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Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine and has published writers, artists, and photographers from the United States, Canada, 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



ALL PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOKS AVAILABLE IN PRINT

Purchase a copy of any of the Palooka Press Chapbook Contest winners HERE.



CRYPTOGRAPHS IN A FIELD OF GOATS OUT NOW

Adina Schoem won the 2016 Palooka Press Chapbook Contest with her thoughtful poetic work, Cryptographs in a field of goats (purchase your print or electronic copy HERE).

Adina grew up in Michigan and received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence. Her poems have appeared in Pudding Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Lumina, and Finery (Birds of Lace Press), among others. Her summer spent living and working on a goat farm near Lake Michigan informed many of the poems in Cryptographs in a field of goats, her prize-winning collection. After cheesemongering for several years, she's now a bread baker on another Great Lake, in Cleveland Heights, OH.



PALOOKA #6

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FEATURED PALOOKA: BILL SCHILLACI (ISSUE 7)

BILL SCHILLACI entered the literary world as a proofreader. But he was a terrible speller—this was in the days before spellcheck—and had to move on to writing. He did this for several engineering firms on both coasts. Along the way, he also took a stab at running a cabinetmaking business. But while busy building cabinets, he tended to forget about the business. He now works as a freelance writer covering environmental law and regulations. He also continues woodworking as a serious hobby. Bill lives in a somewhat dilapidated house in northern New Jersey, which his wife would love to sell but is resigned to keeping so Bill can dart around with his toolbox fixing things up.  



FEATURED WORK: THE AFTERLIFE BY FRANK WEISBERG

Click HERE for Frank's quirky comic strip from the soon-to-be released Palooka #7!