Hurricane Review

A Pensacola State College Annual Literary Journal

In 1986, Walter Spara, an English Professor and poet here at Pensacola State College (then Pensacola Junior College), called on his friend, fellow poet and P.J.C. Visual Arts instructor Allan Peterson, to help make the journal produced by his Creative Writing students into a more professional and far-reaching literary publication. The students titled the journal, Halftones To Jubilee, a line from one of Spara’s poems. For the next ten years, the two friends worked with students to publish top-notch writers from around the world and establish a stellar reputation in the realm of literary magazines. After becoming Chair of the Visual Arts Department, Peterson stepped away from being co-editor and Spara kept the journal going until he retired in 2001. Since then, it’s come out every year, thanks to the editorial guidance of the following faculty members: Bill Fisher, Marian Wernicke (who renamed it Hurricane Review), Mike Will, and Todd Neuman, who passed the baton to professor and poet Jamey Jones in 2017. Each of these faculty editors kept the bar high by creating quality issues that were authentic and true to their individual visions.

Pensacola State College’s commitment to publishing Hurricane Review has remained consistent. As a result, the tradition started more than 30 years ago by Walter Spara and Allan Peterson remains unbroken. The journal strives to remain relevant by publishing innovative writing from well-established and lesser-known authors, creating a cohesive glimpse into the ever-changing waters of contemporary poetry.