The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro


Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 112: Fall 2022

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

Emma Boggs

Fiction Editor

Angela Winsor

Poetry Editor

Cat Robinson

Associate Fiction Editor

Glenn Bertram

Associate Poetry Editor

Samuel Cormac

Editorial Assistants

Jean-Luc Bouchard, Kiana Govoni, Aaron Jackson Emily Mathis, Aeron Parks, Maddy Porter, Noor Siddiqui, Mary Sims

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 112, Fall 2022

Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy


Something Like Comfort, Chris Edmonds

Origin Story, Carol M. Quinn

Galapagos Magic, Louise Marburg

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Sarah Elaine Smith

Chromatophore Revival, Larry Flynn

Planet Nine, Cynthia Gunadi

Bad Bucolia, Sarah MacKenzie

The Border Guard, Aidan O’Brien

The Phenomenal Funeral Formula, Caitlin Rae Taylor


Whispering Pines Trailer Park, Chris Mattingly

Broken Showerhead, Dom Witten

Othello the Moor, A. Van Jordan

Aaron the Moor, A. Van Jordan

April Prayer, Todd Davis

Decay and Other Death-Like Acts, Madison Rahner

Sacramento 1994, AE Hines

Knickerbocker Laundromat, Abby Wolpert

An Unkindness of Ravens, Skyler Osborne

I Wish I Had a Head for Numbers, Dean Young

Voiceover, Matt Hart

Aerial View of Maze, Suphil Lee Park (수필 리 박 / 秀筆 李 朴)

Kelly Cherry Folio, Kelly Cherry

Notes on Contributors

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