Arroyo Literary Review is a print-based publication produced annually by students and alumni of California State University, East Bay. Each issue reflects the creative diversity found in the San Francisco Bay Area literary scene, while bringing together material from an international array of poets, writers, and artists.

Arroyo began with an investigation: faculty and students sought to establish a magazine capturing the spirit and diverse voices of the Bay Area while attracting writers from across the country and a national readership. What they discovered, however, was a void. Bigger presses seemed to ignore the dynamics of California culture, while smaller presses had predicated themselves on niches. With the opportunity presenting itself, those same students built the school’s first literary magazine from the ground up, eventually releasing the premiere issue in Spring of 2009.

Since then, that tradition of motivation and commitment has been passed on to each proceeding incarnation of the review. The editorial staff remains dedicated to showcasing both new and established writers from the West Coast and beyond, hoping to connect the magazine’s audience with the unique qualities that make the Bay Area literary and art scene so special.

Arroyo Literary Review is funded through the university and the generous contributions of individual donors. Arroyo welcomes submissions from new and established writers. We seek previously unpublished poetry, fiction, creative non fiction, personal essays, translations, and art that retains its vibrancy in black and white. Please see our submission guidelines for more information.

You can read more about our Spring 2009 issueSpring 2012 issue, and Spring 2014 issue on NewPages. We are also rated one of the best literary journals for winter reading by The Montesserat Review!

If you are interested in the university that Arroyo is affiliated with, please visit the California State University, East Bay website. Follow us on Twitter or friend us on Facebook. We’re also on Duotrope!