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The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro

Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 107: Spring 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 107, Spring 2020


Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy



The Daisy Notebook, Cathy Rose

The Fair, Will Hearn

War Rugs, Brendan Egan

Holdouts, Robert Garner McBrearty

Dixie Whistle, Neil Serven


from When the Sky is Full of Desire, the Gods Are Close, Maxine Patroni

Sertraline, Emily Nason

Let It Simply Be So, Alice Turski

Crocuses, David Roderick

Sebastian, Martyred Twice, Elisabeth Murawski

Lygrophobia, Janine Certo

The Hawk and His Prey, Helen Marie Casey

What Isn’t Water is Carbon, Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell

A Slow Poem, Daniel Liebert

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

Phone (336) 334-5459

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