Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing Issue #26 is Here!

Downtown Brooklyn is the literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn.

We are pleased to announce that Issue 26 is ready! This issue is the first to appear in the form of a Tumblr blog. Click the image below to read the issue...

Visit our Facebook page for a cover gallery and a steady stream of tongue-in-cheek (or are they?) "writing assignments."


a note from the editor (late summer 2015)

It is with no small amount of sadness that I announce that Issue #24 will very likely be the final issue of Downtown Brooklyn. When I took over as Editor in 1998-99 (issue #8), our annual print run was 2000 copies. Since then, a series of budget cuts at LIU has forced us to reduce our print run, first to 1000 copies in 2009, then to 500 copies in 2013, and then to zero copies in 2014, when we produced our first online-only issue. While I am grateful that we have been able to produce issue #24—another online-only issue—I regret to say that as of this writing, a way forward for the magazine is unclear. Until such time as our funding can be restored, I have no choice but to say that the magazine will be on indefinite hiatus.

I am happy to report that Downtown Brooklyn has received many compliments over the years, but such praise is not mine alone. It also belongs to a host of other people without whose enthusiasm and dedication the magazine could not have survived as long as it has, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for helping to make the magazine such a wonderful publication and one that has reflected so very well on the English Department and on LIU Brooklyn. With regard to those instances in which the magazine has fallen short of expectations and for all errors that have made their way into print (or pixilation), I take full responsibility.

The list of people I have to thank is very long (see the index in Issue #24). Please forgive me for not thanking everyone by name here.

I must begin with Barbara Henning and Rudy Baron, with whom I founded Downtown Brooklyn in 1992. Thank you for creating and entrusting us with the magazine. I hope you’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve.

To the 81 people who have served (in some cases for many years) as editors, associate editors, assistant editors, copy editors, members of the editorial committee, and/or as my editorial advisors—some of you without ever publishing your own work in our pages—thank you for the generous donation of your time and for your hard work and expert advice.

Eleven of the abovementioned 81 were graduate assistants assigned to work with me at various times between 1998 and 2009, and they deserve special acknowledgement. Thank you for working so hard and for generally making my job easier. I am not so vain as to assume that you learned much from me, but I hope that you look back with fondness on our work together.

Finally, to the 463 poets and prose writers, and to the 47 visual artists (illustrators, sculptors, painters, comics artists, and photographers) whose contributions have so enlivened our pages, thank you for trusting us with your work. You are the magazine’s heart, and I sincerely thank you from the bottom of mine.

about the magazine

Downtown Brooklyn is the literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn. The magazine showcases a wide variety of work (in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles) by undergrads; grad students; alumni; current and former faculty; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus—not only from English. One issue has appeared every year since 1992.

The university environment exposes us to a variety of personalities and ideas, but on a commuter campus, it's easy to feel alienated from each other and from the overall campus culture. It's difficult to take advantage of what your campus has to offer if you always have to rush straight to the subway after class. It's hard enough just to get to class on time, let alone find out that the person next to you in the elevator is a great writer. But who knows? The person sitting behind you in class might be your future favorite novelist or the next [insert name of favorite poet]. If you aren't tuned in to what other people are doing on campus, you're really missing out.

Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (ISSN 1536-8475) was founded in 1992 to showcase poetry and literary prose by writers at LIU Brooklyn. We feature a wide variety of work in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles. We have published the work of undergraduates and graduate students; full-time and adjunct faculty members; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus. Our aesthetic is eclectic. Our mission is to promote not any particular style but all the different kinds of writing being created on campus.

Issues #1-22 are available in the periodicals collection of Salena Library at LIU Brooklyn. A set of these issues is also available in the Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).


Jose R. Sanchez said...

I am so sorry to hear that Wayne. I have always admired the work you did as editor. I have also always looked forward to each issue and enjoyed the excellent and somehow very Brooklyn content. Downtown Brooklyn served as the intellectual spirit of our campus. The poems, prose, pictures, and graphics exposed our veins for all to see. That they also brought us together as a campus by putting our talents and souls on display is no small thing. We will feel this loss for a long time, maybe enough that we will rise and resurrect this very important campus lifeline.

Evangeline Dardouni said...

Hi Prof, Berninger,

I am so sorry to hear that the Journal will be on hiatus. Thank you so much for keeping it alive as long as you did. And for all the people that contributed along the way. I will never ever forget the feeling I had when you accepted my work, not just once, but three times.
You made me a better writer by publishing my work and making me consider how my words actually look on a page to a reader. I have never forgotten that and it has added to my poetry invaluably. If I become rich very soon, trust that I will fund the resurrection and continuation of The Downtown Brooklyn.

Keep Digging,

Evangeline Dardouni