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Palooka is an international literary magazine of unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, and graphic narratives. We've featured writers, artists, and photographers from United States, Canada, Australia, India, United Kingdom, China, Pakistan, Spain, France, Ireland, South Korea, Israel, Finland, Italy, and Austria.

See what we're all about: Mission Statement and interview with the editor.



FUTURE PALOOKAS

Leanne Hoppe     Nils Blondon    Khalilah Okeke   Mark Halpern    Malia Nahinu     Tim Chapman
     (POETRY)                (FICTION)                 (FLASH)                (FICTION)             (ARTWORK)             (FICTION)



EVELYN MARÍA ANDERSON RECEIVES
PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK AWARD!

Evelyn María Anderson is a muralist and poet who holds a BA in Arts Practice from Stanford University. She works at the intersection of the arts and social justice at Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Raised in a bicultural home, her mother’s family is from Honduras, while her father grew up in Illinois. By following intergenerational stories of familial love, abuse, and intimacy, her poly-vocal chapbook, Sweetfires, seeks to elucidate the broader geopolitical relationship between Central America and the United States. Evelyn is working to better honor the Lenca understanding that the spirits of children live in the rivers and that it is our duty to protect them.



GINA WILLIAMS
AN UNWAVERING HORIZON


Now Available for Preorder at Finishing Line Press!

An Unwavering Horizon is a finely crafted collection that explores perspectives and understandings often missed in the hustle and crush of everyday life. The beautiful things. The ugly things. The poetry of things. Williams takes an honest, questioning look at the hard realities of the human condition, from family crisis to war to our precarious place in the natural world, while also seeking answers and offering hope for the future.



JULIE E. BLOEMEKE (ISSUE #8)
SLIDE TO UNLOCK

Now available for preorder with Sibling Rivalry Press!

In Slide to Unlock, Julie E. Bloemeke investigates how modern technology redirects our erotic and familial lives, including phones that open with the swipe of a finger and text messages that move the speaker toward startling self-discovery—the "bright trick of letters" that can ignite memory and desire. Each poem explores the sacred and sacrilege within the large and small worlds we navigate—the chimeric ache of a Georgia thunderstorm, the “unseen union” in a Monet painting, a girlhood bedroom in Toledo, a letter secreted in a Paris bookshop—to reveal how digital language and communication, while designed to create intimacy, can leave us adrift. With a lush, hypnotic writing style at once precise and liquid, romantic and ruthless, Bloemeke presents a topography of all the possible ways to carry another person—to "build /the membrane / body ourselves / into each other"—to unlock the lost art of face-to-face connection, and to free ourselves to be "so so bad in how[we] want."

"Julie E. Bloemeke’s Slide to Unlock is a kind of philosophical love poetry, and in it, the poet locates in the body the satisfactions of the mind: ‘There is no place but here, / submerged, the flower of me, / the flower of you, both coded to open, / but brought instead to salt, / converted to everlasting.’ Lines like these spiral and unwind in Bloemeke’s opus. This is a lovely book." - Jericho Brown



PALOOKA #11 COMING IN MARCH!

                                                    Nils Blondon            Tim Chapman
                                                    Mark Halpern          Leanne Hoppe
                                                    Donald Illich            Paul Luikart
                                                    Clark Merrefield      Malia Nahinu
                                                    Khalilah Okeke        Duke Stewart



FEATURED PALOOKA: PAUL LUIKART (#11)

Paul Luikart is the author of the short story collections Animal Heart (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and Brief Instructions (Ghostbird Press, 2017.) His work is included in the 2019 Best Microfiction anthology from Pelekinesis Press and his story “Barclay Station” won the Nassau Review’s 2019 Writer Award for Fiction. He studied fiction writing at Miami University, the University of Chicago, and Seattle Pacific University, where he earned his MFA. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor of fiction writing at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He and his family live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.



FEATURED WORK: PAINTINGS BY MALIA NAHINU (#11)

Check out Malia's wonderful artwork from Palooka #11!