Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing

current issue

We are pleased to announce that Issue 27 is ready for reading! 

The university reduced our funding yet again this year, but we are still here! Be on the lookout in September 2018 for news about whether we plan to continue publishing.

This is the second issue to appear in the form of a Tumblr blog (no print, no PDF to scroll through).

previous online issues appearing as Tumblr blogs

We were fortunate that the university again funded our work in the 2016-17 academic year, and we were able to publish #26, which was the first issue to appear in the form of a Tumblr blog (no print, no PDF). See link below. Enjoy!

Read Issue #26

previous online issues appearing as PDF

In 2014, budget cuts at the university forced us to abandon print and publish #23 of the magazine online. 

We also published #24 online in 2015, but the message we seemed to be getting from the university at that time was that there would be no further funding, so the editor reluctantly announced that #24 would be the last issue. 

However, since then, the university has provided enough financial support for us to publish additional issues. We are now operating on a year-to-year, wait-and-see basis. Keep your fingers crossed!

Issues #23-25 are available in PDF via the following links.

Read Issue #25

Read Issue #24

Read Issue #23

back issues in print

Issues #1-22 are available for reading in the periodicals collection of the LIU Brooklyn Library (they cannot be checked out). 

A limited number of free copies of some of these issues may be available from the Editor. See Wayne Berninger in Humanities 454.

Issues #1-22 are also available for study in the Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

writing assignments from the editor

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

about the magazine

The university environment exposes us to a variety of personalities and ideas, but on a primarily 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.

The literary magazine of the English Department at LIU Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (ISSN 1536-8475) was founded in 1992 to showcase poetry and literary prose by writers at LIU Brooklyn. One issue has appeared every year since 1992. 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. Our aesthetic is eclectic. Our mission is to promote not any particular style but all the different kinds of writing being created on campus.

Watch this blog for the next call for submissions and for news about the publication of each new issue.


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.

Unknown 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