Journal Updates

Announcing the Authors of Issue 3

We are so proud to announce an incredible lineup of nine authors—including a Pulitzer Prize winner—for our upcoming Issue 3. For authors you don't already know, we invite you to read their work online and in print and visit their websites. Help us promote literature through their stories.

Stay tuned to our blog for upcoming author Q&As and, soon after, the release of Issue 3. 

Issue 3 Authors


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James Tate. Tate is the author of seventeen books of poetry and several collections of prose, including Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected PoemsThe Ghost SoldiersReturn to the City of White DonkeysMemoir of the Hawk, and The Route as Briefed. A new collection of poems, Dome of the Hidden Temple, is forthcoming next year. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Tate is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Stephanie Devine. Devine is the Fiction Editor of New South and a doctoral student at Georgia State University. Her work has recently appeared in Cheap Pop, Atticus Review, Fiction Southeast, Treehouse, and Glassworks Magazine and is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature and Pembroke Magazine.

Gabe Durham. Durham is the author of the novel Fun Camp and is the publisher and editor of Boss Fight Books. Previously he edited Dark Sky Magazine and Keyhole Magazine. His writings have appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Daytrotter, The Rumpus, HTMLGiant, DIAGRAM, The Collagist, Everyday Genius, NOO Journal, Quick Fiction, Nano Fiction, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Web anthology. He lives in Los Angeles.

Ray Shea. Shea's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, Phoebe, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. He has been a finalist several times, a nominee more than once, but never a winner. A native of Boston and New Orleans, he lives in Austin, where he is at work on a memoir about fatherhood, alcoholism, violence, and memory. He can be found online at

Zoë Bossiere. Bossiere lives in Tucson, Arizona where she recently graduated from the University of Arizona. She is currently working on a collection of essays chronicling her parents’ adventures as Hungarian circus superstars in the 1980s. Other published works and significant life events can be viewed at


Jason Hill. Hill studied creative writing in the MFA program at Spalding University. He holds a BA in English from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He has lived in Providence, Boston, Jersey City and Louisville. His current whereabouts are unknown.

KT Browne. Browne's work has appeared in McSweeney's, Referential Magazine, Passages North, The Review Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA at CalArts, where she served as an Associate Editor for Black Clock Magazine. She was born in New York and currently lives in southern Taiwan, where she's at work on her second novel. Visit her at ktbrowne[dot]com.

Christine Fischer Guy. Guy's debut novel, The Umbrella Mender, was published in September 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in journals across Canada, has been nominated for The Writer’s Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. She reviews for The Globe and Mail, contributes to,, and the LA Review of Books. She is also an award-winning journalist.

Stephen Parrish. Parrish is the author of The Tavernier StonesThe Feasts of Lesser Men, and Anatomy of a Spy. In 2011 he was awarded an Independent Publisher (IPPY) gold medal. His short work has appeared in Boston Literary MagazineThe Good Men ProjectFoliate Oak Literary Magazine, and elsewhere and has been read in public by Liars’ League, Lit Crawl, and other venues. He presently serves as editor of The Lascaux Review.

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Authors: thank you for entrusting your work with us. Readers: thank you for your continued support!

– Your friends at The Austin Review

Thank You for Our Issue 2 Release Party

Thank you for joining us this weekend as we released our second print issue! 

We are especially grateful to Co-Lab Projects for allowing us to use their beautiful space. Co-Lab Projects is an artist-run nonprofit organization located on the east side of town dedicated to exhibiting contemporary works of art.

Nothing goes better with a warm summer night in Austin than wine and a cold beer, and we were lucky enough to have both because of the generous beverage donations of Austin Beer Works and Personal Wine. We are also grateful to Eastside Yoga, Eastside Showroom, Tina Taiga, Wright Bros Brew & Brew, Bill Doran, and Bar 2211 for their support. And we’d like to thank our talented Issue 2 authors and readers—Vincent Scarpa and Ursula Villarreal-Moura—for making the night a truly special literary event.

Lastly, we express our deepest gratitude to Dana and Stephen of the public relations and design firm Stellar Impeller. Their time, effort, and hard work are what transformed the evening into a true celebration!

Thank you once again, Austin, for supporting us and literature!


The Austin Review Staff

Save the Date: The Austin Review Is Having a Lawn Party!

Join us for the release of Issue 2. We'll have complimentary bites, beverages, and lawn games plus readings from our Issue 2 authors. Journals will be on sale for a special price of $10. Stay tuned for information about pre-sales.

Saturday, June 14

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Co-Lab Projects

613 Allen Street

Austin, TX 78702

We can't wait to share Issue 2. See you there!

Q & A with Issue 2 Cover Artist Jennifer Balkan

We are delighted to present the artist who has generously allowed us to use one of her paintings for the cover of upcoming Issue 2 of The Austin Review: Jennifer Balkan.

Pictured above is the cover, including back (at left), spine (middle), and front (at right). Jennifer's oil painting, entitled "Birds," forms the front cover, and sections of its background have been reproduced and stitched to form the back.

Jennifer is a long-time Austin resident and regularly participates in the popular East Austin Studio Tour. Her unique, beautiful portfolio can be viewed at her website here, along with her biography and information about art classes she leads from her studio. We are grateful for her generosity and proud to work with her.


The Austin Review: When and how did you become interested in painting?

Jennifer Balkan: I have drawn all my life and poked around in my grandmother's oil paints as a child but didn't truly become turned on to paint until 2001. I had treated myself to a trip to Europe upon finishing my PhD in sociology. Upon seeing tons of master paintings, which I had seen only in books, I felt a compelling urge to learn how to paint.

TAR: How would you describe your artistic style or point of view?

JB: I consider myself to be an expressive representational painter; that is, I paint recognizable things with loose, thick, colorful strokes. I am always striving for abstraction in that I choose to break up the form into its constituent shapes and allow them to tell the visual story.  

TAR:  Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists, or artists who have influenced you the most?

JB: Lucian Freud, Wayne Thiebaud, Jenny Saville, Ann Gale, Oskar Kokochka, and Chuck Close

TAR: If you couldn't paint for a living, what would you be doing?

JB: I think I would be a neuroscience researcher. My undergraduate degree was in behavioral neuroscience, and I continue to be smitten by understanding how our brain determines our behavior.  

TAR: What is it like being an artist in Austin? Has it changed in the last few years?

JB: Being an artist in Austin is quite lovely. I'm surrounded by so many creative people. Austin has a strong visual arts community. I wish only that we had major museums like in Houston or Fort Worth. I would love to be able to take a lunch break and go see how John Singer Sargent solved a problem. The community has gotten bigger over the years and more attention is being paid to the visual arts by the city.  

TAR: Who are your favorite authors?

JB: I don't know if I have favorite authors, but I certainly have favorite books. Here are five that I can think of:
    1.  The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
    2.  Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
    3.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    4.  A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
    5.  The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

Announcing the Authors of Issue 2

We are so proud to announce our stellar lineup of nine authors for Issue 2. For each author you don't already know, we invite you to read their work online and in print and visit their websites. Help us promote literature through their stories.

Stay tuned to our blog for upcoming author Q&As and, soon after, the release of Issue 2. 

Issue 2 Authors


Micheline Aharonian Marcom


Jennifer Bowen Hicks

Ursula Villarreal-Moura

AJ Olsen 

John Proctor


James Brubaker

Mary Miller

Sam Pink

Vincent Scarpa

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Authors: thank you for entrusting your work with us. Readers: thank you for your continued support.

Your friends at The Austin Review 

Introducing the Digital Version of Issue 1

We love the print version of Issue 1. It was made here in Austin by The Whitley Group in a small (5x7) format on high-quality paper, with careful attention to layout and design. It's easy to throw in a backpack or purse and is sure to attract the attention of people who see you reading it. 

We also know that some of you like the convenience of e-readers, and we don't want to lose your support. So, we have formatted Issue 1 digitally for the Kindle and now offer it for sale through for $6.99 via the link below.

You be the judge whether pixels can beat paper: either way, thank you for reading! 

The Austin Review Issue 1
By Sheila Heti, David Olimpio, Lisa Wells, Caitlyn Paley, Patrick Madden, John Jodzio, T Kira Madden, Derrick Brown, Boomer Pinches

Thank You Austin

Photograph by Charles Henry used under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

In the last few weeks we have been bustling around town trying to successfully launch our first issue as well as put together a lovely celebration to follow. Though at first the task seemed daunting, we have been overwhelmed by the vast community support we have received.

We are particularly grateful to Mettle and Wu Wu Sushi for providing appetizers at our upcoming launch party and Austin Beer Works and Aquasana for providing beverages. We also are deeply appreciative to the LIVESTRONG Foundation for allowing us to host the event in their space. Further, we cannot thank Stellar Impeller enough. Their incredibly talented and knowledgeable staff has volunteered countless hours to help with our journal design, public relations, and event coordination. We would also like to thank CongressQui, Wright Bros Brew and Brew, Flat Track Coffee, Personal Wine, Uchiko, Blue Dahlia, Magnolia Café, and all of our community volunteers and friends.

Thank you, Austin, for showing us once again why we love you. We can’t wait to celebrate at the launch party this Saturday!


The Austin Review Staff

Announcing Our New Nonprofit Sponsorship


We are excited to announce that The Austin Review has recently been selected as an official sponsored project of The Austin Creative Alliance.

The Austin Creative Alliance is a local nonprofit organization that works to ensure our local arts community has a thriving existence. Its mission is to “advance, connect, and celebrate Austin’s arts, cultural, and creative communities in order to nourish and strengthen
 the character, quality of life, and economic prosperity of our region.” 

Our partnership with The Austin Creative Alliance now allows us to accept tax deductible donations, and, with their support and guidance, we will continue to advance our nonprofit mission. We appreciate all the community assistance we have received thus far—please stay tuned to our website, as more information about how to support The Austin Review is coming soon!

Our First Edition Release and Launch Party

Photograph by Caleb Roenigk, used under the Creative Commons Attribution License. 

Photograph by Caleb Roenigk, used under the Creative Commons Attribution License. 

It’s set. The first edition of The Austin Review will be available on January 11, 2014. That evening, we plan to celebrate with a grand launch party held at the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s office at 2201 East Sixth Street from 6-9pm.

Everyone is invited, and we hope this will be an ideal opportunity to bring the Austin literary community together. The event will include issues for sale, readings by several of our authors including Austin’s own Derrick Brown, and complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Stay tuned for updates as the event nears, including information about our after party!

A List of Our First Journal Contributors

We are thrilled to announce our first journal contributors:

Sheila Heti

Derrick Brown

John Jodzio

Lisa Wells

T Kira Madden

David Olimpio

Boomer Pinches

Patrick Madden

Caitlyn Paley    


The journal is expected to be available in January 2014. Over the next two months, we will be sharing Q&As with several of our contributors. More details on our first edition coming soon...


The Austin Review 


This photograph is by Daquella Manera and used under the Creative Commons attributions license.    

This photograph is by Daquella Manera and used under the Creative Commons attributions license.