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The Greensboro Review

Edited by Terry L. Kennedy, UNC Greensboro

Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Number 106: Fall 2019

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

Emily Morris

Fiction Editors

Rose Himber Howse and Richard Moriarty

Poetry Editors

Jabar Boykin and Michael Pittard

Digital Editorial Assistant

Shuvam Kabir


Table of Contents

Number 106, Fall 2019


Editor’s Note, Terry L. Kennedy



The Big Country, Ariel Delgado Dixon

Never Through Miami, Raul Palma

Bark, Marta Balcewicz

New Work in New China, Michael X. Wang


On Seeing a Bee Drink His Nectar, Wesley Sexton

Callinectes Sapidus, Chelsea Krieg

Arizona, 2018, Maya Bailey-Clark

Cover Letter for the Afterlife, Aurora Lee Shimshak

Lines for John Berryman on the Bus from Little Mogadishu, Benjamin Gucciardi

Visitation, Donovan McAbee

A Sort of Art, Dan Albergotti

Grasses, Graham Hillard

Travel Ban, Armen Davoudian

Phenomenology of Wolves, Alyse Knorr

Mast Year, Sally Rosen Kindred

Caul-Born, Felicity Sheehy

No One Can Tell the Bones of the Dead from the Bones of the Living, Chelsea Dingman

The Pirate Anne Bonny Goes Through her Lovers Pockets, Dorsey Craft

Animals in Captivity, Jennie Malboeuf

Grief Cento, Susan Auerbach

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

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