2019 Edition Now Available

The 23rd volume of the Clackamas Literary Review is available for purchase!

Links to purchase online:


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Editors Note:

“Few things bridge distance quite like the written word. Writing can carry ideas beyond cultures, generations, and borders. For writers, those impossible optimists, this journey involves ideas too stubborn to relinquish, shaped by long nights before page or screen-smudged ink, sweaty keystrokes, picky edits, fleeting inspiration, quiet doubts, and even quieter resolve-all to get ideas out to the world.

Some of the writers’ ideas have made their way to us, the editors of Clackamas Literary Review. For the past several months we have come together to read and re-read, discuss, debate, and wrestle through each submission, spending hours dissecting pieces we were unsure about and fighting for the stories and poems we loved. Our discussions stirred deeper thought, challenging us in unexpected ways as we reconciled differing perspectives. Often this allowed us to see things in a new light, as beloved pieces were turned away and ones we did not first appreciate became favorites. Slowly, something that began as many individual efforts became a collaborative experience, reminding us that dissonance and diversity are part of a written work’s journey.

In this world that feels increasingly disconnected and isolated, each piece you are about to read was created by a soul seeking connection. A connection to someone like you. Countless hours have been spent in service of the book you now hold in your hands and the connection is creates. Enjoy the variety of works in this volume; let them sink in and become a part of who you are-part of your journey through the messy, chaotic, wonderful world we live in. And may the experience lead you to find something new of yourself along the way.”

Our published authors this year include:

Jeffery Alfier

Dianne Averill

Simon Anton Niño Baena

Chad Barlett

Larry Beckett

Ace Boggess

Jeffery S. Chapman

Douglas Cole

Nick Conrad

Holly Day

Christine DeSimone

Will Donnelly

Nancy Flynn

Taylor Gaede

Jesse Gardner

Tim Gillespie

LaVonne Griffin-Valade

Suzy Harris

Marie Hartung

Madronna Holden

James Croal Jackson

John P. Kristofco

David Mihalyov

Cecil Morris

Linda Neal

Daniel J. Nickolas

Francis Opila

Ty Phelps

Corey S. Pressman

Will Radke

Susan Bruns Rowe

Mark Rubin

Peter Serchuk

Tara K. Shepersky

Ben Slotky

Matthew J. Spireng

Hollyn Taylor

Chelsea Thiel

Evan Morgan Williams

John Sibley Williams