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Join us as we welcome three former members of the UWM Ph.D. program who were involved with cream city review to read from their work in celebration of the review’s 40th anniversary.
Founded in 1975, cream city review is devoted to publishing the best and most memorable fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and art. cream city review continues to produce a bi-annual, award-winning print journal, maintaining its status as Milwaukee’s leading publication for showcasing local emerging writers and artists alongside established writers from around the world.
Jesse Glass, Jr., a writer, artist, and editor, is Professor of American literature and history and of comparative literature at Meikai University in Chiba, Japan. Raised outside Westminster, Maryland, he holds degrees from Western Maryland College (B.A., 1979), Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1980), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Ph.D., 1988). He was closely associated with avant-garde periodicals, Goethe's Notes (1976-1980), cream city review (1982-1988), and Die Young (1991-1996). After moving to Japan in 1992, he became involved with the Abiko Quarterly. In 1998 he established Ahadada Books, which publishes both online and in print. Published works of his poetry include The Passion of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems (2006), The Life and Death of Peter Stubbe (1995) and Lexical Obelisk (1983, 1990, 1996). He has also written on the history and folklore of Carroll County, Maryland, in The Witness: Slavery in 19th century Carroll County, Maryland (2004), Carroll County Newspaper Wars: Know-Nothings, Alms House Scandals and the Death of a Civil-War Editor (2004), and Ghosts and Legends of Carroll County (1982; revised, 1998).
Kyoko Mori's most recent book is a memoir, Yarn: Remembering the Way Home (GemmaMedia, 2009). She has also published a book of essays, Polite Lies, (Henry Holt), a memoir, The Dream of Water, (Henry Holt), as well as three novels, Stone Field, True Arrow; One Bird; and Shizuko's Daughter (all Henry Holt). Her essays and short stories have appeared in journals such as The American Scholar, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, and The Kenyon Review. Mori holds a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was born in Kobe, Japan, and moved to the United States in 1977. Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, she was a Briggs-Copeland lecturer in creative writing at Harvard University.
Phong Nguyen is the author of Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen's Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, 2011)—winner of the 2010 Elixir Fiction Prize; as well as co-editor, with Dan Chaon, of Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Pleiades Press, 2012). Phong teaches fiction-writing at the University of Central Missouri, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and serves as editor of the literary journal Pleiades. Formerly, Phong has worked as editor-in-chief of cream city review and as an Editorial Assistant at The Atlantic Monthly. He received a PhD from UW-Milwaukee in 2007, where he studied fiction with George Makana Clark.