The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro


Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 113: Spring 2023

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

Aaron Bergman Jackson

Fiction Editor

Emily Mathis

Poetry Editor

M.M. Porter

Associate Fiction Editor

Kiana Govoni

Associate Poetry Editor

Mary Sims

Editorial Assistant

Nellie Hildebrandt

Editorial Board

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

Consulting Senior Editors

Fred Chappell, Julie Funderburk, Lee Zacharias

Table of Contents

Number 113, Spring 2023

Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy



Billowing Down the Bayou, Cameron Sanders

Unity Ritual, Phoebe Peter Oathout

Driftless, Ian Power-Luetscher

Jenny Lynn & Buddy, Jordan Brown

Trimester, Candace Walsh

Grow-A-Whale, Mimi Manyin

Kali Box, Justin Jude Carroll

The Committee of Household Electronics, J.S. Nunn



The Frame of the Stolen Painting, Ian Cappelli

Unenlightenment, Mike Good

Al’s Books and News, Miami, Bill Hollands

Another Poem of Small Trust, Dustin Lee Rutledge

Portrait, Gabriel Spera

What the Doctor Really Said, David Dixon

Focal Point, Emma Depanise

Night Vision, Rose Mclarney

Have You Been to the Palisades, Luciana Arbus-Scandiffio

To My Shrink, Camille Carter

In My Grandmother’s Garden, James Jabar

It Would Only be a Picture Book, Hannah Craig

The Steel Kimono, Gregory Fraser

Pelican, Nicholas Molbert

Guilt, Dan O’brien

Knowing, Mark Cox

Indiana Antiphon, Lucas Daniel Peters

Iapetus is a Far Away Moon, M.E. Silverman


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