The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro


Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 109: Spring 2021

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

Cortney Esco

Fiction Editor

Matt Coz

Poetry Editor

Michael Springer

Associate Fiction Editor

Chris Swensen

Associate Poetry Editor

Brianna Azua

Editorial Assistant

Emma Boggs

Editorial Intern

Kirby Knowlton

Editorial Board

Xhenet Aliu, Stuart Dischell, Julia Funderburk, Holly Goddard Jones, Derek Palacio, Emilia Phillips

Consulting Senior Editors

Fred Chappell, Lee Zacharias

Table of Contents

Number 109, Spring 2021

Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy


Killers, Isabel Geary Phelps

What Consumes You, Casey Guerin

Preferred by Discreet Women Everywhere, Amina Gautier

Clips, Miah Jeffra

From the Eyes of Travelers, Emily Greenberg

A Matter of Chemistry, Melissa Bowers

Dogniscience, Kimm Brockett Stammen


*, Simon Perchik

Litany of an Intruder, Lucas Daniel Peters

Some Sunlight, Chelsea Harlan

All the telephones, The Cyborg Jillian Weise

Each Meal Here was Once Alive, Rachel Abramowitz

Colourer in the Bleachfields, Kathleen Winter

Praise, Michelle Poirier Brown

There are Times When, Joe Woodward

Oracle, Jim Whiteside

Inventory, Jim Whiteside

A Conversation Between Speaker and Investigator, Allyn Bernkopf

Saturn in Sagittarius, Colin Dekeersgieter

Love Poem to BFF, Louisa Lam

See My Body, Kris Whorton

Neighbors, Gary Percesepe

Iris Rhymes with Virus, Beth Weinstock

Notes on Contributors

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