The Briar Cliff Review, published annually at Briar Cliff University, has received numerous awards and is a member of CLMP (Council of Literary Magazines and Presses). The editors are committed to nurturing artists and fostering the best of both emerging and established writers.

  Our full-size format and elegantly simple design provide an aesthetically pleasing venue for the work of contributors, who will often find their writing juxtaposed with four-color art. We promote emerging writers by reviewing recent books of poetry and fiction. In addition, The Briar Cliff Review also sponsors an annual literary contest in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

 Writers featured in The Briar Cliff Review include Josip Novakovich, Diane Glancy, Carol Bly, James Doyle, Gaylord Brewer, Julie Sheehan, Diane Frank Jenna Blum, Brian Bedard, Lee Ann Roripaugh and Vivian Shipley. It showcases fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, reviews, and art that is evocative of our place in Siouxland, that area of the Big Sioux River Basin in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Although we gratefully accept contributions from all over the United States and the world, we are happy to proclaim ourselves a regional publication. It doesn't diminish us; it enhances us.

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mixed media collage
31" x 23.5"

"The process of visual expression is a constant struggle. Modernity is about the imperfect as much as the perfect. The ambiguity of this or that reflects the nature of the world in which we live. This displacement and ambiguity forces one to establish new relationships.

"I have always been attracted to paintings which are open-ended, have doubt and imperfection, are unfinished and barely defined. I follow the path between order and chaos."

-- Thomas Prinz