Prism Review


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Prism Review Gets Reviewed!

Nice! has a thoughtful and generous review of our Issue 13.


2014 Launch Party

On May 15, 2014, we happily launched our sixteenth issue of Prism at the university chapel, a fantastically-lit venue with much needed AC (it was 103 degrees out!). Poet and issue contributor Jessica Piazza joined us for the festivities, during which we announced the co-winners of our undergraduate writing contest, Mary Roy and Larissa Nobles. For more information on the issue or to read samples, head over here.

(left to right: Mary Roy, Jessica Piazza, and Larissa Nobles.)







Prism Review 2014 Contest Winners!

We’re excited to announce the winners of our annual fiction and poetry contests:

poetry:  Anna Soteria Morrison, “[Flight Fable]”

fiction:  Rob Schultz, “The Evaluation of Echoes”

Both pieces appear in Prism Review #16. For more information on the winners, click here.



Past Events:


Prism Review #15  Launch Party

On May 20, 2013, we launched Prism Review #15. We announced the winners of our poetry contest (Jonathan Greenhause’s “El Pasado Convertido en Fiera”) and short story contest (Lucian Childs’ “Carbon Copies”), and staffers read their favorite pieces. A big shout-out to photographer Anita Bunn whose lithograph adorns our cover, fiction editor Estella Gonzalez, contest judges (Karen Lee and Sandra Ramos O’Briant), photographer Rafael Anguiano, and all students on the editorial staff this year.




Prism Review Launch Party, 2012

On May 15, 2012, we launched issue #14 of Prism Review and announced the winners of the Prism Review Poetry Prize.  The winner of the Prism Review Poetry Prize was Nancy Hewitt and her poem “Pressed.”  Honorable Mentions went to the following poets: Burgess Needle, “Pudding from Duck Blood”; W.F. Lantry,  “Routing”; Zachary Greenberg, “Atacama”; and Bethany Carlson, “Hyacinth Girl.”   Congratulations to all the winners!

January reading

On Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012, poet Genevieve Kaplan, author of the collection In the ice house, and fiction writer Bryan Hurt, author of many awesome stories including this one, visited the ULV campus to talk to creative writing students and to give readings of their works (in the lovely ULV Chapel). Genevieve had us shivering with pristine and stark images of landscapes and solitude; Bryan had us rollicking greatly with fictionish tales of old one-armed Cervantes and Thomas Day. It was a great time and an excellent reading.







Prism Review Launch Party

Last May, we launched Prism Review #13. The party was at our school’s fantastic Harris Art Gallery, and it was a fun time with far too much food and great lit. Staff-members read favorite pieces from the issue, our ULV Undergrad Writing Contest Prize Winner was announced, and issue contributors Brent Armendinger and Meagan Cass read from their own works. It was a great time! (The one flaw in the launch was the awful realization that we’ve left one our best staffers off the staff-list inside the issue — so when you read Prism #13, remember that our own Margo Cash helped as much as anyone. In fact, she went above and beyond by conducting and contributing an interview with the stupendous Lucy Corin that you can read right here.)



(left to right: Brent Armendinger, contributor; Margo Cash, Venice Torres, DeAntwann Johnson, Rebecca Ayala, staff; on left, Meagan Cass, contributor)


We’ve also posted plenty of information (including samples and purchase info) from Issue Thirteen. Check it out!



2010 ULV Writers Harvest

On a fall Saturday in November, seven renowned Los Angeles-area writers visited ULV for a benefit reading that was, really, as good a reading as we at Prism have ever seen. Anywhere. The excellent authors were Aimee Bender, Ralph Angel, Tony Barnstone, Ching-In Chen, Richard Lange, Jen Hofer, and Larry Fondation . . . and collectively, they absolutely rocked the house.






West Hollywood Book Fair

Last September 26, we rolled out to the WeHo Book Fair to promote the journal. This was unfortunate, as the 26th was the second-hottest day in the recorded history of Los Angeles. We sweated. Lots.







Issue #12 Launch Party

To celebrate Prism Review #12, we had our launch party on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the Harris Art Gallery. The reading featured La Verne writing faculty and Prism staff editors reading their favorite works in the issue, and two contributors, poet Richard Luftig and fiction writer Larry Fondation (winner of the 2008-2009 Isherwood Prize) read their own pieces. Check out choice samples from the issue.