Current Issue:
Spring 2021
Issue Forty-Six

Red Rock Review cover graphic, Spring 2021, Issue 46, portrait of a woman in green

Table of Contents


Andrew David MacDonald
Excellent Breeding
Lis Anna-Langston
(S)hero of Shahkoka Lake
Keith Proctor
Two Tumblers
Moss Ingram
Bergita Bugarija
Elissa Matthews
Saint Cecelia of Paramus
Denise S. Robbins


Karin Aurino
Topics Over Time with You
Cyan James  
Traveling in slow pieces from the north
Heather Quarles  
Fall on Repeat
Isaac George Lauritsen  
Gigantic Agrarian
Yan An  
translated by Chen Du & Xisheng Chen  
Snow-Chasing Girl
Yan An  
translated by Chen Du & Xisheng Chen  
Girl Coerced Into a Snowy Night and Its Vacancy by a Dream

Yan An  
translated by Chen Du & Xisheng Chen  
Yan An  
translated by Chen Du & Xisheng Chen  
Ellen White Rook  
The Empty Ruby Universe
Elizabeth Christine Pope  
The Return
Jason Abbate  
Flight School for Sons & Daughters
Andrew Miller  
The Children of Boutades
Luisa Govela  
Malinalli Poems I-V
translated by Kate Kingston  
Malinalli Poems I-V
Nicholas McCarthy  
Last Wish
Michael Walls  
Birthday #76
Rachel Fiske Reynolds  
No One Is As Mean To Me As Me
Ken Holland  
Hurdy Gurdy
Madison Rahner  
Love as Desert Mountain
Dorsía Smith Silva  
Before Hurricane Isaías

Russell Rowland  
Moving Heaven and Earth

Anne Babson  
August Bunker
Purbasha Roy  
Balancing the universe around us


John Ziebell
Because the Light Will Not Forgive Me
by Shaun T. Griffin

About Us

Red Rock Review is a biannual literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers. Founded in 1996, Red Rock Review is housed and supported by The College of Southern Nevada. Publication of Red Rock Review is made possible by the School of Arts and Letters, the arts organizations of Nevada, and generosity of the community members of Las Vegas.

Editorial Staff
  • Editor-in-Chief: Jacob Elison
  • Associate Editor: John Ziebell
  • Fiction Editor: Julie MacDonald
  • Poetry Editor: Katelyn Joy Singh
  • Managing Editor: Megan Padilla
  • Contributing Editors & Advisors: H. Lee Barnes, Laura McBride, Erica Vital-Lazare, Patricia Charlton, Christian Clark, Travis Koll
  • Staff Editors: Todd Moffett, Jared J. Hawker
  • Business Manager: Carl-Jon Chun
Submission Guidelines

Red Rock Review accepts submissions of previously unpublished work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both established and emerging writers. We also occasionally place calls for cover art (see submittable for details). Our submission periods run from from August 1st to November 30th and Jan 15th to April 30th. We seek strong voices with unique views, ambitious narratives, and thoughtfully crafted work that uses language in new and interesting ways. We look forward to reading your best work!

  • We only accept submissions online through Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email or post at this time. Specific guidelines for submitting fiction and poetry can be found here. In the event that we reach our Submittable cap for the month, submissions may close early. Please check back with us once the month resets!
  • We gladly accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere and withdraw your submission through the Submittable system. To withdraw individual poems, simply add a note identifying which piece is no longer available.
  • While we endeavor to respond to all submissions within six months, response times can be longer due to high submission volumes. Please wait until six months have passed before querying your work.
  • We ask for first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website. Rights revert to the author upon publication.
  • Published authors are paid in the form of two contributor's copies. Additional copies of the journal may be purchased (details below).

Publication of Red Rock Review is made possible by the financial support given by our sponsoring school, College of Southern Nevada. In particular, we thank Vartouhi Asherian, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Letters, Patricia Charlton, Campus Provost/ CSN Vice President Henderson Campus, and Mary Kaye Bailey, Vice President of Finance and Administration, for their efforts on our behalf.

Publication of Red Rock Review is also possible because of the generosity of the community members of Las Vegas and the arts organizations of Nevada. In accordance with the policies of the College of Southern Nevada, any content published by the Red Rock Review on its website and/or in publications online or in hard copy are the views of the contributing authors and are not endorsed by the Board of Regents, the System or a university, state college or community college within the System. Finally, our deepest appreciation to CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza for his support of Red Rock Review.


Current and back issues of Red Rock Review are available for purchase through Submittable.

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