Mid Rivers Review


2022 Mid Rivers Review(PDF)

A Note from the English Department

We have a bustling literary subculture here at SCC – even during the pandemic. In addition to the edifying classes in our creative writing certificate program, the SCC English department publishes an annual literary journal and runs an open-microphone event in the fall and spring semesters. Follow us on Instagram, too!

MID RIVERS REVIEW was established in 2000 and has published writing of distinction and photography and other art by SCC students, faculty, staff as well as writers from the larger community.

The 2022 Mid Rivers Review, edited by Michael Kuelker, Professor (Emeritus) of English, will be published in August/September 2022.

Please see the guidelines and submission form below. Decisions for MRR 2023 will be made in mid-May 2023 with publication aimed for August/September 2023.

SCC COFFEEHOUSE is the name of our open-mic sessions, and they take place in person (or, when necessary, on Zoom). It’s all about original poetry, prose and song! See below for the upcoming dates.  

Please read on for more information about MRR and Coffeehouse. If you have any questions about Mid Rivers Review, write to midriversreviewscc@gmail.com or Christina Gant


"In and Out" -- A Poem by Alicia Gregson (MRR 2021) to the MID RIVERS REVIEW

Mid Rivers Review Interview with Christina Gant (2021)

Mid River Review Interview with Joe Baumann (2020)

Our most recent volume of SCC's literary journal MID RIVERS REVIEW was published in October 2021 and features a bracing array of poetry, prose, music & photography by SCC students, faculty and contributors from the community. You can read it in PDF form, but we highly recommend acquiring MRR in its beauteous physical format – a paperback in a shrink-wrapped package with four mailable postcards featuring photos and poetry. 

You can pick up current and recently published volumes of MRR at the SCC Bookstore (curbside delivery available) and at Novel Neighbor bookstore in Webster Groves (in-person shopping + curbside delivery). 


Open-microphone nights known as the SCC Coffeehouse are great opportunities for the creative writer to deliver original material before a supportive audience. Anything goes -- poetry, prose, songs -- as long as it's original material. Participants sign up with Jeff Miller, the MC, a few minutes before Coffeehouse and, depending on the number of participants, have three to seven minutes to perform. Coffeehouse is free & open to the public.

Coffeehouse in Fall 2022 takes place on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the SSB first floor lounge. Free refreshments will be served including hot coffee, hot tea, cookies and cold bottled water. 

This is a terrific showcase for original creative work! You can be assured of an evening lively with creativity as writers share poems and stories covering the whole spectrum of the human condition. A typical session features mostly students with a smattering of faculty, SCC alums and folks from the general public. It's serious fun in a casual but respectful atmosphere.

Mid Rivers Review Submission Guidelines

  • Original, unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and artistic black and white photos may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Poems should be single-spaced, one poem per page, with stanza and line breaks clearly indicated; limit 4 poems.
  • Fiction or essay entries should be 1500 words or less, double-spaced (5-6 double-spaced pages); limit two prose entries.
  • Complete the submission form and submit work via email as pdf, Word document, or plain text via to midriversreviewscc@gmail.com or to Christina Gant cgant@stchas.edu
  • Individuals whose work is selected for publication will be contacted for a brief bio, and upon publication will receive two complimentary copies of the journal.

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