Meet the Editor-in-Chief

CINDY HOCHMAN is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She is the editor-in-chief of First Literary Review-East, an online poetry journal whose original publisher (Isles Press) is based in Thailand.

After 35 years as a legal assistant in some highfalutin (and some not-so-highfalutin) law firms, Cindy started her own work-at-home business and is now the president of “100 Proof” Copyediting Services, which proofreads, copyedits, and tries to find good homes for the poetry collections, short stories, and novels of talented writers. She has been on the book review staff of Pedestal Magazine, and has written reviews for American Book Review, Clockwise Cat, Home Planet News, great weather for MEDIA, and others. Her previous chapbooks are Wednesday’s Child (Bear House Press), The Carcinogenic Bride (Thin Air Media), Habeas Corpus (Glass Lyre Press), and The Number 5 Is Always Suspect (Presa Press), a collaborative chapbook with poet/collagist Bob Heman. Cindy lives, loves, reads, writes, edits, meditates, learns tai chi, studies Russian, shows up at a lot of Zoom events, and agonizes over politics in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

And she is very excited to announce that her fifth chapbook, Telling You Everything, is slated for release in late 2022 by 

Cindy is proud to be the editor of this lit journal, hopes to showcase new and exciting voices (along with "old and exciting voices"), and looks forward to meeting you through your poetry - SO PLEASE STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND SUBMIT ... RIGHT NOW!!!