Established in December 2009, The Bushwick Review is a printed literary and art magazine that features over 20 writers and artists in each issue. We have released 7 issues, with each issue averaging around 60 pages. The current issue is always only available in print, but the back issues can be read online.
When Kristen Felicetti first started The Bushwick Review in 2009, she wanted to create a literary magazine that brought emerging writers' work together in one publication, while also championing unique work that might not fit a genre or have trouble finding a home elsewhere. That first issue was a stapled zine, copied on a photocopier, and created entirely on her kitchen table in the then up-and-coming neighborhood of Bushwick. She named it The Bushwick Review, as a wink to the well-known literary reviews established in European cities or Ivy League institutions.
Seven issues later, The Bushwick Review is now a perfect-bound magazine, produced by a professional printing company. It's sold on the shelves of art museums and renowned bookstores, and received press and mentions from The New York Times, Dazed Digital, and The Independent. While the magazine has evolved as fast as the Brooklyn neighborhood it was named for, our mission to publish unique, high-quality work from new voices has remained the same. We publish primarily short stories and poetry, but also comics, photo illustrations, and genuinely uncategorizable content.
For our fourth issue, Tim Vienckowski was brought on as designer; he has elevated the magazine’s visual quality with every subsequent issue. As an editorial designer at Bloomberg Markets, and later as an art director at Popular Mechanics and Dwell, Tim specializes in distilling complex ideas into clear, engaging, and unexpected visuals. We treat the layout as an active participant in the narrative, as well as another opportunity to have a meaningful collaboration with our writers. We are able to work at this level of detail and personalization because we never carry over an existing template from one issue to the next. Each issue is designed from scratch, but a persistent spirit and sense of humor threads them together.
While references to past aesthetics and literary heroes are welcome on our pages, we prefer not to dwell in nostalgia. We are interested in publishing art and writing that speaks to being alive today, in our current world. Our contributors come from around the country (with a few who are international). Their demographics represent the diversity of this country with regard to gender, race, education, and sexual identity.
“The publication is united by a dark sense of humor suggesting that people who tell you that you can laugh OR cry at dire situations aren't thinking creatively enough. Both is certainly a worthwhile option, but best of all is creating something strange and beautiful to share with the weird, wide world. The Bushwick Review emphatically embraces this final option."
— MoMA PS1
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We find and select extraordinary writing through a combination of unsolicited and solicited submissions from writers we have worked with before, or new contributors we believe show promise. New writers are discovered via their publications in other literary magazines, both online in and print, their small press books, or by scouting them at readings in the NYC literary community. Submissions, unsolicited and solicited, are welcome at any time.