Reviews & Responses

Between free submission windows in Spring and Fall, the Submittable page will be open for “reviews & responses” to the contents of recent issues, including earlier reviews & responses and other selected works from our contributors. In turn, these submissions will help shape the following issue.

Our central goal is to curate conversation, which we hope to achieve by rejecting the traditional trajectory from the artistic to the critical work it inspires; we believe there's so much more to say when the creative and the critical can respond in any direction, to themselves and each other. To that end, everything we publish, even more "academic" writing, should be treated like an ekphrastic object, inviting creative or critical study.

Every reader and contributor is encouraged to submit a review or response in any medium or genre, from poem to memoir, from doodle to researched essay. Regardless of the form of the original piece, we are seeking writing, art, hybrid and digital media that reflects your review of or response to something you found in the Review. Did you discover a short story hidden in the pixels of a photography series? Pick up a paintbrush to make sense of a poem? Find yourself writing an essay about something you read here and figured no one would care? Well, we do.

We’re especially interested in seeing work from writers whose obsessions are unfamiliar, scholars or artists whose areas of expertise we don’t (yet) understand. We also welcome book reviews of poetry and prose titles written in Detroit or by Detroiters, and published in the last two years.