The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro


Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 111: Spring 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

Glenn Bertram

Poetry Editor

Samuel Cormac

Associate Fiction Editor

Angela Winsor

Associate Poetry Editor

Cat Robinson

Editorial Assistant

Maddy Porter

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 111, Spring 2022

Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy


Skeptical Animal, Clancy Tripp

The Mavrovo Ghost Hotel Welcomes All, Ellen Rhudy

At Night, Akshay Shrivastava

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Siena, Molly Guinn Bradley

Yes, But It’s a Tiny Fire, Robert Wood Lynn

Pajama Man, Kevin Mcwilliams Coates

Stray Things Do Not Carry a Soul, Kanza Javed


The Witching Hour, Peter Kent

Unsavage the Boy, Nicole Adabunu

Cataloging, Natalia Conte

Question for My Brother Re: Warp Drive, The Speed of Light, Emily Cinquemani

Post-Romantic, Melissa Studdard

Last Dance in a Meadowland of the Fleshless, Jeremy Halinen

Middle Distance, Matt W. Miller

Our Own Thievery, Jed Myers

State of Sorry, Julia Edwards

Another Old Bird Flies Across the River, K.R. Segriff

A Woman’s College Girl in a Library, Emily Herring Wilson

Theory When a Western Light Goes Out, L.A. Johnson

How We Devein Distance, Alyx Chandler

Notes on Contributors

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