogs and is an Editor and Marketing Analyst at Mango Publishing Group.
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