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Our Mission

Rooted in the nation’s capital’s suburbs, Potomac Review is the antidote to the scripted republic that surrounds it. By taking on D.C.’s values of international inclusion, Potomac Review looks out into the world from its lush Potomac River basin, collecting and absorbing the world’s literary diversity. Potomac Review seeks literature from emerging as well as established writers around the globe to facilitate in the literary conversation.

Our History

Founding editor Eli Flam launched Potomac Review in the D.C. area in 1993, declaring it “the quarterly with a conscience at the heart of the Mid-Atlantic.” The review relocated in the early 2000s to Montgomery College and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, where it became the biannual print literary magazine it is today.

Over the years, the Potomac Review has received numerous recognitions, including recent citations in Best American Essays.  In November 2022,  Amanda Gaines received notable distinction  for “Purplest” (Issue # 69).  In 2021, John Talbird’s “What Happens Next” and Orman Day’s “When We Were Swashbucklers” (both in Issue # 66) also were cited. Three Potomac Review authors were awarded that same honor in 2020: Tracey Hack for “Dormancy” (Issue # 65), Kevin J. Kelley for “Po-tay-to/Po-tah-to” (Issue # 65), and Paul Haney for “It’s Our Album Now” (Issue # 64).  In 2019 Sarah Bryan’s “Thelytoky” and Krista Christensen’s “Theory of Negativity”  earned this distinction (both in Issue # 63). And Sue Eisenfeld’s “Taking It” (Issue # 61) was honored in 2018. 

Potomac Review participates in literary dialogue by attending and hosting national conferences. It has hosted the Conversations and Connections Conference in conjunction with BarrelhouseBaltimore Review, and Johns Hopkins University. Every year, Potomac Review can also be found at the book fair and panel discussions at the AWP conference.


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Our Staff

Editor: Albert Kapikian

Managing Editor: Monica Mische

Poetry Editor: Katherine Smith

Fiction Editor: Caleb Berer

Nonfiction Editor: Viola Clune

Intern Advisor: Ellen Sullivan

Administrative Assistant/Webmaster: Om B. Rusten

Cover Design & Illustrations: Ash Weaver

Associate Editors: Diane Bosser, Conrad Berger, Theron Coleman, Hieu Duong, Courtney Ford, Robert Giron, Michael LeBlanc, Kateema Lee, David Lott, Mike Maggio,  Edwin McCleskey, David Saitzeff, Jessie Seigel, Ellen Sullivan, Marianne Szlyk

Interns:  Alana McCarthy Light and Yael Fishman

Contact Information

For submission inquiries, please visit our guidelines at or email us at

For subscription and advertising inquiries, please contact Om Rusten.

For all other comments and inquiries, please contact: Albert Kapikian or Monica Mische.

You may also contact us the old-fashioned way, at:

Potomac Review
Montgomery Collge
51 Mannakee Street, MT 212
Rockville, MD 20850

Published by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. Potomac Review has been made possible through the generosity of the Montgomery College Foundation.

A special thanks to Dean Elizabeth Benton

Paul Peck Humanities Institute | 51 Mannakee Street | Rockville, MD 20850

Potomac Review, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 c(3) corp.

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Indexed by the American Humanities Index

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Potomac Review has been made possible through the generosity of the MC Foundation and is published by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland.

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