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The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro

Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 108: Fall 2020

Size: 6 x 9

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 0017-4084


For more than fifty years, the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro has published The Greensboro Review. The journal began in 1966, when students in the first years of the MFA wanted a place to publish their creative work. With $500 from the Chancellor—“an amount that hardly covered the cost of printing 500 copies,” according to Robert Watson, poet and co-founder of the MFA program—students and faculty used the campus duplicating shop to print the debut issue, then collated it by hand. Greensboro painter Betty Watson designed the logo that is still in use today.

The mission of the journal quickly shifted from “a house organ for our MFA students,” and the Review began to publish writers like Ezra Pound and Joyce Carol Oates. But as longtime editor Jim Clark described, “the GR has always taken the most joy in publishing work by new writers at the beginning of their careers, and we are proud to include in this group such writers as Lewis Nordan, Yusef Komunyakaa, William Matthews, Alan Shapiro, Charles Simic, and Dave Smith.” In 1984, the GR established its Literary Awards thanks to an anonymous donor, and these prizes led to a more global following. Works from the journal are consistently included in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, New Stories from the South, and other collections honoring the finest writing by both established and emerging voices.

Today, the GR continues to be faculty- and student-run, and our editors regularly showcase writers whose work may be risk-taking or overlooked. The Greensboro Review is a proud member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.

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Terry L. Kennedy

Associate Editor

Jessie Van Rheenen

Managing Editor

Robin Hendricks

Fiction Editors

Evan Fackler & Patricia Patterson

Poetry Editors

Julia Edwards & Matthew Valades

Editorial Assistant

Cortney Esco

Editorial Intern

Kirby Knowlton

Editorial Board

Xhenet Aliu, Stuart Dischell, Julia Funderburk, Holly Goddard Jones, Craig Nova, Emilia Phillips

Consulting Senior Editors

Fred Chappell, Lee Zacharias

Table of Contents

Number 108, Fall 2020


Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy



The Spanish Crisis, Sarah Viren

Knowing, Andrew Joseph Kane

Smashed, Sierra Emily Stonebraker

Tiger Drill in Butterfly Class, Stephen Hundley

The Publication, Hyan Hyun-Ock Im

White Dog, Red Desert, Bridget Apfeld


Auld Lang Syne, David Starkey

Earthbound, Heidi Seaborn

Voicemail From My Mother, Robert Lynn

The Self-Improvement Spiritual, Rick Bursky

Coffin Bell, Andrew Bode-Lang

The Watching Brief, G.C. Waldrep

Sounding, Kevin McLellan

Vending Machine Sutra, Owen McLeod

Turning 45, Kathleen Balma

Blood in the Air, Christopher Citro

Calan Gaeaf, John A. Nieves

An Imperfect Figure, Tegan Daly

The Busted Maraca, Katie Hartsock

The Dream Begins with a Dissappointing Menu, Michelle Turner

Autumn Wind, After the Funeral, Judith Harris

Between, Tyler Wagner

Notes on Contributors

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Greensboro Review, 3302 MHRA Building, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Phone (336) 334-5459

For submission guidelines go to the Greensboro Review Submittable page.