|Former name(s)||Memphis State Review, River City|
|Edited by||Kristen Iversen|
|Publisher||University of Memphis (United States)|
The Pinch is a literary journal published at the University of Memphis. The journal is published biannually. Work that has appeared in The Pinch has been reprinted in the Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Two stories that have previously been published in The Pinch have been short-listed for the Pushcart Prize.
The journal was founded by William Page in 1980, under the name Memphis State Review. The journal's name was changed to River City in 1988 and to The Pinch in 2006. (The name "The Pinch" comes from Memphis' old Jewish ghetto, as detailed by Memphis writer Steve Stern.)
Among the writers whose work has appeared in the journal are Robert Bly, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, Robert Penn Warren, Margaret Atwood, Donald Justice, Marvin Bell, Dinty W. Moore, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, Mary Gaitskill, John Updike, Linda Gregerson, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Scott Russell Sanders.
- Lee Sharkey's "8x8" was featured in the 2013 Pushcart Prize anthology.
- Michael Poore's "The Street of the House of the Sun" was reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.
- Michelle Seaton’s “How To Work a Locker Room” was reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.
- Ander Monson's "Solipsism" was reprinted in Best American Essays 2008.
- Anis Shivani's "Dubai" was shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize in 2008.