Moon Milk Review is officially on hiatus as we transition into the new Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program’s journal, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review.

Thank you to all contributors and readers who have made MMR such a success. We look forward to our continued pursuit of literature and art and edge at Eckleburg. (All MMR archives and accepted and in the queue work will be moved to Eckleburg.)

How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.
—William S. Burroughs
Moon Milk Review is a nonprofit literary and arts magazine that takes its title from Italo Calvino’s short story, “The Distance of the Moon.” Our aesthetic veers toward the same “otherlands” or “slipstream” in literary style, including an appreciation for magical realist, surrealist, metarealist and realist works with an offbeat spin. We value character-focused storytelling and language and welcome both edge and mainstream with punch aesthetics.
Currently, MMR runs quarterly issues of free fiction, poetry, and a multi-media gallery with artwork, comedy spots, performance and/or music. Rarely, will readers/viewers find a themed issue at MMR, but rather a mix of eclectic works with their own individual aesthetics. In the spirit of William S. Burroughs, it is MMR‘s intention to represent writers and artists as a contemporary and noninvasive collective, each work evidence of its own artistry not as a reflection of an editor’s vision of what an issue “should” be. Outside of Kismet and special issues, MMR will read and accept unsolicited submissions based upon individual merit, not theme cohesiveness.
Purchase a copy of MMR Anthology 2011 with original, newly printed fiction, poetry and artwork here.


EDITOR IN CHIEF & FICTION EDITOR | RAE BRYANT’s short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals, releases from Patasola Press, NY in June 2011. Her stories have appeared in BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), Opium Magazine, and PANK, among other publications and have been nominated and short-listed for several awards. She has work forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Gargoyle Magazine and other journals and anthologies. Rae has received Fellowships from the VCCA and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Masters in Writing and the Outstanding Graduate Award. This summer she’ll be attending the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Conference on Craft in Florence, Italy as a JHU Fellow. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR—POETRY | WILL GROFIC is a recent MFA graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from No Tell Motel, Gargoyle, Anti-, and The Coachella Review. He is also Managing Editor of Potomac Review, teaches at Montgomery College, occasionally freelances as a technical writer for The Man, and tries to pitch poetry podcast ideas to his nonpoet friends.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR—FICTION | GABRIELA ROMERI is an editor for ICF International (formerly, Macro International), working mainly in the field of humanitarian research. She has written for local rags and trade journals in the MD, DE and DC area, and is right now finishing an MA in creative writing and literature at Johns Hopkins and an MFA in screenwriting and film studies. You can find upcoming fiction at Gargoyle Magazine and Riverbabble. Ms. Romeri is a neurotic political junkie who hopes to change the world, but may have to settle for taking her meds.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR—POETRY | BRITT GAMBINO is an MFA poetry candidate at The New School in New York City. Her work has appeared in anderbo.com, DecomP, The Battered Suitcase, Caper Literary Journal, and vox poetica, among others. Her poem, “Isosceles” was recently nominated by DecomP for Sundress’s Best of the Net 2010 anthology. She lives in Washington Heights, NYC next to a mysterious trumpet player and a whole lot of meringue music.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR—FICTION | MICAH DEAN HICKS is a master’s student in the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. His fiction and poetry are published or forthcoming in over twenty magazines, including Cream City Review, PANK, kill author, a Capella Zoo, Prick of the Spindle, and Tryst. He’s won the A Capella Zoo Apospecimen Award, the 2010 Shady Side Review Postcard Contest, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his story, “How the Weaver’s Wife Killed the Motorcycle Man.” He’s currently hard at work on a collection of fables, fairy tales, and magical realism stories.
ASSISTANT EDITOR | NIC SMALL is a recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins M.A. in Writing program, where he studied fiction. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from New York University. He spends his days laboring as a Billing Coordinator for a D.C. law firm and his nights slaving away on his novel. He cites coffee as the primary contributor to all his successes. He has work forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine.

Prosetry Contest Guest Editors


Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novel, We Take Me Apart (Mud Luscious Press, 2009), and the editor of Tell: An Anthology of Expository Narrative (Flatmancrooked, 2010). She curates Walking Man Gallery, edits Willows Wept Press and Willows Wept Review, is a co-founding editor of Twelve Stories, and is an associate editor for Keyhole Magazine. She writes occasional book reviews for East&West Magazine, and she’s currently tweeting a chapter of her new verse novel, FLORA THE WHORE, every few days on Twitter. Read an excerpt of her novella, We Take Me Apart, in Moon Milk Review.
FALL 2011 ISSUE | DAVID WAGONERDavid Wagoner has published 18 books of poems, most recently A Map of the night (U. of Illinois Press, 2008) and ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola.  He won the Lilly Prize in 1991 and has won six yearly prizes from Poetry (Chicago).  He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for 23 years.  He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and twice for the National Book Award.  He edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to its end in 2002.  He is professor emeritus of English at the U. of Washington and teaches in the low-residency MFA Program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop. Read his poem, “Song to Accompany the Dance of the Bella-Coola God of Wealth from the Corner of First and Main to the Door of a Squad Car,” published originally in Moon Milk Review.


Past Prosetry Editors/Judges | Ben Loory, Vallie Lynn Watson, Luke Wallin, Roxane Gay, Laura Ellen Scott


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