About The 2 Bridges Review

The celebrated East River Bridges (Two Bridges) – the Brooklyn and the Manhattan, connect downtown Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan. Between these bridges a community of writers and artists has found a home in the former warehouses and factories of New York’s most literary outer borough. Like the artists who make it, the art that lives in these narrow streets goes on its nerve, and we, nerved with newness – and just a bit nervy – want to fill our pages with a distinctive, eclectic assortment of work by both unknown & established writers and artists.

Share Your Work

We are open to nearly any kind of work with a few provisos: watch the profanity, the blood and guts, the icky details of bodily functions. We’re not the best place for your graphically violent horror stories, your erotica, or your language experiments run amok. As for now, we are not looking for scholarly articles or reviews – but that may change.

Poetry:

Submit up to three previously unpublished poems in one file in an attached word document (.doc). Long poems are ok. Separate poems clearly by titles.

Prose:

Submit up to 5,000 words. Novel excerpts are ok as long as they can stand alone.

Artwork and Photography:

Submit black and white or full color files.

We, like all other magazine editors, are looking for the best, and like all other editors, we’re long on expectation and short on definition. We are looking for the distinctive stamp of a real personality – observing, deliberating – engaging with the sometimes overlooked or inconspicuous aspects of our multifarious world. We are not crazy about language jumbles that blare but don’t amount to much beyond their own noise. But we do like audacity. We’re not particular about style, but we warn you: we lean towards meaning of some sort. We also don’t much like poems about first loves and break ups, unless they transcend their own solipsism and offer something to everyone else. We are wary of the overly arch, overly precious, overly artsy piece, but we’ll take all comers and read for your resonant moments. Just keep in mind: A great line does not a whole poem make.

Click Here for Submissions Guidelines

Submissions are now open. Submissions are closed from July 1st through October 31st.

Writers: please note that we are currently closed to submissions. We look forward to reading your work after this date.

To submit your work:

http://2bridgesreview.submittable.com/submit

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are now open. Submissions are closed from July 1st through October 31st.

Writers: please note that we are currently closed to submissions. We look forward to reading your work after this date.

How to submit your work

  1. We will only accept electronic submissions.
    To submit your work: http://2bridgesreview.submittable.com/submit

  2. Your email subject line should indicate the genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), your last name, and the number of pieces submitted. (ex. Subject: Poetry Jones Three)

  3. Include writer contact info and a brief bio on a cover page.

  4. Simultaneous submissions are ok, as long as you let us know right away if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

  5. Please don’t send us previously published work.

  6. 2BR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgment to 2BR is made. Payment is in copies.

  7. We are closed to submissions in August and September. Bear with us: we are a start-up and will be shaped by the work we receive. We intend to take time reading your work and might hold onto it for a bit. We will do all we can to make timely decisions but all of us have full-time academic jobs and are likely to be more measured than hurried in order to avoid being careless. We will get back to you.

  8. Like our mothers always told us, “no means no”… but only for six months. Some of our moms also told us to try and try again. Please do try.

Who We Are

Editorial Staff

Kate Falvey

Kate Falvey
Editor in Chief

Kate Falvey co-founded 2 Bridges, with Monique Ferrell, in 2010. She is the author of the poetry collection, The Language of Little Girls, published by David Robert Books, and two poetry chapbooks, What the Sea Washes Up (Dancing Girl Press) and Morning Constitutional in Sunhat and Bolero (Green Fuse Poetic Arts). Twice nominated for the Pushcart prize, her poetry has been widely published in an eclectic array of journals and anthologies. She has also published fiction, work for children, and academic articles on women writers, and serves as an associate editor for NYU Langone Medical Center’s Bellevue Literary Review. She is professor of English at New York City College of Technology/CUNY.

George Guida

George Guida
Senior Advisory Editor

Outgoing Poetry Editor George Guida is the author of eight books, including four collections of poems - Pugilistic, The Sleeping Gulf, New York and Other Lovers,and Low Italian. His recent work appears in Aethlon, J Journal, the Maine Review, Mudfish, Poetry Daily, the Tishman Review, and Verse Daily. He is professor of English at New York City College of Technology, and will remain with 2 Bridges in a new role as Senior Advisory Editor.

Visit his Website at www.georgeguida.wordpress.com.

Nina Bannett

Nina Bannett
Poetry Editor

Nina Bannett’s poetry has appeared in print journals such as Bellevue Literary Review, CALYX, LUMINA, and WomenArts Quarterly, and online in Medical Literary Messenger, Topology and the fem. She has published a chapbook, Lithium Witness, and a full-length collection, These Acts of Water (ELJ Publications, 2015). She is Professor of English and department chairperson at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.

Visit her Website at www.ninabannett.com

Rita Ciresi

Rita Ciresi
Fiction Editor

Fiction Editor: Rita Ciresi

Rita Ciresi is author of the novels Bring Back My Body to Me, Pink Slip, Blue Italian, and Remind Me Again Why I Married You, and three award-winning story collections, Second Wife, Sometimes I Dream in Italian, and Mother Rocket. She is professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Visit her website at www.ritaciresi.com.

Matt Pasca

Matt Pasca
Assistant Poetry Editor

Matt Pasca is an educator, editor and author of two poetry collections: A Thousand Doors (2011 Pushcart nominee) and Raven Wire (2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist). Matt also serves as Assistant Poetry Editor of 2 Bridges Review, facilitates The Sunday Grind, a bi-weekly writing workshop, curates Second Saturdays @Cyrus, a popular NY poetry series, and spreads his unwavering faith in critical thought and word magic to his Poetry, Mythology and Literature students at Bay Shore High School, where he has taught for 22 years.

Visit his website at www.mattpasca.com

Kestra Forest

Kestra Forest
Assistant Poetry Editor

Kestra Forest is currently located in Harrisonburg Virginia as a Frostburg University of Maryland graduate living the life of a post-grad poet: wrestling with poems and reading submissions as an assistant poetry editor for 2 Bridges Review. She has had works published in Backbone Mountain Review as well as Italian Americana and is pursuing duende, always.

Steve Soiffer

Steve Soiffer
Managing Editor

Steve Soiffer is special assistant to the president at New York City College of Technology. He oversees the areas at the College related to Institutional Advancement, including Development, Communications, Alumni Relations, and Image & Visual Communications.

Steve holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He taught at Wichita State University, SUNY/Cortland and the University of Bordeaux (France) before beginning his administrative career. Before coming to City Tech he served in administrative posts at Cornell University, the University of Rochester and Clark University. He has published on a wide range of subjects, from peasant life in rural northeastern Brazil to the economics of the American garage sale. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and has received substantial grants from NSF and NIMH.

Louisa Ballhaus

Louisa Ballhaus
Outgoing Poetry Editor

Louisa Ballhaus is a New York-based writer and editor, with poetry published by Free State Review, Method, and the John Clare Society of North America. While studying creative writing at Wesleyan University, she published Burning Women, a book of poetry exploring modern interpretations of The Aeneid. She has studied poetry with Elizabeth Willis, Douglas A. Martin, and Salmagundi editor Peg Boyers. Louisa’s current projects include working on season 3 of TBS comedy Search Party and bi-weekly articles for humor and lifestyle company Betches Media.