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Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine and has published writers, artists, and photographers from the United States, Canada, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Israel, Finland, and Austria. We publish unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, comic strips, and offer print and electronic versions of the magazine. 

I have always understood the struggles of the writing lifethe driving artist, aspiring toward publication. To get your work out there, really looked at, truly noticed, takes so much heart and effort and patience and resilience. I decided some years ago that I wanted to create a space for people taking on the struggle, a venue to give those writers and artists a truly fair shot at publication and the chance to be seen, read, and recognizedno connections, no solicitations, and only blind reading. Here, the quality of work is all that matters, not who you know or where you come from or what you've already accomplished. A fair chance and an open hand for everyone—the underdogs, the in-betweeners, and the already established.

Jonathan Starke
Founding Editor



JOE AMARAL'S THE STREET MEDIC WINS THE 2018 CHAPBOOK CONTEST!

Joe Amaral was born and raised in the East Bay Area. He now works 48-hour shifts as a paramedic on the California central coast, spending days off spelunking outdoors with his young family, camping, hiking, world traveling, and hosting foreign-exchange students. His writing has appeared in awesome places like 3Elements Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, New Verse News, Panoply, Poets Reading the News, Postcard Poems and Prose, Rise Up Review, Tuck Magazine, and Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora. Joe won the 2014 Ingrid Reti Literary Award for his poem “The Farm I’m From.”



PALOOKA #8

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ALL PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOKS AVAILABLE IN PRINT

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FEATURED PALOOKA: JULIE E. BLOEMEKE (ISSUE 8)

Julie E. Bloemeke's poetry manuscript, Slide to Unlock, was a 2016 finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. Her manuscript has also placed as a recent semifinalist in six other book prizes. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a 2016 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications including Gulf CoastChautauqua Literary JournalPoet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, White Stag, Four Chambers, and Bridge Eight, among others. In 2015 she won the ekphrastic poetry competition at the Toledo Museum of Art where her work was on view with the Claude Monet collection. She recently served as the inaugural poetry director for the Milton Literary Festival in Georgia.



FEATURED WORK: ARTWORK BY ROBBIN BATES (ISSUE 8)

Click HERE for Robbin's excellent artwork from Palooka #8!