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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



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CHARLES JENSEN WINS THE 2017 PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST!


(Photo by Philip Pirolo)

Congratulations to Charles Jensen and his award-winning chapbook Story Problems. This deep, thoughtful, and often humorous poetry collection was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Palooka Press Chapbook Contest.

Charles Jensen is the author of five chapbooks of poems, most recently Breakup/Breakdown, and The First Risk, which was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. A new collection of prose poems,Nanopedia, is forthcoming in 2018. His previous chapbooks include Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007). A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Field, The Journal, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is the founding editor of the online poetry magazine LOCUSPOINT, which explores creative work on a city-by-city basis. He lives in Los Angeles.



ALL PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOKS AVAILABLE IN PRINT

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



PALOOKA #7


Read some sample pieces and pick up a copy of our newest issue in print or electronic formats. 



PICK UP YOUR COPY OF CRYPTOGRAPHS IN A FIELD OF GOATS

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 MagazineMidwestern GothicLumina, and Finery, 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.



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 newly released Palooka #7!