Global City Press

Welcome to the literary metropolis.

Global City Press was founded by writers to share work in a community dedicated to clarity of vision, empathy, and inclusiveness. For twenty-five years, Global City Review has told unique, inspiring stories that have informed and connected readers from all over the world. With each issue organized around a broad theme, Global City Review showcases short stories, memoirs, poems, drama, essays, and interviews on a variety of topics, as well as paintings, drawings, photo spreads, literary crossword puzzles, hybrid forms, and more.

After a brief hiatus, we have returned, and we’ve gone digital. With Legacies, our first digital issue, we are reopening the door to a new generation of readers and writers, as well as to our ongoing fans.

We’ve made another big change, too: all of our content is now free. We’ve also made all of our past print issues available and completely free for digital viewing through our website. Please do take the time to look around and read from our backlist. You’ll find works by National Book Award winners such as Joan Silber and Jean Valentine, best-selling novelists such as Marilyn French, Mary Gordon, and Frederic Tuten, activist-writers such as Grace Paley and Eve Ensler, poets such as Mark Doty, Alfred Corn, Wang Ping,  Kimiko Hahn, Cornelius Eady, Roberto Tejada, Cynthia Cruz, Wayne Koestenbaum, Elaine Sexton, Phillis Levin, Richard McCann, Robin Becker, Martha Rhodes, Jane Cooper, and Felice Picano, translators and essayists such as Eliot Weinberger and Felicia Bonaparte, nonfiction writers such as Meghan Daum, fiction writers such as Rebecca Chace and EM Broner, graduate students, established and beginning writers, and writers from Mexico, Bosnia and China, among other countries. You’ll find essays such as “Rediscovering Deaf-mute Existence in Film,” “Putting a New Dress on Derrida,” “Vampires, Conquerers, and Other Monster Selves,” and an early essay on Le Banlieu. You’ll find memoirs including one by a psychic and one by a man now deceased from AIDS, who wrote about how he thought he contracted the virus. You’ll find an interview with a gay cop. You’ll find drawings, photographs, crossword puzzles, and a knitting pattern with the GC logo. You’ll find pieces on art from Gauguin to Japanese comics, on dance, both modern and ballet. You’ll find work by the Artists and Homeless Collaborative and a project by the New York Theological Society men’s group at Sing Sing.

We believe these important works should be read and seen by as many people as possible, and to keep it that way. With that said, we can’t do it alone. We need your support. If you share our vision, please do donate via our donation page. Please help keep our global city spinning.

Global City Press will continue to publish a select number of books and anthologies, in print and in digital format. Global City will publish a new collection of poetry by our Poetry Editor, Michelle Yasmine Valladares. And I am honored to have Global City publishing my debut novel, The Escapist, releasing later this year.

Over the past twenty-five years, Linsey Abrams, the founder of Global City, along with all former members of the collective, too numerous to mention, have left an indelible legacy in the hearts and minds of readers and writers everywhere. We are now continuing that legacy as we bring Global City into the digital universe. Thus, we felt it only appropriate for this issue to be called Legacies. The stories, essays, poems, and artwork contained within this issue all grapple in their own way with the notion of legacy–and these contributing writers and artists, just as with all former contributors, are forever a part of the legacy that is Global City. Please do help us keep the legacy alive.

With love,
David Puretz, Managing Editor
Linsey Abrams, Founder and Consulting Editor
Collective Members, Taylor Hibma, Amy Veach, Michelle Yasmine Valladares, Brian Brennan, and Patrice LoCicero

Our deepest gratitude to Edith Chevat, a member of the Collective for 20 years, and to Charles Nix, who designed the original 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ pocket-sized Global City Review, our original logo, several covers, and the first half-dozen Global City Press books and covers.

And special thanks to Esther Canata for designing the cover art for Legacies. Check out more of her work on Instagram @canatacollect.


“The exciting Global City Review…is a rich treasury of contemporary social thought and artistic expressions, defending a humanistic view of the individual in a complex society.”
MultiCultural Review
“A few more journals like Global City Review, and literary periodicals just might get a bit more news rack respect.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Each issue of this truly small journal is constructed around a single theme…while maintaining a mix of post-modern literary criticism and progressive world views.”
Library Journal