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Fox Cry Review Archive

We invite you to take a look at our rich and varied history and browse our archive. Beyond that, though, we also invite you to become a part of our proud tradition through your involvement today. Consider reading the magazine when it appears every fall, attending on-campus readings by contributors, and submitting your original work for consideration in our next issue.

Submissions

Submissions of original, unpublished fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction are accepted September 1 – February 1 and may be submitted online. Submissions may also be sent to the editor:

Troy Schoultz, Editor
Fox Cry Review
English Department
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952-1297

If submitting by mail, please include SASE for reply. Simultaneous submissions are fine, so long as we are notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. We’ll report our decision on your manuscript by March 15.

Email: troy.schoultz@uwc.edu

History

Housed at the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley and published annually since 1974, Fox Cry Review is one of the oldest literary magazines in the nation associated with a two-year college. Now in its 33rd year of continuous publication, the magazine began as Foxfire, changing slightly to Fox-Fire in 1975. To provide a unique identity and avoid confusion with a different publication, the editors re-named the magazine Fox-Cry in 1976, eventually settling on Fox Cry two years later. In 1997, the magazine took its present title when it began to feature national as well as regional writers. The title has best been explained by Laurel Mills, a long-time editor, who wrote in the 25th Anniversary Issue in 1999:

“One contributor to Fox Cry Review questioned our title, asking, ‘Does a fox cry?’ I’m not sure, but certainly dogs yelp when they are in pursuit of a fox. And those of us who live in the Fox River Valley hear the echo of the Fox Indians who once lived along the shores of Lake Winnebago – their jubilant cries when they landed a sturgeon or bagged a deer, their love moans as they huddled in pairs during the dark winter’s night, the ceremonial talk of elders around the circle, the sacred prayers to Mother Earth and Father Sky, the music of their voices as they danced the pow wow, the anguish when they lost their land. Language expresses our human experiences; literature examines the meaning of human existence.”

Throughout its history, Fox Cry Review has been a collaborative effort among faculty members in the UWFox English Department, UWFox creative writing students, and participants in the UWFox Writing Club. Although an editor coordinates the production of every issue, an editorial board of faculty and students takes an active role in evaluating submissions, selecting works for publication, and editing and designing the magazine. Mills praises the magazine as a “way of cementing the connection between the community and the campus” and as “a showcase of the work of writers and poets in an area rich with writers and poets.” Donald Hrubesky, the longest-serving editor of the magazine (1984-1997), credits the longevity of Fox Cry Review to strong support among local writers and readers and to the energies of students and volunteers. He especially commends Christine Van Ryzin, assistant editor from 1990 to 1997, for her dedication to the magazine. Along with publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, over the years the journal has featured original art work. Many of the covers and much of the inside art are photographs of creations by UWFox students.

Today, Fox Cry Review enjoys a state-wide reputation for quality. While this reputation led to its inclusion in the Wisconsin Publishers’ Showcase at the 2005 Wisconsin Book Festival, the magazine’s principal value derives from its consistent ability to attract work from talented regional and national writers. Regional writers who contributed frequently include Kay Saunders, Barbara Germiat, June A. Zwickey, Mary Ellen Ducklow, Helen Farhrbach, and Peter Sherrill. Another frequent contributor was Shirley Anders, once poet in residence at Lawrence University and English Instructor at UWFox.

Numerous writers with national reputations have also been published in Fox Cry Review, including Abby Frucht, Virgil Suarez, Ryan G. Van Cleave, Simon Perchik, and Antler. In addition, the magazine has published work by former poets laureate of three states: Mary Crow, Colorado; Walt McDonald, Texas; and Ellen Kort, Wisconsin.

As this rich history demonstrates, Fox Cry Review serves a community of writers and readers by publishing high-quality literature and art work. Begun in the days of typewriters (Professor Hrubesky recalls manually setting type, and UWFox mathematics professor Terry Nyman was long called upon to perform “paste up,” an activity that seems as quaint and obscure as churning butter by hand), now the Review establishes a presence on the Internet.

Past Editors

  • 2011-2013: Will Curl, Editor
  • 2010: Chuck Rybak, Editor
  • 2009: Will Curl, Editor
  • 2008: Bill Gillard, Editor
  • 2006-2007: Laurel Mills, Editor
  • 2004-2005: Will Curl, Editor
  • 2003: Valerie Jahns, Editor
  • 2002: Darren DeFrain, Editor
  • 1998-2001: Laurel Mills, Editor
  • 1984-1997: Donald Hrubesky, Editor
  • 1983: Mary Ellen Ducklow, Coordinator
  • 1982: David P. Brunet, General Editor; Debra Schoenfelt, Poetry Editor; Emma Cullinan, Fiction Editor
  • 1981: Debra Schoenfelt, Editor; David Brunet, Advisor
  • 1980: Kim Hanshaw, Editor; David Brunet, Advisor
  • 1979: Marie Dolan, Editor; David Brunet, Advisor
  • 1978: Mitchell Lechter, Advisor
  • 1977: Monroe Lerner, Advisor
  • 1976: Richard Russell, Editor
  • 1975: R. L. Bouquet, Coordinating Editor
  • 1974: J. Wm. Davis, Coordinating Editor

Past Issues

Use the links below to see the covers and table of contents of past Fox Cry issues. Copies of available back issues may be purchased by contacting the current editor.

Fox Cry 2013
2013
Fox Cry 2012
2012
Fox Cry 2011
2011
Fox Cry 2010
2010

FoxCry 2009
2009

FoxCry 2008
2008

Fox Cry 2007
2007
Fox Cry 2006
2006
Fox Cry 2005
2005
Fox Cry 2004
2004
Fox Cry 2003
2003
Fox Cry 2002
2002
Fox Cry 2001
2001
Fox  Cry 2000
2000
Fox Cry 1999
1999
Fox Cry 1998
1998
Fox Cry 1997
1997
Fox Cry 1996
1996
Fox Cry 1995
1995
Fox Cry 1994
1994
Fox Cry 1993
1993
Fox Cry 1992
1992
Fox Cry 1991
1991
Fox Cry 1990
1990
Fox Cry 1989
1989
Fox Cry 1988
1988
Fox Cry 1987
1987
Fox Cry 1986
1986
Fox Cry 1985
1985
Fox Cry 1984
1984
Fox Cry 1983
1983
Fox Cry 1982
1982
Fox Cry 1981
1981
Fox Cry 1980
1980
Fox Cry 1979
1979
Fox Cry 1978
1978
Fox Cry 1977
1977
Fox Cry 1976
1976
Fox Fire 1975
1975
Fox Fire 1974
1974