About Jokes Review

Jokes Review is a literary journal based in Northern California. We seek to promote writers and artists whose work just took a wrong turn and went ever-so-gracefully off the deep end. Jokes Review is released biannually both online and in print.

Things we like: outsider art, urban legends, rants, rogue journalism, humor, manifestos, subversive imaginations, bizarro fiction, low brow/high brow mixtures, street art, dangerous ideas, jokes. 

Writers we like:  Richard Brautigan, Donald Barthelme, George Saunders, Zadie Smith, Rabelais, Ishmael Reed, Alfred Jarry, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Laurence Sterne, Christopher Hitchens, Opal Whiteley, James Joyce, Hunter S. Thompson, John Waters, Joan Didion, Robert Coover, William Burroughs, JP Donleavy, Terry Southern.

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Editor-in-Chief: Peter Clarke

Jokes Review Founding Editor Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke is a writer based in Oakland, California. He's the author of the comic novel "Politicians Are Superheroes" (Pski's Porch Publishing, 2018). His short fiction has appeared in over 50 publications, including 3AM Magazine, Curbside Splendor, and Hobart. He serves as an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and curates screenplaylists.com. He holds a BA in psychology from Western Washington University and a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. See: petermclarke.com.




Nonfiction and Poetry Editor: Matt Kramer

Jokes Review Editor Matt Kramer

Matt Kramer is a full-time reporter for the Roseville Press-Tribune and regularly writes features for the Folsom Lake Entertainer based just outside of Sacramento, California. He is a regular contributor to City Scout Magazine in Sacramento and a freelance writer. Matt maintains an uneasy truce with reality and has managed to amass a small collection of typewriters, vinyl, and beat literature. He enjoys the outdoors, live music, and cultivates an unhealthy interest in the occult.



Fiction and Art Editor: Mark Dwyer

Jokes Review Editor Mark Dwyer

Mark Dwyer is an elementary school art educator in Sacramento, California. Both a former writing tutor and editor, he enjoys painting and fishing in his spare time. He holds a BA in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento. For more things, visit markndwyer.com.





Poetry Editor: Erica Stumpe

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Erica considers herself a renaissance man in the field of minimum wage customer service work that no one else wants to do. She currently works at a plant nursery after earning her environmental science BA from the Evergreen State College, which was joked about in Futurama. She enjoys writing, strolling and rollerskating in her spare time.