Long ago, before we were born, the Pomona Valley was nothing but orange groves as far as the eye could see. The one small town Pomona, named after the goddess of fruit, was just a humble place. Second Street, called the Antique District now, was a small dusty thoroughfare where one would see a horse-drawn cart and people clad in the typical fashions of the time. Progress came to the fertile land swiftly. The dusty roads were replaced with asphalt, and the horse-drawn carts became automobiles courtesy of Henry Ford.
Eventually a college sprang up here and became the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Great people graced the classrooms of this institution and the college’s reputation blossomed. Though it was known mainly for its science and engineering programs, the English & Foreign Languages Department thrived and benefited from the contributions of faculty like Virginia Adair, respected poet and advisor to campus literary magazines.
Finally, in 2002, Dr. Faith Barrett conceived of a magazine edited and published solely by a board of student editors. Over the course of many months, these students would review and debate submitted works using the democratic process to reach their goal: a magazine that would proudly represent the campus and the region.
The English & Foreign Languages Department embraced this innovative idea. The Pomona Valley Review moved from dream to reality, and we are proud to have given a voice to the literary talents in our community.
Unfortunately, the Pomona Valley Review saw a period of inactivity during the mid 2000s. But when a new literary journal, Pacific Poetry Review, sprang up in the summer of 2010, the editors, graduate students in the English & Foreign languages department, decided to continue the tradition of Pomona Valley Review and thus adopted the name and history, giving rise to a poetic resurgence in the area.
Today, PVR is an online, annual liberal arts journal which publishes short fiction, poetry, and art on a selective basis by new and established authors. All unsolicited manuscripts are considered equally for publication, and new, original, and provocative work which challenges traditional literary paradigms is desired. Subscription to our online publication is free, as we are a nonprofit organization. Electronic submissions are accepted for the convenience of you and our editors. We hope you enjoy our art and prose and help build the community by submitting your own.