About us



Washington Square Review is Lansing Community College’s Literary Journal.

The publication has a long history going back to the late 1970s.  Founded and edited by LCC Writing Professor Donia Nolden; it was later edited for over ten years by Professor Dennis Hinrichsen and his creative writing classes.  When Hinrichsen retired, Professor Karrie Waarala took over and produced the publication with her creative writing students.  While the journal has taken a brief hiatus, it is returning in 2022, and we are looking forward to publishing the best poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and photography.  

Our Editorial Vision

A town square is an open, public space, conceptualized to be the heart of a community. Here, at the Washington Square Review, we see our name as a signpost that unifies location and purpose: a literary journal to serve as a meeting point for the many different people, ideas, and artistic expressions that make up our community. 

We seek writing and art that builds compassion and solidarity by connecting people and places to each other and themselves. We value work that listens for voices that have been silenced or speaks from a place of self-awareness, inquiry and wonder. In the Washington Square Review, we come together to explore and understand the words and worlds we can share when we value creative expression as a commons for us all.