City College is home to three widely respected literary magazines, unique among Creative Writing Programs nationwide, and reflecting the belief of the Program, its writers and students, and of the Humanities and Arts Division at City College, that literature is central to human endeavor.
This international magazine devoted to the short story and excerpts of novels, was founded in 1972, by Mark Jay Mirsky, Professor of English at The City College of New York, together with Donald Barthelme and the Swiss novelist Max Frisch and his wife, Marianne Frisch, who continues as its European editor. FICTION has its office in the Department of English and draws on students from the M.A. in Creative Writing for its staff of editorial readers. Almost all of the managing editors in the past thirty years have been talented graduate students at the college. Among past students who have trained on the magazine are the present director of the M.A. Program, professor and novelist Linsey Abrams, the critic and professor of English at City College Michelle Wallace: novelists Ted Mooney, Walter Mosley, Ernesto Quinones. Many writers, who are now nationally known, David Foster Wallace, Russell Banks, T. Corraghessan Boyle, were published either first, or when they were barely known, in FICTION.
GLOBAL CITY REVIEW
The Review was founded in 1993 by professor and novelist Linsey Abrams under the auspices of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities at City College. A literary metropolis of the imagination, it is edited and produced by a collective of writers, many of whom are graduates of the City College creative writing program. GCR celebrates the difficulties and possibilities of the social world of cities, notably New York, and other constructions of community...while honoring the inventiveness and originality of ordinary lives. Each pocket-size issue includes stories, poems, memoirs, interviews and essays organized around a broad theme. Also review essays on books, movies, plays and art of any period. City College students are encouraged to participate in this critical discourse, and many become working members of the writers' collective while in the program. Multicultural Review assessed: "The exciting Global City Review...is a rich treasury of contemporary social thought and artistic expressions, defending a humanistic view of the individual in a complex society." As well, the LA Times Book Review, after a favorable comparison to an early journal edited by Ezra Pound, wrote, "A few more journals like Global City Review, and literary periodicals just might get a bit more news rack respect."
Read selected excerpts from the Global City Review online.
Edited by students, PROMETHEAN focuses on the fiction and poetry of City College students, faculty and alumni. For fifty years, it has given young and beginning writers a chance to be published alongside established writers. Such notable authors as Elaine Equi, Ernesto Quinonez and Raymond Patterson have appeared in its pages.