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Katelyn Grisham Is New Reviews Editor For Moon City Review

The editors of Moon City Press and Moon City Review are happy to announce that, after a three-year hiatus, we are rededicating ourselves to publishing regular reviews of contemporary books, focusing on recent releases of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and graphic narrative from small/independent/university presses.

To head this operation, we’ve taken on recent staff member and Missouri State University grad Katelyn Grisham as official Reviews Editor. Katelyn will be acquiring books for review, searching out reviewers, setting a schedule, and editing the content.

If you would like to see our guidelines or submit a review, please use our Submittable portal:

If you have a new book to review or are interested in becoming a reviewer for MCR, contact Katelyn at

Moon City Press To Publish Phong Nguyen’s Next Book

Moon City Press is excited to announce the next book in our Missouri Author Series: Roundabout by Phong Nguyen. We’re thrilled to have Phong and his amazing experimental novel join our amazing family of authors and books. Watch for it this December 1!

Phong Nguyen is the author of a previous novel, The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016, winner of the Prairie Heritage Book Award), and two story collections, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Mastodon Publishing, 2016) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award). He co-edited the volume Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master with Dan Chaon and Norah Lind. His stories have appeared in more than 50 national literary journals in print and online, including AgniBoulevardChattahoochee ReviewIowa ReviewKenyon Review OnlineMassachusetts ReviewMississippi ReviewNorth American Review, and our own Moon City Review.

He is currently the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he lives with his wife—the artist Sarah Nguyen—and their three children.

Kathy Goodkin Wins The 2018 Moon City Poetry Award

We are pleased to congratulate Kathy Goodkin of Greensboro, North Carolina, for winning the 2018 Moon City Poetry Award! Kathy’s manuscript, Crybaby Bridge, will be published in the fall of this year. She will also receive the $1000 cash prize.

Kathy Goodkin is an editor for feminist publisher Gazing Grain Press, a manuscript consultant for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and an online teaching artist for the Loft. Her chapbook, Sleep Paralysis, was published by dancing girl press in 2017. Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Field, Fourteen Hills, RHINO, Redivider, The Volta, and elsewhere.

We’d like to thank everyone who entered this year’s contest—by far the most submissions we’d ever received—and wish everyone luck with their manuscripts. Entries for the 2019 Moon City Poetry Award are currently being accepted.

Reminder: Pie & Whiskey Reading Series Stops In Springfield Tonight

Reminder: Don’t miss Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon reading at 6 p.m. tonight at the MSU Student Exhibition Center on Walnut Street, as they bring their Pie & Whiskey Reading Series to Springfield! The duo will be reading selections from the series’ inaugural anthology, Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. They will also be talking about the series, its inspiration, and how they put together the anthology.