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Cross Bronx Magazine Setting High Expectations


Cross Bronx Magazine Setting High Expectations 

While the Bronx has no shortage of famous writers - going back to Edgar Allan Poe and up to J.P. Donleavy, Don DeLillo and E.L. Doctorow - the next famous writers (and artists and photographers) might be getting their starts in a new literary magazine being launched in the borough.

They will, however, no longer be able to call themselves ink-stained wretches. The new magazine will be a cyber-age, online, digital publication.

The Bronx Council on the Arts, which is launching the new journal, to be called Cross Bronx, said the online publication will encompass the best writing, poetry, photography and digital art, with a primary focus on Bronx writers and artists.

The journal will be published three times a year, beginning in April, and feature BCA’s award-winning artists, alongside commissioned works, as well as submissions from both emerging and established writers and artists.

BCA said the new venture follows its Digital Matrix program, which provides an online exhibition space for artists working with new media, and continues the council’s ongoing commitment to the exploration of digital arts.

Cross Bronx editor Sonya Chung formulated the idea for creating this new project as part of her public service as a 2007 BCA Literary Fellow.

Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Sonora Review, Cream City Review and BOMB Magazine, among others.

She is also the recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was a Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award finalist. She has recently completed her first novel and is at work on a second.

For consideration for publication the Council is seeking electronic submissions of previously unpublished short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and digital photography/art.

The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Preference will be given to Bronx artists. Submitted work must adhere to a specific set of guidelines, available by going to the BCA’s Web site at

The program is supported with funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Times Foundation and the Scherman Foundation.


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