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New Online Literary Journal Ozone Park Launched by Queens College MFA Students in Creative Writing
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
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- Will Provide a Forum for Local and International Emerging and Established Writers, Poets, Playwrights and Translators -

FLUSHING, NY, February 27, 2009—The inaugural class of the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation has launched Ozone Park: A Journal of New Writing. The online magazine, named for the Queens neighborhood that Jack Kerouac once called home, provides MFA students with the opportunity to read and respond to other writers from across the country and around the world. (There are no student-written pieces in the journal.) An online format was chosen as the most accessible for contributors, editors and the public.

“As the staff began to form and meet, we recognized that our electronic journal would not only function as a space to share our interpersonal and literary skills, but as a virtual town square,” said John Reid Currie, the editor of the first issue. “We wanted to make the Ozone Park website an interactive and intuitive community that will involve a wide range of writers from varied backgrounds. I also see Ozone Park as a forum of possibility, one that graduates may return to as we move on to becoming professionals in a publishing industry on the edge of redefinition.”

The journal, which published its first issue in November 2008, accepts online submissions of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, play excerpts and literary translations from October 15 through June 15. Issues will appear in November and May, according to current editor Deonne Kahler. For complete guidelines and to read the journal, visit

The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation—the only MFA in Creative Writing in the borough—offers a diverse student body the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty members who are also committed teachers. Faculty include novelist John Weir, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; poet and translator Roger Sedarat, winner of the Hollis Summers Prize in poetry; playwright Richard Schotter, Obie Award nominee and Berman Playwriting Prize winner; poet Kimiko Hahn, winner of the American Book Award in poetry; MFA Director Nicole Cooley, winner of the Walt Whitman Award in poetry; and poet and novelist Jeff Allen, winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. The Visiting Professor this year is Cave Canem fellow Aracelis Girmay.



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