The Pinch

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The Pinch  
Former names
Memphis State Review, River City
Language English
Edited by Courtney Miller Santo
Publication details
Publication history
ISSN 0732-2968

The Pinch is a literary journal published at the University of Memphis.[1] The journal is published biannually.[2] Work that has appeared in The Pinch has been reprinted in the Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading.[3] Works previously been published in The Pinch have won a Pushcart Prize.[4]

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 Margaret Atwood, Robert Bly, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, Robert Penn Warren, Donald Justice, Marvin Bell, Dinty W. Moore, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, Mary Gaitskill, John Updike, Jacob M. Appel, Linda Gregerson, Bobbie Ann Mason, George Singleton, James Dickey, Roxane Gay, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Scott Russell Sanders.


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